Adventures In Design
Episode 31 Daniel Danger "50 Shades of Blue"

AID 31 is so full of industry insiders and design related discussions, it's nearly overwhelming, but before we dive in, Mark shares with us his relationship issues with Monday Night Football. Billy reveals his great idea for a new and improved team name for St. Louis, including his perspectives on  crappy logo designs.  One thing we know for certain, whoever dresses up as Tom Brady this Halloween is getting slapped in the face.  Billy tells a spooky story filled with death and mystery to get us into the spirit, while James plans to become a neighborhood favorite for trick-or-treaters, giving away full-sized candy bars this year.


Everyone's excited for our extensive interview with the one and only Daniel Danger.  He reveals his “Sting Method” for maintaining stamina while creating his signature, heavily-illustrated prints.  We talk limited editions, timed-editions, dropping out of school, Cowboys and Aliens, and we don't stop there. Just what makes Daniel so Dangerous, anyway?  We're bringing you a colossal, 31
st episode of Adventures in Design,  loaded with design and illustration info and a man-sized appetite for full-sized Snickers.  

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Episode 30 "XXX" Featuring Matt Taylor

AID XXX is cumming your way!  This is our filthiest, raunchiest episode yet.  We talk about jerkin' it, discuss porn preferences, and visualize those wide-angle money-shots in our thirtieth episode of Adventures in Design.  This invasive and provocatively bold episode is like none like we've ever had before.  We promise that it will get your creative juices flowing (though, we make no apologies for any other juices). Billy shares his experiences with accidental porn at work, and we discover Mark's pavlovian reaction to sexually explicit materials.  Is James Flames wearing pants?  (We'll never tell.) 


From across the pond, we are so pleased to welcome our friend, Matt Taylor, feather hat and all.  We talk design, clients, and the WWF. (You know, wrestling. The real stuff. Not some animal bullshit.)
We're so excited to be back in the studio that we just don't want this episode to ever end.  The musk is seeping through the airwaves. Join us for an extended listen of our “dirty thirty” episode.   Have your tissues on standby, AID XXX is going to blow you...away. 


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Are you hungry for design? Mark “Babyface” Brickey has a cobra-like appetite for countin' burgers and estimating dead cats in our 29th, succulent episode of Adventures in Design. Join us as our three favorite “Big Cheeseburgers”, Mark, Billy, and James, get a hearty education in the arts at Minot State University.  Discover Mark's love/hate relationship with poetry, find out what you can learn from the elegant piece of cinema known as 8 Mile, and encounter travel lessons regarding the proper use of double beds in your hotel room.  We'll be web-slingin' from topic to topic, from the Death Star to Jurassic Park.  Plus, great music is woven throughout this lively episode by local, Folk/Americana band, Wild Hands.


We've gotta admit, North Dakota has some of the nicest people in the real, 48 states, but where are all the fucking buildings here?  Is it just us, or is there such a thing as too much space?  I'm afraid we're experiencing early symptoms of 'Spaceophobia'.  The only cure?  Surrounding our artsy-fartsy, city hearts with some truly, down-home guests for a casual chat about design culture here in the “Magic City”.

We begin with Bill Harbort and Laurie Geller, co-founders and “Fathers” of Notstock, an entertaining, multi-day, arts event hosted by Minot State University.  Laurie discusses the mission of Notstock and how area schools and the community are becoming engaged in the arts, while we ask Bill to talk with us about his passion for American muscle cars and the direct influence these majestic pieces of machinery have on his work.

Next, Dan Sharbono and Alyssa Weyrauch Sharbono, creative team of 62 Doors Gallery and Studios discuss the adaptability of artists, how environmental setbacks and the growing oil industry are swiftly shaping the landscape for artists seeking space in Minot, and more.  

Shop Talk is bigger and better than ever, jam-packed with essential design resources. The boys unlock the secrets behind Delicious Design League's registration process and add expert advice on film placement when burning your screens.  The boys keep you informed about issues developing in the printmaking arena as the process gain popularity in the craft fair circuit. Billy gives James art direction on his horrible, gig poster concepts, and finally, we welcome our friend Takuma to the couch to discuss Japanese culture and refrigerators with us.  Join us for maniacal laughs down at the student union, The Beaverchomp, the almost certainly fictional name for what we imagine colleges like name these sorts of things, for an indispensable 29th edition of Adventures in Design. 

 
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Episode 28 "LIVE from Weapons of Mass Creation Festival" feat. Jason Teegarden-Downs, Adam Garcia, Jeff Finley

We're coming at you Live from the Weapons of Mass Creation Fest in Cleveland as your host, Mark Brickey takes the wheel in this inspirational, 28th episode of Adventures in Design.  Jason Teegarden-Downs, Adam Garcia, and Jeff Finley join us for a chat about their humble beginnings, and the boys discuss the advantages/disadvantages of wooden versus metal silkscreen frames, vacuum suction, and dull squeegees.  Mark participates in a mini Spelling Bee, and the crowd goes crazy when he brings out the clippers. James talks about the happiness he finds through the success of others, and Billy addresses a key flaw in the 'living each day like it's your last' mentality.  There's singing. There's hair.  And we don't care.  Join us for another exciting episode of Adventures in Design. 

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Episode 27 "The Road To Weapons of Mass Creation"

Adventures in Design goes off the rails as the boys prepare for their journey to the Weapons of Mass Creation Fest in Cleveland.  No subject is too off-topic.  The boys talk food, from chicken sandwiches to Pop Tarts, and everyone learns an important lesson about washing your mustache after a fresh fish taco.  Stay tuned for an exciting announcement regarding the Billy Bowl, learn successful business strategies for designers, including an authentic look at how important attachment is to your original key imagery.  We say “yes” to having too much fun.  All this and more on the Road to WMCFest, AID Episode 27.

 
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Adventures In Design returns to Chicago for the 3rd live recording in the city that would probably be considered the home for AID. This time around broadcasting from a very warm and sweaty Galerie F on the eve of Flatstock 40, Pitchfork Music Festival and the galley's opening for their one year anniversary show featuring all European poster artists making prints inspired by the works of British novelist Roald Dahl. As self appointed ambassadors of freedom, the AID crew welcomes on the show UK poster designer illustrator Sean Mort, Galerie F owner Zissou Tasseff-Elenkoff and Chicago poster legend Dan MacAdam of Crosshair. A fun rowdy adventure pleasurable for adult children of all ages. 

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Just a year and half ago, the first episode of Adventures in Design was released. One of the first things ever heard on the show was "Worst Podcast Ever". Fast forward to today and the show starts of boasting "World's Greatest Design Podcast", but don't worry soon there after the conversation shifts to being the best at podcasting is close to being useless (even while celebrating great success the boys can still keep it humble). Switching over to their famous random chit chat the guys all marvel at how manly Billy is for building a staircase on the back of his house, Mark talks about accidentally stumbling into a Sea Festival, talking to podcast listeners in the wild, what they each look for in picking a guests for the show and of course they guys all rally around the future fun of their August appearance in Cleveland for Weapons of Mass Creation. 

 

Illustrator Tom Whalen stops by the show to let everyone know that his career is just as fun as it seems on French paper. Tom goes into his origin story and explains how stumbled upon his minimalistic design style while in art school. Mark explains to Tom that Steamboat Willy was the first ever Mickey Mouse cartoon as the team discusses Southern California's love for Disneyland and they all talk about the scene at comic shows. A good discussion breaks out on is taking the higher moral road the best way to "kickstart" a career or do short cuts pay off professionally. 

 

During the world famous Shop Talk segment the topics range from the rich getting richer, is Obey a cool brand or not, taking your eye off the career ball and losing momentum quickly, Mark offers relationship advice and where to go to meet women when you're a designer, the ongoing discussion of timed edition prints and collect ability, a open hate session on Will Smith, the pleasure in making customers happy versus clients, Eagles football, how to explain pricing models to your clients, always asking for a deposit upfront, how getting paid upfront sucks for motivation and lastly a nice thank you to everyone for helping the show reach 100,000 downloads! All of this and a couple of surprises are awaiting you on your next Adventure In Design. 

Category:Graphic Design Gossip -- posted at: 11:42pm PDT

Episode 24 Dan Ibarra of Aesthetic Apparatus  "Schoolhaus Rock"

Episode 24 starts of with a big announcement that will change the sound of the show, for the first time EVER we find our Adventure In Design starting of with not just 2 voices but 3, that's right the  announcement that James Flames will be joining the show as a full time on air personality/producer. This is great news for all the Team James Flames people out there in podcast land. Not only do the boys introduce a new full time me member to the show but they also introduce a new design game that will certainly sweep the design community by storm Hire, Retire & Fire. Watch your ass could you easily be the next person to get fired by the maniacs at Adventures in Design. Speaking of getting hired, the guys talk about their upcoming live shows at Gallery F in Chicago this July and their headlining appearance in August at Weapons of Mass Creation Festival in Cleveland, Ohio. You can hear the excitement building as the AID summer tour season is quickly approaching, make sure you check out one of this summer's LIVE show recordings or invite the podcast to come out to your city for a design experience like none other on planet earth. If you really want a unique listener experience you can always go out to eat with Mark, in episode 24 Billy and James talk about some of their favorite times out on the road breaking bread and coeds with Mark. However, sharing a dinner out on the town isn't the only way to enjoy some time with Mr. Brickey, you can always instead just ask him to spell words for you, which can be hours on entertainment. Lastly, what wouldn't an episode of the show be without some good ol fashioned complaining about shitty Kickstarter campaigns.

 

Next up Dan Ibarra, from Aesthetic Apparatus, makes his third appearance on the show to introduce the Circle of Trust to Schoolha.us the new group-mentorship program by AA. Dan quickly informs everyone to the new way of thinking going on over at camp AA and Dan also defines that 3 or more people are needed to have a crew. Explaining what they feel is wrong with the current design education process Dan gives a glimpse into the different methods of learning and team building that they hope to create with Schoolha.us. Having a goal and wanting to learn is the key dynamic to being a successful part of the Schoolha.us program, simply put you learn what you want to learn and when you feel you're done, you're done… No more "force feeding" style of studio education. Learn more by visiting their new website here: http://schoolha.us As with all things Adventures In Design, eventually the guys debate on the long term effects that Schoolha.us may have on Aesthetic Apparatus. So even if you're a well seasoned pro, you can hopefully relate to the delicate balance of being selfless/selfish with your career, doing what you love and what you have to do, to make a honest living. 

 

Keeping with the educational theme of Schoolha.us during Shop Talk the crew all discuss what they do and don't want to see in student portfolios and their expectations in conversation during the interview process. Moving over to their own work, more specifically showing new work to clients, the guys all discuss managing early client expectations and trying to not let folks leap to ridiculous conclusions on early rounds of work. Also, a lengthy discussion occurs when Mark shares his frustration with clients simply changing their minds and really the scope of projects in the middle of a ongoing job and how this can really effect the designer's bottom line if they don't take up for themselves. Comparing clients to 3 year olds, double taking your way out of jam and standing up for good design are just a few of the bullet points in possibly the longest ever AID discussion on dealing with those that hire you to do what you do… and to hopefully do it well.

 

Every now and again the show even talks about the art of design… Billy initiates a very interesting conversation on a recent Man of Steel poster curated by Mondo. Everyone takes a turn talking about designer influence and paying tribute while still leaving your own fingerprints on your work. See attached graphic below to visually see the conversation about his print and it's rich history and ever richer future. 

 
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Episode 23 gets to the point pretty damn fast, the episode is all about the interview with Australian illustrator designer Ken Taylor. Ken is known for having a strong body of poster work for the movie, music and art gallery world. He's a regular listener to the show, and president of the Australian Circle of Trust, making him fit right into the conversation with Mark and Billy. Over the span of a 100 minutes the boys cover: How Ken Taylor got his start in Australia and eventually became a well known name in the US poster scene, debate the difference between designing music, movie and art posters, Ken talks about his process and getting lost in the details while working, the amount of time he spends making these pieces, properly pricing jobs, negotiating with clients and Ken even talks about buying and trading posters at Flatstock in Austin, Texas and lastly what posters he has hanging on his own walls at home.

Category:Graphic Design Gossip -- posted at: 8:30pm PDT

Episode 22 feat. Fraser Davidson and James Flames "The Infographic of Trust"

 

British designer/animator Fraser Davidson swings by the show to talk about how "magic" makes the budget go up and his exploration of love for sports design and branding. James Flames joins the boys in Shop Talk where Mark puts Billy and James against one another to take on rounds of betting on the Info Graphic of Trust, a listener survey conducted earlier this year by Tom Booth. All of this and more is waiting for you on the 22nd voyage of the Adventures In Design rocket ship!!

 

Category:Graphic Design Gossip -- posted at: 7:00pm PDT