Adventures In Design

Gather around and get ready to hear the Top Ten Posters from OMGposters.com during the month of March. The Godfather of Adventures In Design himself, Billy Baumann, has selected the creme de la creme from countless posts to analyze and obsess over with Mark. Their insight on composition, color, and craftsmanship will help you unlock the secrets behind what makes a successful piece and how to utilize those same skills in your own work. With decades of experience between their respective creative careers, Mark and Billy spot every trick in the book and explain what has set each unique entry apart from the rest of the pack. This month has a few familiar faces, a few up and comers, but most importantly exhibits a wide range of both style and approach to the world of posters.

Talking Points

  • A chance to meet Billy and analyzing what DDL is offering and at what price. 
  • Going beyond design to adjust in an uncertain economy. 
  • The Double gets retooled and returns with a special coupon code. 
  • Stylization, texture, and subtle artistic choices that make the difference. 
  • Billy's color warming tip. 
  • Suggesting a narrative to keep your audience a little longer. 
  • Why you need to layer your composition. 
  • Heading straight for the keyhole, pulling back, the foliage foreground cock off. 
  • Gauging your reactions to artwork that truly stands out. 
  • Designing to the era. 
  • Do you sign your work?
  • Loosening up for a focal gradient.
  • The world of the teardrop shape and identifying an illustration trend. 
  • What's jazz and what's planned?
  • Finding efficiency in your workflow. 
  • Is the poster market saturated?
  • Star Wars has fatigued its consumer base so don't expect a sell out. 
  • Deliberate emphasis on deliberate focal points. 
  • Catching the in between moments and throwing people off your scent. 
  • Abstracting your subject matter and the point of illustrating instead of copying. 
  • Where a hare let's its hair down. 
  • Making your own rules just to break them. 
  • Graphical compositions in illustration work. 
  • Building a brand in subject manner over style. 
  • The importance of a congruent color palette. 
  • Searching for themes with a broader appeal and carries some of its own weight. 
  • Making art, making money, and looking for the sweet spot in between. 
  • Watching modern poster companies trying to find their own voice in the scene. 
  • Reacting to the Euro. 
  • Avoiding the negative from the nineties. 
  • A screenprint that looks like a giclee. 
  • What can you accomplish on a screen?
  • The Pepsi Challenge on women illustrating women and the predator angle. 
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Category:Art Design -- posted at: 12:00am PDT

Deep from the air conditioned offices of the VGHC Warehouse comes another installment of Hammer Time. Join Mike Hammer of the VGHC, his co-host Mark Brickey from AID, and Gustavo Jaimes from Torch Tattoo for some much needed hanging out after another month on the mean streets of Southern California. These rowdy friends are far from rowdying down as their stories take you from seedy extended family member antics to challenging the toughest designer in the world. This episode skates around the boys sincere love of food as they play the first ever round of “Build My Food Court,” give away long protected secret wing recipes, and unexpected shopping sprees at Whole Foods to save some green. Even emergency room visits to avoid post-nap comas can’t keep these committed straight edgers away from any type of fun they can cook up. Leave your job pride at the door with The Snake and The Mongoose because it always matters who you get, and you got Hammer Time.

 

Talking Points

 

  • The premiere of Build My Food Court on the AID Network.
  • A snake, a dark horse, and DQ's one softball hit away.
  • "You tell me when to stop."
  • Failed attempts at diversity, that one place that always tricks you, and the mirror you don't want to stare into.
  • Fake News Beth and Hammer's trip to the hospital.
  • Second Dinner for the straight edgers.
  • Unnatural glasses, nauseating water and the first few warning signs of smelling like sugar.
  • "It says... high."
  • Coma nap level sugar intake when you trick or treat everyday.
  • Taking a nutritionist to Whole Foods gets your Big Dog card revoked.
  • Mark's secret wing recipe revealed!
  • Stabber Bros., one week in glasses, and taking a shit in the Nova.
  • Getting down with The Mongoose and The Snake because it matters who you get.
  • Flying first class and a problem with job pride.
  • Act as if...
  • Being born a cowboy, subtle cap changes, and tucked in teeshes.
  • Channeling the real Hank Williams and growing up the son of a construction worker.
  • Troubling extended family members.
  • Gadget excitement.
  • Are you the toughest designer to ever?
Direct download: AID569i.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am PDT

The DKNG triumphantly returns for its second year still leading the charge on all things design. Dan and Nathan have been busy since we heard from them doing everything from giant catalogues to product design to character development. Mark takes us into the belly of the beast to go over all projects DKNG has pushed out the door since we rang in 2017. How do they determine billing on their projects? How do they interact with their clients across an entire project? How do they plan out their design work? How do they do what they do so damn well? Step back inside the inner workings of one of the hardest working design studios out there and see why Dan and Nathan continue to stay at the top of their game as leaders in the industry.

Talking Points

  • Reinventing the holiday card over the last four years and changing the oil on the Death Star.
  • B2B catalog at epic proportions with tons of data, style guides, and a lot of backs and forths.
  • Figuring out billable hours for developing sixty pages. 
  • Pie slices and pumping the breaks on two hundred and fifty small pieces that make up larger projects.
  • Letting your fans grow up, get jobs, and hire you.
  • Leaning last year's functional system and fixing more surface level design issues.
  • Remembering the purpose of the project.
  • New spins on old to semi old ideas or keeping what works as a standard.
  • A moment on Mark's off brand thighs.
  • Signature style, hand drawn illustration, and discovering the paintbrush tool.
  • Googling thirteen year old girl proportions and the fine line to get it just right.
  • Finding a client that feeds you all their customer facing design needs.
  • Typographic hierarchy and unique purposes.
  • Layering data into good design.
  • Four tiers of confidence that make things easy to read and still leaves some flexible room for change.
  • Treating data in steps and one of the best tricks in the book.
  • Keeping MXPX and The Jesus and Mary Chain the same sizenand the problem solving skills behind typography.
  • The many players involved in working on a licensing deal and establishing first contact. 
  • Tonal lighting to bring your illustrations to life and using two separate types of light. 
  • Showing a feeling instead of the details and turning the lights on in a bar at the end of the night.
  • Logo placement and tangents.
  • Making it all to deliberately lose some of it.
  • Symmetrical elements and layering more shapes.
  • The process in making a DKNG original illustration and the lego pieces they add in.
  • One tiny part at a time and finishing all over the place. 
  • Creating actual space in the classic Star Wars style.
  • How much is enough to make you want more?
  • Are you a painter or a designer?
  • Mark's process on the Fantasyland print versus Dan's process on creating a piece.
  • Going past the threshold on building real world gravity into every piece.
  • Logos and limitations up in lights.
  • The allure of signs that aren't structurally sound and the realistic storytelling behind it. 
  • Setting a bar you're comfortable with.
  • Creating feelings and the science behind it that is our job to understand.
  • The importance of a good mockup to help bridge the gap in your client's imagination.
  • Playing rhythm guitar to improve the feel of the room instead of stroking your design ego o the lead guitar.
Direct download: AID527i.m4a
Category:Art Design -- posted at: 2:00am PDT

Biggie brings his business savior-faire back to Adventures In Design and pulls the curtain even farther back on a successful mindset. Once the romantic idea of starting a business has worn off there is still the day to day ditch digging that most people shy away from. Biggie is the first one there with a shovel, ready to go, and inspiring everyone else to get started. This episode is filled with business and productivity advice that can help you with your focus, motivation, and ability to finish. Biggie is beginning to reap the rewards of his hard work and we can all  learn from his discipline and drive to bring you to the same place... no matter which hallway you choose.

Talking Points

  • Recapping 2016 for Good Fight and Biggie's life.
  • The insane sci-fi concepts involved with human birth.
  • What records are dropping in 2017?
  • Romantic inceptions versus realistic expectations.
  • Focusing on your goals and not getting sidetracked.
  • Are you wired for multi tasking?
  • Moderating your pie in the sky ideas with your daily goals.
  • Avoiding complacency being the lion ready to go at the top of the hill.
  • Keeping your employees motivated, thinking about yourself, and being fair.
  • Delegation, communication, and being as hands off as possible.
  • Inspiring the inner sect.
  • Vision and inspiration.
  • Looking ahead to plan out success.
  • Keeping an eye on both your responsibilities and your employee's responsibilities.
  • Touching on the Three C's and some impressive organization.
  • Finding time to workout in a busy schedule.
  • Energy upticks form working out.
  • Shoestring Fries and Burpee Pull Ups.
  • Using benchmarks to compare your life's progress.
  • Overcoming the guilt in rewarding yourself.
  • Living within your worst potential means and the wisdom in frugality.
  • Poster framing as a metaphor for everything else in life.
  • The flip side of the struggle and self parking cars.
  • Watch wormholes that represent straight cash money.
  • Paying your dues, taking lumps, and reaping your rewards.
  • 2 Hallways. 1 Place.
Direct download: AID515i.m4a
Category:Art Design -- posted at: 12:00am PDT

513 - Shop Talk with David Smith & Kloc

The Double Dave bonanza on Shop Talk continues but this time we have David Smith and Dave Kloc breaking down the week with Mark. Everyone on today's episode brings their perspectives on financial strategies and how the ebb and flow of a Net 30 lifestyle can wear on you. Also Dave, Dave and Mark have all recently dealt with some professional pivots in their careers and the mental fortitude it takes to make it through an uncertain time in life that comes to just about everyone. This Shop Talk gets deep at a moment's notice and always knows how to come back up for some light hearted air so be ready for a rollercoaster of emotions similar to the one you're most likely on financially if you're a freelancer. Now let's go find that guy with the twenty grand and get another paddle in the water.

Talking Points

  • The difference between small corporations, big dollar, and the freelance life.
  • Getting emo in LA with all it's isolation.
  • Choosing happiness over financial comfort.
  • The rollercoaster of the grind or being chained to your paycheck.
  • Financial strategies, multiple bank accounts, and staying ready for tax season.
  • Buying equipment that you've earned.
  • How one project should greenlight the next two.
  • The Net 30 or Net 60 that can sabotage your motivation.
  • Money, work, and the emotional side of getting paid (what you're worth).
  • Both sides of the fence on privilege.
  • The first VHS you ever watched.
  • Bad money and more paddles in the river.
  • Is working with the big boys even worth it?
  • Building blocks versus road blocks.
  • Natural selection in the creative community.
  • Decreasing the distance between whats in your head and whats on the page.
  • Professional pivots.
  • Design past branding and the the importance of the right connections.
  • Staying innovative when you;re an OB.
  • The luxury of moving on from something once you're bored with it.
  • What is crucial in your balance of life?
  • Setting up boundaries and the mental shift it has on productivity.
  • Does everyone feel behind? Does anyone feel respected?
  • Getting stuck and living in the moment to appreciate what you have.
  • Fighting for different results.
  • Who can't you let down?
  • Strength of character, sacrifice, and being kind.
  • Making your work ethic less volatile than your bank account.
  • The success of investing in yourself emotionally.
Direct download: AID513i.m4a
Category:Art Design -- posted at: 11:53pm PDT