Adventures In Design
490 - How The Holidays Help And Hurt Freelancers - Shop Talk with Billy Baumann and OK Pants

Bang The Turkey Drumstick because its time for some Thanksgiving Shop Talk. Fill up your plate and meet Mark, Billy, and OK Pants over at the Kid's Table for a double helping the advice you can only get from AID. Business is on everyone's mind as the holidays approach from that one big job that always stretches you to your limits to planning out what 2017 might look like. During these hectic seasons having your mission in mind is a reliable guide for determining where you choose to devote your limited time and energy. Be thankful for your creative passion and hopefully this Shop Talk will help you fine tune how to approach your business better whether you're a solopreneur, an boutique agency co-owner, or a Side Hustle Jones. Happy Thanksgiving from the entire AID Universe!

Talking Points

  • That big project that always shows up around October.
  • The Dark Ages of January and the ebb and flow of freelance.
  • Frames without pictures in them.
  • The running meter of life and the certainty you can't buy.
  • CEO Fudge Packing and being dumb with ambition.
  • Illustrations that take too much time and aren't even up to our standards.
  • Option Paralysis and being more like Anne.
  • A Director's Commentary on The Wizard Of Oz poster.
  • The pride of someone's paycheck.
  • Fiats, Civics, and springing for power windows.
  • Holiday Havoc in Cleveland and some event planning strategies.
  • Knowing you got the name and the follow up exercises in futility.
  • Taking control of the situation with your own boundaries.
  • Black Friday and minding the law of diminishing returns.
  • Teal Tuesday and being proactive while you cut through the noise.
  • Black Fartday. Discount Code: Whatever.
  • Understanding Shopify metrics.
  • Ok Pants to OK Slacks to OK Pantsuit (eventually).
  • Freewriting, outlines, pulling out steps and finding actionable plans.
  • Tying yourself to clients and the point of making a plan.
  • Next year for DDL and overcoming the initial hurdles.
  • The OK Pants Plan and saying yes to to what moves your company forward.
  • How to focus on art and how to attract better clients.
  • Is it a good thing that Delicious is losing two designers?
  • AID Interviews beyond Illustrators.
  • The passion for design.
  • Thanksgiving plans, Turkey Tartar, and what everyone is grateful for.
  • The push and pull of wanting to provide more and seeing past material things.
  • Keep it as Fugazi as possible.
Direct download: AID490i.m4a
Category:Art Design -- posted at: 12:15pm PDT

290 - Dave Kloc and Angrybue A Shop Talk Thanksgiving

A special Thanksgiving Shop Talk with Dave Kloc and Justin Kamerer where we celebrate our professional and personal victories in 2015, talk about what we hope to accomplish in 2016 and each give our thanks for the happiness that we have been able find through pursuing our talents. 

Direct download: AID290i.m4a
Category:Art Design -- posted at: 1:07pm PDT

The Logo Show with Dan Stiles and Billy Baumann looks at “The Top 50 T-Shirt Logos Of All Time”. What do we learn about this HUGE batch of cultural icons and our design in the process?

Join the Circle of Trust at to hear the complete two-hour episode that is full of design talk with over 50 years of experience from our panel of branding pros.

Direct download: AID854i.m4a
Category:Art Design -- posted at: 1:00am PDT

Joe Ledbetter explains to Adventures In Design how he got on the path of working full time creating prints, paintings and toys all under his very distinct illustration style. Check out all of Joe's new work this weekend at Designer Con in Pasadena, California where he will be exhibiting at booth 934 and appearing on the Consumer/Collector food chain panel with Mark Brickey.

Episode Talking Points & Topics:
- Why some people just can't seem to wrap their minds around the concept of designer toys.
- Hear the road that Joe Ledbetter took to turn his unique art style into his full-time job.
- Defining the Joe Ledbetter signature style of bold colors, swishing highlights, and perfect sweeping line art to trap it all.
- Mark proposes to Joe to be apart of his DCON plans.
- Art as toys, Joe's new piece for Ikea 2018 versus licensed cartoon TV characters, each has a place in the scene but does one damage the perception and value of the other.
- Joe gives tips on how creates one of the best-designed booths for Designer Con.
- An explained breakdown of the business model of blind-box toys.

Circle Of Trust Paid Bonus Content Talking Points & Topics:
- The difficulty of making painting as profitable as prints.
- How black or black and white colorways add so much magic to your sculpts and toys.
- How the Stormtrooper helmet may be one of the best-designed movie props of all time.
- Pitching your ideas to Hollywood and how it's not as glamorous as it may sound.
- How writers in Hollywood are reverse engineering the magic of graphic novels.

Direct download: AID677i.m4a
Category:Art Design -- posted at: 12:00am PDT