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Design Life

A show about design and side projects for motivated creators

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096: Tech & gadgets for designers
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2017-09-27 10:26:12 UTC 42:56
096: Tech & gadgets for designers

Hardware is an essential part of the design process, but how much you invest in that is up to you. In this episode we talk about the technology and gadgets that make up our hardware setup and discuss our research process before buying new tech items, along with why you don’t need a shiny new MacBook to be a designer.

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095: Interviewing for design jobs
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2017-09-27 10:26:12 UTC 40:50
095: Interviewing for design jobs

The interview stage can be both the most exciting and the scariest part of the design job hunting process. In this episode we share our advice for nailing a design job interview: what to bring, how to prepare, what to ask questions about and how to deal with those unexpected curveballs you might be thrown.

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094: Speaking at conferences
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2017-09-27 10:26:12 UTC 44:02
094: Speaking at conferences

If speaking at a conference is on your career goals list, this episode is for you. In it we discuss the public speaking opportunities we’ve had, and share advice for not only securing your own spot at an event but also how to plan and present your talk with confidence.

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093: Taking Risks
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2017-09-27 10:26:12 UTC 37:31
093: Taking Risks

As humans we are designed to be afraid of taking risks, but a certain amount of risk is necessary to achieve success. In this very special episode Eric Friedensohn (a talented lettering artist and friend of the show) joins Femke to discuss why it’s important to take risks, and how to be smart about them.

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092: Advice for applying to design jobs
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2017-09-27 10:26:12 UTC 42:59
092: Advice for applying to design jobs

Lets say you’ve already done the job hunt – you’ve narrowed it down to a select few companies you want to apply at. Now it’s time to prepare your application. In this episode we share our advice for your CV, cover letter and portfolio, as well as chat about the emotional side of the job application process.

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091: Getting your work noticed
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2017-09-27 10:26:12 UTC 36:10
091: Getting your work noticed

Doing great work is just one part of building a reputation and an audience; you also need to get your work noticed. In this episode we give advice for feeling confident sharing your work, and how to go about it in the right way. More at www.designlife.fm

090: Job hunting
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2017-09-27 10:26:12 UTC 40:18
090: Job hunting

In this episode we’re kicking off the start of a new mini-series about finding a new job. To start with we’re talking about the job hunt process and giving you advice for where to look for your new role and how to research a company to see if it’s a place you’d like to work. More at www.designlife.fm

089: Personal vs professional
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2017-09-27 10:26:12 UTC 37:21
089: Personal vs professional

Do you feel like you need to be careful what you post online? Can you be yourself on social media? In this episode we discuss the divide between our personal and professional sides and how we handle this online. We’ll share thoughts on how this affects job prospects and some rules of thumb to follow. More at www.designlife.fm

088: Shiny Object Syndrome
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2017-09-27 10:26:12 UTC 31:58
088: Shiny Object Syndrome

Us creative types can often be distracted by shiny new ideas, especially when we’re at a tough point in a project. The temptation of working on something new is easy to give in to, but it’s not always the best thing for achieving our goals. In this episode we talk about shiny object syndrome, how it’s affected us, and advice for dealing with it to stay on track. More at www.designlife.fm

087: Project Scoping
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2017-09-27 10:26:12 UTC 38:04
087: Project Scoping

Project scoping is one of the scariest and hardest parts of the design process when you’re new to it. It takes time and practice to get right, and in this episode we’re sharing the best tips on project scoping from us and our listeners. You’ll also hear about some times when we got it wrong, so that you can learn from our project scoping mistakes. More at www.designlife.fm.

086: Balancing professional growth with getting paid
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2017-09-27 10:26:12 UTC 38:01
086: Balancing professional growth with getting paid

Professional development and growing your skills is important in any design job, but when you’re freelancing it can be hard to fit in as any time you spend learning is time not spent working for clients. in this episode we discuss the responsibility we have to develop our skills and how we incorporate learning into our projects. More at www.designlife.fm

085: Keeping up with new tools and frameworks
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2017-09-27 10:26:12 UTC 36:05
085: Keeping up with new tools and frameworks

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These days it seems like there is always a new tool or framework to try. It’s easy to feel the pressure to keep up with it all and stay relevant; especially when all of your peers are talking about it. In this episode we discuss our approach to trying new software and tools and how we deal with the pressure to stay up to date. More at www.designlife.fm

084: Self-doubt and feeling unsuccessful
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2017-09-27 10:26:12 UTC 39:26
084: Self-doubt and feeling unsuccessful

Feeling down about yourself, and like you’re super uninteresting and unsuccessful isn’t fun. In fact, it downright sucks. But it’s something we all seem to face. So that’s what we decided to discuss in this weeks episode along with feeling too old and comparing ourselves to others. More at www.designlife.fm

083: What to do when you’re overwhelmed
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2017-09-27 10:26:12 UTC 38:58
083: What to do when you’re overwhelmed

As ambitious people, we often find ourselves in situations where we’ve committed to too many things and have to deal with the overwhelm that comes along with it. In this episode we discuss what to do in this situation and how to learn from it for the inevitable next time. More at www.designlife.fm

082: When your ideas are bigger than your skillset
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2017-09-27 10:26:12 UTC 39:02
082: When your ideas are bigger than your skillset

We have ideas all the time, and sometimes those ideas are so big that we don’t have the skillset to actually follow through on them. So what should you do when that happens? In this episode we discuss our approach to big ideas and the learning or asking for help that comes along with them. More at www.designlife.fm

E81: Bullet journalling for task management
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2017-09-27 10:26:12 UTC 41:04
E81: Bullet journalling for task management

Bullet journalling has become an incredibly popular way to manage projects and tasks. In this episode we discuss how we use the system and why we decided to try it, as well as give advice for getting started if you’re interested in trying it yourself. More at www.designlife.fm

080: Our plans for the Design Life community
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080: Our plans for the Design Life community

Design Life will soon be launching a community! In this episode we share in depth our plans for the community and tell you everything you need to know about the beta launch (sign up at http://192.241.209.196/community to be notified), as well as talk about the value we’ve gotten from being surrounded by like-minded people.

079: The value of design
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2017-09-27 10:26:12 UTC 34:00
079: The value of design

Design is often misconstrued as being about surface level visuals, when actually a lot of work goes in behind the scenes before you reach a beautiful finished product. In this episode we discuss the difficulties in communicating the value of design and give advice for talking to friends and clients about it so that you can be paid way you’re worth.

 

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078: Using video to build and connect with an audience
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2017-09-27 10:26:12 UTC 38:02
078: Using video to build and connect with an audience

In the future, making videos will be just as common as writing blog posts. In this episode we talk about the benefits of creating online video (hint: it’s more than just audience growth!) and Charli gives advice to Femke for getting started and what to expect. More at www.designlife.fm.

077: The future of the design industry
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2017-09-27 10:26:12 UTC 40:34
077: The future of the design industry

Design software is becoming more and more accessible, with some tools offering automatic layouts and quick logos. As designers should we worry about this future? In this episode we discuss the commodification of design and give thoughts on the future of our industry and what we can do to make sure we’re providing value. More at www.designlife.fm

076: The pros and cons of procrastiworking
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2017-09-27 10:26:12 UTC 32:20
076: The pros and cons of procrastiworking

Procrastiworking is work you do instead of another task; think of it as productive procrastination! But it is still just that: procrastination. In this episode we talk about the process and cons of it and give our tips for avoiding it or making it work to your advantage. More at www.designlife.fm

075: Feeling guilty for taking a break
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2017-09-27 10:26:12 UTC 32:51
075: Feeling guilty for taking a break

Do you sometimes feel guilty for taking a break? Maybe you tinker on things throughout your break to ease the guilt, or perhaps you feel the guilt after enjoying a weekend away. Well we feel that too, so that’s what we discuss in this episode. You’ll hear our feelings on this guilt, and our advice for overcoming it and allowing yourself the permission to relax. More at www.designlife.fm

074: Working from home
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2017-09-27 10:26:12 UTC 40:41
074: Working from home

Working from home is becoming more and more common as more creatives take on a freelance life, and more companies embrace the remote way of working. In this episode we discuss the pros and cons of making your living space your working space, and give advice for combatting loneliness, switching off and distraction. More at www.designlife.fm

073: What to do when you run out of passion
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2017-09-27 10:26:12 UTC 37:00
073: What to do when you run out of passion

Us designers can be emotional people. We love our jobs and we feel passionately about our creative projects. But what happens when that passion wanes? In this episode we talk about what it’s like to lose the passion you once had for a project, and what to do about it. More at www.designlife.fm

072: Teaching yourself a new skill
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2017-09-27 10:26:12 UTC 44:27
072: Teaching yourself a new skill

Learning a new skill can be hard, especially when you’re teaching yourself. But it’s also a vital part of growing as a designer throughout your career. In this episode we chat about how we teach ourselves new skills, the struggles we face, and how we deal with them. More at www.designlife.fm

071: Feeling confident as a designer
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2017-09-27 10:26:12 UTC 34:00
071: Feeling confident as a designer

Struggling with confidence is a big problem creatives face. We’ve all had days where we feel like we can’t keep going on our creative journey; that we’re not good enough and should just give up. But facing those hurdles is a part of the learning process and something we have to learn to deal with. In this episode we discuss confidence issues and give advice on ways to feel more confident in your work and abilities. More at www.designlife.fm

070: How to package up client deliverables
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2017-09-27 10:26:12 UTC 32:38
070: How to package up client deliverables

Sending a client the deliverables is the last step of a project, so it’s one that can have a lasting impression. In this episode we discuss our process for sending client deliverables and some improvements we want to make to end the project on a really professional note. More at www.designlife.fm

069 - Stepping out of your comfort zone
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2017-09-27 10:26:12 UTC 34:39
069 - Stepping out of your comfort zone

Stepping out of your comfort zone is something you have to do every now and then to learn and develop. In this episode we talk about what that means for us in terms of our side projects, taking on new opportunities, and also with our design style. More at www.designlife.fm

068: Speeding up your workflow
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2017-09-27 10:26:12 UTC 37:42
068: Speeding up your workflow

When you’ve got a tight deadline to meet (or when you’ve just got a lot to do) little tricks to speed up your workflow can make all the difference. In this episode we talk about how our workflows have improved over the years and suggest some ideas for you to try. More at www.designlife.fm

067: We need more crappy work
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2017-09-27 10:26:12 UTC 34:27
067: We need more crappy work

The design world has gotten a little too perfect. All we see are beautiful finished products. The ideas thrown out along the way never get shared. But there is value in sharing your process and it can help others learn. In this episode we talking about perfectionism and sharing, and about how we need to see more crappy work. More at www.designlife.fm

066: Morals in design
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2017-09-27 10:26:12 UTC 31:17
066: Morals in design

How do your personal morals fit in with your design work? As designers, and as humans, we have a responsibility to think about the user and put forward work that makes the world better rather than worse. In this episode we discuss ethics and morals, and share examples of a few things we draw the line on. More at www.designlife.fm

065: Life after design school
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2017-09-27 10:26:12 UTC 41:45
065: Life after design school

In this episode we reflect on what it’s been like to leave design school and start designing full time. We cover the many differences in the design process and the people you work with in school vs out in the “real world” and share advice for making the transition smoother. More at www.designlife.fm

064: Consistency in content creation
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2017-09-27 10:26:12 UTC 43:51
064: Consistency in content creation

When it comes to creating content online, consistency is the key to building a reputation and an audience. In this episode we discuss how we stay consistent with our content creation and share advice for how to overcome some common struggles. More at www.designlife.fm

063: Advice for remote working
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2017-09-27 10:26:12 UTC 44:10
063: Advice for remote working

Remote working is becoming more and more common, and more and more desirable these days. In this episode we discuss our remote jobs and share advice for focussing and connecting with your team as a remote worker, and making the most of your nomadic situation.  More at www.designlife.fm

062: Taking control of your design career
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2017-09-27 10:26:12 UTC 33:42
062: Taking control of your design career

When it comes to your design career, you need to think about what you want out of it and where you want to end up in the future so that you can make steps towards it now, and make choices that align with those goals. In this episode we discuss the career goals of our listeners (and our own!) and share tips for figuring out what you want, and working towards it. More at www.designlife.fm

061: Constraints breed creativity
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2017-09-27 10:26:12 UTC 30:49
061: Constraints breed creativity

Constraints breed creativity. If they’re not too restrictive, they give you a starting point and a box to think outside of. In this episode we discuss how to see constraints in a positive light and share advice for setting your own constraints on side projects. We also talk about what to do when a client is overly prescriptive and the constraints box you into a corner, and how to treat budget and time constraints as a good thing. More at www.designlife.fm

060: Focus time
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060: Focus time

Lack of focus is our biggest enemy when it comes to productivity. In this episode we talk about focus time and how we can create it for ourselves. We discuss some different apps and techniques that help towards finding focus, but we also talk about the fact that focus looks different for everyone. The thing that helps someone else focus may not work for you, but it’s about experimenting and seeing what sticks. More at www.designlife.fm

059: Advice for creating a great portfolio
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059: Advice for creating a great portfolio

When it comes to getting jobs in creative industries, your portfolio is more important than your resumé. Your portfolio should show your best work, and should demonstrate why you’re the person to hire for the job. It can be tough to create a good one. There are lots of decisions to be made, from what work to include and how to talk about it, to what platform to use and how much process to show. In this episode we share advice for all of these things and more. More at www.designlife.fm

058: Setting goals for 2017
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058: Setting goals for 2017

The start of a new year is the perfect time for you to think about what you want to get out of the year ahead, and set some goals. In this episode we get super honest and share our audience building, teaching, learning, financial, content and health goals for 2017. And of course we give some advice for setting your own goals for the coming year. Be ambitious, and let’s make it a good one! More at http://192.241.209.196

057: Surrounding yourself with good people
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2017-09-27 10:26:12 UTC 32:14
057: Surrounding yourself with good people

The people you surround yourself with can have a huge impact on your life. That impact can be positive and uplifting, or it could be negative and crush your dreams; it’s up to you. In this episode we talk about how to find inspiring people and make them a part of your life, and also about how to let go of people who might be having a negative impact on you.  More at www.designlife.fm

056: Saying no to good things
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2017-09-27 10:26:12 UTC 30:04
056: Saying no to good things

Sometimes you have to say no to really good opportunities, whether that be because you’re too busy to take them on, or because you want to make sure there is still room for great opportunities to come your way. In this episode share our experiences with saying no to things we might otherwise have said yes to, and give some advice for figuring out whether or not you should say yes to something.  More at Design Life.

055: Design contracts & why you should have one
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2017-09-27 10:26:12 UTC 36:01
055: Design contracts & why you should have one

A contract is an essential part of being a freelancer. Even if you’re just starting out, it’s valuable to put one in to your process as soon as possible. In this episode we share advice for creating your contract and some hurdles to watch out for, alongside so many useful resources in our show notes. More at www.designlife.fm

054: Advice for content marketing
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2017-09-27 10:26:12 UTC 40:26
054: Advice for content marketing

Content marketing doesn’t have to be a thing only big businesses do to seem like they know their customers; it’s something we as creatives can do to get our names out there, attract the right type of client, and become a part of the creative community by giving knowledge back. In this episode we discuss the benefits we’ve gotten from content marketing, as well as tips for creating content. More at www.designlife.fm

053: Should you market yourself as an individual or a studio?
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2017-09-27 10:26:12 UTC 36:42
053: Should you market yourself as an individual or a studio?

When you market yourself for freelance work, there are two main ways to brand yourself: as an individual or as a studio. In this episode we discuss the pros and cons of each and help you figure out which option is best for you. More at www.designlife.fm

052: Hearing your struggles (Birthday episode)
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2017-09-27 10:26:12 UTC 35:30
052: Hearing your struggles (Birthday episode)

For Design Life’s one year anniversary episode we invited our listeners to send in an audio recording telling us about something they’re struggling with at the moment. We do our best to answer their questions about managing time, confidence, finding clients and opportunities, and creating content.In this episode you’ll hear advice for getting through the struggles and share our own stories on the topics. More at www.designlife.fm

051: How to get clients to pay up
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2017-09-27 10:26:12 UTC 34:54
051: How to get clients to pay up

We often hear stories of designers waiting months for payment. It’s hard asking for money, so how do you get clients to pay up? In this episode we talk about issues with payments, and share advice for making the payment process professional and easy. Remember, you deserve to be paid for your work in a timely manner, and there are things you should be doing that will help make this happen. More at www.designlife.fm

050: The value of conferences
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2017-09-27 10:26:12 UTC 37:37
050: The value of conferences

Going to conferences is something most professionals end up doing at some point in their career. But when should you start going to some? How do you know which ones are best? What should you do when you’re there? We discuss all these things in this latest episode and share how conferences have impacted our careers, as well as give you advice for how to get the most value from them. More at www.designlife.fm

049: The hustle mindset
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2017-09-27 10:26:12 UTC 36:01
049: The hustle mindset

Hustle is a buzz-word we see a lot these days. In this episode we discuss what it means to us, and the effect it has on our mental state and our work. It’s easy to feel a lot of pressure to hustle when you see others achieving so much, but it’s important not to let the hustle take over your life, so listen in for some advice on balancing that. More at www.designlife.fm

048: Repositioning your online presence
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2017-09-27 10:26:12 UTC 38:12
048: Repositioning your online presence

Repositioning your niche or your content isn’t necessarily about what you’re doing, but how you’re doing it. You may find yourself going down a path that’s not quite right for you, or perhaps your goal changes and you need to reposition to reflect that. In this episode we talk in detail about some changes we’re making to the content we put out online and why we feel this change is necessary. More at www.designlife.fm

047: How to price your design work
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2017-09-27 10:26:12 UTC 42:39
047: How to price your design work

The topic of pricing is often taboo in the design world, but we think it helps everyone to talk more openly about it. In this episode we discuss how we price our work, and how that’s changed from when we started out in design. We also debate the merits of project based vs hourly pricing. More at www.designlife.fm

046: Dealing with harsh critique
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046: Dealing with harsh critique

Harsh critique is something we all encounter, and when you’ve not yet built up a thick skin it can be very hard to deal with. In this episode we give you advice for taking this feedback on board without letting it affect you emotionally. More at www.designlife.fm

045: Advice for finding a job in the design industry
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2017-09-27 10:26:12 UTC 45:49
045: Advice for finding a job in the design industry

Getting a job in the design industry is all about building up experience and making connections. In this episode we talk about how we’ve landed the creative roles we’ve had so far, and share advice for portfolios, job hunting, and nailing an interview. More at www.designlife.fm

044: What to do at the end of a client project
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044: What to do at the end of a client project

With freelance projects, last impressions can have just as much meaning as a first impression; you need to make your wrap-up process count! In this episode you’ll hear advice for finishing up a client project and getting feedback to both improve your process, and use as a testimonial.

043: How to decide what to work on
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043: How to decide what to work on

Time and energy are precious resources, and in order not to waste them we must be picky with what opportunities we take on, and what ideas we act on. In this episode we discuss our process for deciding what side projects and client briefs we work on, and which we say ‘no’ to. More at www.designlife.fm

042: The truth about freelance marketplaces
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2017-09-27 10:26:12 UTC 39:47
042: The truth about freelance marketplaces

Freelancing websites that offer the opportunity to bid for projects or compete to have your logo design chosen by a company are damaging to the way design is valued. In this episode we discuss our thoughts and experiences with these sites and explain why they should be avoided.  More at www.designlife.fm

041: Making the most of design school
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041: Making the most of design school

Getting a degree is not a requirement for making it in the design industry, and that means that it is up to us to make the most of our time at design school to get the most value from it.

You shouldn’t sit back and do the bare minimum; you should make the most of the opportunities and contacts available to you at your school and push yourself to do more than just get good grades.

In this episode we discuss our design school experience and share some things we wish we’d known, or done differently while we were studying. More at www.designlife.fm

040: Fear of Failure
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040: Fear of Failure

A fear of failure can hold us back from going after opportunities, starting new projects, and aiming high. In this episode we talk about how failure is a natural part of the learning and making process, and it’s only an end point if we let it be. In the end the only real failure is giving up, or not even trying it in the first place. You’ll hear advice for pushing through this fear, and hear us talk about the mindset shift you need in order to see the positives in your failures. Find out more at www.designlife.fm

039: Agency vs freelance vs in-house design
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039: Agency vs freelance vs in-house design

There are three main types of design job: agency/studio (where you work as part of a team who does work for clients), freelance (where you work for yourself and have your own clients) and in-house (where you’re a designer on a team at a single company working on projects for them). They each have their own pros and cons, and we discuss them in this episode. We’ll also give you advice for choosing the path that suits you best. More at www.designlife.fm

038: Jack of all trades - Specialist or generalist?
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038: Jack of all trades - Specialist or generalist?

In the tech industry especially, there is a lot of pressure on designers to excel at everything involved in the design and development process and be “unicorns”.
In this episode we discuss how the phrase ‘Jack of all trades; master of none’ applies to the design industry, and the pitfalls of spreading yourself thin across many different disciplines. We believe in being specialists rather than generalists and we’ll explain why, as well as give you advice for finding out what you’re best at. More at www.designlife.fm

037: Bringing new clients onboard
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037: Bringing new clients onboard

Bringing a new client onboard is the start of a new working relationship, and it’s important to get it started on the right foot. Having an onboarding process in place to streamline this beginning phase can save you time and also set expectations with your potential client. In this episode we discuss our process, and share advice for figuring out your own. More at www.designlife.fm

036: Blurring the line between life and work
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036: Blurring the line between life and work

Do you work to live, or live to work? Often the latter is seen as a negative thing, but we beg to differ. In this episode we talk about our attitude towards work and how we see it as an integrated part of our life; not a necessary evil. You’ll hear tips for finding fulfilment and looking at your job in a positive light, and encouragement to make changes if the way in which you spend the majority of your day is not enriching your life. Work is a part of our identity, and we don’t think that’s a bad thing! More at www.designlife.fm

035: Defining a niche for your work
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035: Defining a niche for your work

Defining a niche means targeting a specific audience with your work and content. In this episode we discuss the benefits of this focussed approach and discuss the niche(s) we’re aiming our content at. You’ll hear advice for choosing a niche, and we’ll quell any fears that you’ll find it harder to build an audience or find clients if you don’t appeal to everyone. Trust us; you will! More at www.designlife.fm

034: Which Design Tools should I use?
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034: Which Design Tools should I use?

Design tools are all the things we use to bring our ideas to life.

In this episode we discuss the software we design in, the resources we use, the analogue items we take our workflow offline with, and our top little workflow hacks. While learning design tools doesn’t automatically make you a good designer, it is good to know what tools professional designers use day-to-day to see which ones you should focus your attention on.

We use different tools for different tasks and we share them all along with some background on how we learned to use them. More at www.designlife.fm

033: The importance of role models
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033: The importance of role models

No one is born knowing how to lead a successful life. That’s something we learn along the way from role models. In this episode we discuss the value and importance we place on role models and share our attitude towards taking inspiration from them while still following our own path. More at www.designlife.fm

032: Living in the Present
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032: Living in the Present

Things get philosophical in this episode as we talk about the importance of living in the ‘now’. It’s so easy to look at successful people and feel pressured to hustle more so that you can achieve what they have, but if you don’t enjoy the journey towards your goals and find fulfilment in the process, will you ever feel content? We want you to know it’s okay to have down time! In this episode we share tips for remembering to enjoy your present, and how this works in with your future goals.  More at www.designlife.fm

031: Fighting procrastination
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031: Fighting procrastination

Procrastination is the enemy of productivity. The most important thing to do when you’re procrastinating is to take note of the reasons why you’re doing it and try to learn from them for next time. In this episode we talk about what we do when we procrastinate (and what tasks we procrastinate from) and give you advice for breaking through those low-productivity moments. More at www.designlife.fm

030: Getting useful feedback on your work
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030: Getting useful feedback on your work

Feedback is essential to your work whether it comes from fellow designers, your audience, your clients, or your own gut! In this episode we talk about different types of feedback and when and how to ask for it. We also give advice on ways to improve the quality of the feedback you get so that it will be more useful to your work. More at www.designlife.fm

029: Should you follow design trends?
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029: Should you follow design trends?

Design trends are visual elements or design systems that sweep over the web and start appearing on many different websites.  As with most things, there is a time and a place to follow trends and when you’re just starting out in the industry you can feel pressure to make your designs look like the ‘professionals’. In this episode we discuss the impact trends have on our design styles and the level of attention we give to them. More at www.designlife.fm

028: Our Design Process
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028: Our Design Process

The process you follow for design projects will vary depending on the type of work and the client, but in this episode we discuss the basic process we follow for designing websites. We give advice for wireframing, dealing with client feedback and revisions. Your design process is something that will evolve over time and it’s a good idea to always be open to learning new techniques and improving on your process. More at www.designlife.fm

027: What if nobody notices?
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027: What if nobody notices?

Things get deep this week as we discuss a fear that many creatives have: what if nobody notices my work? When you work hard on something, and especially if the result is something that could help people, there’s no shame in wanting that work to be seen and appreciated.

A lack of recognition or attention can be hard to deal with, especially if you’re not seeing growth in something you’ve been working on for a while. In this episode we chat about situations where we’ve felt this fear, and give solutions for how to deal with it. More at www.designlife.fm

026: Participating in Design Communities
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026: Participating in Design Communities

Being a part of the design community is an important part of being a designer. When designers come together to share ideas and discuss their work it benefits the whole industry because we can stand together against things like working for free.

Participating in design communities both online and offline has helped increase our passion for what we do, and has been so valuable. In this episode you’ll hear us discuss the communities we’re a part of and hear advice for joining communities when you’re just starting out in the industry. More at www.designlife.fm

025: Should designers learn to code?
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025: Should designers learn to code?

Creating a website involves two main skills: design and development. In this episode we tackle the hot debate of designers and code; Should web designers be able to build the things they design, and is it okay if they can’t? We share our personal experiences with this issue and discuss assumptions people make about our abilities when we use the term ‘web designer’.  More at www.designlife.fm

024: Learning new skills for your side project
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024: Learning new skills for your side project

Learning new skills is something that goes hand-in-hand with side projects. Often we have ideas for things that involve either expanding on the skills we currently have, or learning something totally new. In this episode we discuss our approach to learning and chat about the benefits of adding new things to your skillset. More at www.designlife.fm

023: Being your own worst critic
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023: Being your own worst critic

Critiquing your own work is an important skill to learn, especially when it comes to side projects. When you set yourself a brief, you have to learn to look at your work in a new light and see it from an outside perspective to truly make it the best it can be. In this episode we share tips for doing that and talk about the challenges of self-critique (like loving your work too much to see that something isn’t working). More at www.designlife.fm

022: Long term thinking and planning
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022: Long term thinking and planning

We always want to be moving forward and progressing towards our goals. In this episode we discuss long term thinking and the importance of setting goals for your future.

It can be hard to plan the exact steps to take to reach a goal set for five or ten years time, because life happens and your wants and needs may change. But having long term goals means you’ll be able to make decisions now in the present that align to them in order to keep you on the right track.

Listen in to hear about our goals and our advice for getting into a long term mindset. More at www.designlife.fm

021: Overcoming lack of motivation
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021: Overcoming lack of motivation

Motivation is vital to working on side projects, and a positive mindset is key to staying motivated. In this episode we discuss how these things work together for us, and the external factors that drive us to keep hustling even when the going gets tough.

You’ll also hear about the things that have a negative effect on our motivation and how we get it back when it lapses. Motivation is something that has to come from within yourself and in this episode you’ll get tips for how to find it. More at www.designlife.fm

020: How to push through Creative block
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020: How to push through Creative block

Creative block is scary. It’s something that every creative goes through, and it’s something that tends to sneak up on you. In this episode we discuss how for us creative block feels overwhelming and suffocating, and can hit at various points in a project. Our strategies for dealing with it vary depending on the time pressure we’re under, but we’ll give you some tips to try out next time creative block strikes for you. No matter how you get through it, creative block is something you have to push through. You can’t let it win. More at www.designlife.fm

019: How to find Inspiration
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019: How to find Inspiration

Inspiration isn’t just a pretty image you find on Dribbble, it’s a way of looking at things in a new light. In this episode we discuss what it means to be inspired and our approach to gathering inspiration.

We touch on the perils of your work being a little too inspired by someone else’s, and how finding inspiration in unlikely places could be a solution to that. More at www.designlife.fm

018: The role of a side project in your career
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018: The role of a side project in your career

Side projects can be an important and useful part of your career path. They can also be a huge distraction from your day job if you let them.

In this episode we talk about the impact our side projects have had on our careers and what we’ve gotten out of them from not only an educational perspective, but also for our own personal growth.

The itch to work on a certain type of project could mean that type of creativity is missing from your life. We discuss how we use our side projects to feel creatively fulfilled and share advice for if you have ideas but are unsure of starting a side project alongside your day job. More at www.designlife.fm

017: Stress management
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017: Stress management

This week we’re having a heart-to-heart about stress and how we deal with it. We discover that for us a lack of control (be that of technology or other people) is often what stresses us out, along with feeling guilty for taking breaks. We talk about how a certain level of stress can be used as motivation to hustle, but how that can easily tip too far and be paralysing. We share our strategies for coping with stress and talk about learning from our mistakes in order to improve our process and be less stressed in the future.  More at www.designlife.fm

016: Prioritising tasks for personal projects
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016: Prioritising tasks for personal projects

At work we have managers, co-workers or clients relying on us to get things done. When it comes to our personal projects we often don’t have the same sense of urgency or deadlines, so how do you prioritise what to work on? That’s what we discuss in this episode. It’s about having accountability within yourself to get things done to help you move towards your goals, not allowing yourself to make excuses, and breaking down tasks into small chunks to get them done. Hear about how we decide what to work on, what tasks we put off as much as possible, and get some brilliant advice from our listeners. More at www.designlife.fm

015: Facing Imposter Syndrome
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015: Facing Imposter Syndrome

Imposter syndrome, that feeling that you’re not good enough for what you’re doing, affects many creatives and it can be hard to overcome. In this episode we chat about how it affects us, and when and where it strikes most often. We also talk about social media’s role in this, and how we shouldn’t compare ourselves to others. We’ll give you some strategies for coping if this is something you’re struggling with too, and hopefully this episode will help you feel like you’re not alone in feeling a bit of self doubt every now and then. More at www.designlife.fm

014: How to get up early
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014: How to get up early

On week days, we get up early to fit in a couple of hours work on side projects before we begin our day jobs. In this episode we chat about how we shifted our schedules to make this hustle happen, and if you’re a night owl who thinks you could never be a morning person, we’ve got advice to help you out. Waking up early is all about forming habits and shifting your body clock incrementally. It’s about setting little goals and choosing what you work on wisely. Set your alarm clock for half an hour earlier tomorrow! More at www.designlife.fm

013: Attracting Clients
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013: Attracting Clients

This week we’re talking about why it’s better to attract clients than go out and approach them yourself. We think it’s the best way to get a professional working relationship off on the right foot and we’ll explain why. Attracting clients is a ‘long play’ involving positioning yourself as an expert in your niche by doing content marketing and being picky about what work you take on. It takes time to build your reputation in this way, but we think it’s worth it. We’re both in different stages with our client work, so listen in to hear about our experience with client work, and what we’re doing to attract the type of projects we really want to work on. More at www.designlife.fm

012: Work/Life Balance
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012: Work/Life Balance

For those of us with many things on the go, the traditional work/life balance is more of a work/life/side project balance. Dividing our time between these important things can be tricky and in this episode we discuss how we approach it. We talk about stress and prioritising, and how changing your attitude towards those annoying must-dos like cleaning and cooking could be the key staying happy and living a balanced life.  More at www.designlife.fm

011: Positioning yourself as a designer
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011: Positioning yourself as a designer

There comes a point in every designer’s life where they decide what kind of designer they’re going to be. In this episode we chat about the different types of design we’ve done on our design journey and discuss the moment we started identifying ourselves as designers. We also hear from our listeners about their defining ‘I’m a designer’ moment. As we discussed in episode 4, branding yourself online is important especially if you want to do freelance work and attract clients, so we also dive into how we position ourselves as designers online within our niche. More at www.designlife.fm

010: Working with people who aren't designers
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010: Working with people who aren't designers

As designers we work with a wide range of people on projects: copywriters, clients, developers, project managers and more. The diversity is awesome and keeps our jobs interesting, but it does bring it’s own set of challenges. In this episode we talk about how we deal with working alongside people who think differently to us and share some tips for making the process smoother, and for helping others see the value of design. More at www.designlife.fm

009: Making and Managing Time
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009: Making and Managing Time

You only get 24 hours in a day. How you use it is up to you. In this episode we talk in depth about how we structure our days and manage our time (and geek out a little over to do lists). Things also get a bit deep as we talk about our attitude towards time and how getting in the mindset of making time rather than complaining that we don’t have enough has had a positive effect on our lives and general happiness.  More at www.designlife.fm

008: Setting goals for side projects
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008: Setting goals for side projects

In this episode we’re talking about side project goals and their value. You’ll hear what our own goals are for our projects and how they’ve changed over time. We really want to encourage you to set goals for your side projects, but we don’t want not having a clear idea of what you hope to achieve to hold you back from starting! To help you out, we give some advice on how how to set goals and make a plan to reach them. Things also get a bit deep as we talk about how our side projects are actually helping us achieve our overall life goals too. We hope this episode will inspire you! More at www.designlife.fm

007: Finding motivation and staying focussed
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007: Finding motivation and staying focussed

We all struggle with motivation and focus at times; whether it’s for a design school project you’re just not connecting to or perhaps a side project that you’re feeling burned out on. In this episode we chat about the motivations behind our various side projects and warn you against letting numbers be what drives you to create. We also talk about the things that discourage us and distract us every now and then, and share tips for finding your focus zone from both us and our listeners. We hope this episode might give you an extra burst of motivation if you’re needing it right now! More at www.designlife.fm

006: Taking action on your ideas
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006: Taking action on your ideas

As creatives we find that coming up with ideas is easy, but acting on them to make them a reality is the hard part. It’s awesome but overwhelming, having so many ideas, and in this episode we talk through what we do after we’ve come up with an idea for a new project or design direction. We touch on how we decide if an idea is even worth acting on, and the steps we go through to bring it to life if it is. You’ll also get to hear about some new project ideas we have and the next steps we’re taking on them. More at www.designlife.fm

005: Working for free in exchange for exposure
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005: Working for free in exchange for exposure

We’re tackling a hot topic in this episode: doing design work for free in exchange for exposure. It’s a big issue in the design industry as it devalues what we do, and the more designers do it, the more clients think exposure is acceptable payment.

Things get a bit fiery as we vent our frustrations over the fact that as design students we were encouraged by our school to enter design contests and do work for companies for free to put in our portfolio. We hope this episode will help you become a little wary of companies offering exposure as payment as we discuss why we believe it’s not a good idea.

We offer alternative ways to get good portfolio pieces when you’re just starting out and want to encourage you to realize that you need to value yourself and your work! We’d love to hear your thoughts on this topic. More at www.designlife.fm

004: Should you have a personal brand?
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004: Should you have a personal brand?

In this episode we’re talking about the importance of having a personal brand, and how it’s more than just a logo; it’s the essence of everything you do. We chat about how we approached naming and designing our own brands (and the struggle of being your own client) and how building up a personal brand early on when you’re still learning design will give you a head start and help your chances with full time jobs as well as freelance. We’ll give you some names of people with personal brands we love, along with our advice for developing your own. More at www.designlife.fm

003: The self taught vs. formal education debate
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003: The self taught vs. formal education debate

In this episode we’re talking about learning design, and discussing whether designers should get a formal education or teach themselves.

We go through what we believe are the pros and cons of both learning methods (we both had our share of awkward critique sessions at university…) and talk about how interesting it is that we work in an industry where you don’t have to get a degree to find a job, because experience is so valuable.

As well as some background on our formal educations, you’ll also get some links to great online resources we’ve been using to learn since finishing university. We really want to hear your thoughts on this topic! Tweet us and tell us what you think. More at www.designlife.fm

002: Who we are
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002: Who we are

Get to know us in this episode as we discuss our jobs, passions and paths to becoming the designers we are today. We chat about why we love working in-house as opposed to at an agency, and why it’s great that our day jobs aren’t too similar to our side projects. You’ll hear about our current favourite projects and struggles, and in a slight tangent we also discuss our thoughts on the best way to learn design. More at www.designlife.fm

001: Why have a side project?
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001: Why have a side project?

In the first episode of Design life, we discuss one of our favourite topics: side projects. What makes a side project more than a hobby? How can they help with your career? We’ll fill you in on what our side projects are (both the ones we’re doing now, and some ‘failed’ ones from the past) and chat about the challenges we face. More at www.designlife.fm