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The Honest Designers Show

Design Cuts

Are you a designer struggling to find your way in the modern world? Learn how to make a dent in the creative universe with Tom Ross, Ian Barnard, Dustin Lee and Lisa Glanz. Each of your hosts have found tremendous success in their own creative fields. They’re here to give you a completely honest, under the hood look at what it takes to flourish in this crazy creative vocation! You’ll discover actionable tips to land more clients, find your style, successfully brand yourself, and ultimately find satisfaction in your work.

Episodes

Episode 32 – Tools of the Trade
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Episode 32 – Tools of the Trade

In this week’s episode we take a look at the tools and equipment that help us in our daily design work. We look at everything from what hardware we’re using to which apps save us countless hours and headaches.  I hope you have your notepads ready, because I guarantee you’ll walk away from this episode with some handy new tools and services lined up to transform how you work.

Episode 31 - Procrastination
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Episode 31 - Procrastination

This week we chat about procrastination. This is something that every single creator seems to struggle with. Often, we should be focusing on completing important projects or growing our creative business, but we just can’t seem to find focus. In this episode, we share our experiences on how procrastination impacts our daily work and discuss our methods for how to fight it.

Episode 30 - Dealing with Negative Feedback
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2017-09-22 10:21:01 UTC 53:57
Episode 30 - Dealing with Negative Feedback

There's nothing worse than someone saying horrible things about your creative work. This episode we look at how to deal with online abuse, how to shift your mindset to deal with haters and even how to avoid getting hate in the first place.

Episode 29 - Meet Your Hosts
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Episode 29 - Meet Your Hosts

In this week’s episode we mix things up and get personal. Now that the Honest Designers show is 6 months old, we wanted to share a little more about ourselves, for everyone listening at home.  We kick off by asking each other some design related questions and then do a round of quick fire personal related questions which reveal some surprising answers and one very bizarre hidden talent.  We hope you enjoy it and let’s get into the show!  

Episode 28 - Supporting your Passion, Learning and Befriending Designers
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Episode 28 - Supporting your Passion, Learning and Befriending Designers

In this week’s episode we are pumped because we’re actually answering three questions, from listeners Izzi, Maureen and Danielle. Each of these wonderful listeners have very different questions around design, but we are really excited to dig deep for all of you at home and provide as much value as we can muster. Let’s get into the show!

Episode 27 - Polishing Your Portfolio
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Episode 27 - Polishing Your Portfolio

In this week’s episode, we dig into everything to do with your portfolio. As designers, our portfolio is like our shop front for the world. This week we really go deep into what makes a good portfolio, the steps it takes to improve what you currently have, and how to present your work in the best light. We also think outside the box, when it comes to our social medias beginning to take over as our modern day portfolio in many respects.

Episode 26 - Starting a Creative Business, With Jo Fallon
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Episode 26 - Starting a Creative Business, With Jo Fallon

In this week’s episode we’re joined by the very talented Joanna Fallon, a multi-disciplined designer working from the Cotswolds in the UK. If you follow Design Cuts you may recognise Jo from her weekly vlogs where she’s been documenting the ups and downs of growing her creative business. This week we pick Jo’s brain and dig into the reality of what it really takes to get a design business of the ground.

Episode 25 - Clients: Working Remote VS. In Person
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Episode 25 - Clients: Working Remote VS. In Person

In this week’s episode we look at the benefits of working with clients remotely vs. working with them face to face.  We dig into why there really is no substitute for in person interaction, but do give you some tips for how to mimic this personal interaction in your emails and digital correspondence with clients.  This episode is a real guide of how to think about dealing with clients and we hope that you enjoy it. So without further ado, let’s get into the show! 

Episode 24 - Focus and Productivity!
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Episode 24 - Focus and Productivity!

In this week's episode we look at focus and productivity for designers. Often it can be all too easy to get sidetracked or to struggle to focus on what’s really important, whether that’s a client deadline or that primary thing that you know will progress your creative career. Today we dig into our personal struggles with finding focus and offer our best tips for what’s actually worked for us. There’s no shiny productivity hacks to be found here, just genuine solutions from the four of us. Let’s get into the show!

Episode 23 - The power of saying ‘No!’
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Episode 23 - The power of saying ‘No!’

In this week’s episode we look at the power of saying ‘No’ as a designer. Most designers we work with are lovely hardworking people, however they hate letting people down, and can often back themselves up into a corner after taking too many projects and juggling too many things at any one time. If this sounds like you, you’ll love this episode.

Episode 22 - Why Being a Designer Rocks!
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Episode 22 - Why Being a Designer Rocks!

This week we look at the positive aspects of being a designer. We all absolutely love what we do and it’s sometimes important to stop and think about how awesome it is that we all get to create and design for a living. It can be easy to get swept up into some of the negatives of dealing with clients and other headaches, but really there is a lot to be grateful for.

Episode 21 - Confidence in Your Work
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Episode 21 - Confidence in Your Work

This week we take our first listener question from Connor, who is struggling with some issues involving feeling a lack of confidence and general anxiety in his work. We discuss some ways for him to find more enjoyment in what he's doing, and relieve some of the pressure that he's currently feeling about his creative work.

 

 

Episode 20 - The Power of Side Projects, With Chris Spooner
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Episode 20 - The Power of Side Projects, With Chris Spooner

This week we're thrilled to have our first guest on the show; hugely influential design blogger Chris Spooner. Chris has built up his design blog SpoonGraphics over the past 10 years, and is the undisputed king of creative side projects. This episode we dig into how you can use your creativity to start fun, profitable side projects that you're passionate about, as well as a host of other design and business related tips.

Episode 19 - Why Being a Designer Sucks!
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Episode 19 - Why Being a Designer Sucks!

This week we have a tongue in cheek rant about the negative aspects of being a designer. We typically keep things positive on this show, but this week we manage to laugh at the woes of difficult clients, sleepless nights and doing a job that nobody else seems to understand. You may relate to a few of our pet peeves from this week's show!

Episode 18 - Why Non Designers Matter
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Episode 18 - Why Non Designers Matter

It can be all too easy to dismiss non-designers and instead focus on impressing our creative peers. However, no matter how geeky we get about design, it's crucial to respect the end-user, and have proper conversations with the client, on their level. This episode looks at how to communicate effectively with non designers, to ultimately make you better at what you do.

Episode 17 - The Best Design Processes
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Episode 17 - The Best Design Processes

In this episode we talk about each of our design processes. We look at everything from the initial brainstorm, to the initial ideas, early stage designs, refinements, and final mockups. This is an insight into the workflow of four successful designers.

Episode 16 - Alternative Ways to Make Money as a Designer
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Episode 16 - Alternative Ways to Make Money as a Designer

In this episode we talk about alternative ways you can make money as a designer. This ranges from 'passive' income, to full-on side businesses. Alternative income streams can support you doing what you love, and really help you to be less reliant on client work.

Episode 15 - The Importance of Sales for Creatives
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Episode 15 - The Importance of Sales for Creatives

In this episode we talk about the importance of selling yourself as a creative. Sales can feel sleazy and unnatural for many of us, but it doesn't have to be! When done right, properly selling yourself is an essential and positive part for any creative business.

Episode 14 - Full Time Job to Freelancing
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Episode 14 - Full Time Job to Freelancing

In this episode we talk about how to transition away from a full time job to become a freelancer. This can be one of the scariest things to do as a creative, but ultimately, one of the most rewarding. Today we look at tons of key tips for easing this transition, from not burning bridges with your employers, to communicating your dreams with your loved ones.

Episode 13 - Social Media for Designers
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Episode 13 - Social Media for Designers

In this episode we talk about how to use social media as a designer. Social media can be powerful for landing new clients, building your brand, and making career-defining connections. It doesn't need to be daunting, as we break down some of the best ways to get started, and get traction on your social platforms.

Episode 12 - Mastering Design Theory
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Episode 12 - Mastering Design Theory

In this episode we talk about the importance of strong design theory behind your creative work. We delve into some of the best principles for your designs, and look at how proper design theory has helped our careers.

Episode 11 - Overcoming Creative Block
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Episode 11 - Overcoming Creative Block

In this episode we talk about how to overcome creative block. If you've ever been stuck in a design rut, you know how frustrating this can be! We discuss how it's something every designer goes through, and look at some effective ways to get your inspiration back.

Episode 10 - Getting Feedback on Creative Work
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Episode 10 - Getting Feedback on Creative Work

In this episode we talk about how to get the best quality feedback on your creative work. Feedback can be one of the single best ways to improve as a designer. We also touch on adopting the right mindset, and how to avoid feeling down about criticism.

Episode 9 - Standing Out As a Designer
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Episode 9 - Standing Out As a Designer

In this episode we talk about how to stand out and get noticed as a designer. Whether you’re looking to attract new clients, or get more attention on social media, this episode is packed full of actionable tips.

Episode 8 - Client Relationships
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Episode 8 - Client Relationships

In this episode we talk about the relationship between designer and client. Specifically, we look at how to establish a positive relationship, choose the right clients and avoid any headaches in the process!

Episode 7 - Starting a Freelance Business From Scratch
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Episode 7 - Starting a Freelance Business From Scratch

In this episode we talk about what we would do each do if we were starting out as a freelancer from scratch. We discuss some successful tactics from our earlier careers and combine these with the experiences we’ve learned along the way.

Episode 6 - Isolation as a Designer
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Episode 6 - Isolation as a Designer

In this episode we talk about isolation as a designer. We compare working from home to working with a team, and look at some ways you can find a happy middle ground, that suits your personality type.

Episode 5 - Pricing Yourself as a Designer
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Episode 5 - Pricing Yourself as a Designer

In this episode we discuss how to price yourself as a designer. We also look at if you should ever take on free work, and the taboos around designing for ‘exposure’.

Episode 4 - Formal Design Education, Worth It?
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Episode 4 - Formal Design Education, Worth It?

In this episode we discuss whether a formal design education is worth it, or if you’re better off being self taught. Some of the answers may surprise you, and we dig into the education of each of your hosts.

Episode 3 - Dealing with Burnout
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2017-09-22 10:21:01 UTC 48:54
Episode 3 - Dealing with Burnout

In this episode we talk all about burn out for designers. It can be hard to switch off sometimes as a creative, and we dig into some useful ways to stay motivated and inspired.

Episode 2 - Overcoming Self Doubt
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2017-09-22 10:21:01 UTC 43:14
Episode 2 - Overcoming Self Doubt

In this episode we talk all about self doubt, something that all designers seem to experience at some stage! Learn how to manage this self doubt and instead focus on enjoying the creative process.

Episode 1 - Developing Your Style
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2017-09-22 10:21:01 UTC 54:38
Episode 1 - Developing Your Style

In this episode we discuss a ton of actionable ways that you can use to develop your own design style, and also explain how this will help you to land more clients, establish a name for yourself and propel your design career.