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Podcasts – The Deep End Design

By graphic designers Wes McDowell, Mikelle Morrison & Nick Longo

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If you are a graphic designer, web designer or a visual designer of any kind, this is the podcast for you. Each episode tackles a different graphic design related topic, from finding better clients to online portfolios to making sure you get paid. We also offer tips and tricks in our "Do Yourself a Favor" segment and advice when we answer a listener question. The Deeply Graphic Design-Cast is hosted by three successful, working designers with a wealth of real world experience to draw upon, so listen close! You're bound to learn something in each and every episode. Email listener questions to Yours may be answered in a future episode!

Customer Reviews

Three average designers talking shop

I'm revising my review. Full disclosure, I've left my original review below so you can see where I've come from.
I didn't like this podcast initially but I wanted to keep listening because I love design. I originally gave this podcast only two stars but over the last three episodes I have really heard a turn for the better in every respect and so I'm 'Ret-conning' my review to add two more stars.

This show has really found it's legs. The conversations are more dynamic. The show went from being three self-congratulatory, timid designers in the beginning to three much more sure and powerful voices speaking to the problems, frustrations and excitements of their industry. Instead of skimming over the top of subjects as part of a rushed, 25 minute conversation, they have broadened the format to well over an hour giving sufficient breadth and thought to the topics. They have included a guest on one episode (Something I hope to hear much more of) and talked a lot more specifically about what makes good design good. The show is starting to feel more solid too with a new intro and announcer as well as a more established structure to the segments.

I give it four stars. This show still has room to grow but if they continue to raise their game the way they have recently, the show can't help but be a five start podcast in the near future.

Original review below:

"I really don't want to be harsh and stating that is not a good way to start a review where my main intent is to encourage the makers of the podcast-but that is my position.
To restart, this is not a bad podcast it's just not good, yet.

Here's the thing, these are three deeply average designers with a very standard corporate view of design. Safe, boring, humble to the point of being obsequious and, well, safe. They are also not used to speaking on mics but that's a skill that can be learned. The fact that they are all new at podcasting shouldn't be held against them. They will get better at it. By episode six, they ARE better at speaking and keeping the entertainment value high enough to be tolerable. What I do have to hold against them is the utter averageness of their philosophy. The total banality of their advice and the over-all lack of conviction they bring to discussions of design is hard to listen to. Design is not for the timid. Not good design. Good designers can talk with steely rigor about their ideas without qualification. The basic problem with this podcast is that you won't learn anything from these three.

I do want them to have a successful podcast. Because I love design. I love listening to designers talk about why they do it and what's great about it. I like to hear someone with a fire in their belly to change the world through the elegance of their concepts impress upon an audience why they think they have done something new, or talk about where someone else has. Talking about why design is good is the real meat that this podcast is missing. Right now it feels like a support group for scared middle managers who want to know where the storm cellar is in case of a drizzle.

I have a few small suggestions which may really improve the show and perhaps help it last.

1) Talk about design. Your tips and tricks are fine but they only serve to help other scared middle manager types keep their jobs for a little longer. Take stands on why something is good, debate it and change your minds when something even better comes along.

2) Get guests. The three podcasters sound like a circle j**k. Get a few superstars to come on the show and talk about truly new ideas and why they work. Have a different guest each show and find time for segments on particular examples of good design.

3) Longer show. Yes I know I just shredded the show but I want more of it. The host grazes topics without any depth, shuffling his two co-hosts rapidly past anything interesting. Get deeper and stay longer. Trust that your audience is into your topic enough to stick around.

That's it. I don't like the show - yet, but I will stick around and root for it to get better; because I like design."

It’s nice to talk shop, but the hosts are amateurs

It’s great to find a podcast that deals with issues that, as a freelancer, I’ve dealt with for years—who doesn’t want to talk about the things we all deal with, like difficult clients or growing your client base? I’ve listened to a handful of episodes and often enjoy the guest hosts perspectives, but really dislike Wes patting himself on the back constantly for his eBooks, shilling for their sponsors, and talking about how he doesn’t think web designers need to bother learning HTML/CSS.

One telling moment: Wes making fun of Mikelle for doing a press check because it’s so “old-fashioned”. Are you kidding me? There’s nothing old-fashioned about a press check—I can’t think of anything more essential to ensuring quality. If you’re a print designer, this is not the podcast for you. I’m not sure it’s the podcast for a web designer, either, since it’s mostly about how little Wes knows about web design and him talking about how much he manages to charge for it while contracting out all his work.

They’re both often stiff and professional, yet then when joking with each other this really distasteful (and often homophobic) side of their personalities come out. I had to stop listening with Wes called something ‘retarded’. Grow up.

My Favorite Anything. Ever.

This podcast probably runs on the happiness of the people whose ears it reaches. I believe it rides a unicorn that gallops upon a glittery rainbow highway that goes straight to my ears, my brain, and my heart.

Wonderful Wes, Magical Mikelle, Sexy British Sam, Bomb-Diggity Brandon, and their numerous other seasoned contemporaries engage you with humor, information, inspiration, and basically just fun. If you are any type of graphic designer, this is an INVALUABLE resource. I don't care if you're the CEO of Hipster Pants Creative, the in-house designer at Walgreens, the junior designer at Big City Ad Agency, or a freelancer. You WILL learn something. Always visit the show notes on Wes' site! I have already learned so much and just found this podcast a few days ago. Prepare to be inspired, enlightened, and entertained! 10 stars!!!

Podcasts – The Deep End Design
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  • Category: Design
  • Language: English

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