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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Yours may be answered in a future episode!
||What’s Coming to Creative Cloud?||Every designer basically lives, works and breathes in the Adobe Creative Cloud. So this week, we have Adobe’s Michaël Chaize on with us to discuss upcoming additions, as well as a few cool things you can currently use that you may not have known about.||9/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||DesignCast 140: Listener Question Show!||We made it to 140 fun-filled episodes, and to celebrate, we’re digging deep into our mailbag to answer six new burning questions from listeners like you. Whether you’re a print or web designer, seasoned vet or newbie,||8/29/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Recurring Revenue Packages||Did you know it costs about five times as much to acquire a new client than it takes to maintain an existing one? Knowing that, why do so many designers “one and done” it with their clients? In this episode,||8/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Proposals: Put in the Work!||One of our very first shows was about proposals, but we’ve gained a lot of knowledge since those early days, and we have a lot of new proposal tips to share with you. Listen as the gang talks about all aspects of the proposal process,||7/29/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||An Ad-ucation in Advertising Your Design Business||Unless you have all the business you can handle, AND you are making the kind of money you deserve, you should probably consider advertising in one way or another. In this episode, the gang discusses the various platforms available that work in 2017.||7/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Talkin’ 2017 Logo Trends in the LogoLounge||It’s that time of year again. The smell of freshly cut grass in your nose, the taste of vodka with just a splash of lemonade on your tongue, and the sweet sounds of Bill Gardner talking about this year’s logo design trends all up in your earbuds!||6/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||The Mobile Optimization Checklist||I’ll bet most of you either specialize in web design, or at least offer it as a client service. Like it or not, in 2017 (and beyond,) this means you need to know how to design for mobile devices. With over half of Internet browsing taking place on mobi.||6/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Designing with SEO in Mind||If you offer web design services, how well do you know the mysterious art of SEO? For any noobs out there, that stands for “search engine optimization,” and is usually a very important aspect to almost any website.||5/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Charging for Your Value||In the world of graphic design, most people charge one of two ways: based on time or per project. But let’s face it, both are usually based on some type of time-based calculation. The problem with this method is that nobody really benefits from it.||5/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Supplementing with Subcontractors||We love getting topic suggestions from our listeners, and today’s episode is one of those. We’ve talked a lot over the year about subcontracting work out to others. It’s a great way to fill in your skill gaps,||4/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Advice for the Graduating Design Student||With spring break well behind us, thoughts turn to summer, and maybe even graduation. Good thing we have our resident design professor Nick to dole out some awesome advice to all you grads out there. And in the spirit of not leaving the rest of you out...||4/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||DesignCast 130: A Good, Old Fashioned Listener Question Show||We’ve reached another milestone, (assuming 130 is indeed a milestone?) So we’re back to clear out the ol’ inbox and answer your burning questions. We have seven different ones, so there is really something for everyone in this episode.||3/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Qualifying Your Clients||Whenever you first meet with a new prospective client, they are sizing you up. And if you’re smart, you’re sizing them up right back. After all, you probably don’t want to work with everyone who comes your way.||3/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Getting Our Mood Board On||If you’ve ever felt like your first client comps aren’t nailing it, you really need to give mood boards a try. Mood boards are a way to save time by quickly communicating an overall design direction to your client for approval.||2/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Project Minimums to Maximize Business||Nothing can kill the productivity of a designer faster than a neverending barrage of small jobs. You have to wrap your head around a new brand, create invoices, and client interactions for a micro-payout. This is why it is so crucial to have a project ...||2/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Be Your Own Trendsetter||We talk a lot about design trends, but when is it time to break away from the pack and try something totally different? And with a never ending supply of design inspiration out there, how do you turn down the noise enough to explore your own creativity...||1/31/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Diving Deep into Discovery||Do you know the best way to deliver real value to your clients? Coincidentally, it’s the same thing that will allow you to charge much more than you’re charging now—Discovery. Discovery is the secret sauce to solving real problems in your clients’||1/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Web Design Trends We Can Expect in 2017||On our last episode, we covered all the biggest graphic design trends we predict for next 2017, and we wanted to follow it up with trends we can expect to see specifically in the world of web design. Listen as the gang goes over their favorite (and mos...||12/29/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Graphic Design Trends of 2017 Predicted!||With 2016 quickly approaching, let’s turn to what 2017 will likely have in store for us as graphic designers. In this episode, the gang talks about the trends we have all been noticing and are likely to spike in the new year. We talk creative trends,||12/20/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||The Designer’s Holiday Gift Guide ’16||The holidays are upon us, and that means three things — some really bad Christmas movies on The Hallmark Channel, getting drunk to avoid family, and the Deeply Graphic annual designer gift guide episode. Seriously,||11/29/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Tips & Tricks for Designing Facebook Ads That Crush It||Facebook ads are one of the most cost-effective — and overall effective — forms of online marketing available today. This is because you can easily tailor them to the target audience. In today’s episode, listen as the gang schools you on the best wa||11/16/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Live Halloween Spooktacular! Ask Us Anything||To celebrate our 120th episode, we decided to join forces with the darkest of holidays to bring you our first ever live Halloween Spooktacular! While the live event has come and gone, you can still listen to all the spookiness and listener questions we...||10/26/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Everything You Wanted to Know About Cinemagraphs* (*But Were Afraid to Ask)||One of the big forecasted web design trends for 2016 was the widespread use of cinemagraphs. So where are they? Listen in as the gang dissects the benefits or incorporating cinemagraphs into your web designs,||10/17/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Hot Print Talk! The Latest Trends in the Print World||While we can sometimes get focused on web design, this one’s for all you die-hard print designers out there. Join us as we chat with Nicole and Katie from Tri City Printing about all the latest trends in the print world.||9/30/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Why Should Clients Choose You?||All designers want to get to the point in their career where they can call the shots and work with the clients they want to work with. But how do you get there? By being the kind of designer (and businessperson) that clients consistently want to work w...||9/7/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Finding Design Clients Through Social Media||As creative solopreneurs or agency owners, there are no shortage of ways to find great clients. We can attend networking mixers, send out emails, or rely on good old-fashioned word of mouth. But one we keep getting one particular question time and time...||8/31/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||When Your Clients Aren’t Feeling It||Have you ever had an unsatisfied client? At some point, I think every designer has run into this problem. It’s how you deal with it that matters. This episode was spurred on by a listener question we got from a designer who’s client went completely of||8/11/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Apple Workflow Tips||If you’re like most designers out there, your work machine of choice is a Mac. And if you’re like most Mac users, you have a pretty good handle on your workflow, but there is always room for improvement. On today’s episode,||7/28/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Reality Checking Your Freelance Design Work||The life of a freelance graphic/web designer can be incredibly rewarding. The independence of working for yourself is alluring, but working by yourself comes with more than a few drawbacks. With nobody to bounce ideas off of,||7/15/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Our Newest Secret Weapons||One of the greatest joys of being a designer is when you discover something new that changes your life for the better. While change can be scary, it can also open you up to a whole new world of possibilities. In this episode,||6/28/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||2016 Logo Design Trends Report||What designer doesn’t love discovering the latest trends? And who doesn’t love a good tradition? Well hold onto your hats, kids, this episode has BOTH! Yep, sitting down with LogoLounge‘s Bill Gardner to discuss the latest trends in logo design has||6/8/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||DesignCast 110: The LIVE Show!||Our last live show was so much fun that we’re continuing the tradition, answering your questions live! But if you missed the show, no worries, you can catch up with it now. In this jam-packed episode, the gang answers an insane number of listener quest.||6/1/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||The Slow Times||All creative professionals have ups and downs — it’s just a part of the life. It’s how we choose to use that time that will make or break your business. In this episode, the gang talks about nine things you can do with your time between clients that||5/19/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Design Consulting as a Service||As graphic and web designers, we do a lot of behind-the-scenes work that we don’t always charge for. But what if we did? In this episode, we expand upon a listener question to talk about the topic of charging clients for all those little things we do t.||4/29/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||The Ultimate Project Organization Method||One of the biggest game-changers for your design business is when you figure out how to get your projects organized. In this episode, the gang is joined by Word Revolution‘s Barbara Carneiro. She has an amazing method of pre-organizing her website and .||4/13/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Help! My Client Thinks He’s a Designer!||As designers, it’s completely normal to get feedback from your clients. When it can become frustrating, however, is when that feedback turns into a full-on concept with instructions to “just make this.” It can be confusing. After all,||3/30/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Real-Life Rebrands: The Good, the Bad & the Fugly||We’ve talked about rebranding ourselves as creative pros, but this time around we wanted to talk about some recent real-life corporate rebrands to see who got it right, and who didn’t. Want to follow along with us?||3/16/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Packaging Design Tips & Trends||They say not to judge a book by it’s cover, but we’re all guilty of choosing products based purely on their packaging. In this episode, our resident packaging guru, Nick walks us through the latest packaging design tips & trends that you can use to ad||2/29/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Client-Focused Portfolio Websites||We’ve discussed it before, but it’s a new year, and we have some brand new perspectives on our biggest marketing asset as designers — our portfolio websites. Wes just went through a major redesign, and Nick is currently planning one as well,||2/9/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||New Year, New Design Processes||Every now and then its a good idea to step back, and ask yourself what’s working in your design business, and what isn’t. In this episode, the gang reflects on what new processes they want to start implementing in 2016 in order to grow their businesse||1/25/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Secrets to Winning $10K+ Web Projects||In the new year, what better resolution can we have than to do higher value work for higher value pay? In this episode, Wes interviews Brent Weaver, founder of ugurus.com about this very subject. Brent talks about how you can find those big fish client...||1/13/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||DesignCast 100: Ask Us Anything LIVE!||Well we finally made it to 100 episodes, and we could think of no better way to celebrate the milestone than by spending it with you. In this very special episode, the gang broadcasts live for the very first time,||12/29/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||The 2015 Graphic Designers’ Gift Guide!||Mariah Carey may only have a single wish this Christmas, but then again, she’s not a graphic designer. This holiday season, curl up with a cozy sweater, a mug of “coffee” and this episode of Deeply Graphic so you know exactly what to ask for this ye||12/9/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||99 Problems But a Pitch Ain’t One||As creatives, one of the most challenging aspects of our work is winning business from good clients. The thing that separates the successful designers from the rest is that they aren’t afraid to roll up their sleeves and show their potential clients ex.||11/27/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Unique Client Gift Ideas||With the holiday season underway, let’s not forget about those that make our business possible: our clients. In this episode, the gang each brings their own unique ideas about what you can do for your clients this year, no matter what your budget.||11/13/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Running an Agency Remotely||Most of us creative freelancers and solopreneurs have never thought about working out of an actual office space. High overheads, leases and actual employees are definite roadblocks, but there is good news: Running your business remotely can work quite ...||10/27/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Web Design Trends Going into 2016||With 2015 almost turning to 2016, the gang takes a look at some of the more popular, innovative and controversial web design trends going on right now, as well as what 2016 web design trends will look like. As with all trend shows,||10/11/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Personal Branding Revisited||Branding is one of the most important considerations for any business, especially for freelancers. With as much competition we creative freelancers face, ya gotta be memorable to survive. In this episode, the gang discusses the steps you should be taki...||9/29/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Ten Kickoff Commandments||Every design project should start with the client kickoff meeting, and in this episode, Nick walks us through his version of the “10 Commandments” of a perfect kickoff. Kickoff meetings are important for several reasons: you get to dig deep with your||9/11/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Moonlighting by Design||The life of a designer is a widely varied one. Some of us 9-5 it, some freelance, some do both, with going full-time freelance as the goal. But in this episode, our guest David Lesué shows us that doing both in the long-term can be its own reward.||8/26/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Design by Committee||All designers have been the victim of having too many cooks in the kitchen at one point or another. Unfortunately, pleasing multiple people (and having to incorporate their input) is just a reality for any working designer. BUT,||8/13/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||DesignCast 90: Revenge of the Listener Questions||With another milestone (90 episodes) comes another listener question show! We can’t get to all your amazing questions in our regular shows, but we certainly try our best to get through as many as we can every tenth episode. This time around,||7/29/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||2015 Logo Design Trends||The LogoLounge 2105 Trend Report just dropped, chronicling all the newest trends in the wild world of logo design. In honor of that, we were lucky enough to have Bill Gardner, the trend-master himself (and founder of LogoLounge) return to the show to g...||7/6/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Take the WORK out of Networking||As creative professionals, there may be no single more important thing to our business than to properly network. It’s how we find clients, collaborators as well as fellow designers we can look to as friends.||6/22/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Artisan Business Cards||While it sounds like the premise of a Portlandia sketch, the art of handmade (or letterpress) business cards is back in a big way. In this episode the gang discusses the topic of artisan business cards – whether you make them by hand in small batches,||6/10/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||A Farewell to Mad Men||Very few shows have held such niche appeal to career creatives as AMC’s Mad Men. Its visual style, creative subject matter and unforgettable characters have left an undeniable impression on the world, especially us designers.||5/25/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Takeaways from HOW Design Live||This past week, the gang all got together at the HOW Design Live Conference in Chicago, one of the most prestigious design conferences in the world. We know most of you didn’t make it, so in this episode, we will go over our experience,||5/10/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Is the Apple Watch for You?||Designers worldwide have a natural affinity for all things Apple, but their latest innovation, the Apple Watch has people divided. In this episode, the gang breaks down the pros and cons of the new device, revealing what it can do,||4/28/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||What Inspires Us||Thomas Edison once said something about inspiration and perspiration, but we don’t really remember what it was. Instead, we’re going to take this episode to talk about where we find creative inspiration on a daily basis,||4/16/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||The Designer’s Spring Cleaning Checklist||Spring has officially sprung, which is a great time for us as graphic and web designers to take a little time to spruce up all aspects of our work lives. In this episode, the gang talks about ways you can keep organized and clean up what has been pilin...||3/30/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||The Nomadic Designer||Just like the heros of many songs from the ’70s, some of us just gotta ramble. Wes and Mikelle have both recently relocated to different cities, so how does that impact their design business? In this episode,||3/16/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||DesignCast 80: Any Questions??||80 episodes have really flown by, and we celebrate this milestone with another listener question show! This time around, we answer all types of design-related questions sent in by you, our loyal listeners, via email, audio and twitter.||2/25/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Turning Down Work||Turning down work? Why would you ever do such a thing? Well, there are a multitude of legitimate reasons for not taking on a new client, project or fulltime job. Maybe you get a bad feeling from the client, don’t agree with the project goals,||2/9/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Responsive Logo Design is a Thing!||When you hear the word responsive, you probably think of scalable websites. Well it turns out that the same principle can apply to logos as well. Instead of just designing and delivering a single all-purpose logo for a client,||1/26/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Growing Your Design Business Part 5: Selling SEO||If you design and develop websites for clients, it only makes sense to offer SEO (search engine optimization) services as well. In this, our last segment in the “Growing your design business” series, we sit down with outreach consultant Kai Davis and||1/6/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Growing Your Design Business Part 4: Pairing with a Printer||If any part of your design business involves print, then it might be beneficial for you to have a go-to printer for your clients. In this episode, the gang chats with Jerrold Omens and Nicole Nicolette from Tri City Printing about how to find,||12/22/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||DesignCast 75: The Graphic Designer’s Holiday Gift Guide 2014||It’s that holly-jolly time of year again to drink eggnog, wear festive sweaters and make out our wish lists. Whether you celebrate Christmas, Chanukah, Kwanzaa or Festivus, any of the gifts we cover here will make the inner designer in you very happy.||12/7/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Growing Your Design Business Part 3: Teaming with a Copywriter||One of the biggest assets for your design business, (no matter what your medium,) is a talented copywriter. Whether you work primarily in web or print, a good copywriter can add the kinds of marketing messages to your client work that will contribute a...||11/24/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Growing Your Design Business Part 2: Dealing with Developers||Rolling right along in our mini-series on growing your design business, the gang has a candid discussion about the often challenging topic of finding and managing web developers. Just like in any profession,||11/10/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Growing Your Design Business Part 1: Managing Design Subcontractors||Welcome to the first episode in our series-within-a-series we like to call “Growing Your Design Business.” In this and future episodes, we will focus on growing your network of talent, allowing your design business to flourish and go places you never||10/27/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Passionate About Passion Projects||Passion projects! You may have a design business, or be trying to start one. Or maybe you are knee deep in advertising design at your firm, or sketching icons for your companies next big operating system. But all work and no play makes Jill/Jack a dull...||10/15/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||DesignCast 70: Listener Question Show, Extreme Student Edition!||Its time for another listener question show! Thanks to Nick Longo, our resident design professor, we have a whole crop of questions submitted by design students. So if you’re in school, listen up. And if you’re not, don’t worry,||9/30/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Balancing Your Freelance Work & Life||Something any creative person understands is the need for, and the constant struggle with, striking a balance between your work and your life. History is replete with creative types that worked their magic like none before them,||9/16/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||The Creative Process Decoded||In the 68th episode of the DesignCast, Wes McDowell, Mikelle Morrison, and Nick Longo take us through their individual creative processes! Everybody has their own approach to creative endeavors — and this is never more true than when it comes to grap||8/29/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Where’s My Money?!||Join the DesignCast crew as Wes McDowell, Mikelle Morrison, and Nick Longo dip into the headlines of their lives! Once in a while we like to dip into our personal experiences, peeling back the curtain and talking about events that have affected us in ..||8/21/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||2014 Logo Design Trends||Bill Gardner, founder of LogoLounge, returns to the DesignCast to talk with Wes McDowell and Nick Longo about logo design trends in 2014. LogoLounge is the best place to find logo reference materials on the web with a huge database of expertly crafted ...||7/28/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Freelance Design or Fulltime Gig?||While there are many different types of graphic and web design gigs out there, they generally fall into two separate categories: freelancing on your own, or going to work for a company. We’ve all done both,||7/21/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Social Media Tips for Designers||Social media is here to stay, fellow designers. While the platforms may change and shift over time, twitter, facebook, linkedin, instagram and pinterest remain solid ways of connecting with clients, as well as other creatives. In this episode,||6/25/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Building & Using Your Network||No designer is an island. To one degree or another, we all rely on a network of others to keep our business afloat. Maybe you subcontract out some work that you can’t handle on your own. Maybe you have created valuable relationships with print vendors,.||6/10/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||How to Handle & Price Rush Jobs||What’s the rush? Your client needs a brochure design yesterday, and its up to you to make it happen. Before accepting a rush job, you have to understand how it will affect the other aspects of your business.||5/26/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||What We Wish We’d Learned in Design School||As great a tool as design school can be, they can only prepare you for so much in four years. As any designer who has been working for a while knows, there is a ton of knowledge that doesn’t drop on you until after you’ve started working in “the rea||5/12/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||DesignCast 60: Two Men & A Listener Question Show||In this, our 60th episode, we mourn the temporary absence of Mikelle by reaching deep into our mailbag to answer more of your listener submitted questions! Without Mikelle’s usual sweetness, this episode is our manliest yet.||4/28/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Overcoming Price Objection||When speaking with prospective clients, one topic that will invariably come up is price. But what do you do when a potential client thinks your design services are just too expensive? In this episode, we tackle the topic of how to deal with clients who...||4/14/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Saying Nope to Spec Work||Do you like working for free? Neither do we. The creative field has always been plagued by the notion that what we do is somehow not “real” work, and should only be paid for upon approval. It has become increasingly common for potential clients to req||3/28/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||How to Develop a Branding Guide||Everyone knows that the logo is the cornerstone of a company’s branding and identity. But why stop after just designing the logo for a client? Not only is offering a printable set of branding guidelines invaluable to your clients,||3/21/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Design Contract Lifesavers||If you’ve been listening to the show for a while, you will remember that we did a whole episode covering all the basics of graphic and web design client contracts. But over the past few years, plenty of situations have come up with our own clients that.||2/24/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||When Good Designs Go Bad||We’ve all been there. You design something awesome for a client, hand over the files, and then you see that it has been changed. Maybe a small tweak, or maybe it has been transformed into something unrecognizable. Something awful. Something,||2/9/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||What’s in it For Me?||When marketing our design services to clients, it is common to spend a lot of time talking about what we do, and how good we are at it. Unfortunately, focusing on that alone is not enough to entice the discerning client.||1/27/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Designer Deductions||We’ll bet you hate thinking about taxes. We also bet you love saving your hard earned money! While paying taxes is the burden of just about every person on this planet, it can be especially hard on freelance graphic designers. Luckily,||1/13/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||The Year End Wrap-Up||We’re coming right up on 2014, and what better time to stop and look back on what we learned this past year? (We thought about doing it in July, but is just seemed premature.) Wes, Mikelle and Sam each talk briefly about the biggest lesson they learned.||12/23/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||The Designer’s Holiday Gift Guide 2013||Our gift guide show last year was such a runaway hit that we had to do it again. Listen as Wes, Mikelle and Sam go over some of their top picks for gifts you should be asking for this year. Some are clearly just for designers,||12/9/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||DesignCast 50: Giving Thanks & Answering Your Questions||Is it just a coincidence that we happened to reach 50 episodes just in time for Thanksgiving? Yes it is! But even so, what better way to thank you, our loyal listeners, than another super-fantastic listener question show? In this episode,||11/25/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||Mobile Web Design Tips & Trends||In this episode, we were lucky enough to have Patrick McNeil, the author of The Mobile Web Designer’s Idea Book sit down with Wes for a chat about the latest trends in the ever evolving world of mobile web design.||11/11/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||Jeepers! It’s the Scope Creeper!||Wrapping up our “design dilemma” series, this week we focus on a spooky Halloween tale that will strike fear in the hearts of designers everywhere… scope creep! So take a listen… If you dare. Sam recently faced such a tale of terror in his own stu||10/28/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||The Clever Logo Conundrum||We recently had an episode dedicated to a design dilemma Mikelle was facing with a client. So we decided to make this into a series all about one big problem each of us is facing in our business. In this episode, it’s Wes’ turn.||10/14/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||The Graphic Designer’s Home Office||Working from home can be pretty sweet. You can work in your pajamas, and it’s pretty much the shortest commute ever. But being a freelance designer only works if your home office is in top shape. In this episode,||9/23/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||The Curious Case of the Copycat Client||We may know a lot about the ins and outs of running a successful design studio, but we regularly run into dilemmas of our own. Mikelle had a recent client scenario which devolved from looking to an existing site for “inspiration” into the client wanti||9/9/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||The Creative Director Track||Being a graphic designer is great. But many designers have aspirations of going even further in their creative careers, and for some that means becoming a creative director one day. In this episode, the gang breaks down how to be a creative director; w...||8/26/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||Smarter Ways to Get a Website Credit Link||If you design websites for clients, one added perk is being able to get a “site by” credit link pointing back to your portfolio site. It’s good to attract future clients, and good for general SEO benefits. That is until Google rolled out the Penguin||8/13/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||Finding a Graphic Design Job After Graduation||Well it’s summer, and that means lazy beach days and tropical cocktails consumed from hollowed out fruit shells. Unless of course, if you’re a recent design school graduate, in which case you better be busting your ass trying to find a job!||8/5/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
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.
Wonderful Industry-Insider Podcast :)
Wes' "Deeply Graphic DesignCast" is an awesome little tidbit of industry insider goodies! It's refreshing to hear about tips, trends and general working methodology direct from fellow creatives, who explore issues from all angles, including client, business and creative. Definitely check it out. From an LA-based graphic designer and now-happy subscriber! :) J
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