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2015 - JANUARY

Episode 124 - Mark Brickey, Billy Baumann & James Flames “Shop Talk Friday”

It's Friday and Billy Baumann and James Flames are back to recap the week that was in the AID universe. 

Talking Points You’ll Hear On Episode 123

• Color Separations 

• We revisit the Unified Front concept and debate does the design contest truly effect the upper tier of the design business. 

In The Circle of Trust (Paid Subscriber Content)

• Billy and James discus working together on the latest Secret Panel poster design by James.

Episode 123 - Tom Whalen “Fears”

Tom Whalen is a illustrator with a career focus on movie posters and a design style focused on strong compositions. 

Talking Points You’ll Hear On Episode 123
• We recap Tom’s super impressive 2014.
• Working in info graphics. 
• What makes for a good gig poster theme.
• Living for design.
• Knowing when it’s time to leave your job and go full time freelance.  
• The low tide of cash flow.
• Starting projects over or making peace with your current execution.

In The Circle of Trust (Paid Subscriber Content)
• We ask Tom to share with us how he creates such stunning compositions.
• The biggest lessons learned from year one in freelancing.
• Working with several clients and yourself in similar arenas. 
• Being a blue collar creative.  

Episode 122 - National Poster Retrospecticus with JP Boneyard “Polite Persistence” 

JP Boneyard is a the curator and chauffeur for the touring poster show the National Poster Retrospecticus where 300 posters by 100 of the top poster designers travels across America. 

Talking Points You’ll Hear On Episode 122
• Booking bands in your mom’s backyard.
• The fun traveling and life on tour.
• Working with right people that will allow you to succeed at your shared project. 
• JP shares his experiences of working  directly with some of the most talented folks in printmaking. 
• Passion projects that change our lives forever. 

In The Circle of Trust (Paid Subscriber Content)
• Tips on how to book events and tours.
• Dealing with event spaces and designing for entertaining. 
• Managing other peoples money.

Episode 121 - Zeb Love “Fake It, Till You Make It”

Illustrator and printmaker Zeb Love has a thirst for self development and is on a quest to see if life ever mellows. 

Talking Points You’ll Hear On Episode 121
• Zeb talks about how religious engravings inspired his early love of illustration.
• We explore Mr Loves breakthrough into the word of creating rock posters.
• How studying the art of composition and lighting has been a career changer for Zeb.
• Zeb Love shares how he puts just as much effort into learning about design as he does participating in int. 
• The art of creating your own “luck”.
• Talking about the collector commissioned work. 
• When is it time to start over on project and when do you decide to keep going. 

In The Circle of Trust (Paid Subscriber Content)
• We get deep and talk about what we really want from the future.   
• Being a student of life. 
• Trying to not be around people that lack your lust for life. 
• Shit just gets deep….

Episode 120 - Ron Jasin “Unified Front”

Desktop Publisher Ron Jasin stops by to talk about how he stood up against a design contest in his home town of Louisville, Kentucky and helped shut it down.

Talking Points You’ll Hear On Episode 120
• Finding piece of my mind when working in-house for a small business. 
• How printmaking saved Ron’s career and creative spirits. 
• Ron talks about how he stood up against a local design contest and helped persuade the organization to pull down their contest and hire a designer directly.
• The problem with asking creatives to compete for design jobs.
• Alternate options to design contests.
• Creating a Unified Front to combat design contests.
• The community of design, we are all connected.

In The Circle of Trust (Paid Subscriber Content)
• Ron talks about building his home print space and how this created opportunities that forever changed his career and life.
• Creating in-house products and how it creates career freedom and negotiating power.
• The power of investing in yourself.
• Working with different photography methods in screen printing.
• The art of making a great test print.

Episode 119 - Shop Talk with Mark Brickey, Billy Baumann & James Flames “Starring Mark Brickley”

Shop talk Friday with Mark Brickey, Billy Baumann and James Flames

Talking Points You’ll Hear On Episode 119
• Chapter III In The Adventures of Professor Billy.
• The exciting topic of color separations for printing.
• We talk about how James and his brother Thomas Pitilli look like brothers through their illustrations style.
• James talks about his New Year’s print that he makes semi annually for friends, family and clients. 
• We debate the collector phenomenon of private commissioned pieces inspired by intellectual properties. 
• Mark seeks advice from Billy and James regarding adding his name as the host somewhere on the show’s title block.

In The Circle of Trust (Paid Subscriber Content)
• Billy shares another one of his many stories about slacks.
• Mark shares his struggles when encountering the Chicago know it alls. 
• Standing up for design ethics to clients.
• We talk design contests, bootleggers and general troublemakers. 

Episode 118 - Drew Millward “The Color Blind, Leading The Blind”

Drew Millward is a commercial artist who has crafted a signature illustration style that can be spotted from miles away, whether it’s being applied to concert posters or fine art prints.

Talking Points You’ll Hear On Episode 118 
• Drew shares his strategy of hiding both his shitty printing skills and color blindness in his early work.
• The evolution of a evolving personal style. 
• The plan of not having a plan.
• Learning to impress yourself with your own artwork.

In The Circle of Trust (Paid Subscriber Content)
• We talk about the benefits and downfalls to building a career around a signature style.
• Working with intellectual properties and bringing them into your style versus recreating the original. 
• Picking projects that you have a connection with.
• Standing by your style and dealing with those that don’t like it.
• Picking realistic heroes that you can actually learn to replicate some of their success. 
• Will social media applause influence the next generation of artists.

Episode 117 - Dan MacAdam “CYA”

Dan MacAdam is a photography based illustrator and printmaker, with over 20 years of experience in printing commercially for others and printing his, beautifully detailed, fine art architecture prints. 

Talking Points You’ll Hear On Episode 117
• Dan & Mark discuss the evolution of the rock poster and the different trends that have once ruled the roost. 
• Design as a lifestyle.
• Making your own set of rules.
• Being the rhythm guitar in someone else’s band.
• When your talents outgrow being donated.
• Giving up on prestigious jobs with bad budgets.

In The Circle of Trust (Paid Subscriber Content)
• Dan talks about commercial printing. 
• Sharing how to manage clients expectations when you’re printing for them.
• Using client printing budgets to fund your artistic ventures. 
• Deciding to stay small (and profitable).

Episode 116 - Anne Benjamin “Bustin At The Seams” 

One of Mark’s all time favorite illustrators Anne Benjamin sits in for a interview focusing on her career and process. 

Talking Points You’ll Hear On Episode 116
• Early steps, jobs and finding her way to hand made printing. 
• Becoming a successful and profitable wedding invite, innovations and stationary designer.
• Taking her style and applying it to well known movie properties through her working relationship with Mondo. 
• Annes approach to creating her illustrations where she takes her time slowly crafting each piece putting a enormous amount of effort into each piece of the illustration.

In The Circle of Trust (Paid Subscriber Content)
• Creating her own hopeful print series. 
• Using deadlines as motivation. 
• Overcoming her own shortcomings  in speed and motivation to get work finished.

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Episode 115 - Shop Talk - “Kill Yr. Idols” with Billy Baumann and James Flames

We wrap up the second work week of 2015 with Billy Baumann and James Flames stopping by for their usual Friday Shop Talk session. 

Talking Points You’ll Hear On Episode 115
• Billy gives an update on teaching his packaging class.
• We debate the talent pool of designers today versus Don Draper Times.
• Billy gives his 5 traits that are needed to become a successful designer.
• Motivation through proving others wrong. 
• How to define your job title as a designer.
• Billy and James make a project announcement.

In The Circle of Trust (Paid Subscriber Content)
• We check in James Flames and his time off to focus on his future.
• The growth of Delicious Design League and how Billy is handling the new stress of success.
• How the economy and changing of the political guard can effect our micro businesses. 
• Billy interviews Mark about the future of AID and some of his least favorite moments of the show. 

Episode 114 - Shop Talk "meh” with Sean Mort and Aaron Sechrist

A Shop Talk episode where Mark Brickey, Sean Mort and Aaron Sechrist discuss many topics in and around the world of graphic design and small business ownership. 

Talking Points You’ll Hear On Episode 114
• Defining your title in the world of design when you do both graphic design and illustration.
• Self confidence and what you think you deserve in business. 
• Selling clients a partnership versus design services.
• Creating an online personalty and worrying how that may effect your career and when to censor yourself.
• Don’t post about what you don’t know about.
• Myths about failing. 

In The Circle of Trust (Paid Subscriber Content)
• We breakdown Aaron’s success in creating a successful regional clothing line and tips on how to launch a side project. 
• How to determine your price point and creating new products with minimal risk.
• Why scumbag artistic types pull beautiful brides. 

Episode 113 - Jay Shaw “Handsome Guys”

Jay Shaw is a graphic designer who works for Mondo as their in-house lead designer and has created several successful movie posters.

Talking Points You’ll Hear On Episode 112
• The greatest first design job story ever.
• How going to college for a fine art degree basically did little to no good for Jay’s design career.
• Jay explains how he found the new movement in movie posters and how he bootlegged his way into becoming part of the scene. 
• Faking your way through illustration while ignoring your talents as a graphic designer.
• Finding your inner voice and discovering your own path to personal success. 
• The design process versus the illustration process.
• No web store, no worries, the Jay Shaw method of online sales.

In The Circle of Trust (Paid Subscriber Content)
• Jay breakdowns his newly found regular gig as lead designer at Mondo.
• The wasted energy and traps to working freelance.
• The pain of saying yes.
• Tattoos, LOST, Wire & Battlestar Galactica TV talk. 

Episode 112 - Tom Hovey “Resent It Less”

Tom Hovey is the illustrator for the popular British television series “The Great British Bake Off”.

Talking Points You’ll Hear On Episode 112
Tom’s “pure luck” on landing a continuous illustration gig on one of the biggest shows in the UK.
Learning to embrace what you become known for.
The continuing conversation of finding a life balance.
How constant work forces you to get better, become efficient and eventually creates your signature style.

In The Circle of Trust (Paid Subscriber Content)
We talk about the Circle of Trust and Adventures In Design. How the show brings people together from around the word. 
Finding happiness in your job and letting your work define you.
Being happy with what you're given and not worrying about what you don’t have. 

Episode 111 - Colin Frangicetto “The Illusion Is Gone”

Colin Frangicetto is a painter and guitarist for Circa Survive. 

Talking Points You’ll Hear On Episode 111
• The mindset of entertaining. 
•  How Colin decided to get into pursuing artwork, the decision to show his growth and creative process to his music based social media following. 
• How rock n roll lost it’s pageantry.   

In The Circle of Trust (Paid Subscriber Content)
• How to break into designing for the music industry.
• Putting in the work to get good at music or art.
• The power of the crowd singing along. 

Episode 110 - Billy Baumann, James Flames & David Smith "Shop Talk - Find What You Love And Let It Kill You"

David Smith joins Shop Talk Friday to catch up with the boys and to hear the recording from December where Mark interviewed a crafter displaying David’s work in her booth.

Talking Points You’ll Hear On Episode 110

• Billy shares with us his first night of teaching (laughter ensues).
• Not realizing how great opportunities are until they’re gone.
• How other fields benefit from having low supply and high demand and how this leads to agents making outrageous deals for their clients.
• Evolving your style and avoiding going out of style.
• Mark confronts a crafter and defends David Smith’s honor.

In The Circle of Trust (Paid Subscriber Content)
• The tragedy of what happened this week in France with Charlie Hebdo.
• The Text Acronyms Challenge.
• James Flames converts to a standing desk.
• Post holiday break everyone with clears eyes predicts their 2015.

 

Episode 109 - Nate Duval “Domination In Innovation”

Nate Duval joins us to talk about all things in the world that a little bit of better design could easily fix.

Talking Points You’ll Hear On Episode 109

• Strategies on promoting products on Social Media.
• Are business cards dead?
• What’s the end goal for making a product line and is there a way to make 4 times the amount of annual income?
• The efficient way to use print on demand.
• How Facebook could be better.
• How to treat yourself guilt free to the finer things in life. 

In The Circle of Trust (Paid Subscriber Content)
• Working ahead of the schedule, how to project your efforts.
• Thinking about the consumer no matter if it’s personal or client work.
• Tips and tricks on good home town pride branding.
• Knowing how to speak the language of design.
• Raising your children around the arts.

Episode 107 - “Shouting At Nobody” A Very Special Shop Talk Brandon Rike, Dan Kuhlken & Sean Mort

We have our first ever AID celebrity shop talk featuring Brandon Rike, Dan Kuhlken & Sean Mort.

Talking Points You’ll Hear On Episode 108

Life goes too fast when you love what you do. 
Creating the routine for your freelance life.
Managing the balance of life. 
Creating efficiency in your work and schedule.
We debate the new McDonalds ad campaign.
What to expect and who benefits from a solo art gallery show.
The intimidation of creating your own work.
Scheduling when to release your work and creating a social media schedule.

In The Circle of Trust (Paid Subscriber Content)

Does setting up pre-orders make sense for your product line.
Social Media strategies for promoting your work.
We debate making Circle of Trust only episodes.
Getting strategic guests on the show.
Reoccurring guests and getting guests to be honest.

Episode 107 - Brian Ewing “Not Worth The Paper It’s Printed On”

Illustrator Brian Ewing stops by for his second appearance and give us more of the same brutal honesty. 

Talking Points You’ll Hear On Episode 107

• Protecting yourself from getting ripped off online.
• Turning fan art into a audition for a future gig.
• The amount effort that goes into painting and seeing the return in your investment.
• Brian talks about creating his very first vinyl toy.

In The Circle of Trust (Paid Subscriber Content)

• Brian reflects back on his major art shot that he did toward the end of 2014. He gives great advice on what he did right from previous years and what he’ll do even better the next time.
• We talk about The Simpsons.

Episode 106 - Jeral Tidwell “Skill Versus Craft”
Jeral Tidwell voted best guest of 2014 returns to give us all a New Year's kick in the asshole!

Talking Points You’ll Hear On Episode 107
• We congratulate Jeral Tidwell for having the most popular show from 2014.
• How healthy competition helps attract us to others and create great friendships.
• Too much talent being a bad thing, being a little hungry is the best spot to be.
• Believing what you think and letting that motivate you.
• We return to the pre promotion / post promotion debate.
• Hear how Jeral’s frustration with the current market of paint brushes inspired him to launch his own line of brushes.
• Jeral’s $10,000 brass nuckle jewelry experiment. 
• Racing against the clock to just get it done.
• Jeral share’s with us his Skill versus Craft concept.

In The Circle of Trust (Paid Subscriber Content)
• How Jeral built a 2,000 SQFT dream art space behind his home and tips on how to improve your work space.
• Creating a good space your world, helps create a good space in your mind.
• The benefits of creating different work spaces for the different jobs you do.
• The Monday Night Art Jams that Jeral and Sarah throw every Monday night in their art space. 
• Getting out of your space and learning from others.
• Absorbing concepts from other artists and applying it into your own work.
• Are you playing to win or playing to not lose?