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The Circle of Trust

The Circle of Trust is the paid subscriber content for listeners of the Adventures In Design podcast. Containing over 300+ episodes and 500 hours of design, illustration, printing and business tips n tricks. Hear every episode in it’s entirety! The Circle of Trust has the full Adventures In Design audio catalog, featuring every episode with bonus content added or you can choose to go straight to the bonus content. Every topic possible on following your creative passion as a hobby or career has been covered in this collection and we’re not even close to finishing the conversation adding another 200 episodes in 2016. 

585 - JP Connelly - Production Designer

Mark Brickey

JP Connelly is the production designer for NBC’s hit show The Voice, Top Chef, Martha & Snoop's Potluck Dinner Party and Adam Carolla & Friends Build Stuff Live. Working with The Voice for the last 13 seasons has created a healthy flow of creative and financial success. Hear how JP Connelly guides his blooming design firm, personal goals and creativity into a future that builds upon this success and hopefully takes them all to great new heights. It’s not enough to just succeed anymore, but to learn how to lead that success into future growth and opportunities. 

Talking Points

Set design and production design as a character, a added element of drama and traffic flow of contestants to hosts.

Creating the best work for the client versus doing your signature style. 

Designing an experience, nothing has to be basic. 

Getting started with small projects, killing yourself to earn your reputation for the big stage. 

Running your business in a way where it doesn’t run you down. 

A healthy dose of fear will help your next big creative project.

Learning the difference between “We” and “I” when you build a business based off your personal identity. 

How Nick At Night birthed Netflix and binge watching. 

Designing the flow of a game show through production design. 

Trying to look at your own work like a stranger would. 

In The Circle of Trust (Bonus Content)

Adding new textures to What's Happening Live With Andy Cohen.

Award Shows the greatest drama of unscripted television. 

Making safe mistakes and realizing some rules can’t be broken. 

Hear two grown men fight over “favorite” colors. 

Dudes are always trying to pick up something whether it’s chicks or dudes, the early career paths we take via libido.

Being insecure about your success and scared where to go next. 

How to transfer your success into other arenas and projects. 

Giving creative ownership of your business to your team. 

What does Mark’s TV set look like?

583 - Death and Taxes - A Shop Talk Special with Billy Baumann

Mark Brickey

A Shop Talk special that takes a look at the policy, not the politics, of the current proposed healthcare and tax reform bills. Mark and Billy study both proposals from a freelancer, small business owner andmiddle class creative’s points of view. How would these changes possibly change the healthcare and taxes of the Adventures In Design audience. 

“Sounds like shit” -Jim Madison, Print Mafia

582 - April Poster Countdown with Mitch Putnam

Mark Brickey



Mitch Is Back And The Show Is STACKED AND PACKED - 25+ Design Topics And Projects Reviewed

A quick wrap up of Never Grow Up, the second Disney / Mondo poster show, and the social media value of decorating your physical space.

Masters of None returns to Netflix. We talk about Jay Shaw’s working relationship with Aziz Ansari and the show. As well as we learn Jay’s half sister, Caley Hicks, is a full on illustration threat.  

Jeremy Spears has our number 10 poster. We love it’s textures and composition but question a couple of items that feel out of place. 

Rob Jones at number nine shows us the deep personal thoughts of the continuing Grief series and how he remains on top of the collage game for a difficult Third Man Records poster gig. 

Poster number 8 shows us that a toned down print Daniel Danger is still much louder than most folks best efforts. 

Ghoulish Gary Pullin and Jason Edmiston interrupt the poster countdown with some really great work that we believe will find its way into a future countdown. Mitch explains to Mark how a career renaissance for both of these Canadians came a boot. 

How color separations became an industry and the real star of the modern poster making process, even creating new careers for creative veterans like John Smith.

A listener asks “What’s the big deal about the text block rights in movie poster design?” we explain it’s visual and business appeal. 

The Thing, the game, Mondo dives into making their first movie themed boardgames and the creative mind of Jay Shaw is at the helm once again. 

Poster number 7 on our countdown by Sam Wolfe Connelly brings up a discussion on the difference between film posters and video game posters.

We Buy Your Kids pop up with our 6 best poster of the month and start a dialogue on creating truly original work in a saturated creative market. 

PART TWO - The Circle of Trust

Mike Mitchell celebrates May The 4th with a long awaited portrait of Darth Vader and a Storm Trooper. Hear how hard it was to get those beautiful classic amber lenses in the final piece. 

Mondo celebrated the new Guardians of the Galaxy film with a new GOTG art print by Paolo Rivera and a Tom Whalen pin drop. We explore when it’s the right time to change your printing method to create a more authentic product and how Mondo masters the pin game with Strong Stuff.

Leslie Herman is sitting pretty at number 5 with his newest and most ambitious print to date for Ween. This print showcases how composition and detailing will show people you’re a master at illustration, even if you choose to do it a little loose and little sloppy.

Landland shows up at number 4 with a pending plagiarism lawsuit from Mark Brickey. But before the lawyers make us all enemies, we enjoy how much work goes into Dan Blacks process and how you can really tell he’s in it for the love of the game. 

James Jean throws everything at the wall on our third poster and we love it all. Any square inch of this crowded piece would be a reason for any other artist to hit a career milestone but for JJ it’s just another day at the office. 

We go back to midcentury design with Laurent Durieux’s second best print of the month for The Graduate. It’s a real beauty on screen but we explore how the printed version would be a masterpiece by comparison to it’s jpeg counterpart. 

The impossible to predict N.C. Winters steals the month and the countdown’s number one spot with his fresh take on the classic Aliens property. Taking a known element and presenting it in a new creative environment takes the month with this simplified and bright composition for a franchise that’s known for existing in the dark and the chaotic.  

But wait there’s even more!

Leigh Mulley confuses us with a painting that is so damn good it gets disqualified from the countdown because Mark foolishly assumes that it’s a photograph. Now we know Leigh is a painter, and a great one at that. 

Dark Hall Mansion just can’t seem to find the proper rhythm for their ongoing work with Peanuts. Just when we got excited about Dave Perillo’s new print, the best one DHM has made in a number of months, we get confused all over again with the Jeff Granito black light piece. It’s a great illustration and composition, but we just can’t get past the color schemes strange tone. 

Carlos Valenzuela gives us a crowed Masters of The Universe battle scene that is rendered very well, but could really use a hierarchy in it’s composition to make the battle seem more intense and in the process create higher visual stakes. 

Lastly we talk about the epic age of discovery that Kevin Tong has been exploring the last 4/5 years and how he may be the guy that invented many of the new tricks that forever changed what the industry and art world would come to think you could create within silkscreen. 

581 - LORNA BROWN - Painter, Author, Skateboarder, World Traveler

Mark Brickey

Lorna Brown - Painter, Author, Skateboarder, World Traveler

Lorna Brown did it all the way your suppose to. She went to university, she got trained at her craft of Scientific and Natural History Illustration painting. Lorna got jobs, clients and an agent, but she never found professional happiness. As a teenage skateboarder, she had always felt free skating and left design to focus on the competitive sport of, you’ll never guess, Roller Derby. After nearly a decade of competition she felt a calling that took her to the Middle East, Palestine, where she taught young girls and women how to skateboard. Amongst the destruction of Palestine she found beauty in the urban decay and street art of war torn world. This inspiration allowed her to not only find her way back to painting, but also around the world documenting the art of the streets through her beautifully painted urban landscapes. Living the book that she’s literally writing, right now, Lorna sat down with Mark at his home in Los Angeles, while she took a break from documenting the streets and skateparks of Southern California. This is an inspirational episode, perfect for anyone looking for a change or any young woman trying to find the self confidence to live the life that she wants, not the one she thinks she’s suppose to live. 

Today's Chicken Nuggets

- Traveling to Palestine and becoming an ambassador for skating boarding and western feminism. 
- Learning how to care for someone else, teaches you how to care for yourself. 
- The perspective of the Middle East conflicts from someone who has lived it. 
- Going to school for illustration and feeling let down by the path that lies before you. 
- Feeling emotionally lost in the client driven design industry.
- How loose is too loose, how tight is too tight, finding your rhythm as a illustrative painter. 
- A healthy personal conflict when depicting other creatives in your own work. 
- Street art versus murals versus graffiti versus tagging… The reason why each exist.

In The Circle of Trust

- Being attracted by the why of art? Instead of the final results of art. 
- Finding your quest in life, getting lost and ending up exactly where you’re meant to be.
- Living your book and chasing your dream. 
- Struggling to relate to the life that your “suppose” to be living. 
- Evaluating the life that you really want to be living.
- Living in the present. 
- How do you break free? 
- Facing your fears and learning to go straight toward them.
- Allowing yourself to change, giving yourself permission to be free. 
- Being prepared to give up what you have, being ready to succeed.  
- Skateboarding as a life long inspiration. 
- Roller Derby-ing away from your problems. 
- Finding a way to put all of your passions into you love for work.