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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. 

737 Orange County Ad Agency All-Stars Shop Talk

Mark Brickey


The nostalgic past, evolving present and confusing future of design, advertising, and marketing. 



Today In Part One.

  • Fighting to stay on the front lines as an active participating creative as your career advances and you become a general. 
  • The different paths we all take to avoid "real work" that leads us all to the world of advertising. 
  • Existing in the nonstyle so that you can be many things to many different people. 
  • The illusion of what you think happens and the reality of what actually happens when your work appears in a design annual. 
  • Advertising agencies are transitioning into content creation. Is this our future? 
  • We are all in love with print design, is there a way to transfer that love into the future of advertising and marketing? 
  • Designing for Instagram moments. 

In The Circle of Trust. Exclusive Paid Member Content. 

  • Where do agencies find their freelancers? Is all the time we spend on social media going to get us hired? 
  • Networking is part of your work, or at least it should be. 
  • The odd piece in the portfolio that's either too good or too bad for the rest of the work. 
  • Making fans of your work today could mean making friends with potential clients tomorrow. 
  • The future of freelance as budgets get reduced year to year. 


Mark Brickey


Fritz Mesenbrink & Jeremy Pelley founded the groundbreaking OMFGco based on the simple concept of applying thoughtfullness to environmental and graphic design projects. Crafting the cleverness of the Ace Hotel and Stumptown Coffee brands. 

Today In Part One.

  • How OMFGco been able to beat the odds twice, once on creating a healthy midsized boutique design studio and once again on building a client list that allows them to deliver their best work end to end. 
  • End To End. The practice of going from initial concept, ideas, and sketch to reality, to final execution and staying around long enough to create all the last bells and whistles. 
  • Learning on the job with the Ace Hotel, the nonbrand brand, and using that experience to build the philosophy of creating spaces that talk to you. 
  • The art of shaping the modern customer experience from coffee shops to boutique hotels. Giving customers a level of sophistication they didn't know existed but now can't live without. 
  • Designing for the flat age and catering to the customer's philosophy in life not their station in life. 
  • Wired Hotel in Tokyo, Japan designing from the ground up. 
  • Thinking about the Instagram space. 

In The Circle of Trust. Exclusive Paid Member Content. 

  • How to select the clients that will allow you to do your best work. 
  • Seeking out clients that trust you. 
  • OMFGco track record on keeping clients end to end. 
  • Working on projects that you believe in. 
  • Learning when to say no.
  • How to break into doing end to end design and how you can get your foot in the door to make projects that matter. 
  • Research your world. 
  • What's the dream gig of the dream studio? 
  • Hookups are earned not expected. 

734 - Hammer Time 26 "Tavo Pinata"

Mark Brickey


Should Brickey and Hammer make a Tavo Pinata? 
Comment Below To Be Heard On Hammer Time 27.

Talking points on Hammer Time 26

  • Is someone making dry humping porn? Is that a genre? 
  • The biggest favor you can do for your favorite YouTube creators. 
  • Hammer shows the real value of LA's fashion district and how he puts in the hard work. 
  • Hammer Time explores the Pinata district of Los Angeles and the definite possibility having a Tavo Pinata created. 
  • Gustavo Jaimes the most responsible tattoo artist of all time (just out luck.)
  • A Pretty amazing John Cena story. 

Circle of Trust

  • Traveling with equipment and losing your knife to TSA. 
  • Fuck Gary. 
  • The beautiful world of bootleg pinatas. 
  • Hammer and Brickey try to push Tavo into being a shot caller. 
  • The new rush to get your neck and hand tattoos. 
  • Gus's extreme Anaheim pride and what did the cops pull off the river banks?