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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. 

647 - Corbett Redford

David Defeo

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Every movement has somewhere sacred renowned as its birthplace and for East Bay Punk, that is undeniably 924 Gilman. For years this club has been the epicenter of a community formed by outsiders, freethinkers, and cultural revolutionaries armed with nothing more than determination and a few power chords. Corbett Redford spent the last four years of his life pouring over footage chronicling Green Day, Rancid, NOFX, and countless others to create his documentary, Turn It Around: The Story Of East Bay Punk. Who better could properly encapsulate all these vastly unique personalities sharing one common thread than someone who lived through all that triumph and turmoil themselves? Corbett applied what he learned from a fiercely independent scene to plunge headfirst into crafting a story that uplifts the powerfully honest principles behind punk rock and highlights how voices both big and small play a crucial role in shaping communities that matter. This interview weaves between Corbett's own involvement in the scene, how he came to make this beautiful film about it, and what is next on the horizon for him.

Talking Points

  • "You're cool... but fuck your band" and three friendly guidelines from Billie Joe.
  • A handbook for building a community with music as a backdrop. 
  • Remembering what you learned about what you are capable of building. 
  • Finding connections with the human element when you need it. 
  • A culture shift towards celebrating the outsiders. 
  • Eggplants in every scene and how artists see art. 
  • Is inclusivity the answer?
  • Learning to meet people in the middle. 
  • Not every band can be Fugazi and products of bad geography. 
  • Sitting face to face with real racism, putting out a helping hand, and getting someone on the path. 
  • The DIY mentality on being who you want to be. 
  • Silent contributors to Gilman and never forgetting where you come from. 

Circle Of Trust Talking Points

  • Slipping into the next thing through music. 
  • Life always finds a way. 
  • Did everyone have their coffee today?
  • Where is the next place to go?
  • Collaborating with Iggy Pop and working with your heroes to get the real story. 
  • Who was Corbett in this film?
  • Finding your next steps and learning new reflexes.
  • Can you go back to normal life? 
  • Recalibration, responsibility, and the real creative crescendo. 
  • Exhaustion, art, and emotional lottery tickets.
  • Keeping the stoke. 

TEAM TURN IT AROUND

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If you love documentaries and you love hearing from the people responsible for them then your next step is Hans Fjellestad on AID 425. He compiled together a film about the Sunset Strip in all it's hair metal glory.

From seemingly out of nowhere the DC scene exploded and Minor Threat was at the heart of it all. With a strong DIY ethic that was the through line of these musicians' careers, Start Today looks at Minor Threat.

Shane Valentino was a vital part in telling the story of Nocturnal Animals. As a Production Designer he lit scenes and set tones that would visually cast emotion across the actor's work. Hear more from the other side of the lens on AID 487.

646 - Hammer Time

David Defeo

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Hammer Time X is upon us and the cast is taking on the McDonald's menu in all of its thirty two item glory. Mark, Tavo, and Hammer reminisce about the food that made them into men and use our tried and true system of democracy to determine which foods will advance and what falls by the wayside. Breakfast. Dessert. Sandwich. Snack. Division by calorie packed division square off in a food fight to the finish with only one true victor left standing when the carnage finally subsides. Along the way, your boys drop the secret to making a McDoogle, unmask the bagel industry not based in New York, and mix ethnic delicacies to create all new gourmet experiences. Toss in a few stories from Hammer's innovative employment history at Starbucks and a few other antics that ensue and you have yourself a Hammer Time that will have you say "I'm lovin' it."

Talking Points

  • The Comment Piñatas get cracked open. 
  • A sticky syrup situation, rolls with holes, and PB Times. 
  • The Snowman Shuffle to the first Veagle. 
  • Quarter Pounder flounders.
  • Simpler times in America on the back nine and bringing people together. 
  • The McDoogle, the "presence of health," and sauce strategies. 
  • Defending the cheeseburger. 
  • Hammer makes you an offer you can't refuse.
  • Chef Jandora applies to Tavo's Tacos in full force.
  • Mark wins the Social Lottery. 

Circle Of Trust Talking Points

  • Momo watches Sofia and Blanche getting that Nut Nut.
  • Potatoes aren't apples and owning all the blueberries in the world. 
  • Revisiting blizzards and understanding food adultery. 
  • The first Cheeseburger McFlurry. 
  • Hammer's innovative employment history at Starbucks earns him an extra nickel every hour... that he declines. 
  • Vibing since youth, The Pizza Song, and the varying levels of Coca-Cola Classic (including a secret level). 
  • Moments of silence as potentially planted moments of entertainment. 
  • Where are you Biggie in your life?
  • The Final Four Face Off and the grande royale battle to the finish. 
  • Hawaiian Pizza Alternates, Kung Pao-ritos, and a Would You Rather that's Dragon Ballz Deep. 

TEAM FUCKIN HAMMER TIME

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Where did the Eagle come from and just what exactly are Mark and Hammer trying to get out of Gus? It all starts here at The Unity Episode and we have a feeling it won't be stopping anytime soon. EAGLE!

Chef Jandora had some incredible menu additions for Tavo's Tacos but you need to know to hear it straight form the horse's mouth in AID 642 where Mark, Hammer, and Tavo lay out the originals. 

You like brackets? You like Blizzards? Well then we have a Hammer Time for you as the boys pit ice every flavor of this thick, blended treat against each other in a dessert off like the world has never seen.

645 - August Poster Countdown with Mitch Putnam

David Defeo

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The August Poster Countdown is here with Mark Brickey and Mitch Putnam of OMGposters.com guiding you through a month chock full of raw talent and jaw dropping pieces. As we move higher and higher up the ranks, you can study how each artist harnessed their creativity to truly hone in on what each work attempted to communicate. These two captains of industry point out what makes each poster stand out from the rest and lend time tested, industry insight into the business behind creativity. Is a portrait or landscape layout better for your next composition? Are you great enough to be deliberately sloppy? Do you have the guts to put blue cheese on pizza? With such a wide array of style and subject matter exhibited across this month's selections, you are sure to walk away with countless chicken nuggets about the subtle finesse behind design expertly wielded by these artists.

Talking Prints

  • The slow decline of cinema and the evolution of its marketing tactics. 
  • Low budget horror films that make money but lack the quality Mondo would confidently stand behind. 
  • Hitting the tone of what you're trying to capture in your work. 
  • Making humor translate and avoiding likeness rights through illustrative styles. 
  • The power of portrait. 
  • Sturdy women, traditional styles, and Revolver videos. 
  • Metallica posters, Space Riders, and inspired hires who actually try something different. 
  • Consistently piling on your signature style with details and layering. 
  • A moment for Pizza that makes no sense. 
  • Reminiscent posters that harken back to a better time for gig posters and cementing yourself in the community. 
  • Existing in incubators and honing your craft. 
  • Grayscale grief online. 
  • A quiet breath of fresh air, your client's success is also your own, and inspired secondary photos. 
  • Challenging infographics that most artists want to take on. 
  • Making type that talks, lego pieces that work for you, and some new bookmarks you need. 

Circle Of Trust Talking Prints

  • When real world TLC backfires and the intense process behind James Jean's work that puts him in competition with no one but itself. 
  • Avant-garde client work that comes from a totally different world. 
  • Harnessing the power of white. 
  • Mood, silence, and tone, following the career path of Dan McCarthy, and the difficult lesson of restraint. 
  • Understanding finesse. 
  • Master Lego Builders and working the information into the composition. 
  • Mixing hand drawn illustrations and real world photos. 
  • Are you deliberately sloppy or just not talented? 
  • Experimenting outside the Star Wars universe and guessing at the long term cultural footprint of modern IP's. 
  • From marketing to meritocracy. 
  • Negative space is self confidence and Mondo teams up with Black Dragon Press. 
  • Form, function, and split fountains. 
  • Nailing line weight like a master. 

TEAM POSTER COUNTDOWN

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If you need an incredible detailed examination of how DKNG creates such compelling work then look no further than AID 473. The DKNG Show gives everyone the chance to hear from Dan and Nathan just how they do what they do so well.

Don't miss last month's poster countdown with Mark and Mitch bringing you the best that July had to offer. These episodes are such an incredible examination of talent and a long look behind the scenes of the scene that is poster design. 

Richey Beckett is a master of the old craft of crosshatching. He painstakingly inks line after minute line to create a rich tapestry of marks that draw the viewer into a time long ago. AID 224 is an introduction to a true artisan across the pond.

644 - Shop Talk with Billy Baumann and OKpants

David Defeo

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Bang that drum because Shop Talk is here and ready to rumble. Mark, Billy, and OKpants have teamed up around the proverbial water cooler to dish dirt, share stories, and drop chicken nuggets like there's no tomorrow. How much does your name truly affect your life and how you are perceived? If you could have a dream team of five people what would they be doing for you? Are you held down by a customer first mentality that isn't leaving you creatively fulfilled? Get ready to dive into the deep end with your favorite coworkers as they tackle issues and dole out advice to prepare you for the next big steps on your own journey. Sechrist out!

Talking Points

  • Delicious gets gothic and makes an Ambrose alert. 
  • Getting Raw with the cast of Hammer Time and fans who cross over. 
  • How much does your name affect your life?
  • Flushing out a dream team of five people to help you achieve your dreams for five years. 
  • Altering the structure at Delicious Design League to better utilize everyone's talents. 
  • Billy faces off against Aaron in a boxing match of his dreams. 

Circle Of Trust Talking Points

  • Developing the proper timeline to think about your customer. 
  • How do you approach the artboard?
  • Hoping for hits and staying creatively fulfilled. 
  • Gauging your market.
  • Darlings that remake themselves and icons that fade away. 
  • Forward thinking design aesthetics or communicating with your customer. 
  • PSAs from Billy, Mark, and OKpants. 
  • Delicious Design League presents at Duotone at Gallery F. 
  • VR on the cultural horizon and the slow disconnect from one another. 

TEAM CHARLIE CHARLIE

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Chris Parks not only knows how to develop his style first, he also isn't afraid to take his reality to the brink of sanity. In AID 328 we get to hear all about what Palehorse does to refine his style and bring back a creativity that exists at the edge of the psychadelic consiousness.

If you want to understand more from the life of a living icon then look no further than our interview with Shepard Fairey. Not only do we get to hear about his journey to transcending the term "design famous" but also the reprocussions of all that attention.

Jen Bartel took an entire year off to hone in on her style before she re-entered the professional creative community. She talks with Mark about her time away from the workforce and the success she found once she knew who she was as an artist. This is one straight out of the AID Guidebook.

643 - Alexander Libby of ProductionPro

David Defeo

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Making your dream a reality is the first step on the long road of keeping your dream a reality. Between finding funds to keep things going and generating new users in a marketplace pulling their attention in every which way, ProductionPro continues to revolve around their single source of truth. Alex Libby returns to Adventures In Design to share what a year and a half of fighting the good fight has taught him and how his app idea turned into a dedicated team of people collaborating to further adapt their product towards what the entertainment industry wants. Mark opens the episode letting us all behind the curtain on how he is curtailing these interviews to help everyone stop following the leader and start learning how you can start taking down the walls that are in front of your own challenges. Just like ProductionPro, we are trying to help you perform at the height of your creativity.

Talking Points

  • The changing creative landscape and interviewing creatives from other fields.
  • Following the leader or learning from their triumphs.
  • Taking down another brick in the wall.
  • Does your career seem easier to you now?
  • Becoming Appletes ™. 
  • Working towards what you love. 
  • Finding the single source of truth and learning from your users. 
  • Splitting up episodes and viewing the same content in different ways. 
  • A three year journey to find a meaningful and succinct way to say what you're doing. 
  • Raising money, finding users, and the hungry tech beast. 
  • A cultural challenge to find usability. 
  • Competition, one hundred "No's," and checking off some boxes for your investors.
  • The shift to show off your team. 
  • How far can this go? How big can this get?
  • Choosing between the friendly sell and the hard sell. 
  • Forever funding and meaningful metrics. 
  • Making something you can actually show people. 
  • Protecting the team and educating them about an industry they never thought they'd be a part of. 

Circle Of Trust Talking Points

  •  Hating the day to day but loving what you're working towards. 
  • Death Bed Hindsight. 
  • Pitching do's and don'ts. 
  • Operating inside the Disney Accelerator. 
  • Accessing the most creative minds to improve your product. 
  • The Bi Coastal lifestyle. 
  • Significantly moving the needle. 
  • Fighting for a real idea at the core of what you do. 
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There will be some serious work that needs to get done in order to make your dream into a reality. Dean and the boys at Thunderking are taking no prisoners as they bring the world some of the best cold brewed coffee. Their commitment to the craft and focus on changing minds one sip at a time will remind you what it takes to make it.

A year and a half ago Mark sat down with Alex Libby to discuss everything that was going into making ProductionPro a reality and how it can reshape the entertainment industry into a more collaborative workspace. Hear where it all started on AID 353 and start changing your own project into something you can show other people.

Ian Jones-Quarty believes in the collaborative process as well. In his first appearance on AID he spoke about constantly sharing his ideas with his team to bring them to life. Not to mention... its an episode filled with inspirational chicken nuggets on loving the work you're doing.