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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. 

377 - The Collection with Huck Gee - Part 5: Ferg of Playge

David Defeo

The Collection is back and this time Huck Gee and Mark Brickey bring you a man who was part of the new school even during the heyday of the old school. Ferg spearheaded the DIY designer toy game and has always taken matters into his own hands from his very first toy all the way to present day where he created Playge and developed the multiple toy lines within it. Once the bubble popped, many designers fell to the wayside while Ferg saw an uptick in his bottom line since his production and distribution means were always something he controlled. Ferg's story is one of self reliance, unbridled creativity and doing what you love on your own terms.

Talking Points

  • Huck returns from his homeland and ToyCon UK energized and ready to go.
  • The popularity around social media and how it ties into your creativity and ego.
  • How The Collection is bringing down the curtain on the toy industry, where its going and who will be players in it.
  • The similarities between all creative markets and learning from the successes and failures of each.
  • TSA and the 80lb. duffel bag and Mark's Blood Sugar Vest.
  • The evolution of the blank and its variations.
  • Strategizing on who you want to work with in your industry.
  • The return to Gold Life.
  • Finding a scale where characters remain true to size.
  • Determining price points based off exposure and production in America.
  • The Huck Gee Vannen Watch Giveaway
  • Doing the new school model back in the old school days and how to avoid losing control of your product.
  • Starting with the sqube.
  • Moving away form cutesy designer toys.
  • Ferg's entry point into the world of toys.
  • Making clothes for very small things.
  • Making a living selling direct to consumers.
  • Unrealistic standards for selling out a product.
  • Readjusting your ego and predicting the end of hype.
  • Assembly as a Build A Bear for Squadt.
  • Inventing the Third Eye and using visual tricks that engage your audience.
  • Drawing inspiration from the illustration techniques of the skateboard industry.

Talking Points in the Circle Of Trust

The most desirable scale for designers to work with.
Getting your pieces through the door (literally).
Blind Box costs based off the number sculpts and colorways.
Selling direct to consumers versus distribution.
Broach Game.
Stumbling into similar creative territory and where you pull back.
Kozik takes on Print Mafia and makes them an offer they refused.
Flipping modern homes and the long con of property taxes.
Showcase Showdown tips.
Dream properties Ferg and Huck want to work with.
Toy designing as training for the inevitable pop culture apocalypse.