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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. 

422 - Shop Talk with Billy Baumann and James Flames

David Defeo

Bang the drum as Shop Talk returns in full force with Mark, Billy, and James back together again. Having recently purchased the iPad Pro, Mark talks about his self initiated daily challenge and discusses the need to continually adapt and stay relevant in a constantly shifting creative world. Billy brings up some changes at Delicious Design league as they reposition themselves to catch some bigger fish and review their current promotional efforts and how that might be perceived. James clarifies his long term plan and business model in response to Mark's projections from Monday's Shop Talk and offers his perspective on the long road to artistic success. This episode has the Dream Team covering a lot of ground and will give you something to think about this weekend as you plot and scheme your own creative future.

Talking Points

  • Finding out that you're the Funky Bunch and was Donny D really drug free?
  • Billy takes the James Flames Challenge and listens to Taylor Swift.
  • Ghostbusters is just a cover song: A review from Mark Brickey.
  • Using intense color and lighting to depict paranormal activity.
  • Using the iPad Pro and remaining creatively relevant.
  • Setting guidelines for learning a new skill and working it into your existing career.
  • Tips and trick to mimic analog settings when making art digitally.
  • Utilizing multiple mobile apps instead of one robust desktop tool from Adobe.
  • File sharing from the iPad Pro to anything else.
  • Is Mark turning into Art Chantry?
  • Forecastle and how to gauge audience responses on artistic directions.
  • Do you keep making hits off your past success?
  • Creating an environment in your booth to engage your customer.
  • Delicious passes on Pitchfork and the boys remember the early days of hipsters resolving shoplifting issues through dance offs.
  • What message is your business really sending through its promotional efforts?
  • Are you judged off the company you keep or off the quality of your work.
  • Billy comes up with the best use of $400 ever!
  • James clarifies his business model after Mark brought it up on Monday's Shop Talk.
  • How James Flames overlaps client work with building his own brand.
  • Selling the Grateful Dead their own IP back to them.
  • Getting your posters sponsored by larger corporations to offset band budgets.
  • The long term plan for James and what he is building in the background on his road to greatness.
  • Who is really in control of James' timetable?
  • Understanding your work ethic and balancing out life.
  • Does the 1% inspire you to strive for more?
  • Will more money make you happier?
  • The other side of investing in yourself... literally.
  • Learning from multiple financial viewpoints and how to make your money work for you.