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The Circle of Trust Archive

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. 

567 - Shop Talk with Billy Baumann

David Defeo

Throw that steaming hot Unicorn Frappuccino right at your boss's head because it's time for Shop Talk with Mark Brickey and Billy Baumann. The boys take a very serious look at the state of the creative industry for independents and entrepreneurs to try and evaluate if it's even worth the attempt anymore. Between plunging price points, ceaselessly increasing competition, and no correlation to career growth what is left to find happiness in design? We also turn to a few readings from the Book Of Baumann for inspiration in these troubled times. Whether you want to consider it bullshit or bull ton, antics ensue and Adventures In Design is there to help you through it with some quality time with The Cobra and your old pal Mark Brickley.

Talking Points

  • One word clues for Mark to guess each subsequent Harry Potter film in order. 
  • New intro talk, Disneyland rumors, and some sad football news. 
  • Zuck snarfs, Snapchat ripoffs, and getting people excited about some not so radical changes. 
  • The tech bubble's first few warning signs.
  • Quality or quantity in the job market?
  • Taxi cabs should've learned a thing or two from the demise of Blockbuster Video. 
  • Readings from the Book Of Baumann on child rearing tactics. 
  • Handling the wildness of youth. 
  • Freaky Friday Soccer Dreams. 
  • Locked down and devalued communicative arts being held back by the gatekeepers that be. 
  • Creating a culture that expects are for free. 
  • Can a freelancer put out work at a reduced cost to land a big job down the road?
  • Finding the happiest people in design. 
  • Advice from bullshit to bull ton. 
  • Finding your voice, hero worship, and fizzling out. 
  • Quick, clean, and a hint of narrative. 
  • Starbucks stunt drinks and low cost investments in advertising that might bite back. 
  • Revisiting the donut debate. 
  • Ruminating on a comic book career that could never be for Billy Baumann.


Comic Book Girl 19
A YouTube Page documenting the history of the comic book world.
3 Cools

Comics Explained
Another YouTube Channel cliff noting the entire universe of comic books.
No Cools Were Officially Given

You want to hear about finding your voice? Well what if you have more than one? Mike Mitchell sat down with Mark at Mondo Con to discuss how he has made so many successful series with so many succinct artistic styles.

After the first BrickeyLeaks we get to hear Billy's take on how posters fit into your career. Is it what it used to be? Do we even need them anymore? Why are we holding on to an industry that is so against us. 

Unicorn Frappuccinos? You need to know about advertising than look no farther than a master at his craft, Alan Siegel. Madison Avenue was his proving grounds and simplicity is the message that has lasted through every era.