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The Honest Designers Show

Are you a designer struggling to find your way in the modern world? Learn how to make a dent in the creative universe with Tom Ross, Ian Barnard, Dustin Lee and Lisa Glanz. Each of your hosts have found tremendous success in their own creative fields. They’re here to give you a completely honest, under the hood look at what it takes to flourish in this crazy creative vocation! You’ll discover actionable tips to land more clients, find your style, successfully brand yourself, and ultimately find satisfaction in your work.
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Mar 19, 2019

This week, we're talking about the best ways to spend money in order to save time. Time is our greatest asset, so when should we be willing to invest in the tools and people we need to save time, versus choosing to save our money? Without further ado, let's get into the show!

Mar 13, 2019

This week, we're talking about how to get outside of your comfort zone. It can be all too tempting to stay in our creative safe place, but often pushing our own creative boundaries can help keep our work fresh and relevant. Plus, it can challenge our skills and make us better, more well-rounded designers. So without further ado, let's get into the show!

Mar 6, 2019

This week, we're thrilled to welcome Aiden Fishbein to the show. Aiden runs Vitals Agency and is a seasoned creative entrepreneur and film editor. He's obsessed with proper project planning and organisation, which is something your four hosts definitely need some help with. So without further ado, let's get into the show!

Feb 28, 2019
This week we are talking all about becoming a brand. It sounds kind of big and scary, but we're going to break it down and give you those actionable steps and tips on how you can stand out in a noisy, online world and build your brand as a designer. So without further ado, let's get into the show!
Feb 27, 2019

This week we are talking about free work and working for exposure. This is often portrayed as every designer’s worst nightmare. So, we’re going to explore if there is ever any upside to working for free and what you should do when presented with this option.

Feb 12, 2019

This week we are going back to square one. We are looking at how it feels to be back at the start of a new creative venture - the courage that it takes to make that plunge and the fear that comes along with the ride. So without further ado, let's get into the show!

Feb 6, 2019

This week we are answering some more awesome questions from the listeners. We always love doing these and are super excited for today’s show!

Jan 30, 2019

This week we’re talking all about mental health. We dig into our own struggles with mental health and share how they can impact so many creatives out there. Without further ado, let’s get into the show!

Jan 23, 2019

We’re back and at it again for 2019. I’m super excited to be back here with the gang. I’ve missed you guys dearly. So, this week we are digging into some listener questions. It’s been quite a while since we last did this, but we have some fantastic questions lined up from listeners of the show. So without further ado, let’s get into it.

Jan 16, 2019

This week is our 100th episode.  This week we wanted to share our appreciation for all our listeners and give somewhat of a recap of the past 100 episodes. Without further ado, let’s get into this special show!

Jan 9, 2019

This week we are joined by Blair Enns who has spent more than a decade in new business and account management for some of the worlds largest advertising agencies and some of its smallest design firms. He is also passionate about helping out fellow creative entrepreneurs and is an expert on pricing.

Jan 2, 2019

This week we are joined by Lauren Hom who is a huge inspiration for many in the creative community. Lauren does wonderful lettering work and has designed for clients like Starbucks, Google, AT&T, YouTube and Time Magazine. She’s also released a book, several courses including the popular, Passion to Paid and releases a weekly HOMwork for her followers which encourages them to think outside the box and get creative.

Dec 19, 2018

This week we’re joined by the loveliest man in the design industry, Mr. Dave Clayton. We’re so excited to welcome Dave to the show. Dave works over at Astute Graphics, who produce some staggeringly good plug-ins for Adobe Illustrator. He’s also a serious conference attendant, runs his own creative podcast at He Shoots, He Draws and seems to know just about everyone in the creative industry. Today we pick Dave’s brain on how to network in a non-sleazy authentic way, and how relationships are the backbone of the creative industry.

Dec 12, 2018
This week we're joined by Brad Colbow, who's a huge creative inspiration for all of your hosts here at the Honest Designers Show. He's had a successful freelance career, juggled multiple projects including a series of best selling Udemy courses and a prolifically awesome YouTube channel. Without further ado, let's get into the show! 
Dec 5, 2018

This week we talk about how to bounce back from knockbacks in your creative career.  We all have days that suck, client feedback that we didn't expect or the unexpected going wrong.  Today we look at the best way to tackle these unfortunate circumstances. Without further ado, let's get into the show! 

Nov 28, 2018

This week we’re joined by our good friend Diane Gibbs. We are super excited to welcome Diane to the show. She’s worked as a professor of Graphic Design at the University of South Alabama for over 15 years, had a fantastic freelance career and hosts the awesome Design Recharge Show podcast. Diane has also personally set up the hosts with incredible young talents, including Allie Toney who we previously interviewed on the show and who now works as part of the team at Design Cuts.

Nov 21, 2018

This week we talk all about the best ways to get your creative work in front of more people. We try to get super tactical in this episode and share many actionable tips on how to get your design work out there more.

Nov 14, 2018

This week we’re continuing our discussion about being a creative vs. being an entrepreneur. We tackle many more of your questions and share our thoughts and experiences around this all-important topic. Without further ado let’s get into the show.

Nov 7, 2018

This week we’re talking about the difference between being a creative and being an entrepreneur. Many of us are trying to make an independent living based around our creativity, but there is often a big difference between the actions of a creative and the actions of an entrepreneur. Typically creativity alone isn’t enough to grow a successful business, but many creatives shy away from the business stuff, even painting it with a negative brush. Without further ado, let’s get into the show!

Oct 31, 2018

This week we’re getting spooky and we’re bringing you a special Halloween episode of the Honest Designers. We dig into some of our old times worst horror stories when it comes to freelancing and clients. So, buckle up cos this episode goes flat-out terrifying.

Oct 24, 2018

This week we’re talking all about hiring people and delegating. As designers, we’re often the ones being hired, but it’s important to understand how hiring others can help you. Whether you’re looking to scale out your design services or simply take some of your least favourite tasks off of your plate, delegation is definitely worth considering.

Oct 17, 2018

This week we’re joined by the incredibly inspiring young designer and letterer James Lewis. I’ll make a bold statement here and say this was one of my favourite all-time episodes ever. James was real, candid and incredibly generous with how much he shared with all of us. I’m excited to share James’ amazing story and I hope you find it as motivating as we all did.  

Oct 10, 2018

This week we’re talking about exactly how long it takes to get good at design. We all know the expression practice makes perfect but exactly how much practice.? And when can you qualify yourself as having mastered your craft? All this and more in today’s episode, so without further ado let’s get into the show!

Oct 3, 2018

This week we’re talking all about how to hone on your natural talents and how to realise when you might just suck at something. Practice can make perfect, but it definitely helps to build self-awareness and focus on what comes most naturally, and this is exactly what we dig into in today’s episode. Without further ado, let’s get into the show!

Sep 26, 2018

This week we’re getting real, real personal. In a departure from the usual design chats, we chose to share some pretty personal things about ourselves, so that you can get to know your regular hosts a little bit better. It gets weird, it gets kind of deep and more than a little bit random. We hope you enjoy it, and without further ado let’s get into the show.

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