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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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Jul 17, 2019

In this weeks episode we continue last weeks discussion all about niching. There is so much to cover on this topic that we couldn’t stop tearing into it. So we hope you enjoy our second instalment and get some good information on niching down.

Jul 10, 2019

In today's episode, we talk all about niching down. What are the pros and cons of committing to one style and what are the possible ways in which one can niche? Without further ado, let's get into the show!

Jul 2, 2019

As promised, this is the continuation of last week's episode on mindset. We hope you find it helpful! It's an uncharacteristically short episode for the show, but we hope it's packed full of value to help you with your creative projects. Let's get into it!

Jun 26, 2019

In this week’s episode we are talking all about mindset. So without further ado, let’s get into the show!

Jun 19, 2019

In today's episode, we play a little game called 'Spark Creativity: 50 Ways to Ignite Bright Ideas' and we're going to explain the rules in just a second. This is a bit of a different episode and we hope you enjoy it! Without further ado, let's get into the show!

Jun 12, 2019

Guys, it's a bit of a different intro this week; Tom and Ian are staying together in this weird looking hotel room while hosting a workshop at the Birmingham Design Festival. This will be a new recording experience, and who knows what havoc it's going to wreak. Today, we are talking about stepping outside of your comfort zone, so without further ado, let's jump into the show!

Jun 4, 2019

In today's episode, we're talking about paranoia, competition, and needing therapy for your design work. So without further ado, let's get into the show!

May 29, 2019

This week, we're joined by Becca Courtice from The Happy Ever Crafter. Becca teaches her highly engaged community the art of modern calligraphy and is one of our favourite examples in the world of someone who has turned their creative passions and talents into making a successful living. She also enjoys horrendously bad dad jokes, which is very near and dear to our hearts. So without further ado let's get into the show!

May 21, 2019

This week we're joined by Chris Do, who barely needs and introduction. He’s the founder of the Futur, which is one of our favorite educational platforms for creatives where they teach the business of design. He helps creatives all over the world master their mindset and marketing.

May 15, 2019

This week, we're joined by one of our favourite people in the whole world, mister Scotty Russell. Scotty is an incredible illustrator and hand letterer, and he runs Perspective Collective, which is an amazing creative community and podcast. Scotty is super passionate about the art of the creative side hustle and he's going to be bringing some serious value about this for all of you lovely listeners today. So without further ado, let's get into the show!

May 8, 2019

This week, we're joined by Stefan Kunz, an incredible hand letterer, educator, and one of our favourite creatives. Stefan has collaborated with brands including Apple, Adobe, Coca-Cola, Hallmark, Microsoft, and many, many more. And much of his success has come from his Instagram community of nearly 400K people. Today, Stefan has kindly agreed to share some of his best strategies, the honest truth of what happens behind the scenes, and so much more. This is going to be a good one guys, so notepads at the ready!

May 1, 2019

This week, we're joined by Dina Rodriguez from Letter Shoppe. Tom is especially excited to have her on the show as she is somewhat of a hero of his when it comes to creativity and social media. Today we're going to be chatting with her about authenticity, confidence, and being yourself as a designer. So without further ado, let's jump in the show!

Apr 24, 2019

This week, we're talking with Ian Paget (AKA Logo Geek). Ian is one of the most established and talented logo designers in the field who has built an incredible brand around his work. Today, we are so excited to pick Ian's brain on what makes for a successful logo design, as well as hear his philosophy on brand building, marketing, and standing out in a busy field. So without further ado, let's get into the show!

Apr 16, 2019

Hey guys, we hope you enjoyed Part 1 of this conversation last week. This week, we're jumping straight back into that same conversation, talking about how no one in this crazy, creative industry of ours knows what they're doing.

Apr 10, 2019

This week we're talking about how no one really knows what they're doing. And on that bombshell, let's get into the show!

Apr 3, 2019

This week we are talking about how to use your weaknesses and turn them into strengths. We are going to dive into some of our weakest characteristics and how they've gone on to define our creative careers. So without further ado, let's get into the show!

Mar 28, 2019

This week, we're talking all about how to go the extra mile. Whether it's merchandise or clients, going the extra mile is the whole game when it comes to standing out in your creative industry. So without further ado, let's get into the show. 

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!

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