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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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Dec 27, 2017

In this week’s episode we answer a question from regular listener Dave Clayton. Dave wants to better understand what makes a winning design product. Whilst we dig deep into our experiences selling design resources and the nitty-gritty of what’s behind a best-seller, there’s plenty of food for thought when it comes to selling virtually anything with the aid of good design.

Dec 20, 2017

In this week’s episode we look at bearing your soul and putting your true authentic self into your design work. This is of course much easier said than done, but when you start being truly unfiltered in your creative work it can lead to some pretty amazing stuff happening.

Dec 13, 2017

In this week’s episode we look at how external stresses can impact your design work mindset and even your creative business. From depression to recession, there is a ton going on in your world and the wider world, and it’s important not to underestimate the impact this can have upon your creativity.

Dec 6, 2017

In this week’s episode we discuss how to get out of your own head and see the wider picture. In design, it can be really easy to get blinked in your work, but it’s so crucial to get inside the head of your clients and those people experiencing your design work. This week we look exactly at how to do that, and ultimately how to make yourself a better designer in the process.

Nov 29, 2017

In this week’s episode we chat again about creative burnout. This is a serious issue we’ve covered right about at the start of this podcast and it’s something that still impacts all of us today. We share what has been working for us as well as sharing our ongoing struggles with creative burnout, to try and help all of you out listening at home.

Nov 22, 2017

In this week’s episode we chat about sticking with your creative endeavours. Consistency is so important to improving as a designer, but often life and our own mind set can get in our way. Today we dig into the best ways to ensure that you keep going and practice your skills on a consistent basis.  

Nov 15, 2017

In today's episode Dustin asks his co-hosts about his struggles learning a new creative skill (illustration). Our answers shed some light on the best ways to explore new creative mediums.

Nov 8, 2017

In this week’s episode we chat all about how to hire if you’re working in the creative industry. So many of our listeners are looking to start growing their creative businesses beyond themselves, and whether you’re looking to build a team or just to delegate some of those jobs that don’t inspire you so much, this episode is a guide on how to do it. We also help our very own Lisa Glanz with her fear of delegation and try to work around the problems she currently is struggling with in growing her operation beyond just herself. 

Nov 1, 2017

In this week’s episode we share some embarrassing stories about when things have gone seriously wrong for us as designers. From bizarre looking safari animals to a gorilla design that looks more like a pineapple - stay tuned to find out some of our biggest failures over the years. We really don’t hold back in this episode, and we hope you enjoy the honesty.

Oct 25, 2017

In this week’s episode we chat some more about how to start a freelance design business. We look at how to make that initial rocky road into freelancing freedom a little bit more steady. If you’re looking to build a solid foundation for your creative business and freelancing efforts, then today’s episode is for you.

Oct 18, 2017

In this week’s episode we dive back in to social media for designers. We cover a ton of stuff, from how to keep up with the ever-changing social media landscape, to how to boost your engagement, attract new audiences and express your authentic self through your creative work on social. 

Oct 11, 2017

In this week’s episode we delve into some of the psychology behind design. We’re looking especially and introverts and extroverts and how these personality traits can impact your daily designing, your interaction with clients and your overall progression as a creative. 

Oct 4, 2017

In this week’s episode we answer some listeners questions and cover a range of issues, everything from how to avoid compromising your morals during a design project to how to price yourself competitively and how to organise your projects better.  

Sep 29, 2017

In this week’s episode we look back at our design roots and chat about our formative years designing.  Often creativity kicks in early and we actually look at the wider issues of how children often lose their creativity as they start to grow up. If you ever wanted to know what Lisa Glanz was like at school age, then stick around and tune in. 

Sep 20, 2017

In this week’s episode we take a look at the tools and equipment that help us in our daily design work. We look at everything from what hardware we’re using to which apps save us countless hours and headaches.  I hope you have your notepads ready, because I guarantee you’ll walk away from this episode with some handy new tools and services lined up to transform how you work.

Sep 13, 2017

This week we chat about procrastination. This is something that every single creator seems to struggle with. Often, we should be focusing on completing important projects or growing our creative business, but we just can’t seem to find focus. In this episode, we share our experiences on how procrastination impacts our daily work and discuss our methods for how to fight it.

Sep 6, 2017

There's nothing worse than someone saying horrible things about your creative work. This episode we look at how to deal with online abuse, how to shift your mindset to deal with haters and even how to avoid getting hate in the first place.

Aug 30, 2017

In this week’s episode we mix things up and get personal. Now that the Honest Designers show is 6 months old, we wanted to share a little more about ourselves, for everyone listening at home.  We kick off by asking each other some design related questions and then do a round of quick fire personal related questions which reveal some surprising answers and one very bizarre hidden talent.  We hope you enjoy it and let’s get into the show!  

Aug 23, 2017

In this week’s episode we are pumped because we’re actually answering three questions, from listeners Izzi, Maureen and Danielle. Each of these wonderful listeners have very different questions around design, but we are really excited to dig deep for all of you at home and provide as much value as we can muster. Let’s get into the show!

Aug 16, 2017

In this week’s episode, we dig into everything to do with your portfolio. As designers, our portfolio is like our shop front for the world. This week we really go deep into what makes a good portfolio, the steps it takes to improve what you currently have, and how to present your work in the best light. We also think outside the box, when it comes to our social medias beginning to take over as our modern day portfolio in many respects.

Aug 9, 2017

In this week’s episode we’re joined by the very talented Joanna Fallon, a multi-disciplined designer working from the Cotswolds in the UK. If you follow Design Cuts you may recognise Jo from her weekly vlogs where she’s been documenting the ups and downs of growing her creative business. This week we pick Jo’s brain and dig into the reality of what it really takes to get a design business of the ground.

Aug 2, 2017

In this week’s episode we look at the benefits of working with clients remotely vs. working with them face to face.  We dig into why there really is no substitute for in person interaction, but do give you some tips for how to mimic this personal interaction in your emails and digital correspondence with clients.  This episode is a real guide of how to think about dealing with clients and we hope that you enjoy it. So without further ado, let’s get into the show! 

Jul 26, 2017

In this week's episode we look at focus and productivity for designers. Often it can be all too easy to get sidetracked or to struggle to focus on what’s really important, whether that’s a client deadline or that primary thing that you know will progress your creative career. Today we dig into our personal struggles with finding focus and offer our best tips for what’s actually worked for us. There’s no shiny productivity hacks to be found here, just genuine solutions from the four of us. Let’s get into the show!

Jul 19, 2017

In this week’s episode we look at the power of saying ‘No’ as a designer. Most designers we work with are lovely hardworking people, however they hate letting people down, and can often back themselves up into a corner after taking too many projects and juggling too many things at any one time. If this sounds like you, you’ll love this episode.

Jul 12, 2017

This week we look at the positive aspects of being a designer. We all absolutely love what we do and it’s sometimes important to stop and think about how awesome it is that we all get to create and design for a living. It can be easy to get swept up into some of the negatives of dealing with clients and other headaches, but really there is a lot to be grateful for.

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