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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 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.

Sep 19, 2018

This week we’re talking about how to ensure you’re targeting the ideal clients, rather than targeting your peers. We’ve had several listeners asking us about this, as their content on social media and beyond seems to be attracting other creatives, rather than the paying clients they actually want. We drop our 2 cents on this issue and try to advise on the best course of action to attract people you really need for your creative business.

Sep 12, 2018

This week we discuss how to find contentment in your creative work. All too often, stress, worry, and self-doubt cloud our the basic enjoyment we should all be having - that we get to create for a living. We discuss how to find some of that joy again, have fun and find happiness in your creative process.

Sep 5, 2018

This week we discuss sharing your creative work. The inherent fears of putting your work out there, tips to overcome this and the massive benefits that can come from sharing your creativity with the world. Without further ado, let’s get into the show!

Aug 29, 2018

This week we continue our list of social media ideas for designers. We hope that these ideas will get your feed looking better than ever and allow you to build a really engaged audience around your creative work. Without further ado, let’s get into the show!

Aug 22, 2018

This week we share our ideas for how to use social media as a designer. We’ve each compiled a list of actionable tips and ideas to start implementing today and we dig into as many of these as possible in today’s conversation. Without further ado, let’s get into the show!

Aug 15, 2018

This week we continue our in-depth discussion on how to use social media as a designer. We hope that you can find a ton of actionable tips in this episode to apply to your own social media profiles. Without further ado, let’s get into the show!

Aug 8, 2018

This week we discuss how to use social media as a designer. We dig into the specifics of what type of content engages the most, as well as the nuances of the main social media platforms that are available to you. Without further ado, let's get into the show! 

Aug 1, 2018

This week we discuss the realities of earning passive income from your art and digital products.  We take a look at how passive income often isn’t all that passive and the gritty realities of what it really takes to be successful. Without further ado, let’s get into the show!

Jul 25, 2018

This week we continue our discussion on how to create and sell a successful digital product. We dig in-depth on how to present your digital products by using stunning presentational graphics. This is an absolute master class in branding and using visuals to help sell your work online.

Jul 18, 2018

This week we talk about how to create and sell successful digital products. All four of us have a ton of experience doing this and we break down the actual steps it takes to brainstorm, build and successfully sell a hit digital product. This is a great discussion with plenty of actionable points, so without further ado, let’s get into the show!

Jul 11, 2018

Today we take a look at how to audit your design business from top to bottom. Often, we can be so bogged down in the day to day work, we don’t take time to take a step back and see what’s actually working and what isn’t within our design business. Today’s chat gives you plenty of actionable tips for how to get your design business running, like a well-oiled machine.

Jul 4, 2018

Today we talk about people copying your creative work. This is a massive pain point for some designers and can literally make us lose sleep. Without further ado, let’s get into the show!

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