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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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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!

Jun 27, 2018

Today we look at if it’s ever too late to get into design. We tackle two listeners questions around this topic and give our best tips for how to break into the creative industry at any age. Without further ado, let’s get into the show.  

Jun 20, 2018

Today we talk about the danger of blending in as a designer. Your four hosts take an in-depth look at the best ways to stand out and get your work noticed more. Without further ado, let’s get into the show.  

Jun 13, 2018

Today we’re super excited to welcome designer, illustrator and longtime listener Meg Sayers to the show.  Meg was one of the first daily challenges to come from the podcast and her illustration work has started to really take off.  So much so that she is feeling overworked and completely burned out. We try to rally around Meg today to figure out the best solution and discuss at length effective ways for how she can increase her prices.

Jun 6, 2018

In this week’s episode, we try something a little different and invent a design agency live, unscripted and with no rehearsal. We thought it would be fun for the four of us to brainstorm the steps we would take if we were actually starting our own design company together. You’ll learn how Dustin is really all about the money, and how we plan on landing our first few clients with Lisa’s sweet talking.  Hopefully amidst all the silliness you will find some actionable frameworks for steps that you can apply to your own creative endeavours.

May 30, 2018

In this week’s episode, we’re joined by Allie Toney - a super talented young designer who actually works with us here at Design Cuts.  Allie brings a great perspective to the show in terms of what it’s like to be a young designer fresh out of college. It was fascinating to hear what graduates are feeling as they find their way in the creative industry, as well as getting a first-hand look at the creative college experience.

May 23, 2018

In this week’s episode, we try to help regular listener Teresa McGregor with her design business. Teresa is currently feeling totally lost. Her clients are underpaying her, she doesn’t know how to attract a higher quality of client and she doesn’t know how to focus her website and brand in order to move her business forward. There was a lot to discuss in this episode, but we hope that our suggestions not only help provide clarity for Teresa, but for many listening at home going through similar thing. 

May 16, 2018

In this week’s episode we talk all about how to get your clients more excited about your design work. Let’s face it, clients are not going to geek out about design the same way as we do. However, getting your clients more involved in the process and more engaged in your outcome, can make your life as a designer a whole lot easier.  

May 9, 2018

In this week’s episode, we talk all about how to use design to sell stuff effectively. Dustin believes that design is simply art intended to help sell, and we tend to agree with him. With that in mind how do we ensure that our design work is effective as well as simply being aesthetically pleasing? Without further ado, let’s get into the show!

May 2, 2018

In this week’s episode we’re doing something a little different. We’ve had a couple of design topics lined up to chat about, but ended up getting totally lost in a discussion amongst ourselves about social media – how to build a loyal following around your creations and a mindset around chasing likes and followers. It’s a little on the marketing side of things, but so relevant for so many creatives out there.  

Apr 25, 2018

In this week’s episode we’re incredibly excited to welcome world renowned animator and digital artist Aaron Blaise to the show. We’ll introduce Aaron properly in a second, but suffice to say he’s one of our most fascinating guests ever and all of us had an absolute blast recording this episode with him.

Apr 18, 2018

In this week’s episode, we’re going to be your personal cheerleaders, talking all about how to find your confidence as a designer. Confidence can have such a profoundly positive impact on your creative work, your client relationships and even your mental health.

Apr 11, 2018

In this week’s episode, we discuss how to make your clients happier. A happy client often equals a happy designer, yet so many designers aren’t proactive enough into thinking about how to delight their clients. We share a ton of tips in this episode about how to foster your client relationships, so this is a good one folks.

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