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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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Oct 15, 2021

In this week's episode, we welcome Jessica Hische. She is a hand-letterer, author, illustrator, entrepreneur, and type designer. She has built a powerful brand around her name and is the queen of side projects. This episode is honest, inspiring and shines a light on what is possible for ambitious creatives everywhere. So without further ado... let's get into the show!

Oct 7, 2021

In this episode, we talk about how to find the right creative path to ensure career success and personal fulfillment. How do you choose the right path? How do you focus? What steps can you take to explore the right thing and ignore the wrong ones? We explore all of this and more so without further ado... Let's get into the show!

Sep 30, 2021

In today's episode, we have a very special guest: Austin Kleon. Austin is a New York Times bestselling author of five books including the highly influential "Steal Like an Artist". We discuss how to discover a state of creative play, why monetizing your passion can be catastrophic and the best ways to parent creative kids. If you are trying to figure out your own creative journey, this episode is for you... So without further ado, let's get into the show!

Sep 23, 2021

In today's episode, we talk about empathy and how becoming more empathetic towards your customers, clients and co-workers can profoundly help your creative business. We'll discuss how to not only react to but anticipate the needs of your customers... So without further ado, let's get into the show!

Sep 16, 2021

In this week's episode, we welcome a very special guest: Danielle Coke. She is a very talented illustrator, speaker, and entrepreneur. Her work around social justice has captured the hearts and minds of millions, providing much-needed clarity, empathy, and vocalization throughout recent times of worldwide racial injustice. We discuss the weight and responsibility of being a positive voice for so many, whilst also sharing the negative side of going viral... So without further ado, let's get into the show!

Sep 9, 2021

In this week's episode, we have our most honest, raw, and emotionally heavy episode to date. We reflect on the past year and how it has impacted each of us as people and creatives... Mental health struggles, lack of motivation, stress, and more... So without further ado, let's get into the show!

Sep 2, 2021

In today's episode, we have a very special guest: Mike Janda. Mike has worked with clients such as Disney, Google, Pixar, and many more. Over the years he has accumulated a wealth of knowledge and experience in client services but all of his success hasn't been without struggles... Today he will give us an honest insight look at agency life... So without further ado, let's get into the show!

Aug 26, 2021

We are back with a new season! In today's episode we are talking all about design cliques, feeling left out, comparison and insecurities, we've all felt and experienced this. This episode is very important and we hope it leads to a positive mindset shift in your work... So without further ado, let's get into the show!

Dec 10, 2020

In today's episode, our hosts are talking all about the importance of pausing, taking a stop and planning for the year ahead. So without further ado... Let's get into the show!

Dec 2, 2020

In today's episode we are talking all about how to brand and position yourself as a designer or creative... So without further ado, let's get into the show!

Nov 25, 2020

In today's episode we are diving into the wonderful world of lettering while we pick Ian's big brain! So without further ado... let's get into the show!

Nov 18, 2020

In today's episode we are geeking out about illustration. We are digging into it and talking all about how to get into illustration, what makes it great and how to develop your skill... So without further ado... Let's get into the show!

Nov 11, 2020

In today's episode we are talking about this big and important question, and we are going to break down how to come up with a good answer for it... So without further ado, let's get into the show!

Nov 4, 2020

In today's episode, our host Dustin Lee shares with us this program from a marketing seminar he's taking and showing us how can you charge ten times more without doing ten times the work... So without further ado, let’s get into the show!

Oct 28, 2020

Today we are talking all about ambition with some tough love wrapped around it... So without further ado, let's get into the show!

Oct 21, 2020

Are you tired? Exhausted? Knackered? Generally fatigued? We are talking all about it in today's episode, so without further ado, let's get into the show!

Oct 14, 2020

In today's episode we have a very special guest: James Martin. James is an incredibly talented logo designer that has overcome many things to be the successful artist he is today. We are picking his brain so the wisdom nuggets are coming... So without further ado, let’s get into the show!

Oct 7, 2020

In today's episode, our hosts are talking all about spinning all the plates in your creative business... So without further ado, let's get into the show!

Sep 30, 2020

In today's episode, our hosts will teach you how to be a graphic designer in 10 days!... Not really! But they will discuss different ways to accelerate the process... So without further ado, let's get into the show!

Sep 23, 2020

In today's episode we are talking about creating work that stands out from the crowd and how to put a signature on it that will distinguish you from the rest... So without further ado, let’s get into the show!

Sep 16, 2020

In today's episode our hosts are answering a question from our lovely listener Carolyn Sehgal. She is not quite sure how to go about deciding which clients to take on... especially clients that contact her over social media... So without further ado, let’s get into the show!

Sep 9, 2020

In today's episode we are chatting with our lovely guest, Elizabeth Silver. She is a very successful surface pattern designer, based in North Carolina in the United States. We picked her brain to get very valuable information about how to make it in this business... So without further ado, let’s get into the show!

Sep 2, 2020

In today's episode we are talking all about speed. That's all we are going to say, we are going to leave it with a bit of aura of mystery... So without further ado, let’s get into the show!

Aug 26, 2020

This week we are talking about how to get your projects over the finish line. Every creative knows that the final sprint at the end can be like pulling teeth... So without further ado, let’s get into the show!

Aug 19, 2020

In today's episode we are discussing how to avoid comparing yourself to other creatives... Comparison syndrome can be toxic and it can be pretty common among designers... So without further ado, let’s get into the show!

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