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The Honest Designers Show

By Design Cuts

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.

  1. 1.
    Episode 199: The Importance of Pausing and Planning12/10/2020
    55:50
  2. 2.
    Episode 198: Branding Yourself as a Creative12/02/2020
    42:40
  3. 3.
    Episode 197: The World of Lettering11/25/2020
    39:11
  4. 4.
    Episode 196: Geeking Out About Illustration11/18/2020
    42:18
  5. 5.
    Episode 195: Why Should Someone Hire Us?11/11/2020
    36:46
  6. 6.
    Episode 194: How to Charge 10 Times More Than Your Current Rate?11/04/2020
    36:10
  7. 7.
    Episode 193: Being Ambitious10/28/2020
    49:05
  8. 8.
    Episode 192: Are you always tired?10/21/2020
    53:31
  1. 9.
    Episode 191: Logo Designing with James Martin10/14/2020
    1:13:50
  2. 10.
    Episode 190: Wearing all the Hats in a Creative Business10/07/2020
    41:57
  3. 11.
    Episode 189: How to Learn Graphic Design in 10 days!09/30/2020
    31:26
  4. 12.
    Episode 188: Creating Work That is Different and Stands Out09/23/2020
    49:31
  5. 13.
    Episode 187: How to Choose Your Clients09/16/2020
    38:56
  6. 14.
    Episode 186: How to Succeed as a Surface Pattern Designer09/09/2020
    1:14:40
  7. 15.
    Episode 185: Speed09/02/2020
    44:45
  8. 16.
    Episode 184: Getting Your Projects Over the Finish Line08/26/2020
    35:03
  9. 17.
    Episode 183: How to Stop Comparing Yourself to Your Peers08/19/2020
    40:41
  10. 18.
    Episode 182: The Most Profitable Ways to Earn Money as a Creative08/12/2020
    40:37
  11. 19.
    Episode 181: Is Social Media Really Necessary?08/05/2020
    37:19
  12. 20.
    Episode 180: Making it as a Designer with Hank Washington07/29/2020
    1:12:32
  13. 21.
    Episode 179: File Organisation07/22/2020
    59:05
  14. 22.
    Episode 178: How to Connect More with Potential Customers?07/15/2020
    42:55
  15. 23.
    Episode 177: Questions from Dustin07/08/2020
    41:31
  16. 24.
    Episode 176: How to Build a Good Reputation as a Designer07/01/2020
    48:25
  17. 25.
    Episode 175: Designing for the Love of It06/25/2020
    44:10
  18. 26.
    Episode 174: Social Media Strategies for Creatives06/17/2020
    45:36
  19. 27.
    Episode 173: How to Create Better Work06/11/2020
    52:10
  20. 28.
    Episode 172: How to Build Income Predictability06/04/2020
    41:23
  21. 29.
    Episode 171: Defining Our Ideal Client05/27/2020
    47:49
  22. 30.
    Episode 170: How to Hit That Sweet Flow State05/20/2020
    49:54
  23. 31.
    Episode 169: Our Honest Life Hacks05/13/2020
    53:32
  24. 32.
    Episode 168: Answering Questions From Each Other!05/06/2020
    1:13:04
  25. 33.
    Episode 167: Focusing On Your Work04/29/2020
    49:43
  26. 34.
    Episode 166: Having to Put your Creative Work Aside with Alyssa Nutile04/22/2020
    42:57
  27. 35.
    Episode 165: Putting your creative work in the back burner04/15/2020
    41:38
  28. 36.
    Episode 164: Answering Questions from our Listeners, Part 204/08/2020
    24:47
  29. 37.
    Episode 163: Answering Questions from our Listeners04/02/2020
    32:12
  30. 38.
    Episode 162: Tips for Designers in a Coronavirus World03/26/2020
    1:07:37
  31. 39.
    Episode 161: Catching Up and Talking all Things Coronavirus03/18/2020
    26:55
  32. 40.
    Episode 160: Second Round of Listeners' Questions!03/11/2020
    48:15
  33. 41.
    Episode 159: Teaching Calligraphy with Loveleigh Loops03/04/2020
    1:00:20
  34. 42.
    Episode 158: Listeners' Questions02/26/2020
    54:43
  35. 43.
    Episode 157: The Power of Brand02/19/2020
    54:45
  36. 44.
    Episode 156: How to Launch Courses as a Creative with Teela Cunningham02/12/2020
    1:15:10
  37. 45.
    Episode 155: How to Attract Better Clients02/05/2020
    51:21
  38. 46.
    Episode 154: Work-life Balance01/29/2020
    56:20
  39. 47.
    Episode 153: Branding with Henry Kaminski Jr.01/22/2020
    59:03
  40. 48.
    Episode 152: Scarcity Mindset Vs. Abundance Mindset01/15/2020
    47:59
  41. 49.
    Episode 151: Design Trends for 202001/08/2020
    56:37
  42. 50.
    Episode 150: How to Pivot with Melinda Livsey01/02/2020
    1:09:56
  43. 51.
    Episode 149: Working Well with Clients01/02/2020
    25:09
  44. 52.
    Episode 148: Making Your Work Stand Out12/18/2019
    1:02:17
  45. 53.
    Episode 147: Going Full-Time Independent Creative 12/11/2019
    43:12
  46. 54.
    Episode 146: How to Get Faster in Your Work12/04/2019
    44:06
  47. 55.
    Episode 145: Dealing with Creative Fatigue11/27/2019
    29:43
  48. 56.
    Episode 144: Feeling Empowered to Create with Peggy Dean11/20/2019
    45:23
  49. 57.
    Episode 143: Golden Nuggets and Knowledge Bombs11/13/2019
    27:56
  50. 58.
    Episode 142: Making it as a Young Creative With Mark Hirons11/06/2019
    1:15:11
  51. 59.
    Episode 141: Finding Your Calling With Andy J. Pizza Part 210/30/2019
    33:08
  52. 60.
    Episode 140: Finding Your Calling With Andy J. Pizza10/23/2019
    48:01
  53. 61.
    Episode 139: Pushing Past Your Fears With Teela Cunningham10/16/2019
    55:44
  54. 62.
    Episode 138: Niching Down to Scale Up with Phil Howell10/09/2019
    1:03:18
  55. 63.
    Episode 137: Blogging Your Way to Success with Jacob Cass10/02/2019
    51:46
  56. 64.
    Episode 136: Thriving as a Retro Designer with Bob Ewing09/25/2019
    1:06:40
  57. 65.
    Episode 135: Mastering YouTube for Designers with Will Paterson09/18/2019
    1:16:57
  58. 66.
    Episode 134: Working Smarter in Your Creative Business09/11/2019
    44:07
  59. 67.
    Episode 133: Advice to our Younger Selves09/04/2019
    45:38
  60. 68.
    Episode 132: Building your Business Blueprint with Catherine Kay08/28/2019
    1:05:17
  61. 69.
    Episode 131: You Are the People You Surround Yourself With08/21/2019
    51:03
  62. 70.
    Episode 130: Persevering Through the Early Days08/14/2019
    1:02:54
  63. 71.
    Episode 129: Increasing your Earnings as a Designer08/07/2019
    35:50
  64. 72.
    Episode 128: Labels in the Design Industry07/31/2019
    43:57
  65. 73.
    Episode 127: Failure as a Creative07/23/2019
    38:49
  66. 74.
    Episode 126: Benefits of Niching Part 207/17/2019
    40:51
  67. 75.
    Episode 126: Benefits of Niching Part 207/17/2019
    40:51
  68. 76.
    Episode 126: Benefits of Niching Part 207/17/2019
    40:51
  69. 77.
    Episode 125 - Benefits of Niching Part 107/10/2019
    44:23
  70. 78.
    Episode 124 - Mindset Part 207/02/2019
    20:09
  71. 79.
    Episode 123 - Mindset Part 106/26/2019
    19:50
  72. 80.
    Episode 122 - Spark your Creativity06/19/2019
    56:50
  73. 81.
    Episode 121 - Pushing Outside Your Comfort Zone06/12/2019
    1:06:38
  74. 82.
    Episode 120 - Paranoia, Competition, and Needing Therapy06/04/2019
    44:09
  75. 83.
    Episode 119 - Earning a Living From Lettering with Becca Courtice05/29/2019
    1:14:32
  76. 84.
    Episode 118 - Mindset and Marketing with Chris Do05/21/2019
    1:08:52
  77. 85.
    Episode 117 - Lettering and the Creative Side Hustle with Scotty Russell05/15/2019
    1:02:19
  78. 86.
    Episode 116 - Hand Lettering Success With Stefan Kunz05/08/2019
    1:35:23
  79. 87.
    Episode 115 - High on Lettering with Dina Rodriguez05/01/2019
    1:17:42
  80. 88.
    Episode 114 - Logo Design Masterclass with Ian Paget04/24/2019
    1:18:40
  81. 89.
    Episode 113 - No One Knows What They’re Doing Part 204/16/2019
    25:00
  82. 90.
    Episode 112 - No One Knows What They’re Doing Part 104/15/2019
    25:57
  83. 91.
    Episode 111 - Turning Weaknesses Into Strengths04/03/2019
    43:34
  84. 92.
    Episode 110 - Going the Extra Mile04/03/2019
    48:59
  85. 93.
    Episode 109 - Spending Money to Save Time 03/19/2019
    59:36
  86. 94.
    Episode 108 - Stepping Outside of Your Comfort Zone03/13/2019
    1:02:05
  87. 95.
    Episode 107 - Project Planning and Organisation with Aiden Fishbein03/06/2019
    1:09:01
  88. 96.
    Episode 106 - How to Brand Yourself02/28/2019
    1:09:24
  89. 97.
    Episode 105 - Working for Free or for Exposure02/19/2019
    54:31
  90. 98.
    Episode 104 - Back to the Start02/13/2019
    1:00:29
  91. 99.
    Episode 103 - Side Hustle Burnout and Changing Lifestyle Habits02/06/2019
    54:15
  92. 100.
    Episode 102 – Dealing with Mental Health01/30/2019
    30:56
  93. 101.
    Episode 101 - First Listeners' Questions of 201901/24/2019
    1:02:43
  94. 102.
    Episode 100 – Celebrating Honest Designers 100th Episode 01/16/2019
    55:35
  95. 103.
    Episode 99 – Building a Business with Blair Enns01/09/2019
    48:10
  96. 104.
    Episode 98 - Lettering and Creative Marketing with Lauren Hom01/02/2019
    1:59:29
  97. 105.
    Episode 97 - Networking with Dave Clayton12/19/2018
    1:00:38
  98. 106.
    Episode 96 - YouTube Masterclass with Brad Colbow 12/12/2018
    1:24:58
  99. 107.
    Episode 95 - Bouncing Back From Knockbacks12/05/2018
    46:18
  100. 108.
    Episode 94 – Interview with Diane Gibbs11/28/2018
    52:46
  101. 109.
    Episode 93 – Gaining Exposure as a Creative11/21/2018
    57:32
  102. 110.
    Episode 92 - Design Creative vs. Entrepreneur 211/14/2018
    54:24
  103. 111.
    Episode 91 - Design Creative vs. Entrepreneur11/07/2018
    1:00:58
  104. 112.
    Episode 90 – Scary Design Stories10/31/2018
    55:21
  105. 113.
    Episode 89 – Hiring People and Delegating10/24/2018
    1:08:15
  106. 114.
    Episode 88 – Interview with Lettering Artist James Lewis10/17/2018
    1:19:26
  107. 115.
    Episode 88 – Interview with Lettering Artist James Lewis10/17/2018
    1:19:26
  108. 116.
    Episode 87 – Getting Good at Design10/10/2018
    56:31
  109. 117.
    Episode 86 - Honing your Talent10/03/2018
    1:00:10
  110. 118.
    Episode 85 - Meet your Hosts 209/26/2018
    53:14
  111. 119.
    Episode 84 - Targeting the Ideal Clients09/19/2018
    1:01:05
  112. 120.
    Episode 83 - Finding Contentment as a Creative09/12/2018
    57:37
  113. 121.
    Episode 82 – Sharing Your Creative Work09/05/2018
    48:50
  114. 122.
    Episode 81 – 100 Social Media Tips Part 208/29/2018
    45:34
  115. 123.
    Episode 80 – 100 Social Media Tips Part 108/22/2018
    48:35
  116. 124.
    Episode 79 - Social Media for Creatives 208/15/2018
    50:48
  117. 125.
    Episode 78 - Social Media for Creatives 1 08/08/2018
    45:57
  118. 126.
    Episode 77 – Earning Passive Income 08/01/2018
    57:03
  119. 127.
    Episode 76 - Presenting your Digital Products07/25/2018
    45:11
  120. 128.
    Episode 75 - How to Sell Digital Products07/18/2018
    1:00:45
  121. 129.
    Episode 74: How to Audit Your Design Business07/16/2018
    56:58
  122. 130.
    Episode 73 – People Copying your Creative Work07/04/2018
    56:57
  123. 131.
    Episode 72 – Is it Ever Too Late to Get into Design?06/27/2018
    50:18
  124. 132.
    Episode 71 - Standing Out as a Designer 206/26/2018
    53:44
  125. 133.
    Episode 70 – Burnout and Raising Prices06/15/2018
    54:35
  126. 134.
    Episode 69 – Starting a Design Agency 06/06/2018
    1:13:36
  127. 135.
    Episode 68 – Finding Your Way as a Graduate Designer05/30/2018
    1:31:26
  128. 136.
    Episode 67 - Finding Better Quality Clients and Direction05/23/2018
    50:09
  129. 137.
    Episode 66 – Getting your Clients Excited about Design05/16/2018
    35:07
  130. 138.
    Episode 65 – Using Design to Sell Products Effectively05/09/2018
    44:52
  131. 139.
    Episode 64 - Building a Loyal Fanbase 05/02/2018
    1:04:25
  132. 140.
    Episode 63 - Interview with Aaron Blaise04/25/2018
    1:12:10
  133. 141.
    Episode 62 – Finding your Confidence as a Designer04/18/2018
    49:14
  134. 142.
    Episode 61 – Making your Design Clients Happier 04/11/2018
    54:22
  135. 143.
    Episode 60 – Design Agency vs. Freelance Life04/04/2018
    47:58
  136. 144.
    Episode 59 – Daily Challenges 03/28/2018
    36:41
  137. 145.
    Episode 58 – Aaron Draplin Joins the Show!03/21/2018
    1:28:09
  138. 146.
    Episode 57 - Defining your Brand as a Designer03/14/2018
    45:24
  139. 147.
    Episode 56 – When Design Becomes Work 03/07/2018
    43:54
  140. 148.
    Episode 55 - Design Trends02/28/2018
    49:28
  141. 149.
    Episode 54 - Respecting Yourself and Your Clients02/21/2018
    48:48
  142. 150.
    Episode 53 - Taking a Vacation as a Creative02/14/2018
    36:51
  143. 151.
    Episode 52 - Getting Paid on Time02/07/2018
    41:34
  144. 152.
    Episode 51 – Effective Planning for Designers01/31/2018
    56:29
  145. 153.
    Episode 50 - Selling Physical Products as a Designer01/24/2018
    50:20
  146. 154.
    Episode 49 - Pursuing Your True Passion in Design01/17/2018
    49:35
  147. 155.
    Episode 48 - Competition in the Design Industry01/10/2018
    59:52
  148. 156.
    Episode 47 - Theft in the Design Industry 01/03/2018
    45:09
  149. 157.
    Episode 46 - Design That Sells Products12/27/2017
    48:23
  150. 158.
    Episode 45 - Bearing your Soul12/20/2017
    42:39
  151. 159.
    Episode 44 - How Stress can Impact your Creative Work12/13/2017
    50:37
  152. 160.
    Episode 43 - Putting Yourself in Your Client’s Shoes12/06/2017
    51:10
  153. 161.
    Episode 42 – Creative Burnout is Back 11/29/2017
    47:00
  154. 162.
    Episode 41 – Sticking With It11/22/2017
    45:20
  155. 163.
    Episode 40 - Learning New Creative Skills11/15/2017
    47:38
  156. 164.
    Episode 39 – Hiring in the Creative Industry 11/08/2017
    57:32
  157. 165.
    Episode 38 – When Things go Wrong for Designers11/01/2017
    48:32
  158. 166.
    Episode 37 – Starting a Freelance Design Business 210/25/2017
    42:34
  159. 167.
    Episode 36 – Social Media for Designers10/18/2017
    1:09:12
  160. 168.
    Episode 35 – The Psychology Behind Design 10/11/2017
    48:22
  161. 169.
    Episode 34 - Compromising your morals, Pricing Work and Organising your Projects10/04/2017
    52:31
  162. 170.
    Episode 33 – Design Roots09/29/2017
    58:56
  163. 171.
    Episode 32 – Tools of the Trade 09/20/2017
    1:02:16
  164. 172.
    Episode 31 - Procrastination09/13/2017
    45:11
  165. 173.
    Episode 30 - Dealing with Negative Feedback09/06/2017
    53:56
  166. 174.
    Episode 29 - Meet Your Hosts08/30/2017
    1:03:47
  167. 175.
    Episode 28 - Supporting your Passion, Learning and Befriending Designers 08/23/2017
    38:40
  168. 176.
    Episode 27 - Polishing Your Portfolio08/16/2017
    59:56
  169. 177.
    Episode 26 - Starting a Creative Business, With Jo Fallon08/09/2017
    1:04:44
  170. 178.
    Episode 25 - Clients: Working Remote VS. In Person08/02/2017
    50:07
  171. 179.
    Episode 24 - Focus and Productivity!07/26/2017
    53:49
  172. 180.
    Episode 23 - The power of saying ‘No!’07/19/2017
    53:28
  173. 181.
    Episode 22 - Why Being a Designer Rocks!07/12/2017
    47:40
  174. 182.
    Episode 21 - Confidence in Your Work07/05/2017
    52:00
  175. 183.
    Episode 20 - The Power of Side Projects, With Chris Spooner06/28/2017
    1:00:46
  176. 184.
    Episode 19 - Why Being a Designer Sucks!06/21/2017
    39:54
  177. 185.
    Episode 18 - Why Non Designers Matter06/14/2017
    57:04
  178. 186.
    Episode 17 - The Best Design Processes06/07/2017
    30:47
  179. 187.
    Episode 16 - Alternative Ways to Make Money as a Designer05/31/2017
    57:34
  180. 188.
    Episode 15 - The Importance of Sales for Creatives05/24/2017
    55:50
  181. 189.
    Episode 14 - Full Time Job to Freelancing05/17/2017
    44:05
  182. 190.
    Episode 13 - Social Media for Designers05/10/2017
    1:02:13
  183. 191.
    Episode 12 - Mastering Design Theory05/03/2017
    39:39
  184. 192.
    Episode 11 - Overcoming Creative Block04/26/2017
    35:16
  185. 193.
    Episode 10 - Getting Feedback on Creative Work04/19/2017
    41:34
  186. 194.
    Episode 9 - Standing Out As a Designer04/11/2017
    47:37
  187. 195.
    Episode 8 - Client Relationships04/04/2017
    50:03
  188. 196.
    Episode 7 - Starting a Freelance Business From Scratch03/28/2017
    52:19
  189. 197.
    Episode 6 - Isolation as a Designer03/17/2017
    44:35
  190. 198.
    Episode 5 - Pricing Yourself as a Designer03/14/2017
    50:00
  191. 199.
    Episode 4 - Formal Design Education, Worth It?03/03/2017
    36:55
  192. 200.
    Episode 3 - Dealing with Burnout02/28/2017
    48:53

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