The Quickie - Interviews for Graphic Designers

Dave Hopkins

The Quickie Podcast for Graphic Designers is a damn good show where host Dave Hopkins interviews talented Graphic Designers, Illustrators, and Creative Directors, quickly - usually 30 minutes or less. Hear from freelancers to creatives at world-renown businesses and agencies, about their wins, their fails, lessons learned, what inspires them, and the story about how they even got there. Subscribe to be entertained and inspired by each guest's unique journey. Plus who doesn’t love a good quickie?! Go on, get in there.

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This weeks guest is Alex Lang. He is the Director of Visual Propaganda at Liquid Death. He is also a Graphic Designer and Creative Consultant at Destroy + Design.During this episode we talk about:-growing up a military kid.-Augmented Reality Design and why he is such a big fan. -the advertising design gig that he had, what he learned, and why it was not a fit for him. -the food chain logo and artwork that did not land with the creative director. -some of his AR work and why he is so proud of it, including the first AR Vandalism he created. -an album project he was a part of for Liquid Death called Greatest Hates, what it was and why they made it. This was an incredible conversation and I know you will dig it. Alex has stories to share and brings it! Go check out his stuff on his Instagram. @destroy.design

Jul 6

1 hr

This weeks guest is Karina Daniluck. She is a Lead UI/UX Designer based out of Kelowna BC. She is currently working with an app start-up company, and prior to that, she was with Disney for over 12 years. During this episode we talk about:-how she got into design because she wanted to improve the town's aesthetics.-her early design days at Club Penguin and what the transition was like when Disney purchased them. -why design community is so important. -a lesson learned on a Disney project that she was a part of. -the time where rules and policies started to cause friction. -the incredible project, big deal project, some would say dream project that went incredible but was killed for reasons out of her control.-the project where she was able to dramatically increase the conversion rate of a website and why she is so proud of it. All that and more in this episode. Karina is super knowledgeable and is a great person to chat with. I know you will dig this one. Good times! ______________________________________The Craft Beer Label Design Course 2.0 launches on June 22nd. If you want to start learning the secrets behind some of the most incredible label designs, head to PrintDesignAcademy.com and get the free guide!

Jun 15

48 min 42 sec

This weeks guest is Patty Nguyen. She is a very talented Graphic Designer out of the Bay area. Patty has worked with clients like Apple, Blackberry, SJ Giants, Camp + King, and many more. During this episode we talk about:-the two people that really pointed and encouraged her to pursue design and creative.-the Blackberry conference design work she did and how it went a little bit sideways. - why right now is one of the most difficult times in her creative career.-the design work she was a part of for the Apple Care team.-a logo that she created, how it all came together, and why it is so important to her. -great books and great jokes.There is so much in this episode and Patty is an absolutely rad person to talk to. Really happy to share this conversation! @patricianguuyen______________________________________________________________________________________The Craft Beer Label Design Course 2.0 launches on June 22nd. If you want to start learning the secrets behind some of the most incredible label designs, head to PrintDesignAcademy.com and get the free guide!

Jun 8

38 min 48 sec

This weeks guest is Steve Green. He is a Senior Creative Director at NIKE out of Portland OR. During this episode we talk about:-what it was like to literally drop everything for the opportunity to work at NIKE.-his early creative influences in drawing and skate culture art. -the struggle he faced at the mid-way point in his current time at NIKE and what he did to get through. -the NIKE Skateboarding project he took on that did not end up as he had hoped when it was launched to 20+ Pro Skaters.-the AIR Artist in Residence project he was a part of, what it is, and why he is so proud of it. -Red Herrings - What they are and why we talk about them on The Quickie. Such a great conversation with someone who has been putting out great work at a company that is well known for its Creativity. Steve shares his experiences and lessons learned as well as some laughs. Classic dad joke in the end too. __________________________________________________________________________Craft Beer Label Design Course 2.0 launches June 22nd. Get your free guide and start on the path to being an expert in label design by getting the free guide at PrintDesignAcademy.com

May 18

57 min 34 sec

This weeks guest is Ryan Long. He is the Creative Services Manager and Designer behind the HAAS F1 Racing team. If you aren't following F1 racing yet, go check out the Netflix documentary Drive to Survive to see what you are missing. @ryan_long_01During this episode we talk about:-design for an F1 team and what is included in all that. -how his original creative direction was architecture and how he ended up making the pivot. -how a sign shop going out of business lead him to specialize in motorsports design where he has been for 16 years. -how the design of 1 particular car was influential to him in his career. -the time in his career when he went from design team, to solo designer and how that adjsutment went for him. -a large event logo that he designed and why he is so proud of it. Of course there is loads more in this episode. I'm a "car guy" so I really enjoyed chatting about motorsports design and what that category of design actually looks like. Great conversation! 

May 11

50 min 57 sec

This weeks guest is Tim Chuang. He is a talented Graphic Designer out of Vancouver BC. @During this episode we talk about:-his comic book intro to design and illustration.-the 10th-grade parent-teacher meeting where his parents were told about Graphic Design as a career and that their son is very talented.-West Coast Hip Hop and Jordan 5's. -the agency job he had and why it was a tough period of time in his career.-the branding project he was a part of and the criticism he received. -lots more!This was a great conversation filled with laughs and storytelling. Plus a unique ask-it-forward question gets asked at the end. 

May 4

49 min 47 sec

This weeks guest is Adam Vicarel. He is a Creative Director and Designer at Vicarel Studios. What a great conversation!During this episode we talk about:-some of the creative work he was around that started getting him interested in the design and art direction. -the comment from a teacher that helped him understand the common ground between art and design. -spreading out your skills and not having all your eggs in one basket. -why he feels sketching and getting the ugly ideas down on paper is such an important part of the process.-why and how going out on his own to start the studio and the recent pandemic have been two of the most challenging periods of time in his career.-what he learned from losing $30,000 in business in 30 hours. -the struggle with missing the mark when presenting new brand designs.All that and so much more. This conversation took a long time to line up with our schedules but we made it happen and you are going to love this. A great chat with a very talented creative! @vicarelstudios

Apr 27

58 min 57 sec

Episode 250! Can't believe we made it here. Thank you for spending some of your time with me and the talented creatives on this show. This week's guest is Monte Eady. He is a Graphic Designer and Entrepreneur, as well as a Creative Director and CoFounder out of Milwaukee WI. During this episode we talk about:-making the decision to hop into that start-up life and what that has been like. -some of the unique experiences in and around the design field that started pointing him in the path he is on. -how theatre, musicals, and commercials started inspiring his creativity. -some of the tech companies that he looks up to and appreciates the design work from.-the Microsoft design situation he found himself in where he received terrible, unfiltered feedback. -the struggle with making time and putting energy into marketing and promoting your own business. -the non-profit design project he was a part of and why he is so proud of it. Big thanks to @kishyagreer for introducing us so we could get into this great conversation. Enjoy! @medesignmke 

Apr 20

57 min 43 sec

This weeks guest is Tom Briggs. He is a Graphic Designer for Specialized Bikes out of Toronto ON. @tombriggsDuring this episode we talk about:-the Jackson Pollock documentary he watched while he was in Chile and how design really clicked for him after that. -how he met a talented graffiti artist while scooping ice cream that led to him attending an art show, and what that meant to him. -a design he was a part of submitting for an F1 Racecar artwork.-how a studio closure led to a tough year and a half for him in his career. -the nutcracker drawing that didn't look excited enough.-the Tour de France project he was a part of and why he is proud of it. -working on bike designs for the 2016 Rio Olympics for team Great Britain. This episode is packed with stories from the unique creative journey that Tom is on. A really unique perspective at the types of design that are out there and the unique things that require really good design! This is a brilliant conversation!

Apr 13

46 min 40 sec

This weeks guest is Jeremy Slagle. He is the Designer and Illustrator behind Slagle Design out of Columbus OH. @slagledesignDuring this episode we talk about:-the books that made design real for him. -a conversation that he had with a very influential author and designer.-the unique experience he had and the environment he was in at his mom's work. -a really unique print project he was a part of where they created paperboard astronaut figures.-a logo he did for Nickelodeon and what that felt like when he saw the logo in the Macy's Day Parade.-the agency he co-ran for 12 years and why they ultimately had to close the doors rather suddently. -the customer and work that has kept him busy throughout the pandemic. -so much more. This is such a great conversation full of great stories and lessons through Jeremy's design career so far. 

Apr 6

56 min 14 sec

This weeks guest is Katie Dooley. She is the talented designer and owner behind Paperlime Creative out of Edmonton AB. A fellow Canadian! @paperlimecreativeDuring this episode we talk about: -how she was always creative as a kid.-the brochure design she made when she was 11 years old. -the moment design clicked as THE direction in highschool.-why right now is the most challenging time she has experienced in her career. -what can happen when you have a table or room full of different opinions about your design concepts. -what she is working on doing right now in her design business.-the real estate brokerage client that she has and why she is so proud of the design work for them. All that and so much more. It was great chatting with Katie and hearing about her journey. Also love how she handled the curve-ball ask it forward question. 

Mar 30

36 min 2 sec

This weeks guest is Zach VanCamp. He is a designer at VanCamp Design Co. out of Denver CO. During this episode we talk about: -his first-ever design job.-the logos he was seeing when he first started noticing design out there in the world. -how he originally selected Journalism as his major. -the challenges faced when working on promoting yourself or your business. -the first real freelance client he got and what happened. -the weed-based project he was a part of and why he is so proud of it. There are also some absolute gems for quotes in this episode. One from a hip-hop artist client of his, and another one where he references a TED talk and a book. Don't miss that! Great conversation with a talented creative.  @vancampdesign.co

Mar 9

51 min

This week's guest is Don Clark from Invisible Creature. During this episode we talk about:-his farm, and how he has 2 Alpacas.-what creative things was his gateway to design was. -how is Grandpa was an Illustrator for NASA.-the journey to Invisible Creature. -the struggles that come with say 'YES' too much, taking on too much.-the FORTUNE magazine cover he was asked to design, was super excited about, but didn't go as planned.-the secret book project he is currently working on, and why he finds it challenging. All that and soo much more. This incredible conversation is just packed with great stories and lessons.  If you haven't yet, go check out @icreature on Instagram. __________________________________________________________________CRAFT BEER LABEL DESIGN COURSE is open! Find out here at the link below. *TAKE ME TO CRAFT BEER LABEL DESIGN COURSE*

Mar 3

45 min 42 sec

This weeks guest is the Founder, Creative Director, and Unicorn at SNASK, Fredrick Öst. This is a brilliant conversation full of great stories. @snasksthlmIf you haven't heard of SNASK, go check them out and you will never forget it. The agency has so much personality and fun creativity throughout. Fredrick shares stories with us about his early DJ days, how he first got into the design game, some of the struggles they have faced when partners don't agree on things. He also gets into stories about a project that they were a part of and their logos ended up being turned down and what that was like. We get to then hear about an installation project that he was a part of and why he is so proud of it. Oh, and I can't forget to briefly mention the time when they got amateur tattoos, very amateur, with their client and how it led to business in the future. Go check out SNASK @snasksthlm and especially don't miss the badminton video. 

Feb 23

1 hr

This weeks guest is Chris Logsdon. He is a Graphic Designer, and Branding Director at the SASHA Group in New York City. Also, don't miss his 'daily whatzit' on his Instagram @iam_lgdDuring this episode we talk about:-how he grew up as an Air Force kid and moved around a lot. -the 10th grade fine arts teacher and how he influenced his career direction. -the story behind a coffee company logo he created. -why being promoted recently was one of the most challenging times in his career. -the space-related project he was a part of and why he is so proud of it. Chris also has an ask-it-forward question that has never been asked on the show before. A complete ask-it-forward original. I have since had a couple of other conversations with Chris and enjoy every one of them! A great guy for sure. _________________________________________________The Craft Beer Label Design Course launches on March 2nd: Find out more HERE. 

Feb 16

49 min 8 sec

This weeks guest is Patrick Richardson. He is a Graphic Designer and Illustrator working as January Began out of Fort Collins CO. During this episode we talk about:-how he was always drawing as a kid, including dinosaurs in church. -the odd design course that he took that ended up really showing him what design was.-his experience and struggle with finding that first design job. -how a project he was a part of at his second ever design job did not go as planned. -how he managed to get some of his design work into REI and what was surprising about that experience for him. I had a great time chatting with Patrick about his journey in this wild design world. Check him out at @januarybegan________________________________________________________________________CRAFT BEER LABEL DESIGN COURSE launches March 2nd: Here's a taste...or a sip I should say.... https://www.printdesignacademy.com/Do you want to start doing print design? Check out the links below. Print Design Academy - Where we teach designers to be experts in print. Print Design Academy YouTube - More print talk and education. The Quickie Podcast - Interviews with Graphic Designers.

Feb 9

42 min 9 sec

This weeks guest is Phil from H.E. Creative. He is a brilliant punk-themed designer and illustrator and has a gem of a story to share. @hecreativeDuring this episode we talk about:-Phils fun story behind their success. Working with small local businesses, to rap stars, then back to small local businesses. -how his art teachers in school cleary said "do not do this"...this being illustration and design. -the tour of Disney Animation that got him really excited about illustration and design. -the first actual project he created and how it sold out in hours. -the time in his career just before he made the decision to do the work he really wanted to do, and why it was such a challenging time. -the worst project he was ever a part of. -the kids book that he put out and how that came to be. We laugh, we cry, this interview has it all. Such a great conversation with a really genuine and talented guy. The story of HE Creative is not one to be missed. Also, my friend @danmumforddraws gets a shout out! Enjoy! 

Feb 2

1 hr 3 min

This weeks guest is Bryce Reyes. He is a Design-ustrator out of Corona CA. @bryreyDuring this episode we talk about: -the early days when he would write and illustrate adventure stories. -how he almost gave up on college, but something got him back excited about it.-the last-ditch class that showed him design is a real job. -the t-shirt artwork that was influential to him. -the review he received from a past boss and what that caused for him. -the rescue mission project he was a part of and why he is so proud of it. Had such a great chat with Bryce about his journey, also had a great ask if forward question! You'll love this one. Enjoy. _____________________________________________________________________Do you want to start doing print design? Check out the links below. Print Design Academy - Where we teach designers to be experts in print. Print Design Academy YouTube - More print talk and education.

Jan 26

44 min 38 sec

This weeks guest is Brennan Burling from Wildfire Creative Studio. He is a brand designer and strategist out of Omaha, NE. @wildfire_creative_studioDuring this episode we talk about:-how he grew up in a small town and graduated with the same 27 people he started Kindergarten with. -his rad 70year old Grandma learning photoshop. -how he originally was on the path to becoming an accountant.-how his first design job ever ended up being the most challenging time in his career. -a rebranding project he was a part of and why he is so proud of the project. -a cool tool that he uses when working out brand archetypes. Of course all that and so much more. Glad to have been able to connect with Brennan and hear about his journey to becoming a designer. And his rad Grandma too. 

Jan 19

40 min 41 sec

This weeks guest is Dylan Menke. He is a Logo and Brand Designer from Des Moines Iowa.During this episode we talk about:-how his original career direction was on the engineering path.-the Aaron Draplin presentation he attended that lit his design fire. -the design history project that opened his eyes to what and who came before him. -the feedback that he received while looking for a job and the questions it caused him to ask himself.-blue ribbon beer.-the logo design project he was a part of that led to 40 options. 40.Really enjoyed this chat with Dylan. He also askes an age-old ask-it-forward question, which is an absolute gem.  @dylanmenkedesign

Jan 12

36 min 21 sec

This weeks guest is Laura Prpich. She is the talented creative behind Caribou Creative working out of Courtney/Comox on Vancouver Island in beautiful BC. @cariboucreativeDuring this episode we talk about:-her rural Saskatchewan roots and how her family was very musically creative.-the nonchalant comment that led to her pursuit of graphic design.-the first time she really connected with design.-her time working in womens apparel and why she really enjoyed it. -the time right after getting out of college and why it was the toughest time in her career.-challenges she has faced during 2020. -the project she was a part of that started amazing, but didn't end up that way. -so much more. Laura and I have actually crossed paths in the print game in the past. She is a blast to chat with and has great stories to share! She also loves to surf. @cariboucreative_______________________________________________________________Check out @printdesign_academy on Instagram for photos of these projects. Do you want to start doing print design? Check out the links below. Print Design Academy - Where we teach designers to be experts in print. Print Design Academy YouTube - More print talk and education.

Jan 5

45 min 10 sec

This weeks guest is Jamie Wheeler from Jamie Wheeler Design out of Baltimore ML. She is also the creator of her design educating alter ego Mrs. Wheeler. During this episode we talk about:-the story behind design educating Mrs. Wheeler.-working for an agency where she realized she wasn't happy and needed to make the leap to freelance. -the one thing she wished she invested in the most upfront when she decided to go freelance. -finding your zone and ideal working time and the struggle to stay with it.-the non-profit branding project she was a part of and why she is so proud of it. There is so much in this episode for designers of all skill levels. Jamie is lots of fun to talk to and you will hear that in this episode. lol - lots of laughs. Did I do that right? 

Dec 2020

1 hr

This weeks guest is Jorel Dray. He is an Instructor of Graphic Design at Madison College, Creative Director at Levee Labs, and recent TEDx Speaker out of Madison WI. During this episode we talk about: -the phrase his mom would say to him to inspire creativity. -the class that really lit his fire for graphic design.-his time at one place of work and why is was the most challenging time in his career. -the real life FOMO of making a career move. -a project that he took on that ended with him getting ghosted. -the cola project he was a part of and why he is so proud of it. I really enjoyed this chat with Jorel and I know you will too. Lots of gems in this story telling. ______________Do you want to start doing print design? Check out the links below. Print Design Academy - Where we teach designers to be experts in print. Print Design Academy YouTube - More print talk and education.

Dec 2020

42 min 33 sec

This weeks guest is Stephen Doulas. He is a graphic designer based out of Chicago IL.If I had to pick a theme for this episode it would be "hard work and just keep going". During this episode we talk about:-how he came from an artistic creative family and his first day of freshman year. -how learning about Aaron Draplin @draplin and Jessica Walsh @andwalsh, and both of their work has been influential and inspiring to him. -his struggle with standing out and finding that first gig.-the "competition" design project he participated in and how it didn't go well. -a logo book opportunity that found him and why he is so proud of it. -his answer to the ask-it-forward question of "if you could thank someone for helping you out or encouraging you in your career that you haven't had the opportunity to thank, who would that be". Great question. Great answer. Really enjoyed chatting with Stephen about his journey in the creative field and how he kept moving forward. That's what it is folks, keep going. -----------------------------Do you want to start doing print design? Check out the links below.Print Design Academy - Where we teach designers to be experts in print. The Quickie Podcast - Interviews with Graphic Designers.

Dec 2020

42 min 12 sec

This weeks guest is Trench Brady. He is a Production and Experiential Designer working with Tallen Technologies in New York. He has worked on projects for Disney, Hasbro, Wizards of the Coast, Macys, Yahoo!, TED Talks and more.During this episode we talk about:-how he did not have a very creative childhood and originally was pursuing a more academic, chemistry direction. -the theatre show and magazine that really introduced him to design and lit his creative fire. -the Hasbro booth that he has been a part of creating for years. -a story where he received a bazaar threat from someone he was working for and how it turned the job on its head for over 7 months. -two projects he was a part of that he is really proud of and why.-the Disney project he was a part of that had a smaller than expected budget and the creative thinking he used to pull it off. This episode is packed and I had a great time chatting with Trench. Loads of stories in this one!@trenchbrady

Dec 2020

54 min 26 sec

This is the Graphic Designer Christmas Gift Guide for 2020 by Dave at The Quickie Podcast! I spoke with designer friends, put down a few things I had my eyes on, and had a blast putting this list together.G.A.R.M Company - A wicked platform full of awesome digital resources and tools for you. Check it out here to have 20% off applied. http://garmcompany.com/quickieField Notes Books + Press Sheets - Yah...I said, Press Sheets! https://fieldnotesbrand.com/Bellroy Wallets - Backpacks, Wallets, Pouches. Great build quality, great materials. I have my eye on the Hide + Seek Wallet in Caramel. https://bellroy.com/Prints + MerchNever Made - Amazing Screen Prints in his unique style. Great dude, great work. Get it HERE!Lincoln Design Co. - Their work is incredible and their merch is top-notch. Especially that Logo Mayhem poster. Right HERE.HellCats USA - Clark and Britt are very talented and awesome people. Their products are great and include candles, fresh prints hot out the oven, apparel, and more. Right HERE.Jason the 29th - A gem of a human, who is very talented and tells great stories. Check him out in Episode 074 of the Quickie, and check out his prints and merch, including Crunk Friday here. Right HERE.BooksLogoLounge Books - Thousands and Thousands of logo inspiration. Newest book 12 is out on December 4th. Find it HERE.Freelance and Business and Stuff - Over 9000 copies sold. Every week I hear great things about this book. The talented Hoodzpah crew puts their experience and amazing personality into this one to help you get started with your design business. Get after it HERE.Never Split the Difference - The art of negotiation taught through stories of real hostage negotiations from a former CIA negotiator. Great life skill to have. Google it...Subscription BoxesSnack Nation - Hard to find snacks for you or the office. Boxes from 8 items to 150 items. Yum. Right HERECandy Club - I am a sucker for Candy. Sweet, sour, all good. Six jars of unique candy. Right HERE.Carnivore Club - They contact the world's best Meat Craftspeople and being it to your door. Right HERE.Cloth and Paper - Stationery and Pen subscriptions. Love good stationery. Stationary HERE.NIX Mini 2 Color Sensor - An awesome color sensor tool. HEREFlexiSpot Standing Desk Convertor - Sit, or stand without having to buy a whole new desk. https://www.flexispot.com/standing-desk-convertersNoise Cancelling Headphones - I'm an Apple and Beats Fan. BEATS FLEXBEATS STUDIO3Bluetooth Speaker - Office Sound - Marshall Acton IIIpad with Apple Pencil - Doesn't need more th

Nov 2020

44 min 9 sec

This weeks guest is Melissa Halka. She is the Creative Manager and Designer at the American Institute of Chemical Engineers out of New York!During this episode we talk about: -how she grew up in Queens and has been in the game for over 20 years.-how street art and graffiti were early inspirations to her. -the Print Magazine cover that was really influential to her and why. -how to handle criticism when the client just rips up your work in front of you. -the New York sustainability project she was a part of after Hurricane Sandy and why she is so proud of it. Had a great to time chatting with Melissa and hearing about her experience and journey in the design game. 

Nov 2020

32 min 40 sec

This weeks guest is Jeffrey Everett. He is a designer with the NIH and has been running his freelance studio Rockets are Red for over 17 years.  @rocketsareredDuring this episode we talk about:-working at the NIH creating work for COVID-19 and Dr. Fauci. -his illustration of Dr. Fauci and how it landed on the cover of GDUSA Magazine. -how he comes from the town where Mary had a little lamb was written. -how album artwork, record covers, and comic book covers were all influential to him in his journey. -a couple great stories behind some of his Instagram posts. -the struggle with failing in public and his experience of it. -his work for Gaslight Anthem and why he is so proud of it. I really enjoyed this conversation with Jeff and hearing more about his work with the NIH and how RocketsAreRed is a pretty big contrast from the day job. If you are digging what you are hearing here on The Quickie - head over to Apple Podcast and Spotify and leave a rating and a review! They make me smile! 

Nov 2020

58 min 37 sec

This weeks guest is Will Hardaway from Willgo.io. He is a Service Designer and Educator. @willgo.ioDuring this episode we talk about: -antiracism and design thinking-action figures as childhood creative storytelling. -his move to community college from a tough neighborhood and why it was so eye-opening. -fashion brands and community building. -why right now is the most challenging time he has experienced in his career.-why starting a business is the decision and project that he is the most proud of. I had a great time chatting with Will and there is some ask-it-forward magic in this episode. An awesome one answered, and another one asked.***Open only for a limited time right now is The Color Bar Challenge. This is a design and creative thinking challenge for graphic designers. 5 days - prizes. Check it out at https://www.printdesignacademy.com/

Oct 2020

47 min 4 sec

The Color Bar Challenge is open for registration at PrintDesignAcademy.comThis is a free design and creative thinking challenge for Graphic Designers and Creatives. We provide you with the creative brief, the assets, and some jumping off copy, and the rest is up to you. We have prizes from Mohawk Paper, Pantone, and Field Notes. So get in there!Have you ever wanted to design something in the craft beer, craft spirits, or bar/brewery area? Then this is a great opportunity for you. Sign up for the free challenge here: PrintDesignAcademy.com

Oct 2020

2 min 42 sec

This weeks guest is Michael Penda. He is a freelance graphic designer working under Penda Design. You may know him as @peanutfreepanda on IG. During this episode we talk about: -his recent move to full time freelance and what the hustle was like building it while learning more and working fulltime. -his route to graphic design and how it took a turn down marketing and advertising drive. -some creatives who are inspirational to him @ollymoss @gardnerdesignusa @doubleacreative-the situations where he accepted projects and let the creative brief slide, and what he learned from doing that. -the project he was a part of for a band, how it came about, and why he is so proud of it. That and so much more! I had a great chat with Michael and the guy had a fantastic ask it forward question!Also in this episode I talk about the free virtual conference, Citruspace, coming up on October 17th. Featuring Hank Washington @iam_hank, Will Paterson, and Purple Rock Scissors. Get your free ticket HERE!!

Oct 2020

36 min 54 sec

This week's guest is Anthony Petrie also known as @zombiebacons. He is a very talented freelance designer and artist out of Los Angeles CA. During this episode we talk about:-design work on toasters + garbage cans.-dunkaroos and other nostalgic awesomeness.-collecting Koolaid + Marlboro points.-a couple of posts on his Instagram and the stories behind them. -why this COVID period of time right now is the most challenging time he has experienced in his career so far. -his time working in house at Nickelodeon while growing his freelance business. -a special project that he gets to be a part of nearly every year and why it is one he is proud of. After having so many past guests tell me about this gents awesome work, I was glad to finally be able to get him on the show! You'll dig it. @zombiebacons

Sep 2020

51 min 26 sec

Today's guest is Emma Fanning. She is a green and sustainable graphic designer based out of Victoria on beautiful Vancouver Island in BC. She also recently launched an affordable online course all about green and sustainable graphic design. Check that out here. https://www.littlefoxdesign.com/green-graphic-design-courseDuring this episode we talk about:-how the world was pointing her toward graphic design even when she wasn't looking in that direction. -the job that she had which became very impactful and influential to her and why. -the comfort she gave up that pushed her to start her own studio and the challenges that came along with that. -keeping her integrity when her client's views don't align. -the video design project that she was a part of that went sideways and why. -her course, Green Graphic Design, and why she is so proud of it. So much in this episode I know you will love it. Be sure to go check out her course as it is something that is important to design and the world! @littlefoxdesignstudioCat illustration used for episode number is here. Nature/Cat vector created by renata.s - www.freepik.com

Sep 2020

58 min 1 sec

Today's guest is Brandon Crawford from Second Sun Design Co. out of Charleston SC. @secondsundesigncoDuring this episode we talk about: -how his original career path was civil engineering and architecture, and what caused the shift to design. -how he was always drawing dinosaurs, and thats cool.-how gig poster artwork was really influential to him early in his career.-the burnout he experienced, what caused it, and what pulled him out of the funk. -the rebrand project he was really excited to win, but soon realized he was in way over his head. -a brewery project he did that led to an amazing client.Brandon was super easy to talk to and this was a great conversation! He is also a big fan of The Quickie which was wild to hear! But awesome. Enjoy!

Sep 2020

35 min 27 sec

This weeks guest is Erica Williams a.k.a @hookieduke. She is a very talented illustrator, and published author!This was a very fun conversation about drawing Sailor Moon when she was younger and how strange it feels to have someone say they love your work and tell you what it means to them. She also shares with us a story about a project she was a part of that she was really excited about only to realize that her views and the clients views weren't aligned. Erica is a recently published author with her first book, Ritual, which is available for pre-order on her website. Estimated to be shipping in October 2020. Seriously go pre-order it. This thing is beautiful. Go get it! The book is available in her shop at www.ericawilliamsillustration.com 

Sep 2020

41 min 7 sec

This weeks guest is Monique Renee Meyer from Monique Renee Design Studio. Her studio is based in Dallas-Fort Worth Texas. She is also heavily involved with her local design community, mentorship, and also started their local Ladies Wine and Design chapter. I had a great time chatting with Monique about her roundabout journey to finding her home in design and we had lots of laughs along the way. Especially around her amazing discovery of the design chops that can be found in Powerpoint. This episode is fun, inspiring, encouraging, and motivating. Get after it!*******************If you are looking to make more money in your freelance career, I have put together a free guide of the Top 3 ways to make more money with Print Design. Find it for free at www.printdesignacademy.com

Aug 2020

46 min 45 sec

Today's guest is me. Dave Hopkins. Founder of Print Design Academy.I have been involved in the print industry for over 17 years and in that time I have worked my way backwards through the print process. I knew nothing about print when I first started in the bindery (finishing department) of a local print shop. I moved through finishing to running the presses, then into pre-press and plating work, and then spend the most amount of time in sales and customer service. Through that time I have had many experiences with designers and have seen how they conduct their business and increase their revenue through print design projects.In this episode, I want to give you the top 3 ways to increase your freelance income using print design. I have been involved with all of these and sometimes in different ways. I have also created a free PDF guide for this episode that you can download so you always have these tips and ideas top of mind. Head over to printdesignacademy.com to download that guide now. Also check out @printdesign_academy on instagram for more tips and highlights around graphic design for print. Do you want to start doing print design? Check out the links below. Print Design Academy YouTube - More print talk and education. The Quickie Podcast - Interviews with Graphic Designers.

Aug 2020

32 min 29 sec

Today's guest is the very talented Happy Impulse. Sometimes also known as Roberta Hall. Her work is thought-provoking, entertaining, and all-around awesome. Go check it out at @happyimpulse on the IG. During this episode we talk about: -how her parents still have some of her high school paintings up on the wall at home and why she is not a fan of that. -why the Obama HOPE poster is so influential to her. -how she wants her work to always have a meaning behind it and why it is so important to just put your work out there. -the large layoff she was included in, why it was drawn out so long, and the problems that it caused.-the 8 month long website project that wasn't supposed to be an 8 month long website project she was a part of and how it turned out in the end. -why creating her Happy Impulse alias is one of the things she is most proud of. I really enjoyed this conversation with Happy Impulse, lots of laughs, great stories, awesome person. @happyimpulse

Aug 2020

46 min 25 sec

Today's guest is Nick McGraw. He is a Graphic Designer from Toronto ON. @mcgrawesomedesignDuring this episode we talk about:-how his mom saw and cultivated his creativity when he was younger.-some designers and creators that are influential to him. -the beer brand ad campaign that has stuck with him since the day he saw it and why it was so great. -his 8 'lean' years, what caused them, what he learned from them, and how he got out of the funk. -the apparel line project he was a part of and why it didn't go as planned.-the studio space client he works with and why he is so proud of the work he has done and how he has helped his customer. @astrolabstudiosNick went through a really rough spot in his life trying to find his way in his career. He opens up and tells us what it was like, what he learned from it all, and the new perspective he is carrying forward with. I also really like his ask-it-forward question. 

Aug 2020

46 min 21 sec

Today's guest is Brittney Knight. She is an art director, illustrator and currently a brand designer with Nike, Global Sustainability.During this episode we talk about:-how she was a "special art student" through highschool and her experiences there. -the one job that opened her eyes and showed her that design was more than just a logo or something that looked good. -@timothygoodman and @hangwillisthomas both get props and shout outs in this episode. -the magazine job that she had, why it was the toughest period of time in her career so far, what she learned from it and how she overcame it. -an amazing question to ask yourself if you are ever feeling inadequate, feeling that you aren't progressing fast enough, or if you feel like you haven't accomplished enough. -the Nike Lacross campaign that she was a part of that didn't quite go as planned. -the design work she did with an agency for SONOS and why she is so proud of it. I loved the energy and openness that Brittney brought to this conversation. Loads of stories and a dynamite question that I am going to use from now on too! @brittneyknight

Jul 2020

43 min 2 sec

Today's guest is Tricha Tan. She is an experience designer, illustrator, and animator based out of London EN. During this episode we talk about:-how she is originally from Malaysia but now lives in London EN. -what introduced her to art and illustration. -the artist/architect that creates art with objects that is really inspiring to her. -the period of time when she was struggling to find work and get a company to back her work Visa. -the struggle with saying no and of finding and streamlining your creative identity. -the VR experience project for a french basketball team that she was a part of and why she is so proud of it. I really enjoyed this conversation with Tricha and the perspective she shares growing up in Malaysia and the early influences on her creativity. @trichaaaar

Jul 2020

43 min 41 sec

Today's guest is Jay Ferracane. He is the designer and owner at Angry Bovine and a self-proclaimed crappy rancher based in Boulder CO. What is in the water over there in Boulder? @angrybovineDuring this episode we talk about:-his moves from software rebrand guy, to agency creative director, to independent designer. -how he once drew a business card.-the accidental vehicle wrap that ended up resembling a Japanese Hearse....google it. -his table of contents wallpaper and what that means...-@joncontino gets a shout out.-the dangers of "designing as if its yours".-the Duke University Business School project he was a part of, why he is so proud of it, and why he loves working for them. Such a great conversation and Jay has one of the coolest offices I've seen yet. Set up in a 91' Silver Streak trailer. Yup. Pretty cool.  

Jul 2020

1 hr 5 min

Today's guest is Jamie Collins. He is a Partner and Creative Director at Design Analog out of Vancouver BC.During this interview we talk about:-his time growing up in Labrador Canada.-how an art teacher told him that he could do design as a career.-how the first year of design school did not click with him and he started having some doubts. -Burton snowboards and their design and creativity. -why 2008 was the toughest time in his career so far. -the back burner website project.-the self promotional piece that their team created and why they are so proud of it. I had a great time chatting with Jamie about his design and creative journey. The work him and his team and Design Analog are doing is incredible and you need to go check them out. @designanalog

Jun 2020

43 min 21 sec

Today's guest is Kishya Greer. She is a graphic designer with loads of experience in packaging design based out of Texas. During this interview we talk about:-how she was surrounded by creativity in her family. -her first graphic design job.-her time as a packaging designer at Pier 1 Imports. -her transition to freelance designer and why it was the most challenging period of time in her career so far. -the struggle with delegating and assigning tasks to others when you want to do it all but know where your specialty lies.-the Pier 1 Imports project she was a part of that involved hundreds of packaging skas to be redesigned and why she is so proud to have been a part of it. I really enjoyed chatting with Kishya about her journey to freelance designer. She is great at openly sharing where the struggles happened and how she overcame them. Definitely a great episode if you are thinking about a move to freelance design! @kishyagreer

Jun 2020

49 min 54 sec

Today's guest is Darold J. Pinnock. He is a graphic designer working as DP Creates, a teacher, a mentor, and the host of the Passion behind the art podcast. During this episode we talk about:-how he was born in Jamaica and where is creativity started.-how he was a math wiz so naturally design wasn't his initial trajectory.-some of the designers that he looks up to and closely follows.-his move to Georgia ad why it was the most challenging time in his design career. -the struggle to find his new community after the move, but where he eventually found them. -the web design project that went off the rails, why, and what he learned from it. -the daily challenge of finding balance. -racial inequality, systemic racism, and we have a real open conversation about it. I really enjoyed my conversation with Darold. It's always a bit funny interviewing other podcasters. Its really easy to fall into "host" mode but Darold did amazing and spoke right from the heart with his experiences. @dpcreates

Jun 2020

55 min 4 sec

Todays guest is Michael Fugoso, better known as Fugstrator on Instagram. He is a designer, illustrator, and awesome dude. He also loves green juice. During this episode we talk about: -how his early creative ventures were motived by Dragon Ball Z and Ninja Turtles.-how he started in real estate design before really figuring out what he enjoyed doing. -some of his "secret" work for NASA.-some creatives that are really influential to him. @dkng @musketon @owendaveydraws -the struggles he faced and lessons he learned when he went freelance to quickly. -the Nike project that he won, delivered, but was never used. -design styles, what, why, how, really?-recent work he has done for a space company that he is really proud of. I love Michaels energy. He is such an exciting guy to talk to and I know you will enjoy this conversation. Lets get at it! @fugstrator

May 2020

46 min 43 sec

Today's guest is Caleb Kozlowski. He is the Creative Director at Hybrid Design in San Francisco CA. They are the creative team behind the Mohawk Maker Quarterly. Caleb has a great way of looking at print differently. He shares his perspective on print as an object instead of just something that is printed. It's something that has texture and interactive components to it. He also gives us a behind the scenes of the incredible Mohawk Maker Quarterly's. What it takes to create them, how they start and view a project, the design, and the production of them. Caleb also shares a few of his favourite issues with us and a couple details on what it took to pull them off. We also talk about print project planning and how you should be building any unique papers or specialty finishing into the planning and idea of the project. Building around them to make the most of them rather than adding them as an afterthought. The Mohawk Maker Quarterly is publication that is put out by Mohawk Paper. They are manufacturers of incredible print papers including their most recent release, Mohawk Renewal featuring wheat fibre and hemp fibre papers. Find out more about Mohawk Papers here: MOHAWK PAPERSDo you want to start doing print design? Check out the links below. Print Design Academy - Where we teach designers to be experts in print. Print Design Academy YouTube - More print talk and education. The Quickie Podcast - Interviews with Graphic Designers.

May 2020

52 min 27 sec

Today's guest is Tad Carpenter. He is a Designer and Illustrator at Carpenter Collective out of Kansas City MO. During this episode we talk about:-his early days growing up in a very creative family. -struggles with going out on his own. -the first call he received after he went on his own and his first client. -the design graveyard.-the challenges and triumphs on the Boulevard Brewing Museum project he was a part of and why he is really proud of it. There literally is so much more in this episode. I loved chatting with Tad, so much so that we had a 40 minute amazing conversation before the official "interview" even started! Go check out his stuff! @carpentercollective @tadcarpenter

May 2020

54 min 2 sec

Today's guest is Andrew Lennon. He is a graphic designer and works under the name Saint Lennon out of Lynchburg VI.During this episode we talk about:-his childhood split between the Phillipeans and the USA.-how he was a missionary kid.-his love for art and how he wanted to be an artist.-his change to having a goal working toward being a physical therapist but quickly found out that he hated it. -the moment that changed his life and career direction. -how anime was influential to his design journey. -the challenges of finding the balance between the clients vision but your design aesthetics as well. -the album cover project that just didn't come together. Really enjoyed talking with Andrew and especially about how childhood influences and environment you are brought up in can effect your design style or aesthetic. @saint.lennon

May 2020

43 min 27 sec

Today's guest is Francisco Reyes Jr. aka Never Made out of Los Angeles CA. Buckle up cause this episode is a gem. A long-ie, a quickie-ish if you will, but a gem...During this episode we talk about:-how Microsoft Paint was the gateway.-being born in Compton and avoiding gang culture. -the CD cover that he saw and has just stuck with him.-the designers and artists that he looks up to and why. @malikafavre @brokenfingaz @land-the struggle to find a job after graduating and what that taught him. -his first meeting with Shepard Fairey. @obeygiant-the two projects he has been a part of that he is the most proud of. A collab with Shepard Fairey and his first mural. -his Dilophosauraus drawings. Say that 10 times fast...I really enjoyed this chat with Francisco, hence the long ass episode. Tonnes of fun, genuine and very talented guy. @nevermade.

May 2020

1 hr 7 min