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Hollywood in Color is a new podcast telling the stories of the stars usually left out of entertainment history — the people of color in front of and behind the camera who have been representing for over a century. Host Diana Martinez has a PhD in film and media studies and has written for Slate, The Atlantic, and Women in Hollywood.
 
Hosts Giselle Field of Wander Design Co. and Jen Davis of Jen Davis Design met on Facebook and quickly became biz (and designer) buddies. The branding world felt secretive, competitive, and sometimes really confusing, so their weekly chats were not only LIFE-GIVING but also very much needed in the midst of their crazy schedules. They realized that their honest, soul-chat-level convos could potentially help other brand designers—and thus, Better: The Brand Designer Podcast was born.
 
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In this solo episode, Giselle opens up about why and how she launched a digital course. What seems like a couple of months of preparation for the course was really three years in the making. Giselle spills it all to encourage those that dream about making digital products but hold themselves back for many reasons — just like she did to herself. Gis…
 
And thats a wrap! We’re finishing season 3 off with an episode packed with answers to your inbox questions. Giselle and I talk everything from contracts, whether we pricing on our websites, knowing when to grow teams, (and finding good contractors to work with), communicating value to clients, and more. We couldn’t be more thankful for our Facebook…
 
Today is a very special episode with just Jen Davis! We had some interest in learning more about Jen’s experience having a baby and scaling her business at the same time, and so she recorded an episode about it where she chats through maternity leave, struggles, wins, mistakes, and what she did during the first 6 months of her baby's life as a mom …
 
Giselle is joined by Shay M. Lawson, Esq to answer all your legal questions! (Jen badly wishes she could have been there, but the baby needed her that day!) Giselle and Shay open today's episode answering the icebreaker question: “Thinking back to a year ago today, what is one thing you gained last year that you want to step more into this year?” T…
 
Get ready to be inspired! In this week’s episode Jen chats with Morgan Rapp about all things value-based pricing and shifting our mindsets around money and sales. We break the ice by sharing what our ideal day would look like. Then, Morgan dives into her story — how she got started in design, hit rock bottom in her design business, and what she did…
 
Earlier this year we asked you to share your difficult client stories and today those stories—as well as our own—are live! Although they are SUPER entertaining, we make sure to also share how the designer could have avoided the problem in the first place so we can all learn together. Giselle opens the episode by telling the story about her $400 web…
 
One of the most popular questions we get asked is how we book our ideal clients. Today we have Meredith Uyeyama from Quixotic Design Co on the podcast to chat all about booking dream clients and nailing the sales call. We open the episode sharing our favorite places to get icons for branding projects. Meredith then tells her story about starting a …
 
We get asked all the time about how we get clients and beat imposter syndrome, so today’s conversation is about all things designer confidence and overcoming the ego. If you’re a designer looking to improve your relationship with your work, sell confidently and/or redefine success, this is an episode you won’t want to miss! We open our chat sharing…
 
As brand designers, we all know how important brand messaging is, but can often feel overwhelmed by the idea of finding and working with a copywriter. Today we are taking a deep dive in copywriting with Diana from Required Reading. We start our conversation today with a discussion about books we are reading/recently finished. (You’re going to want …
 
We are talking all about working with web developers! If you’re a designer, wanting to up your web design game, or start outsourcing the dev work, this episode is for you. To kick off the episode, we both share what we would do if technology didn’t exist and we didn’t have to make an income. Then we transition into talking all things outsourcing to…
 
If you’ve ever wondered what offset printing or flexo printing is, this podcast is for you! In this episode, we chat with Dave Hopkins of The Print Design Academy. Dave demystifies popular print design terms and shares how designers can increase revenue with print management. We were so inspired by all of the ways Dave uses print design to create h…
 
Episode 3 is here and we are back with another Jen + Giselle conversation! This week’s chat is all about nailing the sales call and it is packed with takeaways for you guys! We kick off the episode with an honest conversation about how Covid-19 has effected our businesses this year. We then get into the nitty gritty about our inquiry process, our i…
 
We are so excited to be sharing our interview with Michael August Bruny-Groth from the Logo Package! If you’ve listened to previous episodes, you know that we LOVE The Logo Package Express. This tool has been a game-changer for our businesses and saved us (literally) hundreds of hours. Michael shares his story about how The Logo Package Express was…
 
We cannot tell you guys how excited we are to be back recording, in your earbuds, and hanging out with you guys today! Episode 1 of Season 3 is a classic Jen and Giselle chat. We share updates on our businesses, talk about building teams, Jen shares some big news, and we laugh over more love-fest moments (of course). We are so thankful for all the …
 
What words are you speaking, that are creating your world? Kendra Turner is a CEO (chief Encouraging officer) to everyone who comes into her spare of influence. She has a unique story. Kendra explains how God delivered her from a past of abusing and selling drugs. Her story will inspire you to live your best life. We also talk briefly about her awe…
 
Dr. Starkey shares easy inexpensive tips that build your bodies natural immunity defense. Feel energized and refreshed in every season of life. Empower yourself today!! Reduce fear and anxiety, by taking a proactive approach to the upcoming cold and flu season. #Energize #Defend #Hydratehttps://jmarsolutions.net/order/🍎 #Immunity Hydration Combo an…
 
The story behind Hannah’s Handcrafted Elderberry Syrup. Hannah Setzer shares the highs and lows of running a new start up business during a pandemic. Use code JMAR10 at checkout to get %10 off your order. https://handcraftedbyhannah.com/We are a husband and wife duo based in Richmond, Virginia. We make and sell Elderberry Syrup. Our products are ce…
 
Elevate the culture in your organization, IPM can assist in improving processes and developing communication skills to grow your business to the next level. Diana is founder and Chief Executive Officer of Integrated Purpose Management (IPM) LLC, a family owned and operated company. IPM enables you to realize your integrated purpose by providing pro…
 
Wow, another season in the books! We're wrapping it up with an episode full of answers to your inbox questions. Jen and Giselle cover a wide range of topics for brand designers, including process, value-based pricing, dealing with indecisive clients, and more. Listen in then tell us your answer to our question for you in our Facebook group. Can't w…
 
What's a Designer Day Rate? Why would designers replace client retainers for this? And what are the benefits to this service? Join us as Jamie from Spruce Rd describes how this premium one-day design service has empowered her brand design studio, what she's learned, and what she recommends! We also get into a bit of her client psychology and her si…
 
Are you scared to call yourself a CEO, despite you being the business owner of your independent design gig? We were too, until Jane gave us the low-down on how to unlock our inner CEO and transform our business as a result! In this episode, we talk about what our initial thoughts are on the word "CEO" and the benefits of stepping into this mindset.…
 
When it comes to rebranding ourselves, why is it SO HARD despite us brand designers? We have Amber D'Ambrosio (formerly Amber Hukari) tell us all about her rebrand process since she transformed into One 11 Studios. We go over when you actually need to rebrand, valid reasons for rebranding, and what to avoid. Join us! Facebook Group: https://www.fac…
 
Tori Auth, Solo momma, working through cancer, quarantine and a new found awareness with self care! It is essential to support small businesses now more than ever. Today’s guest went from being a high paid executive self reliant single mom with a “fun” side hustle (Bellame Beauty) to a devastating diagnosis of cancer, losing her job, health, financ…
 
Having a strong, clear design process is SO important to your branding business - but what should that look like, and why is it so key? Brand designer and strategist Steph Wharton breaks down a typical brand design process in a roundtable discussion with Jen & Giselle. Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/betterbranddesigner/ Website: ht…
 
In these times of CoronaVirus click bate and fear.... I am excited to share some hope and encouragement today with guest featured Dr Starkey. Our candid conversation loaded with reassuring suggestion and best practices you can use to guard you and your loved ones because toilet paper is not a cure :) .https://jmarsolutions.net/🦠 The best defense ag…
 
What are those limiting beliefs you keep telling yourself? “I’m not good at [blank].” “[Blank] is hard for me.” What if you could turn that around? What would your life look like? Well, we’re super excited to announce today’s episode because our guest Avani is a master of releasing freelancers from their limiting beliefs! In this episode, we go all…
 
Are you raising kids while also building a design studio - OR are you trying to live your best life while also working from home? Becca Levian from Skye High Interactive chats with us about her transition from agency life to being an entrepreneur, asking for support, the myths of work/life balance, and cultivating a forward-facing mindset while als…
 
Getting more clients is at the top of every new brand designer's to-do list - but it can feel overwhelming in the beginning. We chat about some outside-the-box ways we and other designers have gotten clients. Get the ball rolling on that referral train! Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/betterbranddesigner/ Website: https://www.betteb…
 
Relying on one source of income as an independent design studio owner an be a slippery slope - Alex Cottles of The Routine Creative and Brand Mentor chats with us about why it's important to diversify your income, and how he achieves that in his own studio via multiple types of design clients and passive income like digital products and courses. Fa…
 
Typography is one of the most fun (if not challenging) parts of our jobs as brand designers. We go over the vocab, resources, and chat about our favorite foundries and fonts. Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/betterbranddesigner/ Website: https://www.bettebranddesigner.com/ Better Resources Page: https://www.betterbranddesigner.com/re…
 
Kathy Luong from the full-service creative studio MADE BY WMN chats with us about how to level-up your studio through hiring an amazing team, stepping into a leadership role, and attracting higher-paying clients. Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/betterbranddesigner/ Website: https://www.bettebranddesigner.com/ Better Resources Page: …
 
Owning a branding studio is fun - but being overwhelmed with the wrong type of work or getting burned out is not. We discuss how best to set boundaries for others and for yourself. Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/betterbranddesigner/ Website: https://www.bettebranddesigner.com/ Better Resources Page: https://www.betterbranddesigner.…
 
We cannot believe the season one finale is HERE. We had a great time in this episode answering a lot of inbox questions from our Facebook group! Thank you all so much for your support not only for this podcast, but for everyone else in our group. If you haven't joined us in there yet, find the party here! Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/gr…
 
We are excited to have Abbey from Wayfarer Design Studio on the podcast! Abbey is a master at attracting dream projects and spills all her secrets to us on how she does it. She also tells us her design studio's origin story, what she's learned, and how she's up-leveling to the next best version of her studio. Join us! Facebook Group: https://www.fa…
 
We have a juicy episode for you today! Jen and Giselle share the top traits they learned to spot that their ideal clients share, as well as the ones they learned to avoid. You don't want to miss this one! Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/betterbranddesigner/ Website: https://www.bettebranddesigner.com/ Better Resources Page: https://…
 
Many of us brand designers work from home, so the distractions are everywhere. Whether you're a productivity wiz, or you simply can't keep yourself focused, we hope this episode motivates you to get those tasks done! How do we stay on track with timelines, juggle multiple projects and clients, and steer clear of distractions? Tune in to hear Jen an…
 
This highly requested episode is here! What's it like to run a design studio, and in Jen and Giselle's case, at home? Tune in to hear about what a typical workday is like and how we accommodate our work life to better fit our lifestyles. Then join us in the Better Podcast facebook group to share what your typical workday is like! Facebook Group: ht…
 
Kirk Dyer’s miraculous story of survival from a rare disease called Guillian-barre syndrome. A comeback story from full paralysis. Follow him on IG -.https://instagram.com/kirkdyer?igshid=8x7iroii8ihq.Direct Message Jennifer on Instagram at JMAR.Solutionshttps://www.instagram.com/p/B1pIpC2Dmfo/?igshid=nmnlrkyrbhsg.Want to work with me? I have a uni…
 
How do you present brand concepts to your client? Do you share three, seven, ten? Or just one? In this episode, Jen and Giselle discuss the Once Concept Method (more like, rave about it) and get a little deep about the psychology behind this method and why they've gotten great results from it. Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/betterb…
 
Branding is so much fun that sometimes we forget that we need to stick to our guns when it comes to getting paid, and getting paid on time. We have a conversation around best practices to keep in mind before a project, during, and after to ensure that the dollar bills hit your bank account on time. Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/be…
 
Ahhh pricing... the thing nobody wants to talk about yet everyone is curious about. This is the second episode of our pricing series. We dive into the secrecy behind pricing, our advice on finding YOUR best price points for YOUR business, and have an honest discussion about pricing mistakes we've made and how to avoid them. In this second part of o…
 
James Leath is the founder of Unleash the Athlete and former Head of Leadership Development for IMG Academy. He has worked with the Dallas Cowboys, Green Bay Packers. He is currently a mental performance coach for the Chicago Bulls. With a bachelors in communication, a masters in Performance Psychology, and almost 20 years of coaching experience Ja…
 
Ahhh pricing... the thing nobody wants to talk about yet everyone is curious about. We dive into the secrecy behind pricing, our advice on finding YOUR best price points for YOUR business, and have an honest discussion about pricing mistakes we've made and how to avoid them. Talking about money is so important for business owners, especially those …
 
Today’s guest, Louis Alviar shares his story of how Gods Grace and love transformed his life. Walking away from a partial football scholarship, he soon found himself homeless and broke which led to selling drugs for the Mexican cartel. Do you struggle with being your authentic self? Do you struggle with insecurities and self blame? God loves you re…
 
Today’s guest, Dr Darrin Starkey from the Trace Minerals Research company will explain why eating a clean diet rich with fruits and veggies and drinking plenty of water can still leave you feeling tired, stressed out and sleep deprived. It may not be a disease you are dealing with but a simple deficiency. Want more energy? Productive days? Clarity …
 
Today I talk about three supplements we use to stay healthy during the cold and flu season. Please do your own research before trying anything. These are a few products we have been using for years to stay healthy and give our bodies the nutrients needed to support a healthy immune system. These can be found at your local health food store or onlin…
 
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