Best Graphic Design podcasts we could find (Updated September 2018)
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Offering resources to help streamline your home based graphic design and web design business so you can get back to what you do best… Designing!
 
Focusing on design, and the hosts' love of pop culture, The Reflex Blue Show gives you a look into the topics of graphic design by two people working in the industry. The Reflex Blue Show with Donovan Beery is hosted by 36Point.com
 
The Font Podcast talks about fonts, typography in print and online graphic design, corporate communications, advertising and marketing. The show is for designers, marketers, printers, font foundries, font designers and anyone who enjoys studying and discussing fonts and typography design. We can be found at FontPodcast.com. The Font Podcast is a PodcastStudios.com production.
 
The Print Podcast is about printing news, printing technology, trends and creative uses of printing and graphic design in advertising, marketing and corporate communications. We talk about direct mail, variable data printing, VDP, large format printing, wide format printing, graphic design, barcodes, QR codes, personalized urls, purls, variable imaging and image personalization. The Print Podcast is hosted by Breht Burri and produced by PodcastStudios.com. You can find us at PrintPodcast.com.
 
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Elizabeth Edwards (Volume PR and 11th Octave) joins The Reflex Blue Show to talk PR and psychology. Once again, recorded in the hallway (and still very obviously between sessions at the event) at the OnBrand Conference in Omaha – a collaboration of the local AAF, AIGA, AMA, and PRSA chapters. Elizabeth was the luncheon keynote speaker, and gave ...…
 
12 Red Flags For Spotting Bad Design Clients Bad Design Clients can ruin a business and destroy your love of design. Luckily there are certain Red Flags to help you spot bad clients before things go too far. In past episodes of the Resourceful Designer podcast, I talked about reasons for passing on design projects from both existing clients as ...…
 
When clients view design as an investment, you win. Whether or not a potential client decides to work with you relies heavily on your pitch to them. If they like the presentation but view the cost of hiring you as an expense, they may choose to look for more affordable options. However, if they consider the cost of hiring you as an investment, ...…
 
Nicole Frantz (Senior Vice President, Creative Services at Capital Music Group) joins The Reflex Blue Show to talk about working in the music business. We talk about working in a super-creative (in this case, music) field, working with Annie Lennox, and how to stay current while dealing with the magic of music. Once again, recorded in the hallw ...…
 
Do you focus on the Features or the Benefits of working with you? I love visiting graphic and web designers' websites. I love looking at their portfolio of projects to see the work they produce. But even more than looking at portfolios, I love studying how these designers promote themselves to potential clients. One of the things I’ve noticed w ...…
 
John Henry Müller (Design Director at Hudl) returns to the show after last having his work go to the dogs over five years ago. We meet up in the hallway (I love recording at conferences (the energy, the people, the fun), but the drawback is less than ideal background noises also coming through on the recording from said activities (or, maybe th ...…
 
Have you tried downselling to win over design clients? Building client relationships is one of, if not the most important thing you can do as a designer. One of the best ways to build relationships is by downselling to your design clients. In a previous episode of the Resourceful Designer podcast, I talked about Upselling to increase your desig ...…
 
Nine Situations when you should say No to your clients. How does that old joke go? “Business would be so much easier if I didn’t have to deal with clients.” It’s funny but unrealistic. Without clients, you wouldn’t have a business. So thank you to all the design clients out there that keep designers like you and me in business. Yes, clients are ...…
 
Dan Rhatigan (Senior Manager of Adobe‘s type team) was at the HOW Design Live design conference in Boston to talk about what’s next in the type world. Software does have a lifespan, and with Open Type being over two decades old, well, it makes sense that there may be newer technology being created to deliver all of those wonderful letters and g ...…
 
You can't grow your design business if you rationalize the value of what you do. Most designers don’t get paid what they’re worth. The reason they don’t is that they rationalize the value of the service they provide. What I mean by this is they try to justify why they are charging the price they do for their designs by itemizing what’s involved ...…
 
Avoid these 10 things to grow your design business. To run a home-based freelance design business you need to know what to do for it to succeed. You also need to know what to avoid doing so as not to fail. You’ve done it. You’re running your own design business. It’s a fantastic feeling, isn't it? The freedom and the power it brings you. The co ...…
 
Grace Dawson and Tosh Hall of Jones Knowles Ritchie (JKR / JKR Global / some random law firm) were at the HOW Design Live design conference in Boston to give a presentation about how we haven’t changed – the world has. And to eat chowder. A lot of chowder. At minimum, a bowl of chowder a day. We speak about their presentation, chowder, how to p ...…
 
When Life Interferes With Your Design Business Running a home-based design business is the best thing any designer could do. At least that’s my opinion, but I could be biased since I’ve been doing it for over 13 years now and I love what I do. But running a home-based design business does have its drawbacks. Such as when life interferes with yo ...…
 
Josh Silverman was at the HOW Design Live design conference in Boston to give a presentation about working at the layer of people. So, we talk about The People Layer and why it’s so important. We also discuss things that constantly change (was the last FreeHand release really back in 2003? Did PageMaker really release a new version as recently ...…
 
Freelancer or Design Studio, which is best for your home-based business? I talk a lot on the Resourceful Designer podcast about running a home-based design business. In fact, it’s why I started the podcast in the first place. Like my catchphrase says, I’m doing this to help designers like you streamline your business so you can get back to what ...…
 
Allan Espiritu and Kevin Kernan of GDLOFT were at the HOW Design Live design conference in Boston to celebrate winning the Print Magazine Regional Design Award, Grand Prize with their poster designs for AIGA Philadelphia’s 35th Anniversary. They were also signing slightly modified versions of these posters at the Neenah Paper booth while there. ...…
 
Referral Partners 10 People to get Design Referrals From It's confusing for wannabe entrepreneurs to start a business. Their confusion creates an excellent opportunity for you, as a designer to team up with referral partners and not only help these entrepreneurs get started, but it also helps grow your and your referral partners' businesses. St ...…
 
Using Google AdWords to Attract Design Clients Any time designers get together in person or online on platforms like Facebook, LinkedIn or Reddit, you’re sure to hear someone ask how to attract more clients. It’s one of, if not the most significant problem faced by designers. Without clients, your business fails. It doesn’t matter how good a de ...…
 
Emily Chohen was at the HOW Design Live design conference in Boston to speak about “The Power of Saying No.” I said yes to a podcast though, and we speak a lot about no. Well, the power of saying no. And when to say no. And how to say no. And how not to say no. Also, when to say no. And probably other things about no. We also speak about her ne ...…
 
You need to promote your design business if you want it to grow. Just like any other endeavour, if you don't promote your design business you are drastically impeeding its chance to grow. It's called brand recognition, which you being a designer should know. The idea is that when someone is in need of a service, you offer, there's a good chance ...…
 
Bill Gardner was presenting the 2018 Logo Trend Report (not quite online yet, but it will be soon) at the HOW Design Live design conference in Boston. We ended up taking a bit of time to discuss logos, the difference between trendy and trend, amazing orange jackets at conference parties, LogoLounge and their now 15(!) books, and more. At last y ...…
 
Most Design Clients Are Ignorant When I say that most design clients are ignorant I'm not trying to be mean or derogatory. I'm simply stating a fact. The definition of "Ignorant" is someone who is lacking in knowledge or information as to a particular subject. That description is a perfect fit for design clients who often don't understand what ...…
 
Julie Goldsberry and Cami Travis-Groves discuss the third day of 2018’s HOW Design Live in Boston. Between this recap, and the Day 1 / Day 2 recaps, I was happy to get 5 of this year’s 10 HOW Ambassadors on the podcast. The Ambassadors – or hosts – of the event were fantastic as usual. Big props. Graphic Design is such a great profession, but w ...…
 
Dallas Franklin, Jennifer Lemerand, Thanh Nguyen, and Alex Withers discuss the second day of 2018’s HOW Design Live in Boston. Listen to Day 1’s recap here. Wait around until tomorrow-ish to hear about day 3. Or, if you are viewing this page anytime after, let’s say, May 16th, 2018, find the link to the day 3 recap on our Season 11 archive. It’ ...…
 
Justin Ahrens, Saana Hellsten, Karen Larson, Lillian Ling, Nicholas Nawroth, Calvin Ng, Jamie Saunders, and David Sherwin discuss the first day of 2018’s HOW Design Live in Boston. Boston was great. I even spent a bit of time blogging for Neenah Paper while there: HOW Design Live 2018 is Magic Time May Change HOW Lobster Rolls, HOWie, and Johnn ...…
 
How in depth is your Discovery Process? The Discovery Process is kind of like dating, or at least what I can remember from my dating days. It’s done at a point in your client relationship when you want to get to know them better. What are their goals, what makes them feel good, what frustrates them, what do they like, dislike? Why do they want ...…
 
How effective are you when you work? I don’t know if it’s because it’s springtime or if there’s some national or international initiative going on, but a lot of podcasts and blogs have been talking about productivity lately. Covering things such as ways to get things done more proficiently. Ways to make your job easier. Ways to not only do more ...…
 
Do you suffer from back or neck pain? The other day at dinner during some idle chit-chat with my wife she mentioned a presentation she attended about ergonomics and how to minimise back and neck pain from sitting at a computer all day. The following morning at breakfast I found presentation handouts she had left on our kitchen table, and I star ...…
 
What's in a title? Since the inception of the design industry we designers have struggled with what title to give ourselves. I started my career calling myself a Graphic Artist. Later I changed to Graphic Designer and stuck with it until just recently when I took on the title of Design Consultant. Even though the bulk of my work these days is w ...…
 
Stefan G. Bucher of 344 stopped by the day after a fantastic presentation to AIGA Nebraska in support of his new book, Letterheads : An Eccentric Alphabet. A lot has happened since we last had Stefan on the show. Well, I would hope so, it’s been a full decade – I’m not even sure how that’s possible – but Stefan was actually on episode 2 talking ...…
 
Do you have an elevator pitch? Imagine running into an old high school classmate at the airport. Someone you haven’t talked to in years. After exchanging some pleasantries, you realise they would be a perfect design client for you. They ask you what you do for a living, and as you start thinking of the best way to pitch your services to them, t ...…
 
Design should not be a commodity. I recently saw a conversation in a Facebook group discussing price lists on design websites. The consensus was that including fixed or package prices on your site diminishes the value of your services as a designer. This got me thinking. Are designers who include price lists positioning themselves as a commodit ...…
 
Amanda Hoklin and Megan Timanus stop by to speak about design portfolios. Megan is an instructor at University of Nebraska Omaha, while Amanda has been teaching the portfolio class at Metropolitan Community College for the past seven years or so. We discuss why we still like printed portfolios, whether to build or buy, what projects are still g ...…
 
What I learned by talking to new entrepreneurs I had the honour of presenting a "Branding Your Business" seminar to a group of new entrepreneurs this week. It was one of six in a recurring seminar series put on by my municipality's Business Enterprise Centre. They decided this time around that adding a "graphics" related seminar would be valuab ...…
 
Should you offer design discounts to your clients? Let me start off by saying I'm not a fan of offering discounts for design services. And by the looks of it, I'm not alone. In preparing for episode 113 of the Resourceful Designer podcast, I read a lot of articles about the pros and cons of offering design discounts, and almost all of them said ...…
 
Taking your design business international. There are many ways to attract international design clients. You can travel the world and talk to people about your business. You can invest in an international marketing campaign. You can become an SEO wizard and draw clients from around the world to you. Or, you can do what I did and give something a ...…
 
Bre Phelan is starting up a cat cafe in Omaha! In just a few months, Felius opens in downtown Omaha, and we talk about opening a cat cafe, starting up a non-profit, and of course her current day job of revolutionizing banner ads. Enjoy. The Reflex Blue Show The post Bre Phelan: The Reflex Blue Show #182 appeared first on 36 Point.…
 
What makes up good impressions? The impressions you leave on your clients determine their willingness to work with you in the future. When good impressions outweigh bad impressions, clients will want to do business with you again. So how do you ensure you are making good impressions while dealing with your clients? Let me tell you a story About ...…
 
What Is Value-Based Pricing? Value-based pricing is a way to not only get paid for your time and expenses but a way to get paid for the value of the services and products you provide to your clients. Value-Based Pricing = Time + Expenses + Value. With hourly pricing and project-based pricing, you are compensated only for your time and expenses. ...…
 
How much thought do you give client loyalty? When it comes to your business, everything you do and everything you don’t do tells your clients how they should feel about you and your business. Being a great designer isn’t enough to garner client loyalty. There are plenty of great designers out there. So why should someone choose you over any of ...…
 
Robin Fitzgerald, CCO at BBDO Atlanta, was back in Nebraska to speak at AAF Omaha’s Meet the Pros. I stopped by a couple hours before her presentation, and we discussed both of us actually attending Meet the Pros while in school, her career path to date (starting out in Omaha as a copywriter at Bozell), and her path to Atlanta. We then talk abo ...…
 
Are you looking to become a freelance designer? At one point or another, every designer wonders what it would be like to become a freelance designer. Maybe you’re a student dreaming of tackling the world after graduation. Perhaps you’re an in-house designer tired of working 9-5 designing similar things for the same company year after year. Mayb ...…
 
If you want more design clients you need to follow-up. It requires many hats to run a successful home-based design business. Beyond being a designer, you need to wear the hat of a bookkeeper, a receptionist, a marketer, a salesperson and many more. Often it's the salesperson hat that scares people away, but it's one of the most important ones y ...…
 
Luke Bolin, Coban Rudish, and Dillion Wheelock of Edison Creative have been doing animation for a while – but nothing like The Axiom Chronicles. After years of telling stories for others (which they are still doing), they decided to also take on a massive story of their own – going from a production house to making their own animated show. We t ...…
 
Make a little progress every day to reach the next level. Building a successful design business isn’t easy. It takes skill, it takes time, and it takes effort, a lot of effort. Think of your design business’s success as a journey. One where you strive every day to make progress towards that next level of success. Every business starts off new, ...…
 
Do you worry about isolation while working from home? Isolation is one of the major concerns when running a home-based design business. Spending day after day, week after week having minimal contact with other people can take its toll on some people. That's why working from home is not for everyone. When asked about working from home most peopl ...…
 
Ben Lueders and Erin Pille of Fruitful Design stopped by to discuss something or another about design – but my attendance at an SEGD Omaha event ended with a free MTN Dew ICE – and thus plans had to change. We taste test the ICE; original DEW; as well as the white, green and black label varieties. I have no idea why it took this many years sinc ...…
 
Are you failing on your To-Do list? One of the biggest mistakes people make on To-Do lists is mixing projects with tasks. A To-Do list should only contain tasks, items that require you to do only one thing to complete them. Projects, on the other hand, should be on a completely separate list. By separating the tasks from the projects, you make ...…
 
Are you looking for opportunities to grow your business? [sc name="pod_ad"]It's a given, you want your design business to succeed. To accomplish that, you need to find opportunities to grow. Some of those opportunities take time and money and are well worth the effort. But some opportunities to grow are so small and simple that they are often o ...…
 
Mary Allen kicks off the start of season 11 on The Reflex Blue Show. We chat about going back to school for design, what may be new in 2018, and the sad news of PRINT and HOW no longer being printed publications. Enjoy. The Reflex Blue Show The post Mary Allen: The Reflex Blue Show #178 appeared first on 36 Point.…
 
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