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A big announcement for the show! First, the show will be taking a break for a few weeks. Ugh. I know. Second, the reason the show is going on hiatus is to fine tune the future vision we have for the podcast moving forward. After 150+ Episodes and over 3 years, we believe that the show is due for a change. You are the best audience we could ask for …
 
Shownotes: www.unpackingdesign.com/podcast/154 What book has influenced the way that you think about your approach to your life and finding clarity to the things that you do? Mike introduces a new topic that Unpacking Design will start focusing on in 2021 – books. Mike and Tim will bring several books to the table and talk about how they’ve inspire…
 
Shownotes: www.unpackingdesign.com/podcast/153 If there was a social app in its infancy where you could start building a community, would you join? That’s exactly what Clubhouse is in 2021. Tim starts this episode off with a brief introduction to the invite only app that’s currently in beta and only available on iPhones. Tim goes over the overall i…
 
Shownotes: www.unpackingdesign.com/podcast/151 Have you ever thought about selling digital products online in a place like Etsy? What kinds of people and designers are on there and what are the differences in the types of products that they sell? Tim starts this episode off by framing the discussion around the different levels of designers who are …
 
Shownotes: www.unpackingdesign.com/podcast/150 How can the simple practice of owning and consistently journaling help designers grow in both their personal lives and careers? Tim starts this episode by sharing his method of daily journaling over the past year and a half. He talks about setting his goals in December of the previous year, writing it …
 
Shownotes: www.unpackingdesign.com/podcast/149 How do we set annual goals and what do the goals of two architects look like? Why do we set these goals and how do they help us stay focused throughout the year? Tim starts this episode off by sharing his insight behind how he comes up with his goals every year. He splits his focus into three different…
 
Shownotes: www.unpackingdesign.com/podcast/148 How do we plan for the upcoming year with our podcast? What’s on the horizon for Unpacking Design? Mike starts this episode off with metrics on Unpacking Design and talks about how the podcast has passed 150 episodes and the consistency of sharing new episodes every week. He shares his optimism leading…
 
Shownotes: www.unpackingdesign.com/podcast/147 As designers, whenever we use Instagram, we’re always curating a user feed that often becomes a curation of projects, products, and designs. How can we use Instagram Guide to grow our brand and curate our posts for our audience to learn and purchase our products? Tim introduces Instagram Guides and tal…
 
Shownotes: www.unpackingdesign.com/podcast/146 During the pandemic, movie theaters were significantly impacted because people were no longer able to safely occupy indoor spaces in crowds. Producers and companies quickly shifted to a digital means of showcasing new movies. After the pandemic is over, what will happen to the movie theater industry? W…
 
Shownotes: www.unpackingdesign.com/podcast/145 The end of every year always seems to get extremely busy for both work and one’s personal life. For Mike and Tim, this is exactly what they’re encountering as 2020 comes to a close. How are they balancing their professional and personal workload with their health and relationships? Tim starts this desi…
 
Shownotes: www.unpackingdesign.com/podcast/144 What does the middle ground of politics in America look like when discussed by two designers who focus on the system and comparisons to how debates operated in the past and how they operate in the 21st century? Mike starts off the topic by talking about the system of politics in America and the way tha…
 
Shownotes: www.unpackingdesign.com/podcast/143 Why should a designer upgrade from an older generation iPhone like the iPhone 7 Plus to the iPhone 12 Pro Max? What are the differences between these phones that relate to designers? Mike and Tim compare differences between the iPhone 7 Plus and the iPhone 12 Pro Max. Tim starts by describing some of t…
 
Shownotes: www.unpackingdesign.com/podcast/142 As designers, how do we develop the habits to stay productive and focused on our projects? Is it better to focus on building one habit at a time, or multiple ones at the same time? Tim starts this design life by sharing his recent collaborations with Glowforge, the manufacturer of the laser cutter that…
 
Shownotes: www.unpackingdesign.com/podcast/141 How do we identify a toxic work environment and what are some examples of them? How do we get out of a toxic work environment and/or help someone else who might be in one? Mike and Tim discuss what they think creates a toxic work environment and what often creates them. They talk about how middle manag…
 
Shownotes: www.unpackingdesign.com/podcast/140 During the pandemic where everyone is working from home, most people had to create ad-hoc workstations. Some people used their dining room tables while others already had a small home office setup. Why is it important for us to design a home office space that we look forward to using? How can we create…
 
Shownotes: www.unpackingdesign.com/podcast/139 How do we stay focused on achieving our goals and completing personal challenges that we decide to pursue? How can we create a community around our personal pursuits through newsletters and online groups? Mike is continuing with his habit challenge from the last design life and he’s now at the middle o…
 
Shownotes: www.unpackingdesign.com/podcast/138 One of the things many designers have been trained to believe is to work through design problems on their own and to only share their completed work. So, why should a designer look for and/or create a peer design group where they could have conversations with others in a similar space about their succe…
 
Shownotes: www.unpackingdesign.com/podcast/137 How can you start to develop new personal habits by setting a goal to do something for a set period of time? How does your lifestyle begin to change so that you can achieve each of these goals? Mike starts this design life with his most recent lifestyle change; moving to a new place where he’s renting …
 
Shownotes: www.unpackingdesign.com/podcast/136 How can a vacation become a time of fulfillment where we make the time to complete the things in our lives that we’ve always wanted to accomplish? What does a staycation focusing on personal development look like? Tim starts this design life off with his recent staycation where he and his fiancé decide…
 
Shownotes: www.unpackingdesign.com/podcast/135 How do you use sticky notes as a designer? What value does a sticky note have to your design process? Mike introduces the topic of post-it notes and talks about the ways that he uses it to quickly jot down and organize his thoughts and ideas. He talks about the simplicity of the product and how it’s a …
 
Shownotes: www.unpackingdesign.com/podcast/134 Why do you subscribe to a newsletter in today’s day and age? What does a newsletter need to provide for you to follow and pay attention to each one? Tim introduces the topic of newsletters in 2020 and talks about his Friday Four Newsletter that he consistently sent out every week for the past 4 years. …
 
Shownotes: www.unpackingdesign.com/podcast/133 How do we begin to profit from our personal brands and the things that we truly believe in and are building? How do we focus on the things that truly matter to us and turn it into something more in our lives? Tim talks about his successes with YouTube and starting an Etsy shop where he’s selling a hand…
 
Shownotes: www.unpackingdesign.com/podcast/132 How do you stay consistent in all of your pursuits, especially the ones that are long term like building a brand or a business? What are some things that can help you stay focused and maintain consistency? Mike talks about how he’s staying consistent with all of his projects that he’s working on like h…
 
Shownotes: www.unpackingdesign.com/podcast/131 When new opportunities arise, how do you identify the right one to pursue? How do you filter through everything that you’re working on when you start to feel overwhelmed to find the most important things to focus on? Mike talks about his experience giving a talk on burnout at a recent young architect v…
 
Shownotes: www.unpackingdesign.com/podcast/130 As COVID-19 continues to close cities around the world and the practice of social distancing has become a part of normal everyday life, we’re seeing a big shift from the physical world to the digital world. From work to school and regular social lives, everyone is now engaged in digital communication a…
 
Shownotes: www.unpackingdesign.com/podcast/129 Every major home improvement store generally has prefabricated sheds that could be purchased, delivered, and installed in a backyard. What could a backyard office look like? What is important to have in the office shed? Mike and Tim start this discussion by talking about the importance of having natura…
 
Shownotes: www.unpackingdesign.com/podcast/128 Should you go back to design school during the pandemic? What are the benefits of going back to school during this time? During this time of the global pandemic and economic stress, Mike was asked a question during his livestream about whether it was a good time to return to design school or not. Tim b…
 
Shownotes: www.unpackingdesign.com/podcast/127 Why is it important to find consistency in everything that you pursue? Why should designers start trying all the things that they’ve always thought about doing? In this episode, Mike talks about consistency with livestreaming and working on growing an audience. He’s learning a lot about live interactio…
 
Shownotes: www.unpackingdesign.com/podcast/126 If we focus purely on the new design for the Playstation 5 and the Xbox Series X, which would you say has a better design? In this episode, Mike talks about Playstation 5’s initial concept video where the new console is shown to the world for the first time. He also shares images of the Xbox Series X a…
 
Shownotes: www.unpackingdesign.com/podcast/125 As we start to master the skills and techniques required in our profession or for our hobbies, we start to have opportunities to give back to others by teaching these skills. What platform is new and starting to gain traction as place for creatives to create courses to teach others how to create produc…
 
Shownotes: www.unpackingdesign.com/podcast/124 One of the things that many people focus on when they start an online blog or channel are the statistics showing the number of followers and views that they’re receiving. How do we get away from focusing solely on the numbers and get back to creating great content? In this episode, Tim talks about his …
 
Shownotes: www.unpackingdesign.com/podcast/123 What are the benefits to using a simple 3D modeling based software like SketchUp for designers and architects? How does this software compare to others that have become a standard in industries like Architecture? In this episode, Mike talks about his fascination with the software, SketchUp, which is a …
 
Shownotes: www.unpackingdesign.com/podcast/122 When we start developing different brands for our passions and each begin to take on a life of its own, how can we get to a point where the two come together to create one brand to focus on? In this episode, Tim talks about his process for developing content for his YouTube channel and how much he has …
 
Shownotes: www.unpackingdesign.com/podcast/121 We all have different ideas that we think about pursuing and we often find ourselves overwhelmed as we try to find the best ways for us to develop them. How do we pivot and transition our pursuits into different mediums and how can we streamline our content to share on multiple platforms simultaneously…
 
Shownotes: www.unpackingdesign.com/podcast/120 As the pandemic of 2020 quickly changes our normal way of living to a life full of protective gear, staying at home, and physically avoiding others, what will the world be like after the pandemic is over? How will the pandemic effect the way that architecture is designed and built? In this episode, Tim…
 
Shownotes: www.unpackingdesign.com/podcast/119 At some point in every designer’s career, they face a moment where they feel like there’s so much left to do for a project, but the deadline is quickly approaching. What often leads to these time crunch moments and how can we avoid them? In this episode, Mike talks about his latest experiences deadline…
 
Shownotes: www.unpackingdesign.com/podcast/118 As Mike and Tim transition to creating video based content, both of them are trying different methods and platforms. What is it like to go live and share the process of designing architecture with software like SketchUp? What are some of the differences between live video streaming and YouTubing? In th…
 
Shownotes: www.unpackingdesign.com/podcast/117 Every designer has a set of tools that they always use as they develop their projects. From laptops to tablets and cameras to sketchbooks, each person has a specific brand and type of tool that is specific to their preferences. What platform can we use to compile our latest and greatest gear to share w…
 
Shownotes: www.unpackingdesign.com/podcast/116 Everyone encounters barriers at the onset of every new pursuit that often revolve around the issue of not having the right, or best, gear available. This leads to the common statement, “I would do it if I had “X”, fill in the variable with the equipment, software, and other things that we feel we need.…
 
Shownotes: www.unpackingdesign.com/podcast/115 What is the process like for a designer in the early stages of launching a YouTube channel focusing on designing and making products? How do we stay motivated to produce content when working from home leads to feeling exhausted by the end of our work day? In this episode, Mike and Tim start off by shar…
 
Shownotes: www.unpackingdesign.com/podcast/114 With a majority of the nation working from home during the spread of COVID-19, many designers find themselves struggling to maintain normal work-life balance. What are some things that designers can do to stay productive while working from home? In this episode, Mike and Tim share their experiences tra…
 
Shownotes: www.unpackingdesign.com/podcast/113 One of the most harmful aspects of working at an office, both away and at home, are the long hours we spend sitting at our desk. Although most people know that they should get up and stretch every hour, many people often forget to do it. How can we ensure that we have the proper support for our posture…
 
Shownotes: www.unpackingdesign.com/podcast/112 During COVID-19 where everyone is staying at home to stop the spread of the virus, how do designers find a common place to meet up and decompress after long weeks working at home? What do some designers do with more time at home? In this episode, Mike shares his latest experiences with a Facebook group…
 
Shownotes: www.unpackingdesign.com/podcast/111 From the time of the previous Masterclass episode in 2018 to 2020, there have been lots of new courses developed and added to the platform ranging from leadership to photography and sports. How can designers use the platform to further their education and implement it in their lives? In this episode, T…
 
Shownotes: www.unpackingdesign.com/podcast/110 Evolutions of technological gaming systems generally include subtle visual differences, but exponentially greater interior systems and performance upgrades. How does the evolution of the Playstation to its 4th generation look and performed when compared to previous versions? In this episode, Mike intro…
 
Shownotes: www.unpackingdesign.com/podcast/109 From building an Instagram account and writing a book to designing a skyscraper and setting up a space for starting a YouTube channel, this episode focuses on the latest projects that Mike and Tim are working on. How do you make time to pursue all the projects that you’re interested in? In this episode…
 
Shownotes: www.unpackingdesign.com/podcast/108 In a world where everyone is looking to save time and money in all areas of their lives, there are online services providing food, clothing, entertainment, and more that are a click away. How does an online clothing company help people save time and money on the clothes that they buy? In this episode, …
 
Shownotes: www.unpackingdesign.com/podcast/107 As a designer, have you always felt confident in your ability to sketch and share your ideas with others? Mike and Tim both had a fear of sharing their sketches with other people because they felt as if their sketches weren’t on par with those of the average designers. In this episode, Tim shares his e…
 
Shownotes: www.unpackingdesign.com/podcast/106 How does planning and getting into a consistent routine help with developing projects and freeing up time for other endeavors? How can we create more time in our days to develop our projects? In this episode, Mike talks about his latest daily schedule of waking up very early to write sections of his bo…
 
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