The Honest Designers Show

The Honest Designers Show

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Are you a designer struggling to find your way in the modern world? Learn how to make a dent in the creative universe with Tom Ross, Ian Barnard, Dustin Lee and Lisa Glanz. Each of your hosts have found tremendous success in their own creative fields. They’re here to give you a completely honest, under the hood look at what it takes to flourish in this crazy creative vocation! You’ll discover actionable tips to land more clients, find your style, successfully brand yourself, and ultimately find satisfaction in your work.
96 - YouTube Masterclass with Brad Colbow
Dec 12 • 84 min
This week we’re joined by Brad Colbow, who’s a huge creative inspiration for all of your hosts here at the Honest Designers Show. He’s had a successful freelance career, juggled multiple projects including a series of best selling Udemy courses…
95 - Bouncing Back From Knockbacks
Dec 5 • 46 min
This week we talk about how to bounce back from knockbacks in your creative career. We all have days that suck, client feedback that we didn’t expect or the unexpected going wrong. Today we look at the best way to tackle these unfortunate…
94 – Interview with Diane Gibbs
Nov 28 • 52 min
This week we’re joined by our good friend Diane Gibbs. We are super excited to welcome Diane to the show. She’s worked as a professor of Graphic Design at the University of South Alabama for over 15 years, had a fantastic freelance career and…
93 – Gaining Exposure as a Creative
Nov 21 • 57 min
This week we talk all about the best ways to get your creative work in front of more people. We try to get super tactical in this episode and share many actionable tips on how to get your design work out there more.
92 - Design Creative vs. Entrepreneur 2
Nov 14 • 54 min
This week we’re continuing our discussion about being a creative vs. being an entrepreneur. We tackle many more of your questions and share our thoughts and experiences around this all-important topic. Without further ado let’s get into the show.
91 - Design Creative vs. Entrepreneur
Nov 7 • 60 min
This week we’re talking about the difference between being a creative and being an entrepreneur. Many of us are trying to make an independent living based around our creativity, but there is often a big difference between the actions of a creative…
90 – Scary Design Stories
Oct 31 • 55 min
This week we’re getting spooky and we’re bringing you a special Halloween episode of the Honest Designers. We dig into some of our old times worst horror stories when it comes to freelancing and clients. So, buckle up cos this episode goes…
89 – Hiring People and Delegating
Oct 24 • 68 min
This week we’re talking all about hiring people and delegating. As designers, we’re often the ones being hired, but it’s important to understand how hiring others can help you. Whether you’re looking to scale out your design services or simply…
88 – Interview with Lettering Artist James Lewis
Oct 17 • 79 min
This week we’re joined by the incredibly inspiring young designer and letterer James Lewis. I’ll make a bold statement here and say this was one of my favourite all-time episodes ever. James was real, candid and incredibly generous with how much…
87 – Getting Good at Design
Oct 10 • 56 min
This week we’re talking about exactly how long it takes to get good at design. We all know the expression practice makes perfect but exactly how much practice.? And when can you qualify yourself as having mastered your craft? All this and more in…
86 - Honing your Talent
Oct 3 • 60 min
This week we’re talking all about how to hone on your natural talents and how to realise when you might just suck at something. Practice can make perfect, but it definitely helps to build self-awareness and focus on what comes most naturally, and…
85 - Meet your Hosts 2
Sep 26 • 53 min
This week we’re getting real, real personal. In a departure from the usual design chats, we chose to share some pretty personal things about ourselves, so that you can get to know your regular hosts a little bit better. It gets weird, it gets kind…
84 - Targeting the Ideal Clients
Sep 19 • 61 min
This week we’re talking about how to ensure you’re targeting the ideal clients, rather than targeting your peers. We’ve had several listeners asking us about this, as their content on social media and beyond seems to be attracting other…
83 - Finding Contentment as a Creative
Sep 12 • 57 min
This week we discuss how to find contentment in your creative work. All too often, stress, worry, and self-doubt cloud our the basic enjoyment we should all be having - that we get to create for a living. We discuss how to find some of that joy again,…
82 – Sharing Your Creative Work
Sep 5 • 48 min
This week we discuss sharing your creative work. The inherent fears of putting your work out there, tips to overcome this and the massive benefits that can come from sharing your creativity with the world. Without further ado, let’s get into the show!
81 – 100 Social Media Tips Part 2
Aug 29 • 45 min
This week we continue our list of social media ideas for designers. We hope that these ideas will get your feed looking better than ever and allow you to build a really engaged audience around your creative work. Without further ado, let’s get into…
80 – 100 Social Media Tips Part 1
Aug 22 • 48 min
This week we share our ideas for how to use social media as a designer. We’ve each compiled a list of actionable tips and ideas to start implementing today and we dig into as many of these as possible in today’s conversation. Without further ado,…
79 - Social Media for Creatives 2
Aug 15 • 50 min
This week we continue our in-depth discussion on how to use social media as a designer. We hope that you can find a ton of actionable tips in this episode to apply to your own social media profiles. Without further ado, let’s get into the show!
78 - Social Media for Creatives 1
Aug 8 • 45 min
This week we discuss how to use social media as a designer. We dig into the specifics of what type of content engages the most, as well as the nuances of the main social media platforms that are available to you. Without further ado, let’s get into…
77 – Earning Passive Income
Aug 1 • 57 min
This week we discuss the realities of earning passive income from your art and digital products. We take a look at how passive income often isn’t all that passive and the gritty realities of what it really takes to be successful. Without…
76 - Presenting your Digital Products
Jul 25 • 45 min
This week we continue our discussion on how to create and sell a successful digital product. We dig in-depth on how to present your digital products by using stunning presentational graphics. This is an absolute master class in branding and using…
75 - How to Sell Digital Products
Jul 18 • 60 min
This week we talk about how to create and sell successful digital products. All four of us have a ton of experience doing this and we break down the actual steps it takes to brainstorm, build and successfully sell a hit digital product. This is a…
74 - How to Audit Your Design Business
Jul 11 • 56 min
Today we take a look at how to audit your design business from top to bottom. Often, we can be so bogged down in the day to day work, we don’t take time to take a step back and see what’s actually working and what isn’t within our design…
73 – People Copying your Creative Work
Jul 4 • 56 min
Today we talk about people copying your creative work. This is a massive pain point for some designers and can literally make us lose sleep. Without further ado, let’s get into the show!
72 – Is it Ever Too Late to Get into Design?
Jun 27 • 50 min
Today we look at if it’s ever too late to get into design. We tackle two listeners questions around this topic and give our best tips for how to break into the creative industry at any age. Without further ado, let’s get into the show.
71 – Standing Out as a Designer 2
Jun 20 • 53 min
Today we talk about the danger of blending in as a designer. Your four hosts take an in-depth look at the best ways to stand out and get your work noticed more. Without further ado, let’s get into the show.
70 – Burn Out and Raising Prices
Jun 13 • 54 min
Today we’re super excited to welcome designer, illustrator and longtime listener Meg Sayers to the show. Meg was one of the first daily challenges to come from the podcast and her illustration work has started to really take off. So much…
69 – Starting a Design Agency
Jun 6 • 73 min
In this week’s episode, we try something a little different and invent a design agency live, unscripted and with no rehearsal. We thought it would be fun for the four of us to brainstorm the steps we would take if we were actually starting our own…
68 – Finding Your Way as a Graduate Designer
May 30 • 91 min
In this week’s episode, we’re joined by Allie Toney - a super talented young designer who actually works with us here at Design Cuts. Allie brings a great perspective to the show in terms of what it’s like to be a young designer fresh out…
67 - Finding Better Quality Clients and Direction
May 23 • 50 min
In this week’s episode, we try to help regular listener Teresa McGregor with her design business. Teresa is currently feeling totally lost. Her clients are underpaying her, she doesn’t know how to attract a higher quality of client and she…
66 – Getting your Clients Excited about Design
May 16 • 35 min
In this week’s episode we talk all about how to get your clients more excited about your design work. Let’s face it, clients are not going to geek out about design the same way as we do. However, getting your clients more involved in the process…
65 – Using Design to Sell Products Effectively
May 9 • 44 min
In this week’s episode, we talk all about how to use design to sell stuff effectively. Dustin believes that design is simply art intended to help sell, and we tend to agree with him. With that in mind how do we ensure that our design work is…
64 - Building a Loyal Fanbase
May 2 • 64 min
In this week’s episode we’re doing something a little different. We’ve had a couple of design topics lined up to chat about, but ended up getting totally lost in a discussion amongst ourselves about social media – how to build a loyal…
63 - Interview with Aaron Blaise
Apr 25 • 72 min
In this week’s episode we’re incredibly excited to welcome world renowned animator and digital artist Aaron Blaise to the show. We’ll introduce Aaron properly in a second, but suffice to say he’s one of our most fascinating guests ever and all…
62 – Finding your Confidence as a Designer
Apr 18 • 49 min
In this week’s episode, we’re going to be your personal cheerleaders, talking all about how to find your confidence as a designer. Confidence can have such a profoundly positive impact on your creative work, your client relationships and even your…
61 – Making your Design Clients Happier
Apr 11 • 54 min
In this week’s episode, we discuss how to make your clients happier. A happy client often equals a happy designer, yet so many designers aren’t proactive enough into thinking about how to delight their clients. We share a ton of tips in this…
60 – Design Agency vs. Freelance Life
Apr 4 • 47 min
In this week’s episode we weigh out working for a creative agency vs. going alone as a freelancer. Your hosts have spent time on both sides of the fence, so we aim to bring some real perspective for the pros and cons of each.
59 – Daily Challenges
Mar 28 • 36 min
In this week’s episode we chat with Dustin and Lisa about their ongoing daily creative challenges. Both of your hosts have been putting out a piece of design every single day for the past few months on social media, and the results have been…
58 – Aaron Draplin Joins the Show!
Mar 21 • 88 min
In this week’s episode we are really excited to welcome a very very special guest to the show. Today we are joined by Mr. Aaron Draplin, who is one of the most respected designers in the industry, a bit of a personal hero for all four of your hosts…
57 - Defining your Brand as a Designer
Mar 14 • 45 min
In this week’s episode we talk about how to define your brand as a designer. If your brand is how the world perceives you, then defining it can involve some big questions and though decisions, however a solid brand can be a huge catalyst to success as…
56 – When Design Becomes Work
Mar 7 • 43 min
In this week’s episode we talk discuss how often the work of design becomes just work. Are you losing the initial passion for you design work because other stuff is taking over? Is it starting to feel like just a job? If so, then this is the episode…
55 - Design Trends
Feb 28 • 49 min
In this week’s episode we discuss design trends. It can often feel like design trends are changing constantly, making it pretty hard to keep up. After all, how do you keep your work feeling current and original, all while standing out against all…
54 - Respecting Yourself and Your Clients
Feb 21 • 48 min
In this week’s episode, we discuss how to be more assertive as a designer. Often it doesn’t come natural to stand up to clients, put our foot down and get what we really want. However, respecting your time and profession can pay dividends for any…
53 - Taking a Vacation as a Creative
Feb 14 • 36 min
In this week’s episode we discuss how to take a vacation when you’re a self-employed creative. It can be really stressful to feel like you’re abandoning your creative business, clients and customers whenever you want to take some time off, but…
52 - Getting Paid on Time
Feb 7 • 41 min
In this week’s episode we take a question from listener Andy Thompson, about how to get paid on time by your clients. There is literally nothing worse than a client holding out on you. At best it can be frustrating and at worst it can be financially…
51 – Effective Planning for Designers
Jan 31 • 56 min
In this week’s episode we take a question from Lisa of Lisa’s Balcony, a super talented designer and regular listener of the show. Lisa asked us about how to plan ahead for your creative business, in particular how to create an effective annual…
50 - Selling Physical Products as a Designer
Jan 24 • 50 min
In this week’s episode we talk about how to best sell physical products as a designer. From posters to t-shirts, this is an in-depth look at how to bring in some additional income by utilising your creative skill set. Just to caveat that none…
49 - Pursuing Your True Passion in Design
Jan 17 • 49 min
In this week’s episode we take another listener question, this time from Meg who’s asking whether she should follow her true passion or stick with what she knows. This is a great discussion that hopefully every designer at home can learn something…
48 - Competition in the Design Industry
Jan 10 • 59 min
In this week’s episode we talk all about competition in the design industry. There will always be other designers bidding for the attention of your current and potential clients, and it can be really easy to let this stress you out. However, it can…
47 - Theft in the Design Industry
Jan 3 • 45 min
In this week’s episode we talk about the serious issue of people stealing your work. From Lisa’s terrible experience with a big corporation illegally sharing her work to the day to day theft that occurs in the design industry, we discuss how to…
46 - Design That Sells Products
Dec 27, 2017 • 48 min
In this week’s episode we answer a question from regular listener Dave Clayton. Dave wants to better understand what makes a winning design product. Whilst we dig deep into our experiences selling design resources and the nitty-gritty of what’s…
45 - Bearing your Soul
Dec 20, 2017 • 42 min
In this week’s episode we look at bearing your soul and putting your true authentic self into your design work. This is of course much easier said than done, but when you start being truly unfiltered in your creative work it can lead to some pretty…
44 - How Stress can Impact your Creative Work
Dec 13, 2017 • 50 min
In this week’s episode we look at how external stresses can impact your design work mindset and even your creative business. From depression to recession, there is a ton going on in your world and the wider world, and it’s important not to…
43 - Putting Yourself in Your Client’s Shoes
Dec 6, 2017 • 51 min
In this week’s episode we discuss how to get out of your own head and see the wider picture. In design, it can be really easy to get blinked in your work, but it’s so crucial to get inside the head of your clients and those people experiencing…
42 – Creative Burnout is Back
Nov 29, 2017 • 46 min
In this week’s episode we chat again about creative burnout. This is a serious issue we’ve covered right about at the start of this podcast and it’s something that still impacts all of us today. We share what has been working for us as well as…
41 – Sticking With It
Nov 22, 2017 • 45 min
In this week’s episode we chat about sticking with your creative endeavours. Consistency is so important to improving as a designer, but often life and our own mind set can get in our way. Today we dig into the best ways to ensure that you keep…
40 - Learning New Creative Skills
Nov 15, 2017 • 47 min
In today’s episode Dustin asks his co-hosts about his struggles learning a new creative skill (illustration). Our answers shed some light on the best ways to explore new creative mediums.
39 – Hiring in the Creative Industry
Nov 8, 2017 • 57 min
In this week’s episode we chat all about how to hire if you’re working in the creative industry. So many of our listeners are looking to start growing their creative businesses beyond themselves, and whether you’re looking to build a team or…
38 – When Things go Wrong for Designers
Nov 1, 2017 • 48 min
In this week’s episode we share some embarrassing stories about when things have gone seriously wrong for us as designers. From bizarre looking safari animals to a gorilla design that looks more like a pineapple - stay tuned to find out some of our…
37 – Starting a Freelance Design Business 2
Oct 25, 2017 • 42 min
In this week’s episode we chat some more about how to start a freelance design business. We look at how to make that initial rocky road into freelancing freedom a little bit more steady. If you’re looking to build a solid foundation for your…
36 – Social Media for Designers
Oct 18, 2017 • 69 min
In this week’s episode we dive back in to social media for designers. We cover a ton of stuff, from how to keep up with the ever-changing social media landscape, to how to boost your engagement, attract new audiences and express your authentic self…
35 – The Psychology Behind Design
Oct 11, 2017 • 48 min
In this week’s episode we delve into some of the psychology behind design. We’re looking especially and introverts and extroverts and how these personality traits can impact your daily designing, your interaction with clients and your overall…
34 - Compromising your morals, Pricing Work and Organising your Projects
Oct 4, 2017 • 52 min
In this week’s episode we answer some listeners questions and cover a range of issues, everything from how to avoid compromising your morals during a design project to how to price yourself competitively and how to organise your projects better.
33 – Design Roots
Sep 29, 2017 • 58 min
In this week’s episode we look back at our design roots and chat about our formative years designing. Often creativity kicks in early and we actually look at the wider issues of how children often lose their creativity as they start to grow…
32 – Tools of the Trade
Sep 20, 2017 • 62 min
In this week’s episode we take a look at the tools and equipment that help us in our daily design work. We look at everything from what hardware we’re using to which apps save us countless hours and headaches. I hope you have your notepads…
31 - Procrastination
Sep 13, 2017 • 45 min
This week we chat about procrastination. This is something that every single creator seems to struggle with. Often, we should be focusing on completing important projects or growing our creative business, but we just can’t seem to find focus. In…
30 - Dealing with Negative Feedback
Sep 6, 2017 • 53 min
There’s nothing worse than someone saying horrible things about your creative work. This episode we look at how to deal with online abuse, how to shift your mindset to deal with haters and even how to avoid getting hate in the first place.
29 - Meet Your Hosts
Aug 30, 2017 • 63 min
In this week’s episode we mix things up and get personal. Now that the Honest Designers show is 6 months old, we wanted to share a little more about ourselves, for everyone listening at home. We kick off by asking each other some design…
28 - Supporting your Passion, Learning and Befriending Designers
Aug 23, 2017 • 38 min
In this week’s episode we are pumped because we’re actually answering three questions, from listeners Izzi, Maureen and Danielle. Each of these wonderful listeners have very different questions around design, but we are really excited to dig deep…
27 - Polishing Your Portfolio
Aug 16, 2017 • 59 min
In this week’s episode, we dig into everything to do with your portfolio. As designers, our portfolio is like our shop front for the world. This week we really go deep into what makes a good portfolio, the steps it takes to improve what you…
26 - Starting a Creative Business, With Jo Fallon
Aug 9, 2017 • 64 min
In this week’s episode we’re joined by the very talented Joanna Fallon, a multi-disciplined designer working from the Cotswolds in the UK. If you follow Design Cuts you may recognise Jo from her weekly vlogs where she’s been documenting the ups…
25 - Clients: Working Remote VS. In Person
Aug 2, 2017 • 50 min
In this week’s episode we look at the benefits of working with clients remotely vs. working with them face to face. We dig into why there really is no substitute for in person interaction, but do give you some tips for how to mimic this…
24 - Focus and Productivity!
Jul 26, 2017 • 53 min
In this week’s episode we look at focus and productivity for designers. Often it can be all too easy to get sidetracked or to struggle to focus on what’s really important, whether that’s a client deadline or that primary thing that you know will…
23 - The power of saying ‘No!’
Jul 19, 2017 • 53 min
In this week’s episode we look at the power of saying ‘No’ as a designer. Most designers we work with are lovely hardworking people, however they hate letting people down, and can often back themselves up into a corner after taking too many…
22 - Why Being a Designer Rocks!
Jul 12, 2017 • 47 min
This week we look at the positive aspects of being a designer. We all absolutely love what we do and it’s sometimes important to stop and think about how awesome it is that we all get to create and design for a living. It can be easy to get swept up…
21 - Confidence in Your Work
Jul 5, 2017 • 52 min
This week we take our first listener question from Connor, who is struggling with some issues involving feeling a lack of confidence and general anxiety in his work. We discuss some ways for him to find more enjoyment in what he’s doing, and relieve…
20 - The Power of Side Projects, With Chris Spooner
Jun 28, 2017 • 60 min
This week we’re thrilled to have our first guest on the show; hugely influential design blogger Chris Spooner. Chris has built up his design blog SpoonGraphics over the past 10 years, and is the undisputed king of creative side projects. This episode…
19 - Why Being a Designer Sucks!
Jun 21, 2017 • 39 min
This week we have a tongue in cheek rant about the negative aspects of being a designer. We typically keep things positive on this show, but this week we manage to laugh at the woes of difficult clients, sleepless nights and doing a job that nobody…
18 - Why Non Designers Matter
Jun 14, 2017 • 57 min
It can be all too easy to dismiss non-designers and instead focus on impressing our creative peers. However, no matter how geeky we get about design, it’s crucial to respect the end-user, and have proper conversations with the client, on their level….
17 - The Best Design Processes
Jun 7, 2017 • 30 min
In this episode we talk about each of our design processes. We look at everything from the initial brainstorm, to the initial ideas, early stage designs, refinements, and final mockups. This is an insight into the workflow of four successful…
16 - Alternative Ways to Make Money as a Designer
May 31, 2017 • 57 min
In this episode we talk about alternative ways you can make money as a designer. This ranges from ‘passive’ income, to full-on side businesses. Alternative income streams can support you doing what you love, and really help you to be less reliant on…
15 - The Importance of Sales for Creatives
May 24, 2017 • 55 min
In this episode we talk about the importance of selling yourself as a creative. Sales can feel sleazy and unnatural for many of us, but it doesn’t have to be! When done right, properly selling yourself is an essential and positive part for any…
14 - Full Time Job to Freelancing
May 17, 2017 • 44 min
In this episode we talk about how to transition away from a full time job to become a freelancer. This can be one of the scariest things to do as a creative, but ultimately, one of the most rewarding. Today we look at tons of key tips for easing this…
13 - Social Media for Designers
May 10, 2017 • 62 min
In this episode we talk about how to use social media as a designer. Social media can be powerful for landing new clients, building your brand, and making career-defining connections. It doesn’t need to be daunting, as we break down some of the best…
12 - Mastering Design Theory
May 3, 2017 • 39 min
In this episode we talk about the importance of strong design theory behind your creative work. We delve into some of the best principles for your designs, and look at how proper design theory has helped our careers.
11 - Overcoming Creative Block
Apr 26, 2017 • 35 min
In this episode we talk about how to overcome creative block. If you’ve ever been stuck in a design rut, you know how frustrating this can be! We discuss how it’s something every designer goes through, and look at some effective ways to get your…
10 - Getting Feedback on Creative Work
Apr 19, 2017 • 41 min
In this episode we talk about how to get the best quality feedback on your creative work. Feedback can be one of the single best ways to improve as a designer. We also touch on adopting the right mindset, and how to avoid feeling down about criticism.
9 - Standing Out As a Designer
Apr 11, 2017 • 47 min
In this episode we talk about how to stand out and get noticed as a designer. Whether you’re looking to attract new clients, or get more attention on social media, this episode is packed full of actionable tips.
8 - Client Relationships
Apr 4, 2017 • 50 min
In this episode we talk about the relationship between designer and client. Specifically, we look at how to establish a positive relationship, choose the right clients and avoid any headaches in the process!
7 - Starting a Freelance Business From Scratch
Mar 28, 2017 • 52 min
In this episode we talk about what we would do each do if we were starting out as a freelancer from scratch. We discuss some successful tactics from our earlier careers and combine these with the experiences we’ve learned along the way.
6 - Isolation as a Designer
Mar 17, 2017 • 44 min
In this episode we talk about isolation as a designer. We compare working from home to working with a team, and look at some ways you can find a happy middle ground, that suits your personality type.
5 - Pricing Yourself as a Designer
Mar 14, 2017 • 50 min
In this episode we discuss how to price yourself as a designer. We also look at if you should ever take on free work, and the taboos around designing for ‘exposure’.
4 - Formal Design Education, Worth It?
Mar 3, 2017 • 36 min
In this episode we discuss whether a formal design education is worth it, or if you’re better off being self taught. Some of the answers may surprise you, and we dig into the education of each of your hosts.
3 - Dealing with Burnout
Feb 28, 2017 • 48 min
In this episode we talk all about burn out for designers. It can be hard to switch off sometimes as a creative, and we dig into some useful ways to stay motivated and inspired.
2 - Overcoming Self Doubt
Feb 21, 2017 • 43 min
In this episode we talk all about self doubt, something that all designers seem to experience at some stage! Learn how to manage this self doubt and instead focus on enjoying the creative process.
1 - Developing Your Style
Jan 30, 2017 • 54 min
In this episode we discuss a ton of actionable ways that you can use to develop your own design style, and also explain how this will help you to land more clients, establish a name for yourself and propel your design career.