The Uncool Designer

The Uncool Designer
Navigating life as a (smart) graphic designer

A chat with Katie & Kim - Creating a successful design biz!
Mar 16 • 37 min
In this episode Anna Dower chats with Katie Wass & Kim Rosenthal about how to build a design business that doesn’t feel like work! We discuss…. + Choosing a niche + Ditching the imposter syndrome + Systems & Processes + Creative Confidence & much more.…
Elizabeth Mckenzie & Anna Dower
Mar 11 • 41 min
Word nerd + Uncool Designer unite and become BFFs. In this episode Anna chats with copywriter extraordinaire Elizabeth Mckenzie. Elizabeth is a comedy writer. She’s currently based in Melbourne, Australia. Her second favourite F word is fun. The CEO +…
Laura Blythman & Anna Dower
Feb 25 • 30 min
In this new episode of the uncool designer Anna chats with designer & artist Laura Blythman about all things creative. Designer, illustrator and creative director Laura Blythman is renowned for her vibrant use of colour and paper collage. Her recognisable…
Liss Amyah & Anna Dower
Feb 11 • 31 min
In this episode Anna chats with hand lettering creative entrepreneurs Liss Amyah. Preachers wife turned pleasure advocate, Liss was married at 19, had 6 babies by 31, and was divorced by 36. In 2014, after baby number six was born, Liss started an online…
Bring on 2020 & ditch imposter syndrome
Feb 11 • 18 min
Everyone feels like an imposter at some stage during their career and today Anna talks about… • How to focus on what’s important in your design business • The moment I stopped feeling like an imposter • The power of having someone who believes in you •…
Help Me Anna
Sep 18, 2019 • 20 min
In this episode Anna answers all of your burning questions! • How to best manage your time each day • Saying NO to a client • Positioning your business in the marketplace • Marketing your design business so it gets seen • Working a full time job &…
The Queen of Confidence Erika Cramer
Sep 1, 2019 • 25 min
In this episode Anna chats to Erika Cramer about taking a bold stand for women owning their throne & reclaiming their confidence. After overcoming a life full of trauma, physical and sexual abuse, near-death experiences, breaking her back and being…
The tipping point for success
Aug 18, 2019 • 40 min
In this episode Anna is joined by 4 other graphic designers who share their experience as designer boss-ladies and reveal their tipping point for success. • The hard issues facing designers today: lack of confidence, difficult clients, working for no…
How my failed marriage was the turning point for me choosing success!
Aug 4, 2019 • 22 min
In this episode Anna’s discusses…. • How I serve my audience • When my life fell apart • How I chose to succeed despite the heartache • The 5 ways I worked smart in my design biz • The power of women • Deciding not to fail
Be a Boundaries Boss
Jul 21, 2019 • 16 min
In this episode we discuss: • Why you need to set clear boundaries in your design business • How to remember you are the boss • Why you need a price list for your services • The 5 things you can do in your business today to create clear boundaries in your…
Passive Income for graphic designers
Jul 9, 2019 • 19 min
In this episode we discuss: • What is passive income • Ideas for multiple income streams in your design biz • How to come up with an idea for your offer • The 3 x mistakes designers make when it comes to passive income Links mentioned in this episode:…
The evolving designer journey
Jun 9, 2019 • 43 min
Designer Jenna Hallett turns the tables and interviews Anna in this episode: • The biggest design fails ever • Juggling work/mum life • How to not quit your biz • Lessons from crappy clients • How to intentionally create the biz of your dreams Links…
The coolest designer of them all: Sian Richardson
May 30, 2019 • 34 min
Creative entrepreneur & designer Sian Richardson joins me for a chat about: • How she took the leap to start her own design biz • Taking not shit from clients • What makes design good • Combining travel and designer entrepreneur life • Deciding on her…
Communicating your value with Cass Lane
May 12, 2019 • 42 min
Copywriter extraordinaire Cass Lane joins me to chat about how to effectively communicate your value on your website. In this episode we discuss: • Hooking your dream design clients with just one sentence • The #1 big mistake graphic designers are making…
How To Get Design Clients
Apr 27, 2019 • 20 min
As s a creative mentor and someone that designers come to for help, there is one question that drives me BONKERS. Can you guess what it is? In this episode we discuss: • Why asking me how to get clients drives me mad. • The four essential ingredients to…
The Burnout Battle with Charlene Roberts
Apr 14, 2019 • 27 min
Charlene Roberts is a Canadian Designer Boss-Lady that knows the burnout cycle all too well. In this episode we discuss: • Realising that you are in fact burnt out • How you got to the point of wanting to quit your design biz • Figuring out how to pull…
Living Your Illustration Dream with Martina Martian
Apr 3, 2019 • 28 min
Martina Martian is an Australian designer & artist who has done work for some huge brands like converse, asos, reebok, cotton on & snapchat. She has a mega instagram following of over 140k and did the gorgeous artwork for this very podcast! In this…
FU False Beliefs - It’s Time to Ditch the Fear
Apr 3, 2019 • 16 min
A false belief is a story that fear tells your brain, over and over again, until finally your brain Believes it. The 5 false beliefs that are holding you back in your design business: #1: If my business doesn’t appeal to every man and his fam, it will…
Meet Your (Uncool) Guru Anna Dower
Apr 3, 2019 • 6 min
Anna Dower is a graphic designer, mentor, ecourse boss & cake lover. She is and always has been uncool but she is SMART. A smart designer who… • Has run her own successful design business for over ten years. • Has worked with hundreds of clients and…