The Deep End Design Podcast is a Graphic Design Podcast by Wes McDowell, and various hosts, most of whom are creative directors or owners at graphic design firms. With over one hundred episodes, The Deeply Graphic Design Cast is a great source of information for graphic and web designers, and people that want to get started in in the field with episodes that feature tips on creating a resume, improving workflow, and creating or improving online portfolios. I've found a lot of the things they talk about to be both very informative and interesting to listen to. They talk about things that people don't learn when they go to school for graphic design such as in their episode "Moonlighting By Design," and that your portfolio should speak to your clients interest, and talk about how it will solve their problem (Client Focused Portfolio Websites), even though your not designing for them, you're designing for your client's clients (Reality Checking Your Freelance Design Work).
In the episode "Reality Checking Your Freelance Design Work", they recommend creating customer personas that are "an amalgamation of all the people that are [the client's] number one customer. Give that person a name, give them a job, give them age, hobbies... even get a photo to go with," which I thought was a good idea to keep a design project on track, Losing track of the focus was something that the hosts admit to having done before, and if they've done it before, it can happen to anyone.
Their series has so many preventative measures, it reminds me of Eleanor Roosevelt's quote, "Learn from the mistakes of others. You can't live long enough to make them all yourself." The episodes on client contracts are particularly useful in this, as many graphic designers make the mistake of not having thorough enough contracts (even though AIGA has templates for graphic designer contracts), which can lead to big problems. This is definitely a great podcast for working designers and design students to learn more about their field, which can be listened to by downloading the podcasts or checking out the audio on their website.
I recently started watching a video series called Like Knows Like, an amazing series about popular designers and artists where they talk about their career and how they got to where they are. One of my favorites was James Victore. He's not insanely talented at illustration like some of the others (*cough* Victo Ngai *cough*), but he has some very clever pieces that get to the point in a very direct way that perfectly fits his style.
Not only do the designers and artists talk about their work, they also talk about their lives, what inspires them, their friends and family, and their hopes for their work in the future. It's a very honest look at different artists, and more than one questions whether or not they'll be doing what they do into old age.
Unfortunately, Like Knows Like hasn't been updating their YouTube, but they're still making videos, which they share on their Facebook. Their next video is set to come out in 2017, and features Oliver Jeffers.
Each team member had their own assignment: I created the posters, Matt made the infographics, and Maggie did the mailers. Design Like Mad was an amazing experience, and working with other designers collaboratively, in real time, was something I'd never experienced before. It was the most fun I'd ever had designing! There were some challenges though, such as the images that Operation Fresh Start provided. Some of them were too small for print, and most of them were taken with cell phones, so we worked with the best ones we could pick out. In addition, the computer I was provided wouldn't run Adobe Photoshop. Fortunately, I'd used GIMP before, and knew I would be able to use it instead. It all worked out, though because we got everything done on time, even though we ended up sending off the final products in the following days, as did most of the other teams.
Design Like Mad is a great community organization I'm happy to have in Madison. Many nonprofits have benefited from the help, and quite of few of the designers form lasting relationships with the nonprofits and their team mates. If you want to participate in Design Like Mad, see if they're in your city. If not, bring them to you! Email firstname.lastname@example.org to see about starting an event near you.
See all the Design Like Mad 2016 Projects.