The podcast for designers that want to excell.

Quick Interview with Joseph Szala

1. When did you realise you wanted to be a designer? I’d say it was in my late teens. I played bass in a band, and the duty of creating our show posters, website, album art, and other elements. This also introduced me to business as I had to book shows, negotiate...

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Quick Interview with Bart O’Dell

1. When did you realise you wanted to be a designer? I was honestly 9 years old and in the third grade, I believe, living in Wichita, Kansas USA. I was constantly getting into trouble with my elementary school teacher for constantly drawing in class before, after and...

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Quick Interview with Michael Edward

1. When did you realise you wanted to be a designer? I would have to give my parents credit for recognizing my creative talent at a very young age. They encouraged me to express myself to the point of me winning every contest my work was submitted in. When I went to...

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Quick Interview with Mark Des Cotes

1. When did you realise you wanted to be a designer? I actually didn’t realize I wanted to be a designer until part way through my first year of design school. Originally, After High School my plan was to go to university and learn how to produce television...

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Quick Interview with Dustin Lee

1. When did you realise you wanted to be a designer? I’ve always loved old packaging, cheap ads in comic books, and album artwork. I just didn’t realize it was a career. The first time I got excited and felt empowered to experiment with design was when I purchased...

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Quick Interview with Mackey Saturday

1. When did you realise you wanted to be a designer? The turning point in my life was less about when I decided I wanted to be a designer and more about when I realized that I didn’t have to pursue a traditional career to make a living. This decision enabled me to...

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Quick Interview with Jarrod Drysdale

1. When did you realise you wanted to be a designer? I was sitting in a Calculus 2 class my freshman year of college studying to be an electrical engineer. I was one of those kids who really cared about getting good grades, and for the first time in my life, I wasn’t...

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Quick Interview with Rebecca Heinemann

1. When did you realise you wanted to be a designer? There wasn’t really one defining instance. I would love to have a lightbulb moment story to share but it was more of a slow burn for me to realise something I loved so much would become my career. I have loved...

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Quick Interview with Luke Tonge

1. When did you realise you wanted to be a designer? I think I always knew I wanted to create stuff, and it was only in senior school I realised that would be under the title of designer. For a while I toyed with photography, product design, even landscape design! But...

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Quick Interview with Darian Rosebrook

1. When did you realise you wanted to be a designer? Back in Spring 2015, we had our first son. I was working a super low pay job and started panicking that we wouldn't be able to provide since they wouldn't give any promotions at the time. At some point, I stumbled...

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Quick Interview with Craig Burton

1. When did you realise you wanted to be a designer? I always loved drawing when I was growing up. I’d spend hours sitting in front of objects sketching and would often distort their appearance so that their character was accentuated in some way. This then lead into a...

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Quick Interview with Ben Loiz

1. When did you realise you wanted to be a designer? My father was an engineer and I was always impressed with his ability and accomplishments. Growing up though, it seemed my abilities were stronger on the creative side. This led me to pursue fine art, not knowing...

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Quick Interview with Connor Fowler

1. When did you realise you wanted to be a designer? At the end of 2016, I went through quite a big shakeup in my life and decided that it was time to really put all my time into something I was passionate about. That thing turned out to be graphic design. 2. How did...

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Quick Interview with Dave Clayton

1. When did you realise you wanted to be a designer? I think I have always been a designer, I still believe that we are all born with a natural lean towards a certain talent, mine seemed to be artistic and creative. Saying that, as a kid I always wanted to be an...

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Quick interview with Col Gray

1. When did you realise you wanted to be a designer? As a young kid I was always interested in drawing, and reading comic books. Whilst at school, I knew I wanted to do something with art, but I wasn’t sure what exactly. At high school one of my art teachers used to...

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Quick interview with Maece Seirafi

1. When did you realise you wanted to be a designer? I graduated from Otis College of Art and Design in 2005 majoring in Communication Arts. In 2010 focused on my graduate studies California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) in 2010 majoring in Graphic Design. In the...

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Quick interview with Kyle Courtright

1. When did you realise you wanted to be a designer? From a young age, art was so fascinating to me. I could sit down and draw for hours and hours at a time and never bat an eye. After starting a lawn care business at 14 years old with about 10 clients, I’ve always...

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Quick interview with Andrew Travers

1. When did you realise you wanted to be a designer? I think I only belatedly realised that I *was* a designer long after I was already doing it. I drifted into a design role from an unconventional background. I was a English / History of Art graduate and my very...

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Quick interview with Daniel Alcorn

1. When did you realise you wanted to be a designer? I spent a lot of my early years playing with design / publishing packages first on the Amiga and then on PC. I’ve always enjoyed using a computer to create things, not just design, but music, video and writing too....

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Quick interview with Warran Brindle

1. When did you realise you wanted to be a designer? After studying advertising at college, I struggled with motivation to enter the industry. Instead I got a job at a reprographics studio, my first encounter with the apple mac and the beginning of my journey to...

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Quick interview with Karl Randay

1. When did you realise you wanted to be a designer? At High School, I spent a lot of time arguing with my art teacher about what the design aspect of Art & Design should be. We were always asked to paint a taxidermy bird in the style of some old master (usually...

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Quick interview with Dylan Menges

1. When did you realise you wanted to be a designer? I was several years into adult life before pursuing design. First, I dropped out of college. Then spent four years in the U.S. Marine Corps. It was my second attempt at college, within a focused design curriculum,...

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Quick interview with Marc Posch

1. When did you realise you wanted to be a designer? I found out very early that people have the highest respect for printed material, official looking documents, bus tickets, student IDs. Being on a tight budget, I started forging student IDs to get cheap theater...

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Quick interview with Melinda Livsey

1. When did you realise you wanted to be a designer? I originally went to school to become an illustrator. I had no clue what graphic design was at the point. I was required to take beginning Typography as one of the required courses for my illustration degree and it...

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Quick interview with Lenny Terenzi

1. When did you realize you wanted to be a designer? I sort of fell into it I guess. I always wanted to be a Disney artist and never practiced enough to hit that level. I used to say I was not good enough but now in my older age, I realize I just didn't push myself...

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Quick interview with Femke van Schoonhoven

1. When did you realise you wanted to be a designer? It took me a while to realise that design could be a career. I knew I wanted to do something creative, but didn’t know exactly what. I ended up studying marketing thinking that I’d learn about creative advertising...

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Quick interview with Nate Bear

1. When did you realise you wanted to be a designer/creative? That one is tough. I really don't remember NOT wanting to be a visual artist of some kind. I remember going to museums exhibits and seeing all those behind the scenes Disney films, and the Jim Henson hours....

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Quick interview with Chris Harrison

1. When did you realise you wanted to be a designer? I’d had vague notions from a pretty early age that I wanted to do something with drawing. I’ve got a vivid memory of staring at a Quality Street tin when I was around 8 or 9 and thinking, “I want to be the person...

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Quick interview with Charli Marie

1. When did you realise you wanted to be a designer/creative? I was a creative youngster. My idea of fun was creating my own magazine layouts by using a collage of pieces from other magazines, and I was obsessed with the album art that came with my favourite cassette...

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Quick interview with Ben Burns

1. When did you realise you wanted to be a designer? You know, I honestly didn’t know design existed as a career until my Junior year in College. In high school, I was obsessed with photography. I had my sights on being a photographer with a studio in NYC, shooting...

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Quick interview with Stefan G. Bucher

1. When did you realise you wanted to be a designer? You know, I don’t know that I ever had that realization. My dad gave me my first comic books when I was maybe three years old. I remember noticing Ben-Day dots, and I have a strong memory of being upset that...

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Quick interview with Doc Reed

1. When did you realize you wanted to be a designer? Probably after leaving High School. I didn’t know communication arts or design was a thing until my High School art teacher said something about me "making a great graphic designer” one day. I was intrigued. I must...

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Quick interview with Marksteen Adamson

1. When did you realise you wanted to be a designer? It was more a case of not having a choice. I grew up in Africa and went to a Swedish mission school until I was 12. Then we moved to Denmark (my mother is Danish) and I went to a Danish school until I was 15. I...

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Quick interview with Ben the Illustrator

1. When did you realise you wanted to be a designer? There's a few key moments I think! I have little glimmers of golden moments all through childhood, the crayon pirate scene, the Ghostbusters logo in biro, seeing Lichtenstein's 'Whaam!' at the Tate (now Tate...

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Quick interview with Thad Cox

1. When did you realise you wanted to be a designer? Probably when I was at school doing Art (I loved Art more than anything else and was fortunate enough to a fantastic teacher called Mr Hesseltine). I would often draw / design covers of my mix house tapes. After...

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Quick interview with Scott Fuller

1. When did you realise you wanted to be a designer? Pretty early on, but I didn’t know what to call it! I always loved to draw, then I started designing cars and such for my friends all through high school, and that’s when I made the decision to pass over a...

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Quick interview with Jason Craig

1. When did you realize you wanted to be a designer? I got my first design job in 1997. Growing up I wanted to be an artist, I drew all the time and painted but as time went on I realized that fine artists didn’t always get paid very much and that I would need a...

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Quick interview with Ben Gross

1. When did you realise you wanted to be a designer? After college I went to Italy to do a montage. (Putting up tents for Eurocamp) We had no electricity and I only had one book. I really missed doing creative things. While there I enrolled in multi media course at...

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Quick interview with Chris Do

1. When did you realise you wanted to be a designer? The turning point came when I met Dean Walker, a real life graphic designer. I was 17 years old and was picking up some artwork for my boss. Dean worked from his home and invited me in while he put the finishing...

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Quick interview with Sean Bird

1. When did you realise you wanted to be a designer? Well, fresh out of University I worked at two big design / marketing firms. If I’m honest, it wasn’t really an enjoyable experience. The tea-round took forever. I felt under pressure a lot of the time and that I was...

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Quick Interview with Alex Mathers

1. When did you realise you wanted to be a designer? I never planned to be an illustrator. I did geography at university and then a Masters in Real Estate. 2. How did you get started and what was the biggest hurdle you overcame? I got into illustration in my early...

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Quick Interview with John Emery

1. When did you realise you wanted to be a designer? Out of high school, I wanted to go to art school. I specifically remember a conversation with my father in which he said, “What about graphic design? It’s an art major that you can probably make a living with.” So I...

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Quick interview with Anna Robinson

1. When did you realise you wanted to be a freelance designer? I was employed at an agency and had just come back to work again after maternity leave. I struggled for a year or so but often found myself driving in the bus lane to get home in time to fetch my son from...

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Quick interview with Sean Tambagahan

1. When did you realise you wanted to be a designer? I’ve always known that I wanted to do something creative, but I’ve never wanted to be a freelancer (and I never have been one). I’ve known from the beginning that what I wanted to do required collaboration with...

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Quick interview with Mark Hirons

1. When did you realise you wanted to be a freelance designer? Ever since secondary school, aged 13, I can't remember the exact moment but I did graphics at school and enjoyed it so much I started a business doing it. 2. How did you get started and what was the...

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Quick interview with Von Glitschka

1. When did you realize you wanted to be a freelance designer / self employed? I first started thinking about it around 1998 or so when I had my first art rep and was doing a lot of freelance illustration work while I worked at Upper Deck in California. Then in 2002...

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Quick Interview with Brent Galloway

1. When did you realise you wanted to be a freelance designer? To make a long story short – I started teaching myself web and graphic design freshman year of high school. A friend and I had a comic and cartoon animation series that we wanted to share with the world....

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Quick interview with Brandon Rike

1. When did you realise you wanted to be a freelance designer? I’m not sure that I ever made a conscious decision to be freelance, per se. I guess I had just always assumed that whatever I did with my art, I would be doing it on my own. I had seen my father work a job...

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Quick interview with Rob Dobi

1. When did you realise you wanted to be a freelancer? I always wanted to be one, something about working in your underwear, making your own hours and playing bad music as loud as you want just sounds so appealing. It wasn’t until I got my first big editorial client...

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Quick interview with Pete Harrison

1. How did you get started in Freelancing? How did you land your first customer? Once I had started to create digital art, I posted it on forums and communities etc..my first customer saw some of my earlier works, and thought I could create something for one of their...

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