Latest Design News & Views

Quick Interview with Douglas Davis

1. When did you realise you wanted to be a designer? Well, I didn't really decide to be a designer. I stumbled into it. I remember wanting to be a cartoonist. I loved Garfield as a kid and my cousins took me to the state fair as a kid, I was probably about 7 or 8 and...

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Quick Interview with Matt Dawson

1. When did you realise you wanted to be a designer? Kind of by accident. I was in school for Landscape Architecture, but spent more time designing the development signage & pitch decks rather than making sure my landscape designs actually worked! I was doing graphic...

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Quick Interview with Laura Evans

1. When did you realise you wanted to be a designer? I wish I could say 'I was born with design in my blood!' but that would be a lie! I've always been creative: I adored art and design and technology at school; I actually started a degree at Loughborough University...

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Quick Interview with Deb Panckhurst

1. When did you realise you wanted to be a designer? Probably early teens. I was always very interested in art in general, drawing and doodling. I remember sketching magazine ads as a kid. Drawing out the text and everything. One of my high school teachers said to me...

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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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Birmingham Design Festival 2018

As a designer based in the Midlands in the UK, I want to shout loud about the forthcoming Birmingham Design Festival in the Summer 2018. This will be a chance to celebrate the breadth of talent in and around the City over four full days of workshops, talks,...

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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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The Tragedy of Hourly Pricing

For years, I’ve been on record against pricing creative services by the hour. My main beef is simple: the better you get at what you do, the less time it will take and, when you price hourly, the less you will earn. This is a tragedy and doesn’t make sense in the...

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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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Where and How to Use Icons in Your Designs

Just about every app and website uses icons. In fact, you’ve probably used then in many projects, but why did you use icons and how do you know you used them in the right places? That question keeps even the most experienced web and app designers scratching their...

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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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The best graphic design podcasts

I love listening to and creating graphic design podcasts. It’s a medium that provides options to go deep and connect with an audience. In times of short messages and notifications it’s a haven of value and knowledge. I would love to guide you trought the landscape of...

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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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Will AI replace designers?

There has been a lot of talk about Artificial Intelligence (AI). How will it affect our jobs as designers and what can we learn from it today? How can the tools of tomorrow look like when infused with smart algorithms and machine learning? Let’s take a look! According...

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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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04 The Futur of Design Education

In this episode, I get to speak with Chris Do. Chris is an Emmy award winning designer, founder and CEO of Blind, Inc., where he oversees the creative and strategic direction of the company. He's also the founder of The Futur, a design education platform. We’ll be...

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03 Getting Clients to Pay You on Time

In this episode, we look at how to ensure you get paid on time and you're not chasing the clients for money over and over again. We’ll be discussing this episode over in the This Design Life Facebook group. Once you’ve listened, make sure you join us and discuss this...

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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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02 How to Get Clients to Come to You

In this episode, I talk to Ian Paget, the Logo Geek. I find out how he got built a huge following online and got a great insight into his logo design process. We’ll be discussing this episode over in the This Design Life Facebook group. Once you’ve listened, make sure...

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01 Why listen to This Design Life?

We've been waiting to launch a podcast all about design for a long time now. Loads of things have got in the way, but now is the time... Here's what you can expect from This Design Life, what we'll be covering and what our mission is.  

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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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