Co-Founder of AJ&Smart, a Digital Product Design agency and self described nerdy-looking Irish guy has a remarkable story to share about nearly calling it quits to finding his focus. How did he do it? How did he become synonymous with "Design Sprints" and wind up co-creating a course with one of his mentors? Jonathan's energy, enthusiasm and transparency is truly inspiring.
As Vice President of Adobe Design, Jamie Myrold has led large-scale design efforts at Adobe for more than ten years, leading the company’s development of the next generation of design tools. Her experience goes beyond restructuring and redesigning applications, but to redefining Adobe’s design business as well. In her role, Jamie aims to inspire the next wave of design leaders, encouraging her teams to push boundaries and develop leadership skills to define guidelines that help with all aspects of business strategy and product creation.
This episode of The Futur was sponsored by the all-new Chase Ink Business Unlimited Credit Card. Joey Cofone is the CEO and Co-Founder of Baron Fig, a company that has succeeded by perfecting a simple tool crucial to the creative entrepreneur: the notebook. Launched in 2013 with a massively successful Kickstarter campaign, Baron Fig has gone on to expand its offerings and its business, but simplicity remains a common theme in both Joey’s business and his life. Joey spoke with Chris from his home in New York to let us in on what keeps him going.
This episode of The Futur was sponsored by the all-new Chase Ink Business Unlimited Credit Card. When Elay Cohen moved to Silicon Valley from his hometown of Toronto, he had dreams of starting his own successful company. It would be fifteen years until that dream came true, but it’s safe to say that it was worth the wait. SalesHood is changing the face of sales culture. During those first fifteen years, Elay became an expert in his field and became known in the tech world as one of the main players who helped grow Salesforce into the multi-billion-dollar enterprise it is today. Chris got a chance to sit down and chat with his client and friend to find out how Elay stays productive while he’s busy running a fast-growing company and writing his second book.
Lilian Darmono is a Creative and Art Director specialising in character-driven animated and illustrative pieces. Her expertise is helping clients communicate their brand message, through a diverse range of aesthetic and medium. Her spare time is dedicated to helping the creative community flourish through journalism, mentorship and public speaking engagements. This has included being a speaker at Faux Images Berlin, a guest lecturer at Maryland Institute College of Art, and many more.
Lilian Darmono is a Creative and Art Director specialising in character-driven animated and illustrative pieces. Her expertise is helping clients communicate their brand message, through a diverse range of aesthetic and medium.
Her spare time is dedicated to helping the creative community flourish through journalism, mentorship and public speaking engagements. This has included being a speaker at Faux Images Berlin, a guest lecturer at Maryland Institute College of Art, and many more.
Recently, Chris went looking for some answers regarding gender inequality issues in design and opened himself up to the internet community. Needless to say, it went about as well as can be expected on the internet, BUT, through that experience, he did meet someone who was interested in helping him to find answers. Diane Gibbs, a designer and podcaster from Alabama reached out with an open heart and mind, and now she's on the podcast to talk about these issues. This is the second half of this series.
Recently, Chris went looking for some answers regarding gender inequality issues in design and opened himself up to the internet community. Needless to say, it went about as well as can be expected on the internet, BUT, through that experience, he did meet someone who was interested in helping him to find answers. Diane Gibbs, a designer and podcaster from Alabama reached out with an open heart and mind, and now she's on the podcast to talk about these issues. This is part 1 of a 2 part series.
Being the child of an immigrant makes the creative path a difficult one. A lot of sacrifices have been made, and, often times, families don't want to accept any career path outside of the Doctor/Lawyer safe zone. Chris has walked this path himself, so that gave him an instant connection with his guest, Handel Eugene, the son of Haitian immigrants. Handel has proven his talent to his parents, though, by creating a successful career for himself, most recently working on films like Spider-Man: Homecoming and Black Panther. Chris and Eugene discuss the path from being a dreamer to being a successful artist, to becoming a teacher, and how that has positively effected his own work.
Douglas Davis was the kid who was drawing when the teacher was lecturing, creating when others were just coasting. With the help of a nurturing mother, and a lot of talent and hustle, Douglas worked his way into a design career, but always wanted more. He had spent a lot of his life creating, but came to a point where he wanted to explore the business side, as well, and moved into strategy. In this week's conversation, Chris talks to Douglas about growing up and going to school with very few resources, moving into the world of strategy and the value it has provided both for Douglas's clients and himself, and Douglas's hustle as a teacher, bringing up a new generation.
How do more people find you? How do you get more clients? They make business possible, so we all want more of them, right? But clients tend to go with who they know. So, how do you get clients to know and trust you? Chris talks to Ryan Robinson, a Content Marketing Consultant, whose job is to help you gain that trust and those customers.
The first time you meet someone, there are several things you judge them on. When you come into contact with a company or a product, though, their name is, almost universally, the first thing you judge them on, so a name is no small thing. In this episode, Chris talks with Eli Altman, who runs A Hundred Monkeys, the naming company started by his dad. Their mission is to jump through all of the hoops for a company to get them just the right name for their service or product.
Jonathan Rudolph had been working as a graphic design for years, in different countries, when he decided to use his Instagram account as a public database for some of the work that inspired him the most. The account, Logo Inspirations, has grown to half a million followers, and Jonathan is now responsible for a community of design lovers. In this episode, we're going to talk about his journey, what it's like to run a popular Instagram account, day to day, and how he navigates the online business world.
As a creative entrepreneur, you may find yourself at a crossroads. It may be a small one, or it may be a big one. One of the most valuable tools to have in your kit, in this situation, is the Knowledgeable Outsider - a person, or team of people, that have lived the same situations you're going through, and want to see you succeed. In this weeks conversation, Chris talks to Tim Thompson and Joel Pilger of RevThink, a consulting agency that specializes in being that Knowledgeable Outsider for the creative entrepreneur.
Matthew Workman might be best known for his popular YouTube channel Cinematography Database, which he started building after years in the industry shooting music videos, films, and commercials. He's been working on a Cinema4D plug in called Cine Designer for a while now, and, in this episode, Chris talks to Matthew about YouTube, using his channel as a jumping off point for business, and trying to balance multiple projects with the demands of every day life.
Ian Paget admits to not being very motivated as a kid, but when he became enthralled with design, as a teenager, nothing could stop him. In this episode, Chris talks to Ian about growing up without support for his dreams, how he uses his fears to motivate him to do better, and mastering the technology around him to bring in more clients.
Is it true you can actually get work using Behance? How are people using Behance to get work? Do portfolio sites like Behance work? Is Behance better than Dribble for getting work? What do you need to do?
How to talk to a potential client during the first sales call or new business inquiry. How can you improve your client on-boarding process? What do you do when a client calls and asks "How Much?". How should you respond to new business inquiries?
Many people feel overwhelmed with consuming content and don't know what to do with it. How do you prioritize what to read, what to save for later, and what to do right now? Design therapy with Chris Do.
What steps do you need to take to achieve your business goals? How do you grow your creative business? Melinda Livsey is back for another deep dive into breaking down her goals as a creative entrepreneur.
Is it possible to charge more for a logo? How is it possible that some designers can charge tens of thousands of dollars more for essentially the same work? Chris and Melinda talk about the details of the logo.
Chris and Melinda discuss social media. Should you use personal or business accounts when posting on social media? Keep it separate? What should you post? How can I not let negative feedback affect me?
Chris discusses whether you're able to charge to diagnose problems with co-host Melinda Livsey. Where to begin? Try mapping out something in your life where a professional has charged you to diagnose a problem.
Join Chris, and co-host Melinda Livsey, as he coaches her on how to run her creative business to achieve focus, raise her rates and delegate work to others. This is an in-depth breakdown especially for freelancers who want to start their own business.
Ash Thorp has built his career in design and film from the ground up, succeeding while surrounded by a family of talented artists that were not able to reach the level that he has. In this episode Chris talks to Ash about the sacrifices he had to make to get where he is, including a year of work that would give him his biggest break while, simultaneously, being one of his biggest challenges, the online education company, Learn Squared, that he helped found, and the inner workings that have led him to success.
Chris talks with the people's champion, Aaron Draplin, about having a following among your peers, honoring your parents, and managing success. Aaron talks about his philosophy of working small, and the joy he is able to pull out of the world he has created around himself. http://draplin.com
What does it mean to be a "King Maker"? With great power comes great responsibility. Chris talks to Justin Cone about how industry favorite website, Motionographer.com, came together, the ripple effect of being on their "Cream Of The Crop" list, and the landscape of revenue creation and usefulness for sites like his have changed over the last decade.
Chris sits down with Joey Korenman to talk about his journey from designer to educator, and opening the online education platform School Of Motion. They also discuss what it means to know what you're worth, and the fine art of discovering what a client needs, versus what they want.
In the follow up to our first episode with Greyscalegorilla founder Nick Campbell, Chris and Stewart discuss mindset and working with clients. When is the right time to ask questions? What kind of questions should you ask? What is the right approach when trying to develop a concept with your client?
The way we learn is changing, and Nick Campbell is one of the trail blazers. His website, Greyscalegorilla, not only sells suites to help you make better work, it also provides invaluable educational content. After meeting at NAB this year, Chris had to sit down with Nick and talk more about his history, how Grey Scale Gorilla came to be, and what the future of online education might look like. This is part one of a two part series.
99 No's, 1 Yes. Persistence was something that was brought up in the last episode, and Chris and Stewart take the conversation farther. What does it mean to keep going? Should you? How can you turn defeat and failure into a learning moment?
In October 2004, Chris Edwards spearheaded the founding of THE THIRD FLOOR, Inc. in Los Angeles. Since then, the company has become the most prolific previs studio in the world, contributing to Hollywood projects from Avatar to Gravity with credits on wide-ranging film and television projects such as Game of Thrones, The Martian, Mad Max: Fury Road, Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation and Marvel’s Iron Man, Captain America,Thor and Avengers franchises. In this episode, the two Chris's meet and discuss the long road from being a dreamer to being a creator.
Chris and Stewart follow up the last episode with a discussion about Mentors - What it means to have one, what it means to be one, and how to get one. Being a mentor can actually be more beneficial than finding one.
Chris talks with the creator of Mograph Mentor, Michael Jones, about building the online education platform, the future of education, and what it means to have people who believe in you and your goals.
Blair Enns is the author of game changing book Win Without Pitching. He has survived the ups and downs of the business side of creativity for long enough to achieve guru status. On this show, Blair talks about the philosophy that informed his book, and, ultimately, lead to the Win Without Pitching program.
Jennet Liaw is more than just a designer. She's a role model to many especially Asian American women who dream of following their dreams versus doing the responsible thing. On this show, she shares feelings about going against the grain and finding success.
Waking up everyday knowing you will die— This is how Alex Preston gained the courage to create his highly successful video game - Hyper Light Drifter. The Secret to living true to your self is knowing You Will Die. Make the Most of It.