In today’s episode we talk about a subject brought to the table by our host Ian Barnard, after he saw a video online talking about tips on how to produce better work… So without further ado, let’s jump into the show!

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Show Notes for This Episode:

[1:00] Ian gives a brief breakdown on today’s topic.
[2:00] Changing your perspective to level up.
[3:35] Ian explains what he’s done to level up his work.
[4:00] Ask yourself if you have made your product as simple as you can.
[5:30] Having empathy with end users is a huge asset.
[6:00] Actionable and philosophical Ian and Dustin.
[7:00] Everyone learns differently.
[8:00] By knowing yourself you can help others like you.
[9:00] Walk a mile in your end user’s shoes.
[10:00] Tom asks Lisa what she does to level up her work.
[11:00] Ask questions until everything is CLEAR.
[12:45] Tom asks Dustin to share his level up tips.
[13:00] Push out work every week.
[14:30] Serendipity work is the sauce.
[15:00] Your work is like throwing darts. You have to throw more than one.
[16:00] The more you push out, the higher the chance of a hit.
[17:00] Perfectionists release less work.
[18:10] Creatives who overthink everything.
[19:30] Dissecting Tom’s Kingdom (the daily Tom videos).
[20:00] Behind-the-scenes footage is refreshing.
[21:20] Two questions you MUST ASK YOURSELF.
[22:00] Knowing who you are as a creative makes creating easy.
[23:00] Staying in your lane.
[24:00] Answer all the why’s.
[25:00] The question that changed Lisa’s life.
[26:00] Brand guidelines for your life.
[27:00] Ask yourself how you get where you want to be.
[28:00] What do I NOT love about design?
[29:00] Turning questions on their head can lead you to deeper answers.
[30:00] Anxiety is the dizziness of freedom.
[32:20] The freedom of constraints.
[33:00] And that’s a wrap!

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