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Honest Designers Podcast Episode 1: Developing Your Style


Welcome to The Honest Designers Show

We are so excited to launch our brand new weekly podcast, The Honest Designers Show!

This new podcast features our founder and CEO Tom Ross, alongside experienced designers Ian Barnard, Lisa Glanz and Dustin Lee. Each of your hosts have excelled in their own creative fields, and this new show is our way to give you a transparent look into life as a modern designer. Want to learn how to land your first client, develop a unique style in your work, or simply to realise that other folk are going through the same challenges that you’re facing? Then this is the show for you!

You can listen to our first ever episode below:

Other Ways to Listen: Soundcloud | iTunes | Stitcher

Meet Your Hosts

The Honest Designers Show started when our founder Tom found he was regularly chatting and sharing tips with top designers; Ian Barnard, Lisa Glanz and Dustin Lee. We soon organised a weekly call where we would help each other with areas we were struggling with and try to give each other actionable feedback. Soon we realised that the collective experience of the group was proving so valuable for each of us, that we thought ‘why not share these conversations with the world?’.

And so, The Honest Designers Show was born! This podcast is an insight into how to succeed in the creative industry, as well as giving you a totally transparent, under the hood look at some of the tougher, less glamorous hurdles to overcome! We also tend to get a little goofy along the way, so this is a chance to get to know each of us a little better :). We’ve loved recording this show for you, and we hope that you find value and enjoyment in listening to it.

SHOW NOTES

In this first episode we delve into exactly how to develop your own personal style as a designer. This is something every designer goes through at some stage, and once you land upon your own unique style, amazing things can start to happen! We describe our own journeys of how we got there, roadblocks we overcame, and dish out plenty of tips on how to find and develop a great style yourself.

[1.00] Copying others to find your style, and getting comfortable with yourself
[1.45] How to recognise when you’ve found your style
[2.25] The ‘switch’ moment when you finally discover your style
[3.00] Using other people’s work to find your own style
[3.40] Why copying is a natural part of the process
[4.20] Finding different sources of inspiration
[5.15] Being inspired by outside styles
[6.00] Using outside inspiration for marketing yourself
[6.30] Dustin’s shaving routine (and how it helps inspire him!)
[7.30] The power of mood-boards and other cliches
[8.30] Ian’s struggle to nail down a particular style
[9.45] Why you shouldn’t worry if your style flits all over the place
[10.20] How your style can often by subconscious
[11.15] The importance of practice
[12.05] Feeling comfortable in your skin
[13.25] Ian’s random feed (and why this doesn’t matter!)
[14.50] The home-runs in the early days
[15.15] Copying your best self
[16.00] Holding yourself accountable with a fan-base
[17.00] Why consistency matters
[17.50] How to avoid giving up too quickly
[18.30] Why feedback is great (even the bad feedback!)
[19.25] Why no feedback is the worst feedback
[20.25] The insecurities of being a designer
[21.20] Why you should aim to divide people with your work
[22.00] Finding your core fans through polarisation
[23.00] Taking note of what you’re drawn to
[23.50] Finding your style in other areas (music)
[24.40] Dustin’s friend’s amazing project
[25.55] Getting out of your head, and getting lost in the process
[27.30] Learning along the way
[28.10] Why Ian works on what interests him the most
[29.45] Exposing yourself to multiple influences
[30.50] Why a defined style can be an advantage
[31.30] Listen to your personality type to find your style
[32.20] Our various styles (and who is most distinctive)
[33.20] Why YOU can be your style (rather than just your work)
[34.00] Why you can attract clients with a narrow style
[36.00] Why other people’s style might not be right for you
[37.45] Some styles are more achievable via practice than others
[39.00] How to see different styles in imperfections
[40.00] Having fun and trying different things
[42.00] ‘Find your fun’
[43.00] ‘Do what’s weird about you’
[43.50] How to stand out in a busy industry
[44.30] Branching off from your best ideas
[45.10] Tom’s teacher ripping up his artwork at school!
[46.25] How Lisa judges a successful project
[47.40] Dustin NOT going to the bathroom on the call
[48.45] Lisa’s weird world
[50.00] The importance of giving yourself some slack
[50.50] Tom’s tip for feeling better about your journey
[52.00] Why people remember your failures (and why this is ok)

The Honest Designers Show Podcast

How you can help

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Let Us Know What You Think

We would absolutely love to know how you enjoyed this first episode. We’ll be releasing a new episode each Wednesday, and look forward to hopefully answering many of your questions on the show. We continue to be so grateful for the wonderful community here at Design Cuts, and hope that this show is another way that we can give back to you all.

PS: A bit of trivia for you: the artwork for Honest Designers was a group effort. The wonderful lettering is by Ian Barnard, the illustrations are by Lisa Glanz and Dustin/Tom compiled the wider layouts, details and colour palettes.

139 Lovely Comments from our Community:

  1. Simon Hartmann says:

    Wait wait wait, there’s a new podcast with these fine people and nobody told me?

    • Tom Ross says:

      Haha, only just launched today :). Thanks for the kind words Simon, I hope you’re doing great! Do let me know what you think of the new show, I’d really value your feedback.

      • Simon Hartmann says:

        The show’s lovely. Obviously you guys are still ironing the kinks out, as this is the first episode. The strength of the show is your four perspectives. The intersections are great, and provide in-depth considerations on topics, but also interesting challenges.

        I’m curious to see where you guys take it 🙂

        • Tom Ross says:

          Thanks so much Simon :). It’s definitely a passion project for the four of us. I hope you’ll continue to tune in, and I really appreciate the in depth feedback!

        • Dustin Lee says:

          Thanks, Simon! Agreed, what I love about the show is that you get to hear four very different peoples perspectives. Thanks for listening!

  2. OOOHHHhh some of my fave peeps, thanks for this!

  3. John Lai says:

    Great! Looking forward to your broadcasts.

  4. Clarissa P. says:

    This is so great! My only issue is that it’s incredibly laggy. 🙁 Can’t wait to listed to it all the way through though!

    • Tom Ross says:

      Hey Clarissa, thanks so much for your comment. We’re not reporting any lag from our side, but it may just be the weight of people listening all at once. Have you tried listening on iTunes (link above) for more stability? Please do let me know how you get on, and I really hope that you find the show valuable. 🙂

  5. nazarech says:

    HI! English is not my mother tongue, but I´m loving this podcast. Could be possible a transcription on the next episodes?
    I hope so!
    Thank you sooo much!

    • Tom Ross says:

      Thanks for checking out our new podcast Nazarech! 🙂 We’ve had a few requests for transcriptions, so this is definitely something we’ll be looking into.

  6. Fred FLQ says:

    Just subscribed! Can’t wait to have some time to listen to it!

  7. Clair says:

    Congratulations on your audio child, will it be available on Stitcher?

    • Tom Ross says:

      Very soon! We’d hoped to be approved by now, but it’s proving a slow process. We’re hoping to be on all the major platforms within the next week though. Thanks for the message Clair, it’s great of you to check out the show.

  8. Kirsten Cook says:

    glad I caught this!!! Was a fun podcast to listen to while at work designing. Very good inspiration and tips to keep moving forward. And all of you guys are so funny gave me a few giggles.

    I recently took a big move from a bigger city that loved their design work and fun designs…to a smaller city that is lacking design and doesn’t seem to want to move forward with current times….so trying to get out there on my own on the online world in hopes I can find my niche again. Life starts being a drag when you don’t have that “fun” anymore. Loved that you guys touched base on “trying to find your fun”… definitely gotta work on that!!

    Thanks again and I look forward to more podcasts!

    • Tom Ross says:

      This is amazing, thanks so much for your lovely feedback Kirsten :). Great to hear we good keep you company during your work day. We’re so guilty of getting the giggles ourselves during each episode, so I’m glad it’s somewhat infectious :P.

      That’s interesting to hear about your big move, I hope it all works out. I guess the beauty of the internet is that location becomes less relevant than it used to be, so hopefully you can still reach the right people online. And yes, 100% behind ‘finding your fun’, otherwise all the hard work just doesn’t feel worth it :).

      I really hope you’ll continue to enjoy new episodes of the show. If you have any questions you’d like answered, please do let me know.

    • Dustin Lee says:

      I live in a smaller city too (Vancouver, Washington which is a suburb of Portland, Oregon). So I can 100% relate to the value of getting some fresh perspectives via podcasts. Thanks for listening, Kirsten!

  9. Great stuff. All my fave people in one POD. lol. I’ve subscribed over on itunes – took a while figure it out. Now, it’ll add to my playlist automatically.
    Tom L
    Canada

    • Tom Ross says:

      Fantastic stuff, thanks for the kind words and subscription Tom, that means a lot to the four of us. I hope you enjoy tuning in each week :).

    • Dustin Lee says:

      Thanks for listening, Tom! It just so happens you’re one of my favorite people as well! Thank you for all your support and feedback over the years!

  10. Chris Crockett says:

    Hey! Can you guys put this on google play or have a download option for those of us who don’t use iphones?

    Thanks!

    • Tom Ross says:

      Hey Chris, thanks for your feedback. We’re definitely working on getting on more platforms for you guys, and I’ve just added a download option to the player on this page. If you click the 3-dots icon, you should see an option to download. Dont’ worry about the ‘pending payment’ message, that’s a small glitch we’re working to iron out :).

  11. Olga says:

    I love it! 😀

  12. Char says:

    Had to give it a listen immediately! Wonderful, I’m a fan already:)

  13. Eli says:

    Is there a way to listen to the podcast on Google Play Music?

    • Tom Ross says:

      Thanks for the feedback Eli, we’re currently working hard to make the show available on all major platforms for our community. More on this soon :).

  14. Susa says:

    Hey, great job!
    Tom, we chatted about podcasting on fizzle – good on you to get it up and rolling.
    Content is excellent, and good tip to take pics on phone at the time you spot something of interest.
    Cheers!

    • Tom Ross says:

      Hey Susa! Yup, I remember that, thanks so much again for your support :). I’m so glad you enjoyed this first episode, and found some useful tips in there.

  15. Dustin Lee says:

    Wow, amazing to see all the positive feedback! Thank you so much for listening everyone!

  16. Eric Giova says:

    Pleasant little chat between friends.
    The most interesting part, to me, were the mentions of the doubts that everyone could have experienced at one time or another to “found” a personal style.
    It’s something that everyone can identify with. Especially when you have the honesty to mention your hesitations on a daily basis. All creators, whatever their notoriety, know this feeling.
    So go on, it’s cool.

    • Tom Ross says:

      Thanks Eric, doubts are definitely something every designer battles with. We really get into some of the stresses of being a designer in some upcoming episodes, so I hope you’ll find those insightful too. I appreciate you tuning in on launch day :).

  17. Esther says:

    Hi! This is an awesome idea, and I think this will help a lot of designers, but I’m Spanish, and not very good at understanding English listening. Could you transcript the audio in English? I would love to understand your podcast <3

    Thanks and congratulations!

    • Tom Ross says:

      Many thanks Esther, I’m so glad you like the concept behind this new podcast. We’ve had a few requests already for transcription, so this is something we’ll definitely be exploring for you :).

  18. Sasha-Shae says:

    This is exciting! Definitely will be diving into the podcast series 🙂

    • Tom Ross says:

      Wahoo! Thanks Sasha-Shae, that’s so great to hear. I hope that you enjoy the show, and thank you for joining our big launch day.

  19. Shellie W. says:

    This was really helpful. I’m just finishing my first year of design classes in college and this really helped encourage me as I’m finding my own artistic voice and passion. Thanks! Can’t wait for the next one!

    • Tom Ross says:

      That’s so great to hear Shellie! 🙂 Congrats on your first year of design and I’m thrilled we could help to encourage you. Do feel free to share any of your work with us, we’d love to see it :).

  20. Carol Engel says:

    Nice podcast!!! Really interesting subject…
    Do you have any plans to make de audio available for non-iTunes users? (on player.fm for exemple)

    • Tom Ross says:

      Thanks Carol, we appreciate the positive feedback. Yup, we’re planning on getting on every major platform. For now, you can checkout each episode on Soundcloud, if you don’t have iTunes. I hope this helps!

  21. Thought it was great fun, maybe a tad long. Would like the questions or points along with the short answer to be in a quick little summary at the end. eg. Finding your style… Just have fun etc. You may have done this in the summary on itunes… but I probably won’t take the time to go over somewhere else to get what should be at the end of this. Just my opinion, and my bad for not taking more time to follow up.. Overall fun, and I like that is casual.

  22. Stacy Saman says:

    Love it guys! Very inspiring ideas, with more new than stuff I’ve already tried.

    Totally “get” Lisa’s statement about being drawn to certain artwork because it’s your style, or wish it was, and then building up skills so that design style you’re drawn to just starts to show up in your own work, naturally.

    Every great artist copies to learn skills. It’s only nasty when you don’t admit it, and with copyright laws, people being sued by big companies because they used a copywriter pic accidentally on their personal “family” blog, I think we tend to err too much on the side of caution. Copy, enjoy, experiment, learn. Just be honest about it! I mean, isn’t that what “Fan Art” is about, in a way?

    I laughed so hard when I heard Tom say the word “man” (as in dude) in his excellent accent. I say this in the most endearing way, truly.

    Now I want it to be a webcast, so we can see the beards. Come on, Ben. Make it a movie!

    Excellent!
    Stace

    • Tom Ross says:

      Love the positive outlook Stacy, and I’m totally with you that finding inspiration in the work of others is absolutely ok, if done in the right way.

      Glad I could make you chuckle with my *ahem* ‘steller’ American accent :P.

      We’ve actually had a few requests for web-casts, so we’ll see how things evolve over time!

  23. Tony says:

    Hi

    Is this available as a straight mp3 download? We’re not all Apple / iTunes lovers
    All the best
    Charlie Tokyo

    • Tom Ross says:

      It sure is Tony! 🙂 You can download the episode via the player at the top of this page, or check it out on Soundcloud. I hope this helps.

  24. Ralph Nicolay says:

    Your show is wonderful. I really like the fact you folks have more than one opinion or style. Great information from yourself and guests.

    This is my favorite go-to site for vectors, fonts, and everything else. Keep up the great shows and the best deals on the internet.

    Ralph

    • Tom Ross says:

      Thanks Ralph, I really appreciate the great feedback. One of my favourite things about our chats is that we do have such different experiences and opinions, and it’s great to hear that resonates with you. We’re truly grateful for you being such a fantastic part of the community here :).

  25. Julian says:

    Hey guy such a nice podcast! put on soundcloud! that would leverage a huge community!

  26. A simple honest chat between friends about design. I love it!

  27. Jamie says:

    Absolutely loved it. I was either nodding in agreement or laughing out loud (sorry coworkers!) for most of the podcast, I will definitely be subscribing to this one! Great launch, can’t wait to hear episode two.

    • Tom Ross says:

      Haha, that’s amazing to hear Jamie! 🙂 Episode two is officially live, and I really hope that you enjoy listening. Thanks a ton for taking the time to leave such great feedback.

  28. Jenn R says:

    I listened via the web and enjoyed it quite a bit! (I hope it’s available on Google Music at some point, as I don’t use iTunes.)

    • Tom Ross says:

      Hey Jenn, thanks so much for your comment! I’m so glad you enjoyed episode 1. Apparently Google Music isn’t available to us here in the UK yet. However, we’re now on SoundCloud, with more platforms coming very soon!

  29. Diane says:

    I liked it, I wish it had been a visual presentation. It would be really neat to see some examples of how you go about your design process. As one of you mentioned, sometimes you are most productive when something goes horribly wrong. I’ve found that to be true. I find it interesting to see what you started with and where you ended up.

    I listened on this page, I’m not up on all the new podcast stuff, not sure if it’s free or you have to pay, or what. I love the fact that you included notes as to where in the program you highlighted certain topics. I think this is one you could listen to a couple of times, to make sure you didn’t miss anything…and I will! I’m looking forward to your future podcasts!

    Just curious, do any of you keep a record, visual or otherwise of your process, not necessarily your work…so you can see where you started and where you are now? I know that was the subject of this podcast, but specifically to your own work? I know when I was in school (a million years ago, or so it seems) we were encouraged to keep a record/journal, do people still do that?

    • Tom Ross says:

      Thanks for your great feedback Diane! We’re definitely planning some more supporting visual content for the show, which I hope you’ll enjoy.

      The show is, and always will be free, so you can always listen at your leisure :). I hope that you continue to enjoy the upcoming episodes.

      As much of my work is digital my hard-drives tend to act as my journal of past work, and it’s always really refreshing to go back through these, and hopefully see the improvement over time.

  30. Paula Molina says:

    Hey guys! Really glad you did this! I’m a design student from Argentina and I constantly use your work as my source of inspiration (My favorite is Ian Barnard!) wich is kinda funny to me that you’re debating ‘copying until you find your own style’ and it’s so true. I mean, at the beginning you copy the other’s work, because you’re a real fan of it and (in my case) you challenge yourself to imitate them, to apply their techniques, etc. It takes time to create our own style. By the way, thank you for clarifying that you went through that part of the process, too. Haha And last but not least, great tip take photos of things and create this sort of “inspiration file”.
    I hope my english is not that bad haha. Cannot wait to hear more! Thanks!

    • Tom Ross says:

      Aw that’s amazing to hear Paula :). Ian is fantastic, and that’s awesome to hear that you follow him so closely. I think challenging yourself is essential to developing as an artist/creative, and so it sounds like you’re definitely on the right path :).

  31. Izzi Mata says:

    Just what I needed! So excited to shared this with friends!

  32. Natalie says:

    Thanks so much for being so open; it has really helped to hear that even designers that I really respect and admire suffer the same internal conflicts that I do. I feel like I can just exhale and get on with the job.
    This is a great idea.

    • Tom Ross says:

      Thanks Natalie, that’s exactly what we’re aiming to do with this show. When I first started chatting with these guys I found it really eye-opening that they’re in the same place as many in our community, despite all their success. I hope that you continue to enjoy the show :).

  33. Elizabeth says:

    Listened while I cooked dinner, it was interesting and has some great points and I loved finding out more about you as designers.Loved the idea of following “your weird”. For me it was a bit too long a half hour is easier to listen too. But I will listen to the next one and look forward to it.

    • Tom Ross says:

      That’s so cool, I’m glad we could keep you company whilst you were making dinner :). Dustin is definitely the group expert on being weird ;).

      Thanks for the feedback on the length. The next episode is about 10 mins shorter, which I hope is a better fit for you. We’d really appreciate your feedback on that too.

  34. Kristy says:

    Any plans to release the podcast on Google Play Music?

    • Tom Ross says:

      Hey Kristy, I’m afraid Google Play doesn’t seem to be available for us here in the UK yet. However, we’re working to get on as many platforms as possible to help the community here.

  35. Sarah Denise says:

    Awesome!

    Just a side question, what widget did you use for the podcast up there?

    Thanks 😀 Looking forward to your next episodes!

    • Tom Ross says:

      Thanks so much Sarah! 🙂 It’s the ‘Smart Podcast Player’, which so far is a great tool to work with. I hope that helps, and that you enjoy the future episodes!

  36. Andrew says:

    Your podcast was a refreshing change from the standard design culture. Listening to you all talk with each other, compliment one another and create an open and honest environment was wonderful. I can’t wait for the next episode. Thank you 🙂

    • Tom Ross says:

      Thanks so much Andrew, it’s a really close group, and it’s been lovely getting to know Ian, Dustin and Lisa better over the years. I hope that you enjoy upcoming chats in the show :).

  37. Kristen says:

    This was fun, enjoyable and entertaining. Very honest too, I love that you guys were 100% true to the concept. I’ll definitely be a regular listener. You guys are providing yet another layer of support to the graphics community, so thanks soooo much for all that you guys continue to do.

    • Tom Ross says:

      Thanks a ton Kristen, that’s so humbling to hear :). We’ll continue to try and provide as much value as we possibly can for you all, and your feedback absolutely motivates us to do our best for you all. Thank you for being such a wonderful member of the community!

  38. Rosa Perry says:

    Huge congratulations! Love your first podcast and enjoyed listening to my favourite people discussing finding style and being comfortable with yourself. Listening to you all made sense to my own thoughts. I’ve always leant towards bright and bubbly and that even shows in my photography and I guess I felt that my style should be more subdued and muted as the ‘trend’ seems to show today.

    I also use Pinterest to save and reflect on art styles. I’m one of those people who capture ideas on my iPhone as well. I’ve created a texture folder on my iPhone where I’ve captured all sorts of stuff from nature and material and have used the textures on my artwork as nature has always inspired me It’s only just recently that I’ve discovered that I would like to expand my art into texture design so that’s what I’m working on now.

    Really loved your first podcast. . . . I’ve learnt lots about myself by just listening to you guys. Thanks so much Tom, Ian, Lisa and Dustin. ❤️

    • Tom Ross says:

      I’m so glad that you could relate to what we talked about Rosa! 🙂 I think that it’s fantastic if you’re embracing your natural bubbly style. All of us on the calls agree that you shouldn’t follow trends, and should do your own thing. It always seems to lead to the best results over time.

      That sounds like a great idea with your textures folder. Inspiration is everywhere after all!

      Thanks again for the brilliant feedback :).

  39. Rosa Perry says:

    Oh and I forgot to say I’ve subscribed to your fabulous podcast on iTunes. Love and hugs to all! ❤️🌹

  40. Angelique says:

    You guys are awesome! Thank you for a great talk, inspiringly honest 🙂

  41. Daniel says:

    This is going to be my new favourite thing to do whilst having breakfast and getting ready to start my day!!

    Thanks for this…you’re all very inspiring designers and as I grow myself, I hope to learn more from you to help me get even better.

    In future editions I’d love to hear about specific challenges you may have experienced when dealing with clients and their requirements. And also, how you actually go about the design process on a specific project. If you’re willing to show the development stages…maybe a link to a page that includes images of sketches, development and final product…that would be awesome.

    As a designer who’s running his own business, I’m learning all the time on the job, which at times can be pretty scary, especially when up against deadlines. But at the same time it’s the best way for me to learn…have any of you experienced the same thing?

    Keep it up…this is gold!

    • Tom Ross says:

      I really love the idea of people carrying about this show during their days, so thanks for your comment Daniel! 🙂

      We’re all always learning, and that’s great if this show can be a part of your own journey.

      I believe we have an episode planned all about clients, which I hope will help you. There will also be lots of supporting visual/video material to accompany the show.

      I think all 4 of us have had to learn on the job, and we’ve definitely all felt the stress of deadlines. Hopefully a lot of the stuff we get into in upcoming episodes will help you to get through this. I think episode 3 is about ‘burn out’, which links in nicely :).

      Thanks again for the amazing feedback, we truly appreciate it!

  42. mulrooney.colleen says:

    That was really entertaining and useful too #designershumour 🙂
    Loved it!

  43. Yana says:

    AMAZING PODCAST! All my favorite people here 🙂 Thanks for this & LISA GLANZ love your designs a lot 😉

  44. Robyn says:

    Thanks so much for this! I really enjoyed the sharing and vulnerability. I also appreciated hearing that we all, no matter what level of experience, deal with “photoshop crashes” resetting our design project for the day 🙂 And illustrator hanging when we try something a little too complicated for it. 🙂

    Thanks for the lighthearted boost to my day of design!
    I will be listening again!

    • Tom Ross says:

      Thanks Robyn, we’re definitely just being ourselves on the show, and I’m so glad you enjoyed it. I really hope that you get value from the upcoming episodes we have planned :). Thanks again for your support!

  45. Andrhey says:

    Amazing podcast, I fell myself enlightened by hearing your advices.
    Thanks for sharing your wisdom, I’ll be more than happy to hear you again.

  46. Carlotta says:

    i love this episode. I’ve only posted on my new website (new because I deleted all my old work that I think doesn’t represent me anymore) like maybe 1 drawing i’ve made that is raw and 1st version that i think i got right in my years of freelancing. i even sold it to a client! but this is how criticizing i get with my own stuff. i love how this episode makes me feel normal about not feeling amazing about my work and how to cope with it.

    I hope to find my unique style very soon. i am definitely one of those designers who takes a client’s brand and adjust my work to their market. I’d like to get to a point where I can define the market through my own style and clients come to me because of my style and not because i am good at “taking care” of them.

    but I want to comment that throwing away work that you worked so hard on and then starting from scratch works so well for me to be in my own element and produce better work.

    it breaks my heart so much when i do that though!!

    • Tom Ross says:

      Thanks for your amazing comment Carlotta. Interestingly enough, episode 2 (which just went live) talks all about self doubt as a designer. You’re definitely not alone in being self critical, and in many ways, it’s a healthy and essential part of our measure of taste as creatives. Stick in there, you’re going through the same stuff as the greats :).

  47. kim says:

    OMG! What a great idea … what a great 1st episode! Loved listening to you guys. It’s like watching and listening to a jazz band jam. [Yes, there’s that music reference!]

    What did I get from this episode? It’s okay to copy other designers/illustrators in order to get to your own style! Lisa … I’m going to draw your bunnies! Just saying…

    Can’t wait for the next segment!

    • Tom Ross says:

      Aw thanks so much Kim, love the jazz band analogy :). Haha, I’d love to see you draw some bunnies! Lisa’s been dominating the bunny market for too long :P. I hope you enjoy the next episode, and thanks again for your support!

  48. WOW…

    I just got the email announcement, can’t wait to listen in and share with my community!

    So excited for you guys & gal and for ALL of us! ;)Roz

    Roz Fruchtman

  49. Congrats! Appreciate the genuine, real conversation here–seriously chocked full of value. Looking forward to the next episode!

    • Tom Ross says:

      Thanks a ton Kyle, that means a lot coming from you :). And thanks again for the iTunes review, seriously kind of you! 🙂

  50. Debi Seltzer says:

    Hi – great show everybody! Just the advice I needed! I’d like to post a link on my blog, is that ok?
    szstudiodesign.com

  51. Lisa D. says:

    Very interesting and totally helpful. Thanks to Tom, Dustin, Ian and Lisa for sharing their expertise. I look forward to listening to future podcasts.

    • Tom Ross says:

      Thanks Lisa, that’s really great feedback and much appreciated. I hope you enjoy the latest episode, out today.

  52. Jermaine says:

    You guys had me and at the cool Jam at the start of the show:) not a designer myself but I subscribe to the Seth Godin definition of doing Art in whatever business you’re in. Like the idea of style being recognised by those who follow and know you. Hard to do but only way to build a tribe and give your work a voice to people that matter.

    • Tom Ross says:

      Haha, glad you’re digging the intro music Jermaine! 😀 Ben found that beauty! As a business lover myself, I really admire Seth Godin, he’s a wise fellow! Thanks so much for your comment :).

  53. Stephanie Driscoll says:

    Hey, all. I just want to mention that the Show Notes section would be a good place for applicable links (e.g. Dustin’s friend’s amazing project).

    • Tom Ross says:

      Absolutely! Thanks for pointing that out Stephanie, and I’ll be working on making the show notes even more comprehensive moving forward (although I’ll have to verify some links/sources with the gang first). 🙂

  54. sshpsh says:

    Hey Guys, what amazing idea !!! I Really love the knowledge / tips that you guys are sharing, inspiring people like you make me become a better designer…. Can’t wait for the next podcast!

    • Tom Ross says:

      Thanks so much Sshpsh, I’m so glad you’re enjoying the podcast and feeling inspired. If we can help with your work in any way do let me know :).

  55. Nicole says:

    GREAT!

    Love the honest conversations!

  56. Sherwin Estrada says:

    Thank you for sharing! Love the content and I find the title very true.
    This is goldmine for all levels of designers across all disciplines. We all need to sit down and be truthful as much as possible… Having to hear the things discussed here brings the topics at a heart level, and getting tips from real people in the industry leaves a no b.s., human and artist-to-artist encouragements. Finally, love the accents. Thanks for doing what you’re doing! Would love to see more of this with video:).

    • Tom Ross says:

      Thanks a lot Sherwin! 🙂 That’s an amazing comment to receive, and we’ll definitely plan some video content for you soon too. We all really appreciate the support!

  57. This show is super helpful! Love how you guys address the topics from your unique field and perspective.

  58. Erin says:

    Would love to know some ideas of what y’all do to stay in the loop with design trends in your fields. Do you go to expos’s… if so which ones? I feel sometimes I might be falling behind (not as far as using the programs)
    I have only gotten through a handful of the eaposodes, so maybe you have touched on that.
    Love the show … very helpful! Thanks!!

  59. Oana Dusa says:

    These talks are a-maz-ing and you guys are locely. I have been searching for a while for this humanism behind designers, and also talking honestly about different problems instead of hiding behind the finger.

    • sarah-jane@designcuts.com says:

      Thanks so much for your kind words Oana!

      We are just so happy that we can share this with you 🙂

  60. SC says:

    What about being avail on google play?

    • sarah-jane@designcuts.com says:

      Hey SC,

      Thanks so much for the awesome suggestion!

      This is all quite new at the moment, but the team will definitely look into this with future expansion 🙂

  61. Dimitra says:

    Hi there! I just discovered your podcast and I am really enjoying it! I just finished listening to episode 4, and had a question, (not sure if this is the best place to ask questions). Talking about feedback as one of the helpful aspects of a formal education in design; as a self-taught designer myself, I was wondering if you could recommend some active online communities where designers post their work and also receive feedback?

    Thanks 🙂

    Dimitra

  62. Rohan says:

    Last night my A/C decided to die on me, being in the Caribbean it was a typical hot night and I couldn’t sleep: at 4 am I picked up my phone and started looking through my list of podcasts, didn’t really see anything worth listening to at that hour of the morning though.
    I did a quick search wondering if I would stumbled across any new podcasts on Graphic Design, that’s when I discovered The Honest Designers. I must confess the podcast is brilliant and insightful, I’ve started with episode 1 and I’m working my way up, thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts, experiences and challenges, much appreciated.
    I’m a final year student pursuing my BA in Graphic Design and will definitely share your podcast with my classmates, thanks again for a great podcast.

    • sarah-jane@designcuts.com says:

      Hey Rohan,

      Thank you so much for leaving us such an awesome comment!

      We are really sorry to hear about your AC but I guess we should be thankful that it bought us together 😀 we really appreciate your feedback and cannot tell you how much it would mean for you to share the Honest Designers show with your classmates! We just love sharing the team’s experience and opinions with you, so we’re super glad that you’ve enjoyed it- thanks for tuning in 🙂

  63. BJ Lantz says:

    The Honest Designers Show is my current favorite podcast to listen to in the studio. This isn’t just a handful of designers sitting around shooting the breeze ~ while there is some playful banter between friends, they basically stay on topic, offering insights, ideas and practical, useful information to their listeners. As a graphic designer for nearly 20 years in a past life, I often find myself nodding in agreement with points made about working with clients, going the extra mile and conducting oneself in a professional manner. Grab a cup of coffee and tune in ~ you’ll be glad you did.

  64. alice says:

    Awesome podcasts! Thank you, I’m learning so many interesting things, it’s gold!

    • sarah-jane@designcuts.com says:

      Thanks so much Alice, we are really glad that you like it and are picking up some new tips too- that’s awesome 😀

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