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Late Nights with Trav and Los

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Best friends, Trav & Los, talk late into the night, exploring new ideas for creative professionals. They argue over concepts, share secrets, and interview their industry heroes.

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Best friends, Trav & Los, talk late into the night, exploring new ideas for creative professionals. They argue over concepts, share secrets, and interview their industry heroes.

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❤️🙏🏻

By Bom.com! - Nov 13 2019
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I love this podcast! It’s been helpful in growing my skills as a person of product and lover of design. Also funny!

Makes Commuting a Breeze!

By roberto_perez112 - Nov 11 2019
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I been listening for about 2 weeks and I been able to put into practice some of knowledge I have fostered and couldn’t be more happier! Thank you Trav and Los for sharing the knowledge!

iTunes Ratings

80 Ratings
Average Ratings
79
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❤️🙏🏻

By Bom.com! - Nov 13 2019
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I love this podcast! It’s been helpful in growing my skills as a person of product and lover of design. Also funny!

Makes Commuting a Breeze!

By roberto_perez112 - Nov 11 2019
Read more
I been listening for about 2 weeks and I been able to put into practice some of knowledge I have fostered and couldn’t be more happier! Thank you Trav and Los for sharing the knowledge!
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Late Nights with Trav and Los

Latest release on Jan 01, 2020

The Best Episodes Ranked Using User Listens

Updated by OwlTail 2 months ago

Warning: This podcast is a series podcast

This means episodes are recommended to be heard in order from the very start. Here's the 10 best episodes of the series anyway though!

Rank #1: Becoming a better Visual Designer

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Episode Music:

https://soundcloud.com/yourrapbeatstv/kaveli-beats-my-name-is-epic-eminem-type-choir-rap-beat-hip-hop-instrumental-2016

https://soundcloud.com/nick-panlook/nickelodeon-till-the-end-sample

###How to become a better Visual Designer.

First, what is a Visual Designer? A designer, who understands design principles and critically applies them to solve complex problems visually: balancing craft and execution.

So, how do you become a better Visual Designer, if you have a grasp of the basics.

You must design, with intentionality. That means that when you are designing, your designs are based on solid design principles, research, and attention to detail. How does one do that?

You get good at asking yourself a set of questions while you design.

  • What is my type hierarchy?
  • What patterns am I using?
  • How do these patterns compare to existing or established patterns?
  • What are the margins and padding rules?
  • Are my icons clear?
  • How consistent are my design choices?
  • Does everything on the design need to be there?
  • How would I define my color palette?
  • Is spelling, grammar, and punctuation correct?
  • What’s the content strategy?
  • How does the flow of the page read?
  • How would this design translate to another platform?

Practice, practice, practice. Show your work, get feedback. Observe design in the world and form opinions. Look at established design systems like material design and Human Interface Guidelines. Look at websites, apps, and excellent work on Dribbble and ask yourself: Why is this working?

Sep 27 2016

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Rank #2: How To Not Take Yourself Too Seriously

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Trav and Los talk about the value of being able to doubt your assumptions and provide a little test that you can use to determine if your assumptions are based on good values.

Ultimately, they conclude that if your assumptions are asking other people to change, they may not be productive assumptions.

Nov 15 2017

19mins

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Rank #3: How to be Self-learning Part 1

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Be sure to tweet us @TravAndLos

How to be self-learning

I want to talk about the most impactful concepts I’ve encountered and developed while optimizing my learning. This episode is two parts.

Part 1 Intro (00:3:43)

Summary (00:8:13)

1. Follow your curiosity (00:11:13) This is your compass for self-learning, and immersing yourself in the things that interest you is the best way to digest and make sense and understand your topic to it’s core.

2. Write it Down (00:16:53) It took me some time, but once I started organizing my thoughts on paper or computer I noticed a profound change. Our brains are capable of amazing things, but by trying to depend on your brain to remember all of your ideas and to-do’s, takes a drastic toll for it to operate at its best.

3. Find your Ambassadors (00:20:09) This is important. Choosing the right people to take advice from in life is one of the most important skills to have. Yes, a skill. Look for people that are humble, compassionate, and above all else are authentic/real.

4. Tune your speed (00:41:16) Finding the optimum balance between speed and comprehension is an ongoing process. Always be pushing yourself to find that sweet spot. Sometimes that means slowing down and at times that means speeding it up. Always be on the lookout for playback speed options in your audio and video apps.

5. Plan on Teaching (00:44:02) Everyone knows that the best way to learn is to teach it, and by opening myself to the possibility, I increase my overall understanding. Sometimes the way to create good habits is to trick ourselves into it.

Outro to Part 1 (00:48:08)

Nov 24 2014

56mins

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Rank #4: How to make deep connections quickly

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Trav and Los talk about meeting new people and making deep connections quickly. Download the questions we used as conversation prompts when we led the first night at Epicurrence this year.

See the list of questions here: https://paper.dropbox.com/doc/Speed-meeting-prompts-with-Trav-Los-aFWCavu40GtqXOb6f3kyH

Nov 08 2017

22mins

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Rank #5: Think To Talk (a method for collaboration and communication)

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In this episode Trav talks about the way he likes to think through problems in groups and Los introduces the idea that some people are "Talk to Think" and other are "Think to Talk". A can't miss episode.

Mar 28 2017

30mins

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Rank #6: How I increased my creative output 150% by simply changing the way I sleep

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Polyphasic Sleep

  • What is your most valuable resource?

  • How would your life change if you added 4 to 6 more waking hours to your day? What would you do?

hours gained over time

  • 16 hours becomes 20 per day
  • That’s 28 hours a week
  • 336 per year — 42 work days (month and 1/2)
  • I call this new month “Slumbtember”

Apr 28 2015

24mins

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Rank #7: How to be Self-learning Part 2

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How to be self-learning

I want to talk about the most impactful concepts I’ve encountered and developed while optimizing my learning. This episode is two parts.

Part 2 Intro (00:00:01)

6. Focus on Productivity (00:02:18) Hardest thing about learning is often finding time to do it. Working to become more productive will create the time and willpower you need. Focus on habits to increase productivity.

7. Mix it up (00:12:08) There are multiple ways to learn today so mix it up. Books, magazines, blogs, audiobooks, articles, podcasts, lectures, movies, documentaries, online video, apps, music and debates. Listening to experts disagree with each other is a great way to approach a topic with an open mind.

8. Avoid Confirmation Bias (00:23:09) Remember to always keep an open mind and seek out contradictory opinions. This will keep you more balanced, informed and objective on the topic. It’s easy to limit your consumption to content that agrees with you.

9. Bring your friends (00:45:06) Surround yourself by other people that are interested in the same things you are, it makes the learning process more rewarding. Book clubs, meet-ups, dinners or just spending the evening talking with someone close to you are great ways to grow and support each other.

10. Relate as you go (00:48:29) If you can attach a new idea or concept to something well established in your mind, grasping and remembering concepts becomes a breeze. I can retain new information well when I can draw connections to things I have experience with. At least Isaac Asimov thinks this is were great ideas come from.

Outro (01:03:00)

Most important part to learning is putting what you have learned to use.

Nov 24 2014

1hr 8mins

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Rank #8: How To Get A Job and Keep It

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Have you ever struggled in getting a job? What do you do during a phone interview? How do you approach an in-person interview? How do you negotiate an offer? What do you do in your first 90 days to keep the job? Tune into this weeks podcast and get some insights into "Interview Hacking"

We discuss all of these and more during this late night podcast.

Join in :)

Apr 22 2015

52mins

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Rank #9: Why You Should Be A Publisher

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Why you should start publishing today

What is publishing?

  • Creating content with a speciffic audience in mind.

Why you should start publishing today

  1. You will become a better thinker
    Knowing a skill or a fact is something entirely different than being able to relate it to an audience in a relatable and consumable way. You learn to simplify and clarify, which is an invaluable skill.

  2. You will be more intentional about your life
    Once you start writing about your life and the thoughts that shape it, you’ll begin thinking more intentionally about who you are, who you are becoming, and whether you like what you see or not. And that just may be reason enough to get started.

    Everything is a potential source for your next blog post or video or podcast.

  3. You’ll develop an eye for meaningful things
    We pickup and discard valuable lessons every day. We have truly profound moments that never really crack through our ultra distracted attention spans.

    Being responsable to an audience forces to look at life with a new lens. You are more critical and observant of cause and effect around you. You learn to draw connections that you would otherwise have no real reason latch on to.

  4. Make friends and meet interesting people
    This one is not hard to justify. We are on the phone right now with one of fthe coolest guys I’ve ever met and never would have had that oppertunity without making the descision to be a publisher.

  5. You will be able to influence and inspire others.
    About 5 years ago I wrote a blog post in which I said (I know it’s tacky to quote yourself, but at least its not a tweet, thats always weird.) I said “To be a valuable person, to truly live an extraordinary life, you must strive to reach and influence as many people as deeply and as profoundly as you possibly can.”

    A few weeks ago here on this podcast I said that ”webs of weak ties are how ideas are spread”

    So basicly, start blogging and live an extraordinary life.

  6. Build Confidence
    Like anything, putting yourself out there becomes easier with repetition. Standing up in front of people and relying a clear message, wether it’s to an audience of 1, or 100K, is a great way to build self confidence.

  7. It feels really good when people appreciate you

    I’m not talking about an upvote or a like. I’m talking about when someone takes the time out of their day to thank you for being an instrument in changing their life

  8. An audience is a hard-won, yet valueable asset that you can leverage throughout your entire career

    • recommendations
    • job oppertunities
    • buy your product
    • promote your product
    • provide resources
    • offer moral support
    • provide man-power
    • be social proof
    • be your friends

May 26 2015

38mins

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Rank #10: How to find a mentor

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Travis takes Los to the airport while they discuss the best way to find and engage mentors.

Review the podcast so far (00:00:01)

  • It feels good to make, to publish
  • Brocasting is fun
  • Put in work up front to find your rhythm and voice

Finding a Mentor is like dating (07:17:16)

Best Practices in contacting a mentor (16:24:12)

  • Choose the platform you contact them on carefully
  • Keep a good tone, be thankful
  • Try to offer value right away
  • what can you supplement their operation with?
  • who could you introduce them to?

Some don'ts

  • Ask for a job
  • Ask for help right away
  • Correct their mistakes
  • Gush

Value based relationships (33:44:11)

  • You need to provide unique consistent value over time
  • Offer value right away
  • Don’t stop!
  • Be ready, they will naturally offer value in return
  • Show a lot of gratitude about any help you get. Make a big deal about it.

A few action steps (56:23:05)

  • Make a list of potential mentors
  • Note where best to make contact
  • Contact them all
  • Give first
  • Be consistent, be ready

Dec 10 2014

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Rank #11: How To Get Constructive Feedback

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In this episode we teach you some tips and tricks that will help you define the type of feedback you want from your peers or clients.

May 18 2015

23mins

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Rank #12: Set and Achieve Better Goals

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Setting Goals and achieving them

  1. Only work on one thing at a time
  2. Make changes during periods of calm
  3. Make your goal as clear and specific as possible
  4. Set things up on autopilot (routines)
  5. Make to-do lists
  6. pre-commitment
  7. Tackle the tough things first
  8. Keep yourself and your surroundings tidy and clean
  9. Surround yourself with those who have similar goals
  10. Delay gratification instead of nixing it altogether
  11. remove deterrents. Don’t make the right decision over and over again.

Mar 24 2015

57mins

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Rank #13: Trav and Los try and seduce two new design podcasters

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Trav and Los try and seduce two new design podcasters

New Podcast!: https://www.disenochachacha.com/

Music: https://soundcloud.com/chrldltn/cumbia-sobre-el-mar-quantic

Jun 20 2017

37mins

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Rank #14: Five Love Languages (and how to use them)

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Trav tells Los about the five languages of love and how we can use this paradigm to communicate more effectively with everyone around us.

Apr 04 2017

15mins

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Rank #15: Focus Your Passion

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06:18 - Travis and Los sing to you

02:10 - Travis reads an iTunes podcast review

06:50 - Light housekeeping

08:40 - Trav and Los rejected from a podcast network??

11:30 - Los shows up

16:30 - Travis talks about his mentoring sessions

29:48 - Travis continues to ramble... (ramblings with Travis)

32:48 - Question: How do you manage all your creative interests?

34:20 - Travis talks about creative interests

36:19 - Enjoy the work for itself

36:50 - Los starts to answer the question

37:44 - Travis gets real

38:44 - The importance of establishing your passion

40:40 - Los applies advice to himself

44:06 - What a modern designer uses

46:44 - Los sweats

50:00 - Travis is reserved on the notion of "Say NO"

55:48 - Los is frustrated with saying "no" and "yes"

56:18 - We question our effectiveness

59:40 - How do you determine what your passion is?

1:00:00 - Bro, you have to pick one.

Jan 06 2015

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Rank #16: A Lesson To My Younger Self

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If you could give your younger self one piece of advise, what would it be?

Apr 14 2017

19mins

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Rank #17: Real Honesty (pt.2) – Feat. Helen Tran, Chas Barton, & Kunal Patel

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We invite Helen Tran, Chas Barton, and Kunal Patel to gather around a table and try to answer some really difficult questions with real honesty.

May 02 2017

30mins

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Rank #18: It All Starts With Writing

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Mustache, Mustache, Mustache, Mustache.

Feb 03 2015

1hr 6mins

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Rank #19: Chase The Carrot!

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Today we talk about the fear of success and how to manage that fear! Enjoy :)

Apr 08 2015

25mins

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Rank #20: In Defense Of The Ordinary

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Travis talks to Los about what it means to really appreciate life. They realize that it's the everyday mundane that is the part that that we really need to value.

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Jul 11 2017

11mins

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