Rank #1: Becoming a better Visual Designer
###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
Rank #2: Storytelling for Designers
Dyalla Remix - https://soundcloud.com/dyallas/lets-go-out
Stranger Things Remix - https://theartistunion.com/tracks/26ccfb
Kimbra Remix - https://soundcloud.com/search?q=kimbra%20remix
##Storytelling for designers
Today’s episode is about storytelling.
This is a conversation around what the role of storytelling looks like for a modern designer in this creative economy.
Because, the most successful, companies/designers, who are able to convert known and unknown customer needs, into a story the customer can get behind, end up becoming the best in the industry.
I tweeted this yesterday “The emotions evoked by the stories you tell is what sells a product. It’s no longer about the features.”
So, the conversation prompts are these:
- What are some of the companies that are great storytellers?Why?
- What role does story telling play in what you do?
- What are some things we can do as designers to help evoke the emotions that make it easier for customers to get behind your brand?
- How does it work when you are working at a company and storytelling is not part of the culture. What are some things you can do, to help create a culture that understands the importance of great storytelling?
- If you are in high school, first year in college, or fresh out of college, and you are listening to this, why is this important to you?
Aug 23 2016
Rank #3: How To Not Take Yourself Too Seriously
Ultimately, they conclude that if your assumptions are asking other people to change, they may not be productive assumptions.
Nov 15 2017
Rank #4: How to find a mentor
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?
- Ask for a job
- Ask for help right away
- Correct their mistakes
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
Rank #5: How I increased my creative output 150% by simply changing the way I 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
Rank #6: How to make deep connections quickly
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
Rank #7: Think To Talk (a method for collaboration and communication)
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
Rank #8: How To Get A Job and Keep It
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
Rank #9: Focus Your Passion
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
Rank #10: Viable Minimum Product
In this episode we take a look at how the ethos of "Minimum Viable Product" has been lost in translation. We break it down, unpack it, and talk to the spirit of what once was the MVP.
Oct 24 2017
Rank #11: Alex Tran + New Designer + Fresh
In this episode we talk to Alex Tran about being a Junior Designer and his journey into design
Aug 29 2017
Rank #12: Trav and Los try and seduce two new design podcasters
Jun 20 2017
Rank #13: Los has a new job
Nov 01 2017
Rank #14: Discover and Make: a Framework for Creativity
Trav tells Los how much he liked a previous episode and uses it as an example in discussing new creative ideas he was recently exposed to.
Nov 24 2015
Rank #15: It All Starts With Writing
Mustache, Mustache, Mustache, Mustache.
Feb 03 2015
Rank #16: Hosting a Jeffersonian Dinner
I want to talk about what a Jeffersonian Dinner is.
###Q:Have you heard of this?
Imagine being invited to a dinner in 1819 at Monticello, at the elegant Virginia home of Thomas Jefferson — president, scientist, farmer, connoisseur, scholar, and author of the Declaration of Independence.
Around his table, you’d encounter some of the leading sprits of the age — men and women steeped in politics, literature, the arts, the sciences, theology, history, mores, and manners — people that Mr. Jefferson invited because he found them, intriguing and delightful to spend a stimulating evening with. An evening like this was also a prime source of education both for Mr. Jefferson himself and for the guests around the table, all of whom were engaged citizens, eager to share and debate the varied ideas that would shape the fortunes and spur the development of their rapidly-growing young nation.
This was the original Jeffersonian Dinner and these dinner’s have been had by many people ever since.
I came across this idea of a Jeffersonian Dinner in an article I pinned to read about 6 months ago, and as I was looking for a topic, I found this gem again!
###Q: So what are some benefits of attending a Jeffersonian Dinner?
A: By attending a Jeffersonian Dinner, it can be a great way to launch the creation of a new cause-centered community. It can also help you to expand the network of individuals connected with an existing community. And although money is not the central focus of the evening, it is likely that, in the end, a Jeffersonian Dinner can activate far more resources than a traditional fundraising event, like an annual gala.
###Q: So what makes a modern Jeffersonian Dinner and how do you plan one?
A: A dinner is broken up into 3 parts.
- Invite 8-15 people with a common interest (music and kids, innovation in education, women’s health care, design thinking and education)
- Invite a mix of people, some who know one another while others do not
- Avoid inciting a big Kahuna (a celebrity, etc) Everyone at the dinner should feel equally free to contribute.
- Choose a quiet location
- Select an opening question that is related to the dinner theme and encourages each person at the table to tell a personal story (e.g., What technology innovation in the last ten years has most changed your life?)
- Solicit brief written biographies (100-150 words) from each participant in the dinner
- Send out the opening question and biographies ahead of time so people will be ready to carry on the conversation
- Select a dinner moderator — someone with a light style but who can move the conversation around and stimulate discussion.
- 7 p.m.: Cocktails, light conversation before seating
- 7:30 p.m: Moderator opens by explaining the ground rules. Most important rule: No talking to your neighbour, the goal is to have a whole-table conversation
- Ask each person at the table to respond to the opening question
- Moderator introduce a follow-up question to link the opening answers to the general them of the evening. The goal is to move from “me” to “us”
- Let the discussion begin! Moderator will keep the conversation relevant, prevent side discussion from breaking up the table, and ensure that no one or two people are overly dominant.
- 9:15 p.m.: Moderator asks each person at the table to describe any ideas or thoughts they had during the discussion that they would like to follow up on or work with someone on…or just think about more.
- 9:30 p.m.: End dinner. Informal one-on-one conversations usually continue
After dinner(within 2 weeks):
- Moderator sends out a note giving the dinner participants’ contact information and summarising the follow-up points listed at the dinner’s end
- Follow up over the next few weeks, helping people connect with one another and with the nonprofit organisation if desired. Nonprofit leaders may choose to set up on-on-one meetings with the dinner attendees they thought were interested in following up
###Q:So how do we make this relevant to us
A: Well, I want to host one :) I think this can be applied to school, work, or friends and borrow a few ideas from the Jeffersonian Dinner
- <14 people, 1 table, 1 question, 1 discussion
- in it’s simplest form, the Jeffersonian Dinner is simply a way to collaborate with a group of people you might now otherwise work with
Oct 20 2015
Rank #17: Pleasure + Purpose = Happiness
Travis talks with Chas about trying to balance pleasure and purpose to find happiness
Aug 08 2017
Rank #18: What do you do when you are not inspired?
- Break it down
- Make a list of the small parts of your project.
- Anthony Trollope, a 19th century writer said “A small daily task… will beat the labour of spasmodic hercules"
- Do anything to move the ball. Don’t end the day having done nothing to progress your work.
- Rely on your preparation
- Day work and Night work
- leave your work half finished and now all you have to do is complete your idea.
- Get a ritual
- Woody Allen famously said “80% of success is showing up”
- put your shoes on
- loses idea of a token.
- Harness the power of Frequency
- frequency makes starting easier
- frequency keeps ideas fresh
- frequency keeps the pressure off
- frequency sparks creativity
- frequency nurtures frequency
- Prune the branches
- Eventually the new branches will steal resources from the initial branches. Eventually the entire vine will succumb to systemic mediocrity.
- Cut out anything that is not essential
We don't have the luxury of inspiration. Inspiration is a nice companion on our journey to brilliance, but it is not a necessary companion at the beginning of the journey. Inspiration tends to join you when you are already on your way.
- Todd Henry
Feb 17 2015
Rank #19: Set and Achieve Better Goals
Setting Goals and achieving them
- Only work on one thing at a time
- Make changes during periods of calm
- Make your goal as clear and specific as possible
- Set things up on autopilot (routines)
- Make to-do lists
- Tackle the tough things first
- Keep yourself and your surroundings tidy and clean
- Surround yourself with those who have similar goals
- Delay gratification instead of nixing it altogether
- remove deterrents. Don’t make the right decision over and over again.
Mar 24 2015