Rank #1: Episode 50: Organize & Simplify
Learn how to simplify your life on this week’s installment of After the Jump! Grace Bonney is joined by Design*Sponge’s Amy Azzarito and Max Tielman to discuss daily routines, stress reducers, and more! Find out how daily rituals help keep these Design*Sponge staffers sane, and how repeated actions can help curb decision fatigue. Learn how to delegate tasks in your small business in order to maintain quality control and relieve individual pressures. Tune in to find out what recommendations Grace, Amy, and Max suggest in order to stay organized and efficient! This program has been brought to you by BluePrint Cleanse.
“Once it’s on my calendar, my brain doesn’t have to keep track of it.” [16:00]
“Being a visual person, I always try to reduce visual clutter.” [25:10]
— Max Tielman on After the Jump
Sep 05 2013
Rank #2: Episode 40: Frequently Asked Questions
How does a blog make money? What tools should a blogger know about? On this episode of After the Jump, host Grace Bonney and Amy Azzarito tackle the top questions they regularly come across at Design*Sponge. Hear what an average day at Design*Sponge is like- including team meetings, scheduling some “you” time, and surviving the flood of emails. Building Design*Sponge also means extensive outreach; this how they find homes across the world- from France to the United States! Hear what motivates them, and what is next for the site. Find out what they would be doing if Design*Sponge didn’t exist, and how they wrangle with their cats’ destructive tendencies. This program was sponsored by BluePrint.
“Every adult wants to know how you have a job when you work on the internet.” [5:05]
— Amy Azzarito on After the Jump
“Start thinking of yourself as a producer of content and that content does not necessarily live where you live.” [10:30]
“I am increibly motivated by feedback. Whether it’s good or bad, I enjoy comments.” [8:45]
— Grace Bonney on After the Jump
May 16 2013
Rank #3: Episode 48: Sweet Paul Magazine
Meet Paul Lowe, otherwise known as Sweet Paul, the man behind Sweet Paul blog & magazine. He joins Grace Bonney for today’s episode of After the Jump, where the two discuss the current state of digital content, transitioning a publication from blog to print, and staying afloat as a creative professional in 2013. Hear how Paul found his passion for styling and photography and what inspired him to start the blog which would later become a magazine. Get to know the lovable personality of Sweet Paul on an honest, frank and relaxed conversation with Grace Bonney. The two know a thing or three about making high quality content in the over-saturated world we live in today! This program was sponsored by BluePrint.
“In order to keep my sanity, more or less, I started a magazine.” [12:00]
“Europeans aren’t interested in things that look too American. Selling a home can be difficult but something like food is easier because it’s more universal.” [20:00]
“Everything used to be free online and that’s the biggest mistake people made. We have to do something about that.” [24:00]
–Paul Lowe on After the Jump
Aug 15 2013
Rank #4: Episode 45: Creative Funding with Lynn Casper
Learn about the considerations of funding independent creative projects with Lynn Casper on this week’s episode of After the Jump! Grace Bonney invites Lynn into the studio to talk about how she has funded her queer/music podcast, Homoground. Find out how small-town syndrome pushed Lynn to start the podcast and inspired her DIY spirit. How should creative types deal with different levels of advertising? Is working for free ever appropriate? Find out if gender plays a role when people choose to work for free, and learn how to collect money from independent funding backers. Learn more about creative business on this week’s episode of After the Jump! This program has been sponsored by BluePrint Cleanse.
“Do I really want some corporate brand on my site when I’m trying to do this grassroots, DIY project?” [7:30]
— Lynn Casper on After the Jump
Jul 18 2013
Rank #5: Episode 70: After The Jump – Productivity Tips
This week on After The Jump, Grace brings back Julia Turshen to discuss prioritization and getting the boring stuff done early. No one actually likes doing bills and taxes, but if you can get those out of the way first, the rest of your days can be spent being creative and accomplishing other, more important big things. Tune in to hear all of Grace and Julia’s tips! This program has been sponsored by Of A Kind.
“What makes life interesting is that we all find different ways to get whatever we need to get done done!” [21:00]
–Julia Turshen on After The Jump
Apr 17 2014
Rank #6: Episode 28: Julia Rothman
Julia Rothman illustrates and designs patterns in her own unique, hand-made style! Julia joins Grace Bonney in the studio for the first episode of After the Jump in 2013! Tune in to hear Julia talk about growing up in small-town New York City- City Island. How did that atmosphere motivate her in terms of her artistic career? Find out how Julia eventually grew into her illustration style, and hear how she began making patterns. Why does Julia prefer hand-drawing as opposed to working inside of the computer? Hear Julia and Grace dish on the nature of collaboration, and learn about Julia’s upcoming book chronicling her life in New York City! This program has been brought to you by Whole Foods.
“I’m an extrovert… Doing collaborative projects with people has come out of wanting to be around people physically.” [18:15]
“You’re going to die… so do what you want to do!” [20:30]
“When art is good and personal- that’s number one.” [26:30]
— Julia Rothman on After the Jump
Feb 07 2013
Rank #7: Episode 64: 10 Tips for Business Owners
This week on After the Jump, Grace provides some great advice for business owners to keep their business and personal lives strong and healthy. She gives us 10 big tips to focus on that can help us to be happier and more productive. This program has been sponsored by Of A Kind.
“It’s close to impossible to run a healthy business without support and feedback that you can trust and actually act upon.” [4:55]
“Time off is not a luxury, it is a necessity.” [7:45]
Grace Bonney on After the Jump
Feb 27 2014
Rank #8: Episode 23: Lessons, Mistakes, & Achievements
This week on After the Jump, Grace Bonney calls into the studio in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy to talk about her top ten business lessons. Tune in to hear about some of the mistakes that Grace made with her businesses, and how they served as valuable learning experiences. Learn about the importance of following your bliss, trusting your gut, and not compromising! Grace talks about some of her personal experiences, and how she realized she needed to spend more time working on her life outside of the work environment. Listen to this episode to hear Grace’s top ten business tips, top five greatest mistakes, and top five achievements! This program has been brought to you by Clarkson Potter Publishers.
“Sometimes breaking a rule means rewriting it to be more inclusive, realistic, or innovative.” [9:45]
“I really think that mistakes are a wonderful thing because they really allow you to take a time out and look at your business and say, ‘Has this grown to a way that this isn’t manageable anymore? Is this something I’ve been overlooking? Or something that I’ve been putting on the back burner that really needs to be addressed?’ Never take mistakes personally.” [17:05]
— Grace Bonney on After the Jump
Nov 05 2012
Rank #9: Episode 19: Ashley English
This week on After the Jump, Grace Bonney is joined in the studio by blogger, homesteader, and author Ashley English. Ashley lives on eleven acres just outside of Asheville, North Carolina where she keeps bees, raises chickens, and tends to her garden. Hear how Ashley started homesteading, and her opinions regarding the “hipsterfication” of the DIY movement. Why has there been such a resurgence in interest in old-fashioned tactile skills? Tune in to hear how Ashley has made time to write The Homemade Living Series, and raise a child! Hear Ashley and Grace talk about a few small steps that everyone can take in order to live a greener life, and why homesteading is not just another trend. What green practices can be seen in the design world? Find out this and more on this week’s installment of After the Jump! This program has been brought to you by Clarkson Potter Publishers.
“I think if you give people the opportunity, information, and resources and use an open and friendly approach, people tend to move toward that approach [green living].” 5:15
“Food is the great democratic unifier. It crosses all divides – race, gender, socioeconomic, and political status.” 9:43
— Ashley English on After the Jump
Oct 01 2012
Rank #10: Episode 31: At the Pace of What is Real
Learn how to “be present” and successfully run your business without stress on this week’s episode of After the Jump! Host Grace Bonney talks about the anxieties that have crept into her professional life, and the best way to stay calm in the world of small business. Learn why it’s important to stay focused, while at the same time not worrying about the future of your endeavor. Hear Grace talk about some of her favorite applications and programs that help her manage the workload at Design*Sponge. Find out why it’s important to listen to your body, and make time for personal relaxation and meditation. This program has been brought to you by The International Culinary Center.
“Remembering that the productive, focused work really ensures the possibility of tomorrow is the key.” [8:40] — Grace Bonney on After the Jump
Feb 28 2013
Rank #11: Episode 51: Design Brooklyn
Anne Hellman and Michel Arnaud teamed up and put their writing and photography skills to create the beautiful Design Brooklyn, a book that highlights the best in renovation, innovation, restoration, and industry in Brooklyn. On this week’s episode of After the Jump, Grace Bonney chats with Anne and Michel about their roots in design, and how they came to be fascinated with spaces in Brooklyn. Hear how they were inspired by the ingenuity of many Brooklyn entrepreneurs, and how the history and ethics of industry in the borough fuel a new sort of creativity. Find out what neighborhoods Anne and Michel had fun exploring and capturing in their book, and hear why it was important for the duo to include information about public green spaces. What locations did Anne and Michel fall in love with while working on Design Brooklyn? Find out on this week’s After the Jump! Thanks to our sponsor, Underground Meats.
“We always hear that industry is disappearing in America, but this mindset in Brooklyn shows that it’s not really true.” [10:15]
“I think the design in Brooklyn is moving along its own tracks, and it has so many components.” [25:30]
— Michel Arnaud on After the Jump
“I hope that enough of these old building are preserved. I think the Wythe Hotel is a great example of what’s possible in terms of preservation.” [27:10]
— Anne Hellman on After the Jump
Oct 10 2013
Rank #12: Episode 36: Event Design with David Stark
Learn the secrets of quality event design with David Stark! This week on After the Jump, Grace Bonney invited David into the studio to talk about his history with painting, flower arrangements, and throwing spectacular parties. Learn why David was called to New York City, and why he left the life of a painter to find a life that centered around building community. What parallels does David see between painting and flower arranging? Learn how David’s work combines the worlds of interior design, decorating, branding, event planning, and art installation! Hear David describe an average day in the life of an event planner, and why all the details- from invitation design to the party itself- are integral to a great party experience. Find out what types of brands David enjoys working with on this week’s episode of After the Jump! This program has been sponsored by The International Culinary Center.
“There was never any intention of ‘building an empire’ or becoming ‘flower designers’, we were just making flower arrangements for parties.” [6:50]
“You can do things in unique ways, but there are certain conventions that are useful.” [12:40]
— David Stark on After the Jump
Apr 11 2013
Rank #13: Episode 67: Expressing Your Voice Through Social Media
Looking to maintain a strong presence online and through social media accounts? On this week’s episode of After the Jump, learn how to find a rediscover your voice, how to translate that voice into a consistent presence and how to vary your content from channel to channel. Grace Bonney knows what she’s talking about – and you’ll come away from this episode with a much clearer idea of how to engage your online communities. This program was sponsored by Of A Kind
“When you’re finding your voice – you shouldn’t be trying to find any other voice but your own.” [3:00]
“The older you get and the more you see out there – your aesthetic is changing without you even realizing it!” [6:45]
“Youtube will be next year what Instagram was this year.” [24:30]
–Grace Bonney on After the Jump
Mar 27 2014
Rank #14: Episode 54: Zoe Pawlak
This week on After the Jump, host Grace Bonney talks with Zoe Pawlak, contemporary artist, painter, and designer. Explore a day in the life of where Zoe gets her inspiration, and which direction she believes creative art is heading into. Later, Zoe gives us her latest updates, including where you can see her latest exhibits. To learn more about Zoe, visit her website at www.zoepawlak.com.
This program has been sponsored by Mood Magazine.
“If you make bizzare sculptures and want to sell them in Japan, you now have access to do that.” [7:30]
“Music has given access to a whole demographic of people. It’s based on collaboration now,and I feel like that’s the future of art making.” [25:20]
— Zoe Pawlak on After the Jump
Oct 31 2013
Rank #15: Episode 37: Kristina Gill, Food & Photography
The worlds of food and design collide on this week’s installment of After the Jump! Grace Bonney is joined in the studio by Kristina Gill, photographer and food editor for Design*Sponge. Hear how Kristina made her way to Italy from Nashville, Tennessee. Find out how Kristina’s work often touches on social justice issues such as world hunger and food assistance. Learn how Kristina’s column on Design*Sponge came about, and some of the trickier recipes to prepare and photograph. What are Kristina’s favorite cooking tools and ingredients? Find out what photographers have inspired Kristina in and out of the kitchen. This program has been sponsored by Whole Foods.
“Some people discover things visually, but I like to discover through my palate.” [11:30]
“Interest in food has grown since the column (“in the kitchen with”) has started. People really come looking for us now, but when it started, we were looking for them.” [18:00]
— Kristina Gill on After the Jump
Apr 18 2013
Rank #16: Episode 35: Frances Palmer
Frances Palmer crafts pottery that is informed by her love for art history and the tactile. This week on After the Jump, Grace Bonney sits down with Frances to talk about her upbringing and the art of the gathering. Find out how Frances’ time in Washington, D.C. and her schooling inspired her to make ceramics. Hear why Frances makes items that are intended to be used, and why dahlias are so present in her work. How do ceramics and gardening interact in her craft? Listen in to hear what artists inspire Frances, and find out why she is taking up an artist residency in China in the next few months! This program has been sponsored by Whole Foods.
“The point is that you want to bring people around the table, have a good time, and have fun!” [9:00]
“At the end of the day, what you make has to speak for itself.” [21:30]
“You have to make what you believe… It has to come from you so genuinely.” [29:15]
— Frances Palmer on After the Jump
Apr 04 2013
Rank #17: Episode 24: Thom Filicia
This week on After the Jump, Grace Bonney is joined in the studio by interior designer, Thom Filicia. Thom is perhaps best known for his roles in hit television programs like Queer Eye for the Straight Guy and Tacky House, but more recently, he authored the book American Beauty published by Clarkson Potter. Tune into this episode to hear why Thom decided to restore and fix up a home from the early 1900s in the Finger Lakes, and why he fell in love with the structure. Listen in to learn about Thom’s original interest in design as a child, and why he almost decided to design automobiles. Want to know more about Thom’s favorite interiors in New York City? Then listen to this episode of After the Jump! This program has been brought to you by Clarkson Potter Publishers.
“One of the things we talk about a lot is the ‘democracy of design.’ I love the fact that design is becoming universal at a certain level, from the Targets to the world to the high end.. There’s this mix of high and low that I think is very appealing to the next buying power. That generation is all about mixing old and new, and high and low.” [6:35]
— Thom Filicia on After the Jump
Nov 12 2012
Rank #18: Episode 63: Julia Turshen
This week on After The Jump, Grace brings in Food Writer Julia Turshen to outline the 12 things they wish they had known before starting their own businesses. From learning how to say no to time management, from day to day tips to planning for the future, Grace and Julia provide a solid list of things we can all work on to get better at running our businesses. This program has been sponsored by Of A Kind.
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“I started my retirement account the day after I graduated from college and it was the best thing that I’ve ever done.” [21:15]
“You really need to turn off to turn on.” [28:15]
Julia Turshen on After The Jump
Feb 20 2014
Rank #19: Episode 62: Sources of Inspiration
On the Valentine’s Day episode of After The Jump, Grace highlights some tools across the board that she finds particularly educational and inspirational. From blogs and websites to strong women in design, from print magazines to “lifers”, she gives us a solid list of people and places to look to for ideas and inspiration. This program has been sponsored by The International Culinary Center.
“I don’t instantly think I’m a photographer because I can take a nice photograph and put it on Instagram, but it makes me realize the value of really great photography.” [8:45]
“Separating yourself from the pack is a huge thing, and the more you can do that, the better you will be in the long run of your business.” [10:15]
Grace Bonney on After The Jump
Feb 13 2014
Rank #20: Episode 29: Sunday Suppers with Karen Mordechai
Karen Mordechai is a photographer, stylist, cooking enthusiast, and founder of Sunday Suppers. This week on After the Jump, Grace Bonney chats it up with Karen about the arts, cooking at home, and the art of entertaining. Tune in to find out what attracted Karen to the visual arts, and why she often focuses her lens on families and food. Learn more about the Sunday Suppers dinner series; how did it evolve from a casual gathering into a full-blown dinner party? Karen shares her philosophy on cooking instruction, and later talks about chefs that inspire her in and out of the kitchen. This program has been brought to you by Seersucker.
“We are able to break down some of the fear that people have in regards to the kitchen, and introduce people to some daunting things.” [12:30] — Karen Mordechai on After the Jump
Feb 14 2013