Episode #78: Color Blind by Design

Jake Albion, colorblind designer.

Hear how Jake Albion pursued his passion of a creative career despite being told it might not be possible because of his color blindness, how he became more driven by his disability and turned it into an advantage, and how he got into accessibility. Read or Listen “Color Blind by Design”

Episode #74: Man of Many Talents Melvin Thambi

Melvin Thambi standing in front of his work at an exhibit.

Graphic designer/fine artist Melvin Thambi joins me to talk about pursuing design and fine arts, how he got his work to be exhibited, how hearing “no” led to him achieving his dream, why he says to get out of your comfort zone and get ready to fail, and what advice he has for non-U.S. designers looking to get U.S. clients. Read or Listen “Man of Many Talents Melvin Thambi”

Episode #66: How to Make Money on Upwork With Victor Ramirez

Victor Ramirez featured on an Upwork billboard in Times Square.


Victor Ramirez joins me to talk about how to make money on Upwork. Find out how he made almost $7,700 part-time in less than two months’ time, mistakes he made early on and what he learned, and tips you can use. Plus, hear how he ended up on a billboard for UpWork in Times Square.
Read or Listen “How to Make Money on Upwork With Victor Ramirez”

Episode #64: Brutally Honest Business Advice With Emily Cohen

Brutally Honest book cover and inside.

Emily Cohen joins me to dish out some brutally honest design business advice, including some things that hold creatives back in business, why the solopreneur model is usually unsustainable, specialization, misconceptions designers have about their websites, how to reach out to prospects and more. Read or Listen “Brutally Honest Business Advice With Emily Cohen”

Episode #63: From Designer to Brand Strategist With Melinda Livsey

Brand strategy.

Hear about the challenges that led Melinda Livsey to go from being a designer treated like an order taker and art directed by clients to trusted expert and brand strategist, the mindset shifts she had to make, why she no longer does any design work, how she builds trust with clients, the three questions she always asks during an initial consultation that position her as an expert and more. Plus, find out her secret talent. It might surprise you. Read or Listen “From Designer to Brand Strategist With Melinda Livsey”

Episode #62: Motivating Mural Design With Debbie Clapper

Debbie Clapper painting a mural outside.

Find out why muralist Debbie Clapper transitioned her career from graphic design to fine art, how she pursued her passion and how it changed her life. If you’ve ever thought of pursuing fine art as a career choice, you definitely don’t want to miss this. Read or Listen “Motivating Mural Design With Debbie Clapper”

Episode #61: Logo Lessons With Ian Paget of Logo Geek

Ian Paget, Logo Geek.

Ian Paget of Logo Geek joins me to talk about his logo design process, how to set yourself apart from other logo designers, how he presents his work, how to get less pushback from a client on your designs, books he recommends, the tools he uses and more. Plus, find out a hobby he used to have that might surprise you. Read or Listen “Logo Lessons With Ian Paget of Logo Geek”

Episode #58: Business Breakthroughs With Brand Doctor Henry Kaminski Jr.

Henry Kaminski, The Brand Doctor.

The Brand Doctor Henry Kaminski Jr. joins me to talk about how he leveled up his business and stopped competing on price. He also shares business breakthroughs about branding, focus and values. Find out why he says branding really is about subtraction.

Read or Listen “Business Breakthroughs With Brand Doctor Henry Kaminski Jr.”

Episode #55: Designing Digital Products With Tom Ross of Design Cuts

Tom Ross, Design Cuts.

Tom Ross of Design Cuts joins me to talk about designing digital products—figuring out what to sell, how to price it, their submission process and more. Get tips to help you get an edge on your competition in the creative products marketplace. Read or Listen “Designing Digital Products With Tom Ross of Design Cuts”

Episode #50: Confidence, Closing and Content With Mike Killen

Confidence for freelance designers

Mike Killen and I talk about confidence, how it’s vital in closing the deal with clients and why you should be selling futures, not features. Get actionable tips to use when talking to clients, including how to respond when a client says, “That’s too expensive.” Also find out why you shouldn’t worry about criticism when putting your content out there. The answer will surprise you! Read or Listen “Confidence, Closing and Content With Mike Killen”

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