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30 minutes | 2 years ago
Season 3 / Episode 4: Growing Your Practice
Sorry for the delayed podcast, folks! May was a hectic month here at Vigor. We moved offices and Joseph had surgery, so hence the delay. But delay no longer! Today we talk with Eli Altman, who has graciously been on our show before and needs no introduction, and Daniela Garza, Creative Partner at Anagrama. We ask Eli and Daniela about growing their practice in size and scale; how do you get ahead, when do you take the next step, and how do you even figure out what that next step is? Take a listen and hopefully you’ll find some gold nuggets of wisdom to use in growing your own practice. Guests Eli Altman, Creative Director at A Hundred Monkeys. www.ahundredmonkeys.comFollow A Hundred Monkeys on Instagram or Twitter.Learn more about Eli at elialtman.com, or follow him on Twitter. Daniela Garza, Creative Partner at Anagrama. www.anagrama.comFollow Anagrama on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or Pinterest.Follow Daniela on Instagram. The post Season 3 / Episode 4: Growing Your Practice appeared first on Grits & Grids.
44 minutes | 2 years ago
Season 3 / Episode 3: Making it Rain
Today we talk with Simon Manchipp, Mike Jones and Emily Ruth Cohen on the subject of making it rain aka making that cash flow. There isn’t an easy answer to this question, or a magic bullet that works for everyone, it’s a combination of everything that you do and how you want to be making money on your terms. Hopefully, the combination of these three guests today and their varied backgrounds will help you or your agency out in finding the right answer for yourselves. Guests Simon Manchipp, Founder of SomeOne. www.someoneinlondon.com Instagram: @SomeOneInLondon Mike Jones, Founder of Creative South hugnecks.com / www.creativesouth.com Instagram: @bucket826 / @creativesouthga Emily Ruth Cohen, Business Consultant and Writer of Brutally Honest emilycohen.com / emilycohen.com/brutally-honest/ Instagram: @emilyruthcohenThe post Season 3 / Episode 3: Making it Rain appeared first on Grits & Grids.
41 minutes | 2 years ago
Season 3 / Episode 2: Make Your Own Luck
It’s really easy to look at the leaders of the design industry and think there is a certain about of luck to getting to that level. Admittedly, even I’ve had a bit of a mix of envy and wonder at times. However, and this month’s guests will attest, it’s usually more hard work than actual luck that gets you ahead. Sure, luck is a real thing, but luck needs to catch you hard at work, and that’s exactly what we try to inspire in this episode. Unanimously, my guests and I agree that “hustle” is a stupid word. Instead, hard work, good ol’ fashioned blood, sweat, and tears, and a dash of luck make for the perfect recipe for growth. In short, make your own luck, do what it takes, but try not to kill yourself in the process. Eli Altman has just written a book on how to run your studio. It’s fantastic. Pick up a copy here and start making your own luck: https://runstudiorun.com/ Guests Eli Altman, A Hundred Monkeys www.ahundredmonkeys.com Twitter: @AHundredMonkeys Simon Manchipp, Founder of SomeOne. www.someoneinlondon.com Instagram: @SomeOneInLondon Matthew Dawson, aka StayGrayPonyboy and Founder of Crop Conference www.staygrayponyboy.com / www.cropcons.com Instagram: @StayGrayPonyBoy / @CropConsThe post Season 3 / Episode 2: Make Your Own Luck appeared first on Grits & Grids.
35 minutes | 2 years ago
Season 3 / Episode 1: Keeping The Passion
Passion is a word we see everywhere inside and outside the creative industry. We’re told to “follow your passion” and that “passion leads to greatness” in almost mantra-like repetition. It’s true, passion is a fuel that lights the creative fire. When your heart fully immersed in what you are creating, and – more importantly – why you’re creating it, the outcomes are viscerally captivating. That emotion is one we all seek out like journeyman seeking enlightenment. However, light most fuels, passion can sometimes fizzle out or run low. Maybe it’s the result of one too many long days that rapidly turn into long nights. Maybe it’s fatigue set on by taking on too much all at the same time. The reason doesn’t matter as much as the means to prevent and fight reduction of your passion. This month, I sit with three creative minds from all over the world to discuss how they keep the passion alive and thriving in themselves and their teams. Simon Manchipp, Jay Fletcher, and Matthew Dawson have many things in common, but varying degrees of differences in their day-to-day responsibilities and focus. Each are nuanced in how passion’s role affects their world. Their insights and advice deliver invaluable knowledge for every creative endeavoring to fuel focus, career, and passion. Enjoy. Guests Simon Manchipp, Founder of SomeOne.www.someoneinlondon.comInstagram: @SomeOneInLondon Matthew Dawson, aka StayGrayPonyboy and Founder of Crop Conferencewww.staygrayponyboy.com / www.cropcons.comInstagram: @StayGrayPonyBoy / @CropCons Jay Fletcher, designerwww.jfletcherdesign.comInstagram: @JpegFletcher The post Season 3 / Episode 1: Keeping The Passion appeared first on Grits & Grids.
55 minutes | 2 years ago
Season 2 / Episode 11: Scott Fuller of The Studio Temporary
Today we chat with the brilliantly charismatic and always upbeat guy, Scott Fuller. Scott is the man behind the brand, The Studio Temporary based in Atlanta, Georgia. We discuss the nuances of the color yellow and what it’s like to be kind of from Atlanta. He unfairly blames weight gain on pizza. We discuss how important food is for relationship-building in the beginning and celebration phases of a client relationship. We reminisce about the first coffee Scott had and his dad’s penchant for “jet fuel” like bean juice. Scott and I revel in the miracle that is grits and how to appropriately enjoy bacon. Scott digs into the marriage-level love of chicken, his hatred of beets, and so much more. Scott’s work has an amazing familiarity to it that’s one part retro-inspired and one part modern aesthetic. This bridge between the old and new creates a fantastic look that’s truly his own. Beyond his design style, Scott is a truly benevolent human who’s an absolute pleasure to be around. It’s fabled that you can’t leave Scott’s presence without something in hand. He did not fail to live up to this stigma. Do have a look at his portfolio and give Scott a “hey, hello” next time you’re around him! Show Links: The Studio Temporary Website Dribbble / Instagram Elevation Chophouse The post Season 2 / Episode 11: Scott Fuller of The Studio Temporary appeared first on Grits & Grids.
27 minutes | 2 years ago
Season 2 / Episode 10: Von Glitschka
I can’t remember exactly what piece of work attracted me to Von’s work, but I have followed him ever since. If pressed to recall, I’d say I’ve been a fan for about 15 years. Von has a wonderful, flexible style rooted in solid design principles. From sports-style logo designs to vintage illustrations he’s mastered many facets of creative expression that I quite excited to get into the nitty-gritty with him on an episode. In this episode, I chat with Mr. Glitschka on what makes his tummy grumble, and what makes his brain chug ahead. We discuss is adoration for great coffee and his yearning for fantastic Texas-style BBQ. We also commiserate over his hatred of tater-tot casserole (sorry Mama Glitschka!) Von and I dig into his creative process and how he approaches the tough things that usually trip him up. This and so much more in this wonderful chat with my friend Von Glitschka. Enjoy! Show Links: Creative South (http://creativesouth.com/) Franklin BBQ (https://franklinbbq.com/) Sinister (https://www.sinisterdeluxe.com) Glitschka Studios (https://www.glitschkastudios.com) Glitschka Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/vglitschka/) The post Season 2 / Episode 10: Von Glitschka appeared first on Grits & Grids.
62 minutes | 2 years ago
Season 2 / Episode 9: Jason Frostholm
In today’s podcast, we have Jason Frostholm; creative director, entrepreneur, and the host of the Creative South Podcast. Listen in as we break down the meditative practice of cooking as a surprisingly relevant metaphor for the design process. We talk about the fine art of balancing categorical recognition and staying actively engaged with clients to introduce them to their next visual journey through collaborative compromise. Creative South Podcast https://creativesouthpodcast.simplecast.fm/ https://twitter.com/creativesopod https://www.facebook.com/CreativeSoPod https://creativesouth.com/ Jason Frostholm https://twitter.com/jfrostholm https://www.instagram.com/jfrostholm/ https://www.frostiki.com/ The post Season 2 / Episode 9: Jason Frostholm appeared first on Grits & Grids.
65 minutes | 3 years ago
Season 2 / Episode 8: Michael Bierut
Last time on the podcast we had the legendary Paula Scher chatting with us, and today, we have her equally-esteemed designer and partner at Pentagram, Michael Beirut. Michael’s been with Pentagram for 27 years, and on this episode he talks about the office’s bittersweet move from their location of 22 years to a new office space, reminiscing about his early days at Pentagram and what it’s like to work at Pentagram now. We talk about the delicate balance of making work that, as Beirut puts it, comes from ‘the tension between commercial and creative requirements’, and how to thrive and make better work from rejection. https://twitter.com/michaelbierut https://www.instagram.com/mbierut/?hl=en https://www.pentagram.com/ https://twitter.com/pentagram https://www.instagram.com/pentagramdesign/?hl=en Podcast Notes: On Rye Pentagram Case Study: https://www.pentagram.com/work/on-rye/story The post Season 2 / Episode 8: Michael Bierut appeared first on Grits & Grids.
45 minutes | 3 years ago
Season 2 / Episode 7: Paula Scher
The one, the only, the legendary, Paula Scher. Paula is a designer and partner at Pentagram, and has worked on many well-known and loved brands, like Shake Shack, Tender Greens, and (we found out this podcast!) Truvia. On the show we talk about Paula’s special place in her heart for Hershey’s chocolate, how food inspired form and color during her days at CBS Records, and we learn her favorite food to make is paella. https://www.pentagram.com/ https://twitter.com/pentagram https://www.instagram.com/pentagramdesign/?hl=en Abstract Documentary on Netflix https://www.netflix.com/title/80057883 The Tender Greens Case Study https://www.pentagram.com/work/tender-greens?rel=sector&rel-id=6 The post Season 2 / Episode 7: Paula Scher appeared first on Grits & Grids.
40 minutes | 3 years ago
Season 2 / Episode 6: Jen and Amy Hood of Hoodzpah Design
If you haven’t heard of this dynamic duo, you’ve been living under a rock. The sisters Hood have been creating amazingly wonderful works of design from brand identities through typography, packaging through … well… everything. They even have a line of goods called Odds & Sods where they sell fun nicknacks and other wonderful little things. On the show we dig deep into the sisters’ childhood. We have some psychological breakthroughs, good times, and a ton of laughs. Jen and Amy open up their darkest food related secrets, and give some stellar advice for creatives living and working in this design life. www.hoodzpahdesign.com www.facebook.com/wegothoodzpah www.twitter.com/get_hoodzpah www.dribbble.com/Hoodzpah www.instagram.com/hoodzpahdesign The post Season 2 / Episode 6: Jen and Amy Hood of Hoodzpah Design appeared first on Grits & Grids.
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