Here’s to being BRAVER in 2018

With every new year brings a new resolution — so what about being BRAVER in your design career?

We are once again joined by the myth, the man, the legend, content specialist Aaron Wrixon. Aaron is here to talk about his brand new content framework that’s designed to make you stand out in the crowded field of design. You’ll learn how to effectively set yourself apart from the competition this year and beyond.

We also get a bit sidetracked on Aaron’s recent Nicolas Cage obsession, which we fully support.

We also answer a new question that only Mikelle and Aaron can handle. (It’s about kids.)

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Web Design Trends Taking Off in 2018

Last week we looked at all the graphic design trends to look out for in 2018, so we thought we’d follow that up with all those trends that are specific to the web design world.

In this episode, listen as the gang talks about everything we have been seeing pick up tremendous steam, and will likely see full saturation in the new year. And Nick (our resident “print guy”) is showing some serious promise as a future web designer!

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Graphic Design Trends to Watch in 2018

With 2017 winding down, it’s time to take a look at the year that was, and the trends that we predict will continue to dominate the graphic design world in 2018. So sit back, close your eyes and visualize all the trends we go over, and download resident overachiever Nick’s handy pdf guide of the trends he talks about.

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2017 Designer Gifts Wish List

Just in time for Cyber Monday, we present our annual designer gift guide! Listen as the gang lists off the things we’ll be asking for this year, because getting cool stuff is really what the holiday season is all about. And Nick will apparently be buying every. single. thing.

We also answer a new question, and give a little portfolio advice to a listener who lives in an area where there isn’t much demand for her skills.

The Wish List

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Positioning Your Agency (or Micro-Agency)

Have you ever wondered how to set yourself or your design agency apart from the competition? Wonder no more, because in today’s episode, we have a very special guest who will shed some light on the subject. Content strategist and copywriter Aaron Wrixon is in the house, and will show you how to stand out, and put your best self front and center.

Whether you’re a solopreneur, running an agency, or a micro-agency, these tips will be hugely beneficial as you go into 2018.

We also answer a listener question about what/how much you need to provide your web developer with to properly communicate your designs.

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adobe max 2017

Our Biggest Takeaways From Adobe Max

Last week, the gang all got together in person to attend the 2017 Adobe Max conference, and we can honestly say it was incredible. Lots of new announcements, feature enhancements, and brand new programs that we’re all super excited to share with you.

Mikelle couldn’t join in on this episode, but Wes and Nick are here to go over the biggest takeaways and things we’re the most excited about. And be sure to stick around till the very end, we have put together some key takeaways from other attendees and listeners who we met in person at the conference.

We also answer a new listener question about what to charge for the design of liquor bottle labels.

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Designer Fails

Any designer who’s made it will tell you they failed a LOT on the way up. It’s the best way to learn — at least that’s what we keep telling ourselves. And the Deeply Graphic gang is no different. Listen to our tales of woe, and what we learned from biting it over the years.

And since we got several great fail stories from our listeners, we have those sprinkled throughout the episode as well. Thanks to Ricky, Kyle and Joshua for opening up and sharing what they learned with the rest of us!

As always, we answer a new listener question about whether or not you should hand over those working files, (and what you should charge for them if you do.)

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Clients From Hell

Working with great design clients is what makes our job so amazing. Then there are the OTHER ones. Clients who don’t value your work. Clients who give vague feedback, or who will “know it when they see it.” Most of the time, this is all on us as the designer — we haven’t properly communicated our process or our value. But what about those times when you just have a “client from Hell?”

This week, we’re joined by former editor-in-chief of Clients From Hell, Bryce Bladon. We talk all about these types of clients: warning signs to look out for, how to bow out gracefully, and how to just get the f*** out when necessary. You’ll learn what to include in your contract, and how to handle yourself in these sticky situations.

We also answer a listener question about “how old is too old” to get started in graphic design. (Spoiler alert, it isn’t 25.)

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What’s Coming to Creative Cloud?

Every designer basically lives, works and breathes in the Adobe Creative Cloud. So this week, we have Adobe’s Michaël Chaize on with us to discuss upcoming additions, as well as a few cool things you can currently use that you may not have known about. (We were all surprised by a few things that we can’t wait to try!)

We also talk about the cool things we can expect to do/see/learn at the upcoming AdobeMax conference in Vegas. And of course, we answer a new listener question about social media kits for clients.

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DesignCast 140: Listener Question Show!

We made it to 140 fun-filled episodes, and to celebrate, we’re digging deep into our mailbag to answer six new burning questions from listeners like you.

Whether you’re a print or web designer, seasoned vet or newbie, there’s something here for everyone!

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