The Design Five podcast is a show dedicated to bringing you "about" five minutes of design thinking each week. Hosted by Jesse Showalter, each episode is designed to give you a pulse on the creative industry while offering perspective on the creative process.
Launching websites for clients is not an easy process. There’s so much to think about and do. Content, forms, code, responsive design, connected accounts, etc... in this video I share my top 5 checklist items to make sure you launch sites successfully and that your clients love the experience.
My Top Five website launch list items:
2. Forms and Maps
3. Responsive web design
Today we're talking about one of the most important aspects of doing client work as a designer or freelancer... Word of Mouth Clients.
Everybody always wants more clients, and there are a lot of places out there and techniques for attaining new clients, but none of them are as effective and ripe for the picking as referral/word of mouth.
When you read a blog, listen to a podcast or watch a video and a designer is talking about their work experience you will hear them say 90% of the time that they get all their business from word of mouth... HOW!!!
It's true it is the number one way to get clients, so here are a few tips for getting those referrals.
1. Do amazing work and help the client have an amazing experience with you.
2. Make the ask... like actually verbally ask them
3. Follow up with the lead and with your original client
Moving from Print Design to Digital Design (I.E. Web Design, App Design, etc…) is fun and exciting but not without it’s differences and discouragement. In this video I talk about making the move and what you can expect.
Print Design has a long and well-respected history, nobody is discrediting the importance of print, but there is a new and exciting medium to design for that revolves around the digital space. Websites, Apps and Interfaces are all a challenging and rewarding way to flex your problem-solving design muscles.I made the move quickly into my career and found some interesting differences and learning curves along the way.
This podcast is for the Print Designer or up and coming Designer who is interested in the opportunities that designing for digital offers you. If you ask questions like “What’s the biggest difference between the two?” or “What do I really need to know to make the move?” then I hope this podcast will be a help to you.
Today I get to talk with Masha A.K.A. the Coding Blonde. She is a blogger, YouTuber, Techie and an all-around awesome person who is on a really cool journey to learn to code.
We do a Q&A and get to talk about code, workflow, boot camps and colleges. Masha's brings a ton of value so please listen to all her amazing answers.
Find out more about Masha and The Coding Blonde at https://codingblonde.com/
Please let me know if you have any ideas/comments! ✨👩💻
In this episode, I talk about moonlighting for designers. Moonlighting is all about working on the side of your main job. It's a great way to make some extra cash, create fun portfolio pieces and gather more experience. Call it a side hustle, call it freelancing in your spare time, just don't quit your day job!
There are 5 main things to keep in mind while you are moonlighting.
1. Don't moonlight on company time
2. Check your companies policy on side work
3. Choose your projects wisely
4. Don't post about what you working on until its all done
5. Don't take on more than you can handle
I am not a person to recommend working 18 hour days. I don't think you should work yourself into an early grave. There are more important things in your life than money, But sometimes you gotta jam out a few extra projects and if you follow these tips you'll be better off. Know when to say yes and when to say no and enjoy yourself.
ATTENTION: This podcast breaks my 5-minute rule of the show (like I ever stay on time anyway) but its totally worth it, so much value here 👍🏼
Here's the amazing audio from an interview I did with the amazing Joel Beukelman. He's a designer at Google, previously worked at large companies like Netlfix, Husband, and father of 3 as well as an all around amazing human being. We get the chance to discuss soft skills and character traits you need to thrive as a professional creative.
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I'm changing the podcast a little bit, and here's why:
- I never make it in 5 minutes
- I'm cramming too much into each episode
- it's too similar to my youtube channel
- I want it to be more conversational and casual
- I want to prep less
I'm doing my first collaboration on my YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/c/jesseshowalter with Joel Beukelman https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmFs_X-O2fmq7Is1zMlxF1w
We talk about soft skills for designers and get to share our similar and different perspectives on life. Really fun conversation, can't wait for it to come out.
I answer questions about portfolios for developers and talk a little what a cool world we live in now that things aren't so linear anymore. App and tools are being used for things they were not designed for and IT"S OK!!!
Today’s episode is about clients contracts and a little bit of a horror story that we can all laugh at.
Contract Killer - https://stuffandnonsense.co.uk/projects/contract-killer
AND CO. - https://app.and.co/
Prospero - https://www.goprospero.com/
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What are the elements of a good mentorship? I cover the 5 things you should be looking for in a creative or any type of mentorship relationship. I also cover the 7 learning styles and recommend a book.