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The Sideman Designer

The Sideman Designer

By Tom Jepson
The Sideman Designer is a podcast for creative minds, companies of one, and the people both behind the scenes and front of house making great work happen.
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Episode 022 - Read more; it's good for you
Thanks for coming back! I've surprised myself here. I wasn't actually expecting to bring the podcast back at all until later in the year. But, such is life; full of surprises. Box of chocolates something something... This week; why I haven't been reading enough and why you should read more.
February 27, 2020
Episode 021 - Creative Conversations - Robert Skrobe
This episode - the TENTH in Season 2 and the TWENTY-FIRST overall! - holds another Creative Conversation. This time, I sit down with GVDS and Dallas Design Sprints founder Robert Skrobe. We talked about Design Sprints in general, the GVDS event, bringing communities together, and what might be next for collaborative design activities. Robert gives us some amazing insights into how he thinks about Sprinting - there are a couple of great takeaways that might improve your own sessions, too. He also turned the tables on me and dug into my experience during GVDS, which I was more than happy to share! Enjoy the episode. Show Notes Dallas Design Sprints Global Virtual Design Sprint Robert Skrobe on LinkedIn
December 1, 2019
Episode 020 - Tie Your Shoes Before Stepping Out!
EPISODE 20! Amazing stuff. I wanted to bring you another Creative Conversation this week, but the Tech Gods were conspiring against me. Instead, you've got a brief ramble-cast to get you to work. I chat GVDS, Death Stranding, 'The Power Of Moments', and consider why you need to tie your shoes before you leave the house (or something to that effect!)
November 24, 2019
Episode 019 - Creative Conversations - Helen Joy
Welcome back! This week I had the opportunity to sit down with my good friend Helen Joy - UX researcher, speaker, and tech community advocate - to talk about the work she's doing right now, the state of our communities, and inclusive design. It was a long-overdue chat; we could have gone on way longer than our hour. There'll be a Part 2 at some point... Enjoy this episode of The Sideman Designer: Creative Conversations.
November 17, 2019
Episode 018 - Anyone Who Says They Can Multitask Effectively Is Lying To You
Check out that clickbait title! Seriously, though... I don't believe that 'effective multitasking' is a possibility even for the most self-aware, personally in-tune amongst us. This week I had a short conversation with myself about feeling overwhelmed and how, when trying to cram too much in, we limit our capacity to do our best work. Join me online! Instagram (@tomjepsoncreative) Twitter (@thepixelgrid)
November 10, 2019
Episode 017 - Creative Conversations - Stephen Haunts
In this episode - the latest in the Creative Conversations series - I sit down with online educator, speaker, and writer Stephen Haunts. A tenured software engineer, Stephen runs his own business creating courses for Pluralsight along with writing books on technical (and non-technical) subjects, speaking at conferences around the globe, along with running his own podcast 'The Side Hustle Success'. It was great to talk to Stephen at length about technical education along with a number of other very interesting topics Enjoy the episode!
November 3, 2019
Episode 016 - Handling the Haters
In this weeks' episode, I talk about getting showered with shade online! With every post, every comment, and every ‘share’ we make, we as content creators stand a pretty good chance of upsetting someone. It’s increasingly apparent that you can’t please everyone. I want to dig in and think about a way we can (try to) make the best of a bad situation, put ourselves in someone else's shoes, and learn from the experience. Show Links 'Screw The Nine To Five' podcast Patreon Twitter Instagram
October 27, 2019
Episode 015 - Creative Conversations - Charles Burdett
In this week's Creative Conversation, I talk to Charles Burdett; a freelance UX consultant and the creator of 'Workshop Tactics'. We talked about the state of workshop resources, planning and facilitating workshops, how your experience and confidence leads to developing your own style, plus the experience of designing and developing a product from the ground up. I really enjoyed talking with Charles about his journey; I hope you enjoy listening in. Show Notes Gamestorming SessionLab Workshop Tactics on Twitter Pre-order v1 of the Workshop Tactics deck Workshop Tactics online for FREE! The Sideman Designer on Patreon @tomjepsoncreative on Instagram @thepixelgrid on Twitter on the web
October 20, 2019
Episode 014 - Wherever You Are You Can Be Where The Action Is
In this weeks' verbose solocast, I talk about the week that was and dig into two themes that mean a lot to me: doing good work, and working remotely. I look at some thoughts sent to me from creative pros on the Twitterverse on the subject of what good work looks like and what drives them; thanks to everyone who sent commentary on that. I also dig into some initial thoughts on remote work, what that might look like for you, and how it can be a catalyst for doing your best work. Enjoy episode 14 of The Sideman Designer. Show Notes Last week’s episode Website progress Adam Savage - Every Tool’s a Hammer Support your meetups - DxN, Nottingham @simonrohrbach 05:57 - Theme: What does good work look like to you? Contributors: @stephenhaunts @MarosiLorant 09:41 - Theme: Remote work, pricing, and doing your best work @theChrisDo @thefuturishere Patreon - Twitter - @thepixelgrid Instagram - tomjepsoncreative Online -
October 13, 2019
Episode 013 - Creative Conversations - Jonathan Relf
It's here! Episode 13 of The Sideman Designer podcast, a show for creative minds, companies of one, and the people both behind the scenes and front-of-house making great work happen. This week I am over the moon to bring you the first 'Creative Conversation'; we kick off this new format with my friend and ex-podcast colleague Jonathan Relf (@jbjon on Twitter). It was a smashing conversation; we went quite deep into creativity in 'non-creative' roles and putting ourselves in a place where we can 'think better'. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did! As always, there's some commentary and weekly chat from me to start and close the episode. Show Notes and Links Live on Instagram Offscreen Mag Issue 21 Deep Work by Cal Newport The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg Support the podcast on Patreon Find me on Twitter
October 6, 2019
Episode 012 - The One Where I Didn't Finish Anything
Welcome to Season 2 of The Sideman Designer! In this first full episode, I talk about two fantastic books I read over the summer, give you a candid breakdown of the strategies I laid out for my business and where I got to with them and talk about distraction and how I'm managing it day-to-day. I hope you enjoy this feature-length solo-cast. Show Notes Patreon & shout-outs Podcast progress 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Steven R. Covey Start Now. Get Perfect Later by Rob Moore (@robprogressive) Strategy chat Managing distraction Love Your Work from David Kadavy (@kadavy) Love Your Work Ep. 195 with Nir Eyal (@nireyal) Links
September 29, 2019
Episode 011 - Your Choice of Channels
In this pre-season warm-up, I talk about making conscious choices in your digital life, giving yourself the space to be more present and the space to have space! Season 2 of The Sideman Designer will be back in the coming weeks with some new formats, great conversations, and plenty of food for thought.
September 29, 2019
Episode 010 - You Can Go Your Own Way
This week we hit a milestone: it's episode 10! In what is the final episode of the first season of the show, I talk about staying well-rounded as a designer (and a human being who is interested in, well, things!), share my summer reading list, and celebrate working for yourself and doing things your way.
September 29, 2019
Episode 009 - You Are Good Enough
Knowing when the time is right to ‘make a leap’ or pursue the type of people you want to work with can feel very intimidating. This week, we’re all about feeling good enough to do what you want to do as a professional and valuing ‘your take’ on whatever it is you’re doing.
September 29, 2019
Episode 008 - Staying Healthy When Working For Yourself
This week, I talk about something really important (no, seriously); staying healthy both physically and mentally when you work for yourself. Working in a place where we could be glued to our chair for 8 hours a day, on our own, we need to make sure we're getting up, out, and into the company of others (if only to remember how to say 'Hi, how's it going?').
September 29, 2019
Episode 007 - In the room where it happens...
In this episode, I share my experience of running a workshop that didn't go quite how I was expecting. There's some practical advice on staying flexible and making the most of what happens in the room. Plus, Hamilton, Stranger Things, and more...!
September 29, 2019
Episode 006 - Pivot!
I wondered how long into the lifecycle of this podcast it would take me to hit into some real 'business end' conversation... As it happens, six is the magic number! This time, I share the current lay of the land for my business, why I've pivoted away from some strategic moves I was making, and how iteration in your own business can be a really positive thing. If you want to support the podcast, you can do so here:
September 29, 2019
Episode 005 - A More Beautiful Question
I thought this week's episode was going to be a brief review of Warren Berger's magnificent 'A More Beautiful Question'. It turns out I fancied a bit of a ramble and dug a little deeper... Welcome to The Sideman Designer, episode five!
September 29, 2019
Episode 004 - Quitting Your Job
Four weeks in and we're building momentum... This episode I share some great podcast I've been listening to during a week of torrential rain, plus go (sort of) deep on when quitting your job is a good idea. As always feedback, comments, and conversation are welcome!
September 29, 2019
Episode 003 - It's Not a Case of The Mondays
We're three episodes in which some people might call a milestone. This week I have a small ramble about the week that was - reading, networking, and giant monsters punching each other - and go deep on why I really love a Monday morning. You could learn to love them, too!
September 29, 2019
Episode 002 - Giving Away Your Time
Welcome to episode two! Thanks for sticking with me. In this show I talk about giving away your time and why, sometimes, you just need to say 'no' to that request for a cup of coffee or a quick chat.
September 29, 2019
Episode 001 - Finding Your Focus
In this, the first-ever episode of The Sideman Designer, I talk about getting down to business, finding focus, and keeping on track as you head towards achieving your big-picture goals. Order Paul Jarvis' Company of One here:
September 29, 2019