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Two Red Chairs - a G'day Design Life podcast. Hosted by Frank, this is a podcast for design business owners, design freelancers and in-house designers to share their experiences and listen to those of others, to become better designers and business owners. Each episode will dive into a key learning point from an anecdotal story that has shaped Frank and his guest's design life, to become better designers and business owners.

Two Red Chairs - a G'day Design Life podcast. Hosted by Frank, this is a podcast for design business owners, design freelancers and in-house designers to share their experiences and listen to those of others, to become better designers and business owners. Each episode will dive into a key learning point from an anecdotal story that has shaped Frank and his guest's design life, to become better designers and business owners.

Location:

Australia

Description:

Two Red Chairs - a G'day Design Life podcast. Hosted by Frank, this is a podcast for design business owners, design freelancers and in-house designers to share their experiences and listen to those of others, to become better designers and business owners. Each episode will dive into a key learning point from an anecdotal story that has shaped Frank and his guest's design life, to become better designers and business owners.

Language:

English


Episodes

EP 35 - Taking the business owner leap and giving back - w/Brandi Sea

5/11/2021
In this week’s episode, I’m chatting with American branding designer and coach, Brandi Sea from Albuquerque-Santa Fe. In our chat, Brandi shares her design life story that took her from agency life as an in-house creative, to starting her own business and since giving back to fellow creatives in in-house design roles or as creative entrepreneurs to be leaders with confidence and create work that gets noticed We dive into a common experience we all have at one point or another, which is...

Duration:00:41:31

EP 34 - Finding fulfilment in doing what you love - with Danielle Clarke

5/5/2021
In this week’s episode, I’m chatting with British branding designer, Danielle Clarke from Derbyshire, UK. In our chat, Danielle shares her story of becoming a design business owner and scratching that itch to start her business during the pandemic last year. It came out of realising the unhappiness in unfulfilling jobs that Danielle was in but then seeing that the road to fulfilment was by having a hands-on process when helping business owners develop their brands and share that journey...

Duration:00:47:18

EP 33 - Frank’s problems #2

4/28/2021
This week it’s just me, Frank, sharing a design business problem for your to learn from. Back in episode 19, the first episode of 2021, I shared a problem I had of line item pricing a proposal that had a client tick off deliverables they deemed unnecessary. For the second edition of my problems to learn from, this one happened recently to me and it revolves around discounting your rates for clients. To hear what it was alllll about and to avoid making the same mistake, you better jump on...

Duration:00:17:45

EP 32 - Less time accounting, more time creating - with James Fuller from Hnry

4/21/2021
This week’s episode I’m chatting with the founder and CEO of Hnry - James Fuller from Wellington, New Zealand QUICK CAVEAT - Hnry is a service that is currently limited to Australian and New Zealand based business owners. But do reach out to their team if you want them to look at a bringing their service to you country. So these guys at Hnry do things differently when it comes to accounting and managing your business finances. Hnry pays your taxes as you earn, so you never have to think...

Duration:00:39:50

EP 31 - Living a design and business life with systems - with Marianne Børresen

4/14/2021
This week’s episode I’m chatting with Norwegian branding designer and strategist, Marianne Børresen from Oslo, Norway. In our chat, Marianne shares her design life journey that led her to Interbrand at the start of her design career after university and took her through a raft of experiences working in agency life. Until finding her feet after a health battle to start her own business, Creative Garden. Towards the end of the chat Marianne also shares a great tip to manage your business and...

Duration:00:45:59

EP 30 - How does one start a design conference? - with Matthew Haynes

4/6/2021
This week’s episode I’m chatting with an extraordinary Aussie designer, Matt Haynes who runs TDC - @the.design.conference up in Brisbane, Australia in June (16-18th). Now this episode is next level because Matt shares a tonne about his life and philosophy for it. Having started out in life as a professional baseball player and even making it to the MLB, Matt then turned to design after a stint in trying his hand at architecture. But what followed his design studies, was the birth of TDC for...

Duration:00:56:09

EP 29 - Only ONE logo option? - with Waldemar Perez

3/30/2021
EP 29 - Only ONE logo option? - with Waldemar Perez This week’s episode I’m chatting with fellow branding designer Waldemar Perez from San Juan, Puerto Rico, about the impact that presenting only one logo option to his clients has made on his design process. I’m very aligned myself with Waldemar’s strategy to only show client’s one finished concept when it comes to logo design. As it limits confusion because choice is taken off the table. But we also cover how to ensure that it’s the right...

Duration:00:28:09

EP 28 - The impact strategic thinking has - with Richard Ajayi

3/23/2021
This week’s episode I’m chatting with fellow branding designer Richard Ajayi from Lagos, Nigeria, about his transition of implementing strategic thinking into his branding process. For his process and client’s success, implementing brand stategy has allowed Rich to become a better designer and more trusted parter with his clients. To be able to solve his client’s brand related problems with more in-depth consideration and the execution of more than just a logo design. To connect with Rich...

Duration:00:19:38

EP 27 - Stepping into the spotlight for business success - with George Mussett

3/16/2021
This week I’m sitting down in the proverbial red chairs with supermum and creative business owner, Georgia ‘George’ Mussett. As a fellow Aussie branding designer, George shares with us her story of how she’s built her own sustainable creative business. In our chat we cover the impact stepping into the spotlight had when showing up on camera for her business, as George recounts how building a personal brand tailored to her ideal clients shaped that success. Not to mention that it has now...

Duration:00:21:43

EP 26 - Becoming a brand strategist - with Stef Hamerlinck

3/9/2021
This week I have a conversation with fellow branding designer, turned brand strategist, Stef Hamerlinck from Belgium. Stef shares his journey of how he discovery brand strategy and his transition of thinking from being a designer to uncovering what strategy means to him and for the clients he has worked with. Both in the businesses he’s worked for and now in his own business. Stef is always a very interesting person to chat with, especially as his perspective on what many of us know as...

Duration:00:30:50

EP 25 - Quiting a dream job at Disney to start a design business - with Amy Kuo

3/2/2021
I am once again extremely proud and privileged to have another equally inspiring woman on the Two Red Chairs podcast. Amy Kuo, all the way from Orlando, Florida (USA) joined me on the proverbial red chair to share her story about how she started her design business Author Brand Studio. Now you might think, why would you quit a dream job at Disney? Well this is story that caught me off guard when Amy was so open about losing a parent and nearly both in a short space of time and...

Duration:00:22:26

EP 24 - Self taught creative turned designer - with Loz Chai

2/23/2021
I’m always in awe of my fellow creatives who are self-taught. Many of whom are far better designers than I am, which makes me really question that $30k design degree even more… that I’m still paying off. This week is an inspiring, authentic and down to earth conversation with a fellow Aussie designer, Loz. She’s had a hard road to get to where she is and it’s her story that I’m so grateful to be able to share with you all. As I’m equally amazed by the way adversity shapes creativity for the...

Duration:00:27:37

EP 23 - Email blunders and internships - with Jeremy Mura

2/16/2021
Who hasn’t sent an email that wasn’t supposed to be sent? Maybe it went to the wrong person or you included the wrong people. Well this is what happened to fellow Sydney designer, Jeremy Mura when he was an intern designer and made a blunder sending his bosses a CC’d email chain that shouldn’t have been forwarded on 🙈 To connect with Jeremy, find him on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thejeremymura For more info about this podcast head to: gdaydesignlife.com Or follow GDL on...

Duration:00:15:35

EP 22 - The challenges of landing a design job after graduating design school - with Max Goodwin

2/9/2021
It’s a hat-trick of Canadian’s to join me on the red chairs! Max Goodwin is with me this week to share his recent story of finding his feet in a design job. It’s a story many of us will have tried and maybe failed or succeeded. But what Max did (in addition to changing the line of work he did from Engineering to Design) at the same time as sending out hundreds of resumes. Was to take the initiative of starting work on the side to establish his own presence as a designer with his own...

Duration:00:35:38

EP 21 - Firing a problem client - with Nick McGraw

2/2/2021
Well what do we have here…another Canadian? Nick McGraw from McGrawesome Design is this weeks guest in the second red chair. Sharing a story I heard him talk about in a Clubhouse chat a couple of weeks ago. Which was about how he overcame a troublesome client that left Nick with no other choice but to part ways, refund the money and learn from that experience. It’s a story many of us as creative business owners may have experienced or may experience in the future and I hope Nick’s story is...

Duration:00:35:55

EP 20 - Don’t be talked into work you don’t want to do - with Julian Rotondo

1/26/2021
We are back with guests on Two Red Chairs with this new format of sharing design and business stories with one another to learn from, be inspired by, relate to or even avoid some of the pitfall experiences we have as creatives. And my first guest for 2021 is Julian Rotondo from Montreal, Canada. Julian shares his story of a recent problem client who talked Julian into helping them with their shambles of a business. Leaving Julian to have to wear the experience and treat it as a learning...

Duration:00:13:18

EP 19 - Don't price each deliverable in a proposal

1/13/2021
This is our my podcast episode back into the red hot chair after a lengthy hiatus last year. But it’s back with a new direction and a new cover art design! The new direction for this podcast is about sharing stories to help others learn from mistakes we’ve made, be inspired by each others processes and celebrate one another’s success. So in this first episode I’m sharing a story of my own, that goes into how I learn’t not to attribute a price to each line item (deliverable) on a proposal....

Duration:00:10:49

EP18 - The Logo Package Express - with Michael Bruny-Groth

8/3/2020
Learn about the new Logo Package Express 2.0 for Adobe Illustrator --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/two-red-chairs/message

Duration:00:51:02

EP17 - Why Facebook groups can be toxic - with Mia Fileman

7/29/2020
Why Facebook groups can be toxic --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/two-red-chairs/message

Duration:00:50:56

EP16 - What is UX Design? with Tony Daussat

7/14/2020
Understand what UX design is and what a UX designer does --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/two-red-chairs/message

Duration:01:06:09