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Impostor Syndrome – I See Pixels Podcast Ep 25 - I See Pixels Podcast

In this episode we talk about Impostor Syndrome. “Impostor syndrome (also known as impostor phenomenon or fraud syndrome or the impostor experience) is a concept describing individuals who are marked by an inability to internalize their accomplishments and a persistent fear of being exposed as a “fraud”.” We start off talking about the pressure to prove yourself when first start a job. We talk about perceiving yourself as not good enough despite your experience and proven track record. Job...

Duration: 01:09:50

1 Year Anniversary Episode and Starting a New Job – I See Pixels Episode 24 - I See Pixels Podcast

In this episode we talk about what we have learned over the past year of podcasting. Podcasting can be fun but it can also teach you a lot about yourself and your habits. We also talk about what we’d like to improve going forward. We would like to thank everyone who has tuned in and subscribed over the past year and especially those of you who have been listening from the start. Both of us have recently started new jobs so we discuss ways we try to start off making a good impression....

Duration: 01:00:25

Business Casual – I See Pixels Podcast Ep 23 - I See Pixels Podcast

In this episode we spend a little time catching up and making poor excuses for missing a week of recording. We chat briefly about video games like Mindcraft, Battlefront 3 and Skyrim and how video games can be a great way to take a break from work. We talk about how you can optimize your work time and your break time. A shorter work day has been experimented with at some companies and we talk about how we believe it would effect our work. Your appearance can have affect on if people take...

Duration: 00:47:53

Failing Fast I See Pixels Podcast Ep 23 ft Ask a Black Girl - I See Pixels Podcast

In this episode we speak to Sophia Mobley about her youtube channel Ask A Black Girl. We talk to her about what led her to create the channel and what she hopes to achieve. She talks to us about how she got into videography. One of the concepts we talk about is “Failing Fast” and how she applies it to her youtube channel and blog. Follow Sophia: Youtube IG : @askablkgirl www.askablackgirl.org Alienmuffin Social: IG: @alienmuffin Twitter: @alienmuffin www.facebook.com/alienmuffin/ Our shop:...

Duration: 01:04:12

How to charge more for design work - I See Pixels Ep 21 - I See Pixels Podcast

In this episode we talk about how to charge more for your design work. We also spend time at the beginning of the episode giving a quick update on our social media efforts since our previous episode “Twitterfingers” where we talked about how badly we were doing on our social media platforms. We discuss ways we have tried to have meaningful engagement as a company and brand without being boring or annoying. Many people connect with a company because a personal or emotional connection and we...

Duration: 00:52:12

Going Viral and Riding the Wave – I See Pixels Podcast Episode 20 with Gianna Snell - I See Pixels Podcast

An Interview with Photographer Gianna Snell In this episode we sit down with photographer Gianna Snell who is based in Northern Alabama. Gianna shares with us her inspiring journey along her career path and how she managed to overcome the pressure to choose a ‘normal’ career. We talk about her influences and what led her to purse a creative career path. Gianna enjoys capturing images that highlight connections between people. We speak about what inspires her photography and what defines...

Duration: 01:18:29

Digital Barriers and Web Design – I See Pixels Episode 19 - I See Pixels Podcast

In this episode we discuss Digital Barriers and Web Design. We are joined by special guest Steven Norman IV to speak about the way he as a blind person interacts with the web and social media. We discuss 508 compliance and how it can affect your bottom line as a business. JAWS is a popular screen reader and Steven explains to us and listeners how it works and what it allows him to do. We tie this to the fact that many things that are good for SEO are good for screen readers. We discuss The...

Duration: 01:12:51

Business Card Design Tips and More – Episode 18 – I See Pixels Podcast - I See Pixels Podcast

In this episode of the I See Pixels Podcast we talk about business cards. Do you still need one? What should be on it? Should I include a link to my foursquare profile and a QR code? We also talk about the whole SheaMoisture situation from last month and how it could have possibly been handled better. Is it possible to reach out to new groups of potential customers without upsetting those you already have? You can read more about it here. If you have graphic design or web design questions...

Duration: 00:40:55

Hip Hop Album Cover Design – Episode 17 – I See Pixels Podcast - I See Pixels Podcast

*We apologies for the audio issues* In this episode we discuss album covers in hip hop. We cover the time period between now and the early 90’s. We discuss common trends like Bling, Baby’s, Squads, Artsy, Stylized, and Minimal. Some of of the covers we discuss are Juveniles 400 Degreez, Nas Illmatic, The Roots multiple squad covers and Kanye’s albums. We talk about the vast differences in the thought and care put into the Graduation cover vs. Life of Pablo. When talking on the different...

Duration: 01:10:23

I See Pixels Podcast – Episode 16 - I See Pixels Podcast

In this episode we talk about some of the recent music we’ve been listening to. We talk briefly about Kendrick Lamars new album, Joey Bada$$ new project, Lupe Fiasco and the music we are looking forward to this year. We also talk about feeling fulfilled in the work you do. How to choose the right clients to work with and what some of our favorite projects have been and what we’d like to work on. Our shop: alienmuffin.threadless.com/ Special thanks to @ChrisHardknocks for the intro music:...

Duration: 01:07:43

Are You Ready for Ecommerce – I See Pixels Podcast Episode 14 - I See Pixels Podcast

In this episode we discuss Ecommerce. We start off by talking about the main misconceptions people have about setting up an ecommerce website. We talk about finding the correct tool for your business. Knowing your audience is one of the most important things to know when selling online and we talk about what that means. We talk about developing user confidence and how that ties into your brand. Developers need to walk into a ecommerce project with their eyes open, we talk about what...

Duration: 00:54:29

Graphic Designs Role in Social Justice – Ep12 I see Pixels Podcast

In this episode of the I See Pixels Podcast we discuss social justice and civil rights movements use graphic design to share their message. Not every social justice or civil rights movement has had great branding but its safe to say those that did have been more memorable. Characters like Rosie the riveter and Uncle Sam are hard to forget. We talk about some of what we think were the most memorable designs and the different methods designers used to get the message across. We also talked...

Duration: 00:54:51

Diversity in Graphic Design Ep 11 – I See Pixels Podcast

While we try to make black history every day we will also take the month. In honor of Black History Month we discuss diversity in graphic design. We tackle this from 2 directions, using images of diverse people in the design work we do and we also discuss people of color in the graphic design field. We make as many Kanye references as possible and we discuss the long term effects of not seeing role models in your chosen field. We also talk about why many people a comfortable with the norm...

Duration: 01:03:13

Managing Client Relationships Episode 10 – I See Pixels Podcast

As designers and business owners we have to maintain working relationships with many different types of people. In this episode we discuss dealing with clients and how you can effectively manage relationships with people who can be hard to work with. Communication and setting boundaries are two important factors in keeping relationships and maintaining respect. We discuss what it means to fire a client and why that may be necessary. We also try in vain to remember Keyshia Cole’s name and...

Duration: 01:01:35

Episode 9 – I See Pixels Podcast

In this episode we loosen up a bit and cover a variety of topics from the new Star Wars movie, Rouge One to building a photography portfolio and dealing with returning customers. We discuss what it takes to stay consistent and the difference between comfort and stagnation. We also talk more about our resolutions and goals for the new year. Special thanks to @ChrisHardknocks for the intro music: @chrishardknocks Social: instagram.com/alienmuffin twitter.com/alienmuffin...

Duration: 00:51:14

New Years Resolutions – I See Pixels Podcast Ep 8

In this episode we discuss our resolutions for the coming year and somethings we have learned during the past year of business. We discuss 3 main goals we have for our business/lives. But before we dig into all that we discuss why people make resolutions and why many fail to keep them. Organized – Create a plan to better organize plan work and time. Without a plan of action to achieve your goals you are dooming them before you even start. Start small, make them realistic and make sure the...

Duration: 00:56:32

The Holiday Episode – I See Pixels Podcast 7

In this episode we talk about what works and doesn’t work with Holiday themed promotions and emails the companies send out this time of year. We cover the importance of supporting the creative people you know during the holidays and how it makes finding unique and interesting gifts easier. To close out the episode we talk about what we want for Christmas. Happy Holidays! Special thanks to @ChrisHardknocks for the intro music: @chrishardknocks Social: instagram.com/alienmuffin...

Duration: 00:48:19

Time Management as a busy freelancer – Ep 6

In this episode we discuss time management and the way it plays into our work as graphic and web designers and relationships with our friends and family. We discuss how managing our time and managing creative energy can help make completing projects and dealing with clients easier. We also discuss how we have learned to deal with the distractions that come along with being a parent and how to work around surprises and interruptions throughout the day. The flipside of staying focused is...

Duration: 00:47:12

Origin Story: How did we get into design? I See Pixels Podcast Ep. 5

In this week’s episode of the I See Pixels Podcast we talk about our origin story and how we got started in design. We discuss early influences and some of the people who helped us see art as a viable career choice as well as how they helped us towards entrepreneurship. We also talk about how we both changed our plans during college to focus more on graphics and web design. Finally we talk about some of the terrible jobs we have had outside of design and how they motivated us to do better....

Duration: 00:44:46

Elected by Design – I See Pixels Podcast Ep 2

In this episode of the I See Pixels Podcast we judge the 2016 presidential candidates, not based on their character, policies or hair styles but purely based own their campaign logos. We draw parallels between a person’s messaging and the design they choose and in some cases what it says about them as a person. We briefly talk about orange juice for reasons that will become apparent and we talk about the importance of taking part in the voting process if you wish to have an opinion. In the...

Duration: 01:06:51