Love On Designers // Community Meet Up

Airs Wednesday, February 20, 2019. At 2:30 pm ET / 11:30am PT

This week we are focusing on ways to recharge your batteries. That is what this week in the Love on Designers month is about too. We are going to come together for a meet-up and to share how we recharge our creative batteries.

Here are some questions we will ask each other:

1. When do you feel most run-down?

2. What do you do that supplies you a jolt of energy at work?

at home?

3. Is there an activity you can do to almost always get your creative juices flowing?

4. Is there an activity you can do to lift your spirits?

5. What can you do this week to love on yourself and give some much needed self-care?

6. Is social media a drain or a lifter for you?

 

These are do-able. Come on screen with me on Wednesday. We want to love on you too.

 

 

Week 3 for Love on Designers is RECHARGE
This is a week for you, so focus on you and giving you what you need this week. Shoot a picture and use the hashtag #loveondesigners this week and let us know how you are taking care of yourself this week.

Take a walk or a hike.
Do yoga.
Get a massage (manicure, pedicure).
Go to a movie.
Take a nap.
Do something that refuels you, take a picture and use the #loveondesigners

Here is how to enter to win one of the five giveaways this month:

GIVEAWAY TIME! Tag 2 friends in the comments to enter the drawing for some of Kim’s and my favorite drawing and painting tools, plus a few cards to send to friends and people who inspire you, postcards which you can hang in your office, and a few special surprise bonus items!

Five winners will be randomly selected. The first three weeks Kim and I will post twice a week on instagram @kimpanella and @designrecharge.
Five winners will be randomly selected from each week. The first three weeks Kim and I will post twice a week on instagram @kimpanella and @designrecharge.
To be entered to win all you have to do is:
1. Following both Kim and I.
2. Comment and tag two friends to enter.

AND / OR
The last two weeks we will choose a person during the Feb 20st live show and during the Feb 27 live show. All you have to do is:
1. Come to the live show
2.  Comment during the show

http://bit.ly/LoveOnDesigners19
#loveondesigners #refuel #self-care #selfcare #rechargingyou #recharge #community #communityminded #liftingothersup #encourage @kimpanella @cdianegibbs

Jodi Miller // Beautiful Words

Aired Wednesday, February 13, 2019.

This episode will cover:

Have you ever longed for having clear purpose?

Have you ever felt “called” to do a certain thing or a profession?

Do you want to encourage others?

Do you feel led to make the world a better place?

Are you an illustrator or designer but aren’t sure how to market your work or your skills?

Have you ever met someone who is so filled with joy it is contagious? Do you want some of that joy? This week my good friend, Jodi Miller will share how she left Fear at an airport in Denver and never looked back and her new companion was Joy.

There will definitely be some sharing of what Jesus did for Jodi this week.

Watch here:

Or Listen here:

 

If you answered yes to any of these questions then this week is a MUST see. I am silly excited to introduce you to my old friend Jodi, she is not old but we have known each other for almost 20 years and she is pure joy. Jodi is a textile designer, an illustrator, an entrepreneur, a jewelry designers, she is a crafter, she works in 3D as well as in 2D. Honestly nothing can stop Jodi. But early in her life, everything held Jodi back. She knows anxiety, worry, and fear and battled with them for years.

Jodi doesn’t walk in that same fear now. She has worked for Eddie Bauer Home, Tommy Bahama, Two Old Hippies, and a plethora of others but now Jodi says she is a full-time freelancer for God. God is using Jodi’s talents and heart to help others in her Boise Idaho art community, with refugees, and people who are hurting through her experiential art shows, her church, and her revival group called the Collective.

Jodi is the perfect person to kick off this week of Love On Designers. So much of Jodi’s story is about encouraging other artists and lifting up others, which is exactly what this week is about. This week is…

Week 2: ENCOURAGE

Create a post and share an encouraging word on social media specifically to someone who needs a lift.

Tag them and use the hashtag #loveondesigners.

Send an old fashioned letter to someone who you know who has been killing it in our industry.

Direct message someone and let them know you have seen their work and know how much time and energy they have been putting into it and it isn’t going unnoticed.

Here is how to enter to win one of the five giveaways this month:

GIVEAWAY TIME! Tag 2 friends in the comments to enter the drawing for some of Kim’s and my favorite drawing and painting tools, plus a few cards to send to friends and people who inspire you, postcards which you can hang in your office, and a few special surprise bonus items!

Five winners will be randomly selected. The first three weeks Kim and I will post twice a week on instagram @kimpanella and @designrecharge.
Five winners will be randomly selected from each week. The first three weeks Kim and I will post twice a week on instagram @kimpanella and @designrecharge.
To be entered to win all you have to do is:
1. Following both Kim and I.
2. Comment and tag two friends to enter.

AND / OR

The last two weeks we will choose a person during the Feb 20st live show and during the Feb 27 live show. All you have to do is:
1. Come to the live show
2.  Comment during the show

http://bit.ly/LoveOnDesigners19
#loveondesigners #community #communityminded #liftingothersup #encourage

 

Ways to follow Jodi:

On Instagram: www.instagram.com/jodimiller_art

and www.instagram.com/darlingbirdstudios

Another way to listen to Jodi’s story: https://www.fearlessco.org/fearlesstalk/2019/1/16/episode-3-hes-switching-your-worry-off

Show Notes:

 

Dave Clayton // Opening Doors Wide

Aired Wednesday, February 6, 2019.

 

Are you a person who is cautious and opens the door with the chain latched?
Are you a person who is carefree and opens the door wide?
Or are you a person who asks who it is behind closed doors?
Do you think of yourself as a networking wallflower?
Do you feel like you need some tips on reaching out to mentors?
Do you want to know how to make connections with people in an authentic way?
Are you someone who loves to help others without requiring anything in return?
Do you work a full-time job and want to know how to juggle family, job, and a side hustle?

Or listen here:

 

We will dig into these questions this week.

This week we will find out what makes Dave Clayton so helpful and loving. Dave has over 25 years experience as a graphic designer and is the Training Manager at Astute Graphics. He loves design, designers, and loves design books. He has a knack for talking to others and lifting them up. He is someone I aspire to be more like. He makes friends easy, is an incredible colleague, and a killer designer. I hope you will join me for this episode of Design Recharge LIVE on Wednesday, February 6 at 2:30pm ET / 11:30am PT.

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Here’s how you can follow Dave:

Podcast: https://heshootshedraws.com

All social @heshootshedraws

Dave’s KelbyOne classes link – https://members.kelbyone.com/author/dclayton/

Photoshop User magazine https://members.kelbyone.com/magazine/

Dave’s new book – https://amzn.to/2HYDs26
RockyNook Author link https://rockynook.com/author-info/dave-clayton-10729/

The rest of the How Do I Do That series by Scott Kelby

https://amzn.to/2D4IBzU Photoshop
https://amzn.to/2D9yU2S Lightroom Classic
https://amzn.to/2BksYEb Lightroom

Dave’s Amazon book cover designs:

https://amzn.to/2DabLO3 – Glyn Dewis titles
https://amzn.to/2D9yrOa – Alan Hess title

Astute Graphics – https://astutegraphics.com

The Photography Show https://www.photographyshow.com/?utm_source=heshoothedraws&utm_medium=podcast

Professional Imaging Show (Netherlands) https://www.professionalimaging.nl

Love on Designers 2019

It is here, LOVE ON DESIGNERS. Kim Panella and I started this endeavor last year and had so much fun we are doing it again, with a little twist. We will still do a give-a-way each week and the theme for each week is the same as last year.

WEEK 1 is ENERGIZE

Take someone to coffee, bring someone a coffee or soda or red bull. Be positive energy for others in meetings this week. Kim and I are creating some great cards again and maybe you will create one or two of your own this month. We would love to see what you make that is inspired from the love on designers theme.<

Here are the prompts for this week, try and do one of these this week. Snap a photo and use the hashtag #loveondesigners when you post it.

Bring coffee or other energizing snack or beverage to a friend or colleague at their office. Meet someone for an energizing lunch or beverage break. Pay for a stranger’s coffee. Get a Coffee Pod sticker set and surprise someone with a coffee and a message of love. Post an energizing quote and tag a friend who could use some energizing (remember to use the #loveondesigners tag)

 

Week 2: ENCOURAGE

Create a post and share an encouraging word on social media specifically to someone who needs a lift. Tag them and use the hashtag #loveondesigners
Send an old fashioned letter to someone who you know who has been killing it in our industry.
Direct message someone and let them know you have seen their work and know how much time and energy they have been putting into it and it isn’t going unnoticed.

 

Week 3: RECHARGE

This is a week for you, so focus on you and giving you what you need this week. Shoot a picture and use the hashtag #loveondesigners this week and let us know how you are taking care of yourself this week.

Take a walk or a hike.
Do yoga.
Get a massage (manicure, pedicure).
Go to a movie.
Take a nap.

Do something that refuels you, take a picture and use the #loveondesigners.

 

Week 4: CONNECT

This week we want you to reach out to someone you don’t know and tell them how their work / life has inspired you.

Create a Social Media post and tag them (and us) telling them how they have inspired or helped you.
Reach out to a mentor and let them know how much they have meant to you.
Send a card to someone you have looked up to, to their office. Do a little digging and find the address. And craft an incredible envelope to go with the card.

I hope you will join us as we lift up the design community this month and spread the love.

 

Here is how to enter to win one of the five giveaways this month:

GIVEAWAY TIME! Tag 2 friends in the comments to enter the drawing for some of Kim’s and my favorite drawing and painting tools, plus a few cards to send to friends and people who inspire you, postcards which you can hang in your office, and a few special surprise bonus items!

Five winners will be randomly selected. The first three weeks Kim and I will post twice a week on instagram @kimpanella and @designrecharge. Five winners will be randomly selected from each week. The first three weeks Kim and I will post twice a week on instagram @kimpanella and @designrecharge. To be entered to win all you have to do is:
1. Following both Kim and I.
2. Comment and tag two friends to enter.
AND / OR
The last two weeks we will choose a person during the Feb 20st live show and during the Feb 27 live show. All you have to do is:
1.     Come to the live show
2.     Comment during the show

Jason Ratner // What it Takes

Episode 284. Aired Wednesday, January 30, 2019.

Or listen here:

 

 

Have you had a dream but thought it was a long shot?
Have you been fascinated with Disney or a company like it your whole life?
Have you pursued a specific job for more than a year?
Do you hustle? Are you working a full time job and still putting in 10–20 hours a week on your side project, or improving your skills?

This week we will find out what it takes for one man with a dream of working at Disney. Jason (Jay) Ratner does work at Disney and has worked there for eight years. He interned there though their college program and fell in love with the place and the people. But he doesn’t come home and put his skills away, he gets them back out and continues to pursue Disney in different ways that are outside of his regular job duties.

Follow Jason at:

Instagram: @JayRatner81 https://www.instagram.com/JayRatner81
Twitter: @JayRatner https://www.twitter.com/JayRatner
Site: jratnerdesign.com

Things we talked about on the show:

Noah Elias // Uncovering Your Calling

Support the channel and the podcast and get extra content delivered to patron’s only at: https://www.patreon.com/dianegibbs

My favorite way to build websites is with the Elementor Plugin that works with almost any theme. Making almost any theme invincible, this plugin has changed the way I have been able to design websites. This plugin is the elementor plugin. Seriously a game changer, I fell in love with after using it to build a site from scratch. Not only was it doing the custom css code for me it also made the speed at which I was able to finish the site 10X faster. I am now loading this plugin to all my client sites. Where other plugins fell short elementor used common sense and was so easy to understand and implement with.

I am loving the elementor plugin, total game changer. Use this affiliate link to purchase the plan right for you. http://bit.ly/DRelementor

My favorite theme to use which works great with the Elementor plugin is the Elegant Themes’ Divi theme. Talk about making custom web design easy. It is the only theme I need. Based off of a grid system and now with a visual builder, you can now customize your website super easy with this wordpress theme. Elegant themes puts out tutorials and are always updating the theme to make it more robust and easier to use. You can pay per year or do what I did and do the lifetime membership at $250 then you can put it on as many websites as you want.

Check it out here:
http://bit.ly/dianelovesDIVI

Audible has changed my business and my life. I listen to more books than I physically read nowadays. I listen when I workout, when I mow and I have a long commute. I have been able to listen to books during those times and these books and this app has really helped my business grow. I have the gold membership, I get a new credit each month for less than $15. Less than the price of the book I am purchasing. I have been a member since 2010 and LOVE it.

Try Audible and get 2 free books:
http://bit.ly/DesignRecharge

Disclosure: Some of the links in this post are ‘affiliate links.’ This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission.

Community Meet-Up // Pivot as You Learn

Episode 283. Aired Wednesday, January 16, 2019.

Things happen, things happen we don’t plan for. We have to be ready to step in when a friend or family member needs something. We have to be ready to pull up our sleeves and help if that is what is needed. Or we have to be able to stop what we are doing to give our friend a place to share and

What do you do when life’s water balloon explodes inside your house? This week we had to pivot and we will be doing our episode with Adam Grason soon I promise. But we had to reschedule. I look at it like this, Adam and I both were looking forward to this episode. I had a ton of questions and he has some amazing answers. But sometimes God has other things scheduled. Sometimes these life events are big, and sometimes they are small.

I had two friends who lost everything in Katrina (Hurricane on Gulf Coast back in 2005). When a wrench is thrown in your life or your day, either way… you have to pivot. I do think it is important to see it from another perspective, especially when it deals with another person because of a conflict or misunderstanding. Sometimes realizing how someone has it worse or that you are able to count your blessings, is a perspective often lost on people.

My dad had a massive stroke about ten years ago. He did not do what his father had done. My grandfather sat in a chair and stopped living. My dad did not want that to be his legacy. It took him a month to be released from the hospital. He worked extremely hard at therapy but was still faced with obstacle after obstacle. He was depressed and asked God, “Why did you save me? Why didn’t you let me go?”

It was a really hard time for my dad. They had bought some property and built a house back in 2000. There are about 10 acres to mow. I would go up there and mow every month so it would be done and that was one thing they wouldn’t have to worry about. I was mowing on my dad’s tractor. One week at the end of the summer, my dad was home and feeling really like he did not have a purpose. He walked me to the pole barn and got me started on the riding lawnmower for the front yard (they have grass here, you know pretty grass). He always picked up that grass and dumped it, they have a small John Deere riding lawn mower. That was to be my job for the afternoon. Well I ran out of gas. At this point my dad could walk but it was slow. He was not comfortable walking on anything but pavement. I did not know I was out of gas, I thought something was wrong with the mower. Well I went back to the pole barn got the gas and filled it up. Then I told Daddy to get on the mower and drive it up the hill since he wasn’t so great at walking off-road.

He did and I never got to finish that yard. He did. His perspective had shifted, he was so grateful to be productive and doing something useful. That was all he needed. I think that is a huge part of what is important to me, is that important to you? Leave me a comment below and let me know.

Because you mean a lot to me and spending time with you is important, I wanted to do another meet-up. We did this back in April I believe. I did not record it, but I think I might this time.

I thought that there is no better time for community than when we start a new year. I really enjoy when a few of us (max 100) pop online and talk about a topic.

Ever since last week’s episode, I have been thinking about how we pivot as we are finding new things we want to learn.

Here is what this Community episode of Design Recharge is going to be about:

How do you learn? What tools and resources have you used to get you further? What happens when you get into a subject and decide you don’t like it? What do you do when you need to pivot to move ahead?

Or listen here: 
https://soundcloud.com/rechargingyou/community-meet-up-how-we-pivot-when-we-learn

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Connect on Instagram & Twitter: @designrecharge

Or email me at diane [at] rechargingyou.com

Recharging You helps freelancing creatives find and utilize their strengths and guides them in reaching your business and creative goals.

Our goal is to inspire, motivate, and guide creatives in order to realize and apply each individual’s expertise through training, coaching, and creative activities.

Recharging You is the home for The Design Recharge Show which is an interactive, web show and podcast recorded live with an audience where interviews of designers, illustrators, industry leaders, and business professionals happen weekly.

Support the channel and the podcast and get extra content delivered to patron’s only at: https://www.patreon.com/dianegibbs

My favorite way to build websites is with the Elementor Plugin that works with almost any theme. Making almost any theme invincible, this plugin has changed the way I have been able to design websites. This plugin is the elementor plugin. Seriously a game changer, I fell in love with after using it to build a site from scratch. Not only was it doing the custom css code for me it also made the speed at which I was able to finish the site 10X faster. I am now loading this plugin to all my client sites. Where other plugins fell short elementor used common sense and was so easy to understand and implement with.

I am loving the elementor plugin, total game changer. Use this affiliate link to purchase the plan right for you. http://bit.ly/DRelementor

My favorite theme to use which works great with the Elementor plugin is the Elegant Themes’ Divi theme. Talk about making custom web design easy. It is the only theme I need. Based off of a grid system and now with a visual builder, you can now customize your website super easy with this wordpress theme. Elegant themes puts out tutorials and are always updating the theme to make it more robust and easier to use. You can pay per year or do what I did and do the lifetime membership at $250 then you can put it on as many websites as you want.

Check it out here:
http://bit.ly/dianelovesDIVI

Audible has changed my business and my life. I listen to more books than I physically read nowadays. I listen when I workout, when I mow and I have a long commute. I have been able to listen to books during those times and these books and this app has really helped my business grow. I have the gold membership, I get a new credit each month for less than $15. Less than the price of the book I am purchasing. I have been a member since 2010 and LOVE it.

Try Audible and get 2 free books:
http://bit.ly/DesignRecharge

Disclosure: Some of the links in this post are ‘affiliate links.’ This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission.

Rapid Recharge // Keeping up with Graphic Design Trends & Technology

Episode 282. Aired Wednesday, January 9, 2019.

Or listen here:

 

Do you constantly feel like there is always a new program, platform, service, or tool you need to learn and utilize?
Do you fee like struggle to keep up with the updates, new services and / or programs on the market?
Do you have a education plan built into your yearly
How do you decide where to go to learn?
Do you know where to find deals?
Do you know how to find trusted, industry leaders who are teaching the subjects you need to learn?
Do you have these learning goals connected directly to new client work or being more marketable for applying for a new job?

This week I am happy to share a little tid-bit of some of the online learning I have done. And why I have chosen some of these courses. I have also found some deals and want to share those with you and when those deals come out so you can plan for them for next year.

Things we talked about and links from the show

Jane Davenport video on Derwent Inktense pencils, the Inktense pencils and blocks can be found here.

Ways to Support the Show

Support the channel and the podcast and get extra content delivered to patron’s only at: https://www.patreon.com/dianegibbs

These are three products I use weekly if not daily.

My favorite way to build websites is with the Elementor Plugin that works with almost any theme. Making almost any theme invincible, this plugin has changed the way I have been able to design websites. This plugin is the elementor plugin. Seriously a game changer, I fell in love with after using it to build a site from scratch. Not only was it doing the custom css code for me it also made the speed at which I was able to finish the site 10X faster. I am now loading this plugin to all my client sites. Where other plugins fell short elementor used common sense and was so easy to understand and implement with.

I am loving the elementor plugin, total game changer. Use this affiliate link to purchase the plan right for you. http://bit.ly/DRelementor

My favorite theme to use which works great with the Elementor plugin is the Elegant Themes’ Divi theme. Talk about making custom web design easy. It is the only theme I need. Based off of a grid system and now with a visual builder, you can now customize your website super easy with this wordpress theme. Elegant themes puts out tutorials and are always updating the theme to make it more robust and easier to use. You can pay per year or do what I did and do the lifetime membership at $250 then you can put it on as many websites as you want.

Check it out here:

http://bit.ly/dianelovesDIVI

The third is Audible, the audio book subscription from Amazon. Audible has changed my business and my life. I listen to more books than I physically read nowadays. I listen when I workout, when I mow and I have a long commute. I have been able to listen to books during those times and these books and this app has really helped my business grow. I have the gold membership, I get a new credit each month for less than $15 (1 credit = 1 book). Often the price of the subscription is significantly less than the price of the book I am purchasing. I have been a member since 2010 and LOVE it.

Click here to try Audible and get 2 free books http://bit.ly/DesignRecharge

 

 

Disclosure: The sponsor links above are ‘affiliate links.’ This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission, your price is the same but I get a commission from each sale.

Britt Davis // Chasing Your Dream

Episode 281. Aired Wednesday, January 2, 2019.

Or listen here:

 

This episode will cover:

Have you ever wanted to work in the sports and entertainment industry, but didn’t know how to get your foot in the door?

Do you want to work in a niche industry you have always dreamed of, but don’t know what the first steps should be?

Do you want to know how to make connections in the design industry?

Do you love nostalgia and want to know how to incorporate it into your design?

This week I am excited to introduce you to Britt Davis, Britt is the Senior Designer at AMB Sports and Entertainment. This in-house agency works with the Atlanta Falcons and the Professional Soccer team in Atlanta. But that is not all she does for them. This in-house agency has a lot of hats and there are a lot of ways to move up and in different directions within the company.

Britt started her schooling off in industrial design and this background helps her with user experience. She had a love for entertainment and sports and worked her way to AMB. We will talk about her grad school experience and her project that got her an interview with AMB plus some friends she met in the industry also played a key role with introductions and advice.

 

Follow Britt:

Behance: https://www.behance.net/brittdavis
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/brittdavis704/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/brittdavis704
dribbble: https://dribbble.com/BrittDavis704
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/BrittDavis704

Things we talked about on the show:

Todd Radom: https://www.toddradom.com/

Evernote: Digitally take notes on your phone and devices: https://evernote.com/

Ways to Support the show:

Support the channel and the podcast and get extra content delivered to patron’s only at: https://www.patreon.com/dianegibbs

My favorite way to build websites is with the Elementor Plugin that works with almost any theme. Making almost any theme invincible, this plugin has changed the way I have been able to design websites. This plugin is the elementor plugin. Seriously a game changer, I fell in love with after using it to build a site from scratch. Not only was it doing the custom css code for me it also made the speed at which I was able to finish the site 10X faster. I am now loading this plugin to all my client sites. Where other plugins fell short elementor used common sense and was so easy to understand and implement with.

I am loving the elementor plugin, total game changer. Use this affiliate link to purchase the plan right for you. http://bit.ly/DRelementor

My favorite theme to use which works great with the Elementor plugin is the Elegant Themes’ Divi theme. Talk about making custom web design easy. It is the only theme I need. Based off of a grid system and now with a visual builder, you can now customize your website super easy with this wordpress theme. Elegant themes puts out tutorials and are always updating the theme to make it more robust and easier to use. You can pay per year or do what I did and do the lifetime membership at $250 then you can put it on as many websites as you want.

Check it out here:
http://bit.ly/dianelovesDIVI

Audible has changed my business and my life. I listen to more books than I physically read nowadays. I listen when I workout, when I mow and I have a long commute. I have been able to listen to books during those times and these books and this app has really helped my business grow. I have the gold membership, I get a new credit each month for less than $15. Less than the price of the book I am purchasing. I have been a member since 2010 and LOVE it.

Try Audible and get 2 free books:
http://bit.ly/DesignRecharge

Disclosure: Some of the links in this post are ‘affiliate links.’ This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission.

Rounding Corners

Here is a video that talks about supplies that will help you mock things up for clients or create small runs of things that you are selling in your online store.