Corrina Reff // Focusing on Branding

Episode 241. Airs on Wednesday, January 24, 2018 at 2:30pm ET / 11:30am PT

Have you ever wanted to focus on a certain area of design, but don’t know how to get started? Or have you enjoyed an area but not really known how to start incorporating it into your offerings? Well if you have said yes then this episode is for you.

This week we will be talking to my friend Corrina Reff. Corrina started blowing me away with her daily hand-lettering project. But after talking to her, I realized this was just part of her wonder. She was killing it in the branding realm and her hand lettering was an area she wanted to create more specialized branding in. She is REALLY smart and so nice and creative. She has a partner and they have an interesting business structure as well which we will dig into. She is also a new mom and still finds time to learn a new skill and improve on her craft.

I can’t wait for this conversation. Literally overtime we talk, she blows me away. I am excited to have my friend Corrina (long time listener) on the show this week.

I hope you will join us for this episode of Design Recharge LIVE on Wednesday, January 24 at 2:30pm ET / 11:30am PT.

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Dylan Menges // Understanding Your Calling

Episode 240. Aired on Wednesday, January 10, 2018.

These days growing my business and starting my illustration journey are constantly on my mind. As I search for this clarity of purpose I am lucky to talk to someone who is ahead of me on this journey. This week I am talking to someone I really look up to, my friend, Dylan Menges. He is a true inspiration to me, both business-wise and spiritually.

We will dig into how he went out on his own in Sept 2015 and how he uncovered what he was meant to be doing with his life, talent, and time. Dylan is an amazingly talented letterer and illustrator. He deals with the same things we all deal with, like fear of the blank page, the punishing self-talk that holds us all back. We will talk about breaking through all this and building Menges Design with his wife, Janet.


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Things we talked about:

Procreate app

Ultimate Ink

Molotow Markers on Amazon

Nick Brito // Working Towards a Goal

Episode 239. Aired on Wednesday, January 3, 2018.

Illustration is on my brain, along with new goals and skills I want to master (well get better at). This week I am so excited to have one of my former students on the show this week. This designer has exploded since graduating. This week’s guest is Nick Brito. Nick graduated a few years ago but blossomed after graduation due to a self-imposed project. He has grown and continues to grow and set goals for himself and his career.

Nick is going to share some of his secrets to keeping at it and share his illustration journey with us. We will talk about setting goals for 2018, illustrator tips, and building a digital product to sell on Creative Market.

I hope you will join us for the FIRST Design Recharge of 2018.


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Things we talked about on the show today

Vector Basic Training book by Von Glitcshka

DKNG skillshare’s class:

discount code for three months for $.99

Hayden Aube skillshare class:

Rhodia Dot Pad

Mighty Advertising (where Nick works)

Illustrator, George Bokhua (skillshare’s class)

Other people we talked about:

Astute Graphics

Vector Scribe

Adam Grason

Nick Slater

Brian Edward Miller

Matt Carlson

George Bokhua’s instagram

Kim Panella // A Detailed Look

Episode 238. Aired on December 6, 2017

Want to learn some tips about illustrating details with chalk? Well my guest this week is my good friend, Kim Panella. She will be sharing all kinds of detail tips and tips on chalk illustration and lettering. Kim has an inspiring story of perseverance and she is one of the coolest people I know. Her humility and desire to learn are infectious. I hope you will join us for the LAST Design Recharge of 2017.

Kim and I will also talk about our goals for the new year. Have you started thinking about your goals for 2018?

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Austin Saylor // Animating Lettering Part 2

Episode 237. Aired November 22, 2017

This week’s guest is Austin Saylor a motion designer with a love for animating lettering. We will chat about his new course, Animating Lettering which opened on Monday, Nov 20. We will learn what is in the course and how it will help us in our business. Tune in live on Wednesday, November 22 at 2:30pm ET / 11:30amPT.

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Andrew Berkemeyer // Working InHouse

Episode 236. Aired on November 15, 2017

Do you work InHouse? There are positives and negatives to it. This week’s guest, Andrew Berkemeyer works InHouse at Woods Coffee in Bellingham Washington. He started his career as a designer on a small InHouse team and has been able to find his rhythm working for companies on their InHouse teams. Come with some questions about working InHouse and find out what Andrew has been doing in his free time.


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Meena Khalili // New in Lou 365 Project

Episode 235. Aired on November 8, 2017

Have you ever wanted to change up your style? Or get better at something in a fairly quick amount of time? Well it all takes time. Meena Khalili has been a regular guest on the show and I am stoked to have her back. Meena is an illustrator, and design professor who is has one hand in the digital world and one hand in the physical world. She will be talking about her 365 project that transformed her style and has turned into a traveling show.

Find out why she got started, what tools she takes with her, how long each sketch takes, and how her style has morphed since beginning this 365 challenge.

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Nick Sloggett // Finding the Right Fit

Episode 234. Aired on November 1, 2017.

Have you ever wanted to know how you land an interview with Google and what it is like? Ever wanted to ask someone what questions they asked at an interview to ensure they find out what they needed to know to be able to make the best decision for their creative growth.

Do you want to know how to get your foot in the door as a Design Leader on a team? Then don’t miss this week’s show with Nick Sloggett a designer at Uber. We talk about faith and leadership and how God works through the rough parts of life with us.

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