Best of Thanksgiving on Adventures In Design
with Sean Mort.

Mark & Sean broadcast live from a Thanksgiving parade and play clips from previous Thanksgiving episodes of Adventures In Design in 2013 and 2014. Sit near the radio, with the ones you love as we celebrate a tradition known as Thursday around planet Earth.

Episode 290 - Shop Talk Thanksgiving
with Dave Kloc and Justin Kamerer

tA special Thanksgiving Shop Talk with Dave Kloc and Justin Kamerer where we celebrate our professional and personal victories in 2015, talk about what we hope to accomplish in 2016 and each give our thanks for the happiness that we have been able find through pursuing our talents.

Episode 289 - Seasons of The Snake 01
Holiday 2015 with Ben Neuhaus

Ben Neuhaus is co-owner of Snake Oil Provisions a high end men’s boutique in Long Beach, CA and available worldwide at

On Today’s Episode:

- Mark & Ben have a big announcement for the listeners of Adventures In Design and customers of Snake Oil Provisions.
- What’s in for men, head to toe. Breaking down best buying practices and styles in men’s fashion.
- Mark has a book report ready for Ben on trying to embrace the fashion strategy of quality versus quantity. 
- Holiday fashion tips. How to ask for what you want and how to shop of the man on your list.

In The Circle of Trust

- How Ben is using YouTube as way to connect with the followers of his brand.
- NEVER hard selling through social media.
- Making in-house products. 
- Retail pro-tips for online and in store.

Episode 288 - William Stout “An Embarrassment of Riches” 

William Stout  is a fantasy artist and illustrator with a specialization in paleontological art. His paintings have been shown in over seventy exhibitions, including twelve one-man shows. He has worked on over thirty feature films, doing everything from storyboard art to production design. His resume even includes theme park design for Disney Imagineering.

Talking Points From Episode 288
- How getting fired every week when you complete projects as a freelancer is really the ultimate in job security.
- Being part of the LA 60’s Rock N Roll explosion and 70’s Punk Rock.
- Working on the movie Predator and how William influence it’s ending.
- Collaborating with others when working in film and doing character and set design for film.
- Being a Imagineer for Disney.
- Virtually walking through your creations in mind to problem solve when creating new worlds.
- Letting the problem dictate the style in which it’s solved.
- Negotiating for royalties on character design.
- William’s life long love, studying and illustrating dinosaurs.
- King Kong as a sad character.

In The Circle of Trust
- A very emotional but insightful round of Hire, Fire or Retire with William Stout.
- We wrap up our thoughts on William Stout.
- Make More Money, Spend The Same.
- Mark opens up an amazing listener gift.
- David's dread for the Holiday approaching while designing on the floor in retail.

Episode 287 - A Very Special Shop Talk “Ladies Night” featuring Beth Manos Brickey of Tasty Yummies & Connie Collingsworth of Print Mafia.

Beth Manos Brickey is a Southern California based food blogger. Connie Collingsworth is one half of Print Mafia, a legendary screen printing team from Bowling Green, Kentucky. 

Ladies Night - Starts off with a fun fest of picking our stripper names, debating best high school TV shows and then getting into self evaluating our biggest moves in 2015 and what we have learned going into the new year. Full of fun, laughs, insight, great life advice/experiences and riddled with technical problems. This is one for the AID history books. Enjoy and good luck!

Episode 286 - Chris Shary “Chris Goes To High School”

Chris Shary is a illustrator and designer from Stockton, CA and for the last two decades has been the “in house” designer for the Descendents and All. 

How Chris Shary accidentally became a high school drama teacher and used that down time to get back into doing sharpie illustrations of iconic punk rockers. Chris explains how he puts his narrative on character illustrations. How the Descendents are the greatest rock band to never act like a rock band and how a generation of kids didn’t fit in while rocking out to their music. With a constant relationship forming with the Descendents Chris has found himself feeling a part of the group he grew up loving. How working hard and getting recognized opened all of the doors in his rock design career. How living with his parents was the best move in being able to work for pride and experience. Why Chris realized that teaching was the way he could make a difference in the world and decided to make art a hobby again. 

In The Circle of Trust

Mark quizzes Chris about being a teacher and what he sees from his high school students, how the world has changed and stayed the same all at once. At what age do people start doubting their artistic talents and give up. Chris today sees his drama class as a metaphor to the punk rock scene that he grew up in. Is the generation coming up as bad as we think they are? The balance of nurturingtalented students and giving what you can to students that don’t care. 

In Memory of Brandon Carlisle.

Episode 285 - Tristan Eaton

Tristan’s work can be seen in galleries, walls, toys and illustrations around the world and in the permanent collection of the New York Museum of Modern Art.

We learn about how Tristan’s current style has evolved from many practices in his past and how we’re really looking at road map of where he’s been and where he’s going. Tristan shares his past and how he used to keep all of his talents restricted to different disciplines in the world of design. How taking it slow and not allowing himself to feel rushed allowed him to stay in  a calm spot and focus on just making the best work possible. From clients to freestyling, we hear how Tristan creates his huge outdoor murals from execution to preplanning. Depth and meaning in his work, trying to give his emotion and tone but staying away from being literal or obvious. How Tristan always feels welcomed in a city where he has a mural. 

In The Circle of Trust

Designing the Dunny, Munny and Kidrobot mascot… Starting a pop culture explosion and being rewarded by having work in the permanent collection of the New York Museum of Modern Art. Next steps and maturing your career when you start to reach the top of your scene and taste success. Focusing on making the best work that he can and knowing that you never know what you can do until you push yourself. What you can learn from old folks and their unique moment in time and he plans on growing old taking a stab at animation.

Due to the content of this episode, in reaction to the events in Paris. There is no exclusive Circle of Trust content in episode 284. This episode is free to all, with no ads.  To make this episode about business or profit would simply be in bad taste.
Thanks for your support and understanding! -Mark Brickey

Episode 284 - Mike Giant

Mike Giant is a legendary illustrator and tattoo artist.

Our first episode back since the November, 11, 2016 terrorist attacks in Paris. Mark shares his thoughts and makes a promise in the wake of the tragic event. Today’s show is commercial free and available to all listeners in its entirety. 

Mike Giant explains how being color blind led to his famous Sharpie style of illustration and how he uses a different methodology when bombing the city with graffiti via spray paint. What makes the perfect female model for his unique tattoo inspired pinups. Learning to fight as a kid to defend himself for not fitting in and how these days make him not inserted in seeing any violence in the movies that he watches. The simple pleasures in having good penmanship. Mike Giant’s open hearted approach to religion, money and politics. 

Episode 283 - “The Many Looks of” Mike Mitchell From MondoCon 2. Plus Special Circle of Trust Guest Sean Mort.

Mike Mitchell is an artist in Austin, TX. Sean Mort is a "person".

We explore the many looks of Mike Mitchell and how he came up with the concept of allowing himself to explore the same topics over and over again. Feeling free by having different styles for different days and different emotions. How we both envy people that have time to wait in line. Lastly the squirrel that crossed his path! Plus another round of MondoCon Hire, Fire and Retire.

In The Circle of Trust with Sean Mort
We have a Monday Morning Shop Talk lined up with Sean Mort. We talk about his recent Renegade London, the anticipated advertising rollout of Force Awakens, the success and announcement of Antman 2 and how these comic book films aren’t really that far away from our careers and a rare Monday phone call from Robert from Chicago.

Episode 282 - Shop Talk “The War on Coffee”

Mark Brickey, Billy Baumann and James Flames review design related news stories that made big headlines this week, as well as, take your phone calls.

In today’s Shop Talk we give our thoughts on the iPad Pro as a professional tool, talk about the Star Wars fan that got an early screening for a heavy price and discuss the opportunistic war on Christmas from our Jerk Off of The Week Josh Feurstein.

In The Circle of Trust
We take listener calls and cover what not to show in your portfolio, the balance of returning work and learn about Etsy product promotion tips from Richard from Cincinnati. 

Episode 281 - Split 7”
With Ray Harkins of  “100 Words or Less” Podcast

Ray Harkins speaks to people involved in independent culture and records it. Today’s he’s our guest in our first ever Split 7” episode of Adventures In Design.

Who’s interviewing who? Today, getting back to our punk roots, we have our first Split 7” edition of Adventures In Design where we interview Ray Harkins of 100 Words or Less podcast, while Ray attempts to interview Mark Brickey host of Adventures In Design podcast. Mark enjoys bouncing around topics, Ray likes to keep it linear, together they somehow manage to do a little of both. Listeners of each show today will get the same episode, hearing their regular host getting interviewed and sitting in the hot seat… well half of the time.

A Veterans Day Best of Adventures In Design Special with Nathan Goldman of DKNG Studios where we look back on one year ago when the Circle of Trust was born and our host Mark Brickey finally got his dream job. 

AID-AM 37 - Mark Brickey, Billy Baumann and James “The Future Is Here”

The guys make 4 big announcements about the future of the show.

Join the bad boys of design for a first ever Friday Morning Shop Talk where they make 4 major announcements about the future of both Adventures In Design and AID-AM. A must listen episode for anyone who loves the show or at least pretends to tolerate it.

Episode 280 - Graham Pilling and the Army of Cats

Graham Pilling is well known for his personal work in the field of hand-crafted, screen printed art.

Talking Points on Today’s Episode with Graham Pilling
- The decline of Apple Computer.
- Graham’s illustration style versus his print style.
- Realizing that you’re not the copyright police.
- Understanding there is more to this world than pop culture and major media companies. 

In The Circle of Trust
- Wondering why so many people are happy to be collectors instead of creators. 
- Mark & Graham discuss Graham’s observations about Mark as the host of the show and the guys kiss and make up over a incident that happened between the two of them on a riverboat in Austin, Texas. 
- A heart to heart Circle of Trust for members. 

Episode 279 - JOCK from MondoCon 2 and a special Circle of Trust with Dan Kuhlken of DKNG Studios. 

Mark Simpson, known by the pen name Jock, is a British comics artist and writer, best known for his work in 2000 AD, The Losers, and more recently Batman and Wolverine.

Talking Points You’ll Hear on Episode 279 with Jock live at MondoCon 2
- We explore the emotions behind the signature brush style of Jock.
- The beginnings of being asked to do covers for Batman and his long history with the caped crusader.
- From start to set, we learn about Jock’s creative process when working on character/set design for films. 
- His take on page layout and composition for comic illustration. 
- Pushing and dragging the brush across the board as a way to add expression to his work.
- The transfer of energy and acting out your characters emotions as you’re illustrating them.
- Jock’s relationship with teenage Jock.
- Stage fright with dream projects.
- Another round of MondoCon Hire, Fire and Retire with Jock.

In The Circle of Trust

Dan Kuhlken of DKNG Studios talks about setting up a new office space, learning to enjoy the periods in your schedule where there is no work AND we break down the last 3 years of his business DKNG Studios, where the boys have decided on a new working plan for 2016. This is great content that you won’t want to miss if you’re a seasoned pro or just getting started.

Episode 278 - Shop Talk with Mark, Billy & James

We take your calls, answer your questions and wrap up the week.

Episode 277 - Jim Koch

Jim Koch is a seasoned veteran of illustration and design who’s career started atthe start of action sports apparel design in Southern California. Jim shares with us the beginning of this industry, tales of extreme growth and the complete explosion of his employer Life’s A Beach, Bad Boy Club. We get to hear lessons learned from a participant in the action sports gold rush of the 80-90's.

Episode 276 - Amy & Jennifer Hood
“Hoodzpah Design Co.”

The Hood Sisters, Any & Jennifer Hood, are a twin sister graphic design team located in Orange County, California.  

Our very first set of twins joins the show today, Amy & Jennifer Hood of Mark bonds with the gals of graphic design about growing up in Kentucky.How Working In A Garage for a dude Helped them launch career and not becoming hostages.Getting good work and not worrying about the money until it’s time to worry about the money. Pricing branding and trying to get clients to understand they’re paying for what they don’t see. Why the Hood Sisters chose branding as their main creative focus. Making yourself and your image part of your brand. Getting into the passive income game and the slippery slope of design freedom.

In The Circle of Trust
- Working for what you need to survive and not getting in financial traps.
- Mistakes students make when transitioning to the work force.
- Balance of ideas with their own brand and what they give away to clients.
- Twin Talk. Growing up with a avatar and a built in best friend / support system.
- What inspired the Hood Sisters to become a power business duo.

Best of Adventures In Design AIDAM41
Mitch Putnam "Shipping Tips and Gorilla Grips"
with 30 new minutes of Sean Mort

It's Election Day and we asked Sean Mort to pick one of his favorite episodes. Hear Adventures In Design AM 41 with Mitch Putnam along with 30 new minutes of Sean Mort.

AID regular Mitch Putnam joins the Circle of Trust to talk about best practices when shipping a large volume of prints to either clients or customers. Mitch and Mark also discuss what artists can do to make the most of Black Friday sales and the benefits of creating an email customer mailing list for your company.

Episode 275 - Becky Cloonan from MondoCon 2

The act of doing versus the act of wanting. Being the first woman to ever illustrate a Batman cover. We learn a story set during the Roman Empire is the story that Becky would love to tell us all if given the chance. Becky shares steps in her writing, character development and illustration process. We quiz Becky about the “Greatest Scam in Sexuality” where scumbag art guys land the most attractive women and talk about her dating life aka drunk swiping on Tender. 

In The Circle of Trust Listener Stephen Jones

Circle of Trust member Stephen Jones called in on Friday’s show about having a big client that is starting to become too much of his annual income and Stephen is starting to feel more like he has a boss and job versus a client and his freelance practice. Stephen joins Mark today in the Circle of Trust to give more insight into his situation and Mark tries to give him more advice based on being in the same situation 6 years ago. A great case study that we can all learn from in today’s Circle of Trust content.