Episode 305 - Shop Talk “Christmas With The Cranks” with Billy Baumann and James Flames

Mark, Billy and James talk about the holidays, shame sellers, Star Wars spoilers, politics and everything else you’ll probably hear around the dinner table this holiday season. We’ll see you back in 2016. Happy Holidays

Episode 304 - Aaron Draplin
“300 Episodes Later”

Aaron Draplin is back on Adventures In Design exactly 300 episodes later and he’s not happy with our host. Mark stated that Draplin’s original episode (AID Episode 4) wasn’t his favorite episode and a professional regret (due to his own performance). Draplin explains why he’s not happy with Mark taking these feelings to the air instead of taking them direclty to him. Hear a honest and unedited exchange between one guy who’s trying to protect his reputation and good standing and a another guy who’s try to right his professional and personal wrongs. Can Draplin make peace with Brickey? Can Brickey interview the real Aaron Draplin? Who knows? But we do know that classic rock, country music and Bob Seger heal all wounds, as the guys bond over Uncle Tupelo and the Silver Bullet. Sit back and enjoy this unedited double episode of Adventures In Design. It’s refreshing how real this conversation is!

Episode 303 - The 12 Tubes of Christmas
Grand Finale GIVING!

Mark & Sean wrap up what strategies paid off at the craft fair they did this past weekend and share with you the success in not giving a fuck.

In The Circle of Trust (PAID CONTENT)

Mark gives insight on what we have learned from the special promotions in this years 12 Tubes of Christmas. Learn from our experience on how to create the perfect sale for your work. 

Episode 302 - The Hood Sisters with special co-host Sean Mort

Our 2nd Tube of Christmas is the Hood Sisters offering a limited popup shop of holiday deals.

Back for their 2nd appearance Amy & Jennifer Hood join us to talk aboutOdds & Sods their new straight to consumer product business. We explore the benefits of breaking your business into to focused disciplines. We also hangout and have a end of the year office party Shop Talk where any and all topics make their ways to these here downloadable airwaves for our Off Topic Tuesday. Sit back it’s a fun one!

In The Circle of Trust (Paid Content)

We stay off and on topic by exploring how we feel you make real money at design and focus on the relative terms of “success” and “wealthy”. Plus Mark asks the twins to explore their mortality and Mort-tally as we have fun with special co-host Sean Mort on this Off Topic Tuesday! 


Episode 301 - 12 Tubes of Christmas with Sean Mort

Sean Mort is a British illustrator and printmaker.

Sean Mort is back in California and back on the show. This past weekend Mark & Sean worked a craft fair together and today share their retail and crafting strategies. Tons of tips on pricing, product placement and selling tips regarding selling artwork at a craft a fair. Also the guys make a major announcement about the future of the programming on Adventures In Design.  

Circle of Trust (Paid Content)

The Star Wars only episode of the Circle of Trust. You have been warned you will be warned in the episode this is not the content you are looking for! Or is it? If you love Star Wars Brick & Morter have you covered when the review Rolling Stones 50 Best 'Star Wars' Characters. All 50, one at a time. It’s a geek fest with NO SPOILERS for the new film but all SPOILER ALERTS for the first 6 films.

Episode 300 - Shop Talk
with Billy Baumann and James Flames

Our 4th Tube of Christmas brings us a popup shop of awesome deals from Delicious Design League. Head over to AIDpodcast.com to grab one today.

Billy’s last days of baby break have him meaner than ever! Everyone taste the venom that is Billy on today’s Shop Talk. We talk about Star Wars and accidentally roast Sean Mort, without him being in the room. Billy get’s unsolicited parenting advice from he listeners and James picks a winner for the Back To The Future poster giveaway. 

In The Circle of Trust (Paid Content)

The boys talk about time, space and then go on a acid trip! As well as a conversation on modifying their schedules to make the most of life work balance and a better understanding of when its time to get balls deep into the all night work benders. 


Episode 299 - Mike Davis
“Been Busy Abridged Audio Book Narrated by Mark Brickey, With Directors Commentary by Author Mike Davis”

Mike Davis made a book with one page of type, Mark reads it to you for 90 minutes antics ensue.

At the sound of the design boner it’s time to turn the page. Our first ever book on tape is by Mike Davis on of the creative forces behind Minneapolis design powerhouse Burlesque of North America.  If you currently own his new book Been Busy then you are in for a real treat as you’ll get directors cut information on nearly every page. If you do not own the book, never fear, we use this book as a road to map to travel through the career of Mike Davis and explore different design, career and creative strategies that built the foundation of Mike’s rock solid design career.  Enjoy!

Episode 298 - Mary Creepy Christmas from Tallboy and Brian Romero

We explore the deeper meanings of the master works of Tallboy and talk about how he has become a symbol of world peace. The ever growing product line from Night Watch. The love and popularity of the enamel pins and other flea market type merchandise. We hear how Brian Romero has designed plans for more personal work in 2016. We all talk about designs that we all had to scrap for being too outrageous. Plus we all share some special Christmas stories many with that trademark creepy twist you’d come to expect.

Episode 297 - Happy Birthday Mark Brickey
“The No Design Talk Episode” with Derrick Castle

The 7th Tube of Christmas celebrates the birthday of our daily host Mark Brickey along with his favorite guest co host Derrick Castle. 

Sometimes when it’s your birthday you just want to get your way and today Mark decided no design talk, just redneck wisdom with your favorite hillbilly Derrick Castle. Mark reflects on how a year ago he was depressed turning 40 but it ended up being the best year of his life. The guys self evaluate their lives based on a Instagram jpeg “7 Cardinal Rules of Life” and we get to hear how they stack up obeying and breaking the rules of life.

Don’t miss out on our special birthday California themed 7th tube of Christmas from Mark Brickey available only for 24hrs from AIDpodcast.com

In The Circle of Trust (Paid Content)

Mark has an awkward Facebook friend request he’s choosing to ignore, Derrick has fugitive on the lose in his neighborhood and they guys talk about you guessed it Gun Control??? Bonding over disappointed dads and debating who could actually be Rick when the apocalypse hits!

Episode 296 - The 2nd Annual Hanukkah Special presented by Adventures In Diversity
in association with Goldman Productions. 

It’s that random time of year again where we celebrate Hanukkah with Nathan Goldman, Dave Kloc and Hanukkah Steve.

Gather around the radio folks, it’s time for another very special holiday special! Today we celebrate the 8 day kick off of Hanukkah with Nathan Goldman and Dave Kloc. Nathan and Dave sit in as our Jewish representatives and explain the culture to our slow adult host gentile Mark Brickey. 

Episode 295 - 12 Tubes of Christmas James Flames
“Baby Talk: A Shop Talk Special”

Billy Baumann breaks from maternity leave to record a podcast with James Flames & Mark Brickey

Talking Points on Episode 295

- Billy shares with us the birth of his child.
- Credit Card fees and dealing with credit sales versus cash.
- No discounts.
- Wanting to be a part of the movie credits and working on something bigger than you.

In The Circle of Trust (Paid Content)

- We get to meet Charlie Beatrice Baumann.
- Billy and Mark talk about this huge moment in Billy’s life of having his first kid.
- The professional adjustments to becoming a parent.

Episode 294 - 12 Tubes of Christmas
Star Wars by TY Mattson

Ty Mattson and Mark Brickey bond over getting to work on the dream properties in 2015.

Talking Points

Ty Mattson is back on the show to talk about how has created his first ever direct to consumer product, a 9 print fully licensed series of posters for Star Wars. We hear about Ty’s epic journey into turing a boyhood dream into reality. Along the way discuss focusing your body of work toward the type of work that you want to get, the intimidation of working on your dream and tips on how to overcome design fear.


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In The Circle of Trust (Paid Content)

The strategy of straight to consumer products for growing your client work and personal work. Why it’s important to stay hungry and why JJ Abrahams is in a position to find that same level of Star Wars magic that Lucas did in 70’s.

Episode 293 - The 12 Tubes of Christmas
with DKNG Studios & Dave Kloc

DKNG offers a holiday postcard raffle to win 1 of 2 officially licensed Force Awakens Star Wars prints.

Talking Points From Episode 293
- We explore the attention of detail that DKNG put into their “Resistance X-Wing” illustration for Star Wars.
- Our third big announcement about Adventures In Design programming in 2016.
- DKNG has big plans for getting more personal work done next year. 
- They share with us their strategies for accomplishing making time for what we all dream of, self initiated work.
- We all share personal rules that we have setup for ourselves.
- Managing productivity.

In The Circle of Trust
- The art of giving clients delivery dates that benefit your schedule.
- The downside to focusing on client work and how that starts to dictate your portfolio and growth.
- Booking your client projects like Bryan Cranston books his movies.

Episode 292
12 Tubes of Christmas with Huck Gee

Huck Gee, is a contemporary artist, illustrator, designer toy maker, and designer best known by toy enthusiasts for his iconic "Skullhead" character. He works and lives in San Francisco, California.

In today’s episode Huck is revealed as our 12th Tube of Christmas
- 5 random prints valued at a total of $195-200
- Bonus buttons and decals
- A random t-shirt
- Two random winners will receive one of two 44” x 30” Skullhead Blank illustrations printed on archival quality canvas (ready for stretching and mounting), signed and numbered, normally $150 each. 1/25 odds to win.
- Limited to only 50 tubes.
- For 24 Hours Only!

Talking Points In Today’s Episode.
- Mark & Huck make another big announcement for Adventures In Design’s 2016 programming. 
- A review of what did Designer Con show us about the future of the collector design market.
- We look at the explosion of the collector market and speculate on what the future could be.
- Mark dissects the decline of Kidrobot as the industry leader.

In The Circle of Trust
- We review the big moves of Huck’s 2015 and what he hopes to accomplish in 2016.
- A few tips on growing your audience and understanding the art of pricing. 
- The future business model for artists wanting to create a career in designer collectability.

Episode 291 - Aaron Horkey with special cohost Mitch Putnam from MondoCon 02

Aaron Horkey is an illustrator from Windom, Minnesota. First Showing described him as "one of Mondo's most popular and respected artists”.

Our last session from the Adventures In Design Theater at MondoCon 02 brings us the legendary Aaron Horkey. On this interview we also have a special cohost AID regular Mitch Putnam. We get to hear about the narrative of Aaron’s work and learn where he hopes to take his career and talents in the future.

In The Circle of Trust We Have 40 More Minutes of Content

Where we hear more from Horkey and Mitch. Plus a special Shop Talk with Mark Brickey and AID producer David Defeo.

Best of Black Friday on Adventures In Design
with Sean Mort.

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

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 snakeoilprovisions.com

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 hoodzpahdesign.com. 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. 

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