Episode 43 - Unpacking Mailchimp

Have you ever wanted to start your own newsletter where you can share your work with your friends, family, and audience? Or grow a list of avid followers who are interested in your company’s vision, products, and services? Creating an email campaign using a service like Mailchimp can help any person and business distribute essential information about their values, services, and products with their growing audience. Learn more about how Mike and Tim use Mailchimp for their architecture blogs and some tips for using an email service in this episode.

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Episode 42 - Unpacking Design Life - Session 05 // Walter Gropius and Client Onboarding

If you were going to start your own business, would you do it alone or with a partner(s)? What kind of planning goes into starting an online service based business? In this episode of Unpacking Design Life, Tim talks about his idea of starting an architecture firm with a partner(s) and Mike dives deeper into the schematics of his business plan for his new website design company, paperook. Learn more about the latest developments in their lives as designers in this episode.

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Episode 41 - Unpacking Phone Calls

While working at your office, have you ever had a fear of picking up the phone and calling a consultant, client, or representative of a company to get more information? In the 21st century, more people are losing touch with the simple act of picking up the telephone and making a cold call to someone that they haven’t met before. Learn more about how Mike and Tim overcame their fears of cold calling people and how it’s become an essential part of their careers in this episode.

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Episode 40 - Unpacking Design Life - Session 04 // Watch Bands and Websites

What’s next for Tim’s Apple watchbands and Mike’s website service, paperook? Tim talks about the prototypes that he’s made so far for his Apple watchbands and how he came up with the final design through 3 iterations. Mike talks about his ideas for paperook and the different types of clients that he hopes to attract with his new business. Learn more about their progress with their side hustles in this episode.

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Episode 39 - Unpacking Authenticity

What does it mean to be authentic with the designs that we develop, products that we create, and lives on social media? How do we maintain ownership of the creative ideas that we share with the world? Today, more entrepreneurs are creating, marketing, and selling products online. Oftentimes, corporations, manufacturers, and individuals copy successful ideas and sell it as their own. Listen to Tim and Mike discuss their opinions on being authentic in today’s society.

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Episode 38 - Unpacking Tribe of Mentors by Tim Ferriss

In this episode, Mike briefly talks about Tim Ferriss’ book, Tribe of Mentors, and asks Tim 10 questions that Ferriss asks all of his guests in his book. From books to one message on a billboard and advice for a young person entering the “real world”. Learn more about Tim through his answers to these 10 questions from Mike and discover why and how these quotes impact their lives in this episode.

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Episode 37 - Unpacking Design Life - Session 03 // paperook

Where might you find ideas for a potential side hustle in your life? Sometimes, the answer is right in front of us and we’re already building a set of skills that could be used to start a small business. In Mike’s case, his experience developing multiple websites in the past for friends and clients as well as his experience as a licensed architect is shaping his latest venture in website design called paperook.

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Episode 36 - Unpacking Side Hustles

What does it take to start a side hustle and juggle it with a full time job? In this episode, Mike and Tim talk about the different ventures that they’ve developed and juggled with their full time careers as architects. From developing online courses to writing and releasing a book and starting a retail company, all of these ventures require a significant amount of time and sacrifice.

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Episode 34 - Unpacking Toggl

Have you ever wondered how much time you spend on your projects? Whether you work for someone else or you’re self-employed, knowing how much time you’re spending on specific tasks for a project can help you work more efficiently and accurately set up your fees.

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Episode 32 – Unpacking Doubt

How do you know if you’re designs will be accepted by your client? What about society? How many times do you ask yourself if your designs are “good enough”? Mike and Tim reflect on how doubt affects us as designers and how they’ve overcome their self-doubts in their lives as designers.

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Episode 31 – Unpacking Process

How do you take an idea from its inception, execute it, and bring it to completion? Every designer has their own process for starting a project, refining their ideas, and eventually creating the final product. Here’s how Mike and Tim design their architecture projects from concept to completion.

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Episode 29 - Unpacking Burnout

In this episode, Mike and Tim talk about how they’ve burned out in their lives as creatives. Mike’s personal journey through burnout came from his decade long pursuits related to his career as an architect and his sacrifice of his health and relationships. Tim talks about his close encounter with leaving his life as an architect during his time as a sophomore student in college.

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Episode 25 - Unpacking Masterminds

In this episode, Mike and Tim talk about the impact that their mastermind group has had on their careers, side projects, and personal lives. During the latter half of the episode, they hold a brief mastermind session where they share what they’re currently working on and help each other work through some of their major ideas.

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