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Episode 69 - Unpacking Lifestyle

At some point in every designer’s career, there’s a moment where we fall into a routine with our work schedule, hobbies, and habits. Once we have these routines setup, our time after 5PM when we leave the office tend to focus on developing relationships with the people we love and pursuing the hobbies that we enjoy. Why is it important to get time away from the world of design? Why is it so hard for designers to shift their focus away from their projects and new ideas? Learn more in this week’s episode where we unpack the lifestyle of designers.

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Episode 68 - Unpacking Resumes

Although it’s an unfortunate reality that having a great resume is still part of our process for employment in the 21st century, it’s still one of the most common ways that we introduce ourselves to prospective employers. When we don’t have a connection in our network to new opportunities and we’re ready to join another design firm, our resume is one of the ways to put our best foot forward and get through the door to an interview. How do we tell our story to these prospective employers and how do we craft it? Learn more in this episode where we unpack resumes.

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Episode 66 – Unpacking Laser Cutting Ideas

With a powerful tool like a laser cutter where any designer’s ideas can come to life in physical form, it’s often a difficult task to come up with original products to create, share, and potentially sell. That’s where it’s helpful to brainstorm new ideas with your friends who can bring new ideas to the table that you haven’t considered. What are some potential products that could be developed on a laser cutter? Find out in this week’s episode where we unpack laser cutting ideas.

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Episode 65 - Unpacking Relevancy

Every designer has a vision or dream for where they want their careers to ultimately end up. For some, their careers are a financial vehicle that allows them to spend their free time in their own way. For others, they want their careers to allow them to pursue the kinds of design opportunities that inspire them. How can young designers stay relevant in their careers without losing sight of important skills, design ideas, and trends?

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Episode 64 - Unpacking Design Life - Session 12 // The Scientific Method and Moving Forward

Every designer eventually finds the best process for bringing their projects from concept to completion. For some, it might start with endless sketching that results in a great idea. For others, it may be a logic process that starts with precedent studies, emulating those projects, and eventually transforming the studies into the final deliverable. What is your design process and how has it developed over time? Learn more about how Tim applies the scientific method to his design and how he stays focused on his projects when he’s feeling overwhelmed in this episode.

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Episode 63 - Unpacking Health

There’s no question about the benefits of living a healthy life and its positive impacts on a designer’s ability to focus and be creative. From food to exercise and amount of sleep, Mike and Tim talk about their personal habits that have contributed to their success so far in their careers and personal endeavors.

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Episode 61 - Unpacking Design Life - Session 11 // paperook and Juggling Multiple Brands

When running multiple brands simultaneously, how do you mentally separate and focus on each one independently? For some people, like Mike, it helps to make each brand as visually different as possible to maintain a clear separation between them. Learn more about the projects that Mike is currently working on and the importance of mentally compartmentalizing multiple projects and brands in this episode.

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Episode 60 - Unpacking WeWork

One of the trending co-working space leasing companies in the United States of America is WeWork, which offers open desks, comfortable furniture, kitchens, bars, private offices, and other amenities in major cities around the country. This is one of the most popular options for freelance designers because of their locations and amenities. What’s so great about working at a co-working space like WeWork? Learn more about the benefits for designers renting spaces at a place like WeWork in this episode.

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Episode 59 - Unpacking Design Ownership

When we think about the work being created at design firms, there’s often a dilemma of ownership that employees face. Who owns the work that’s being produced? The obvious answer is that the design firm owns everything being produced at the office. Can employees also claim ownership if they were an integral part to specific projects? Learn more about design ownership and how everyone who is part of a project and the unwritten rules to how it can be used in this episode.

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Episode 57 – Unpacking Blogs

As a way of documenting and sharing the ideas that we have with the world, blogs are platforms that we build to disseminate information that we’re interested in with the world. Learn more about why designers should start a blog in the 21st century followed by tips and advice from Mike and Tim in this episode.

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Episode 56 – Unpacking Online Courses

We’re living through a time where there’s an abundance of information readily available to us including educational online courses where we can learn new skills and techniques from people all over the world. How do we sift through this information to find the experts whose courses provide the most value?

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Episode 53 – Unpacking LinkedIn

As the platform that’s known for professional networking and development, LinkedIn is constantly improving its services and tools for personal career growth. What are some ways designers can use LinkedIn to network with other designers, grow their following, and find opportunities?

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Episode 51 – Unpacking Career Growth

When designers enter their profession and start working at a firm, there are some who find themselves with consistent upward movement to higher level roles and others who feel stuck in their position. Many designers who feel stuck are faced with two common options: Do you stay and keep trying to grow? Or leave and enter a different firm?

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