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Episode 78 - Unpacking Tiny Houses

One of the latest trends that has caught the attention of the press in the 21st century is the rise of tiny houses and the minimalist lifestyle. The ideas behind both trends are aligned from giving up non-essential items to being more socially and environmentally aware of our decisions. Why do people choose to pursue this kind of lifestyle and how does one benefit from having it?

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Episode 77 - Unpacking Unpaid Internships

In July 2019, there were several articles written about young architects applying for positions at well-known architecture firms only to be met with offers without pay. As designers, we’ve all heard the stories of young professionals taking these positions because they’re looking to gain experience at a recognized firm who is at the forefront of their field. Should young professionals seek these experiences over getting paid?

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Episode 76 - Unpacking Design Life - Session 16 // Burnout and Developing Positive Flow

In episode 29, Mike unpacked his experience with burnout from 2017-2018 where he decided to take time off from his personal endeavors to find balance and harmony in his life. Recently, Tim realized that he was approaching burnout because his family and friends pointed out that he seemed exhausted and didn’t seem as passionate towards his projects as several months ago. See what Tim’s experience is like as he approaches burnout in his life as a designer in this week’s episode of Design Life.

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Episode 75 - Unpacking Design Advice for Students

Every year, there are more people entering college with an increase in the number of people pursuing design related fields. Every designer who is now in the profession has had retrospective moments where we all know there are things we would do differently if we had a chance to go back in time. What are some words of advice for students pursuing design in college? Check out Mike and Tim’s advice in this episode where we unpack advice for design students in college.

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Episode 74 - Unpacking Game of Thrones

From cinematography to story-telling and more, Game of Thrones is a television series that captivates all viewers in its witty characters and beautiful production. There’s no other television series that kept everyone on their toes as each episode of the last season was released than Game of Thrones. One could only imagine how large the production teams were to develop a series such as this one. What are some of the moments that captivated Mike and Tim in Game of Thrones? Learn about Mike and Tim’s favorite cinematic moments in this episode where we unpack Game of Thrones.

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Episode 72 - Unpacking Speculative Projects

All designers have ideas for speculative projects that they believe will influence the world in some way. From architectural proposals of new typologies that resolve a humane issue to graphic designs that will become the next iconic image of today’s world and the last bottle that is designed from cradle to cradle, designers always have innovative ideas in their minds. How can designers pursue these ideas and share them with the world? Learn about the process of coming up with speculative design projects in this episode.

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Episode 71 - Unpacking Free Work

One of the habits of all designers is the pursuit of free work for family, friends, competitions, and so on. We all have the tendency to want to solve any design problem that comes our way with very little thought to the value of the propositions we deliver. The best example are design competitions where designers actually pay a fee to submit their design proposal in hopes of winning money and/or commission. When should designers be pursuing free work and when should they turn it down? Learn more in this week’s episode where we unpack free work.

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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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