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Cisco is overdue to bring us all up to speed on the new ground that Never Made has been breaking in the last year and how learning to fight depression has made him an improved artist and better person.

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You may think the rapid Race To The Bottom doesn't affect you because of your present level of success, but how do current trends started by companies like Design Pickle, Fiver & the growing list of unlimited design service bureaus affect your long term earning?

The Race To The Bottom - Is a new monthly series on Shop Talk where Mark and Billy will explore disturbing trends in both the freelance & creative community and ask how can we all work together to do better? Become part of the conversation by leaving a message voice mail: 1-855-553-7563

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Our favorite shop owners come back home to AID after a wild 100 episodes that find them one location short since the last time we recorded an episode. What were the first red flags that led the duo to shut down and pack up and after six years in the game what has gotten easier, what's gotten harder and what just seems to stay the same?

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Sean Mort is infected, and so is his Craft Fair? Sean's quarter-life crisis is off to a smashing success while his successful craft festival faces a big dilemma moving into its promising future.

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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.

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Talking Points You’ll Hear On Episode 239

- We catch up from Miles since we last spoke to him in December to find that his career is really taking off and he’s staying so busy his personal life is paying the price.

- A tale of two countries, understanding the places in-between large cities, trying to understand small town life.

- How Miles parents relocated from Hong Kong to Columbus, Ohio and then Toronto, Ontario.

- Chasing compliments and validation through your artwork as a kid.

- You never get to “there”, there being the place that you think will make you more happy.

-  Trying to understand how others see their race and find inspiration from people that are ethnically similar to them. 

- As Miles career is taking off he’s finding more self confidence in life and coming out of the shell that he lived in as a young boy.

 

The Circle of Trust (Paid Subscriber Content)

- Getting denied entry to Austin, TX for Flatstock.

- The Drake effect in Canada.

- Miles career role models and what he needs to apply to his business to obtain the similar results as those he looks up to.

- Settling into a level of success and forgetting the hustle to evolve to the next level.

 

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Designer and educator Andrew Wilshere of Designlab made a list of 10 examples of great logo design for http://www.invisionapp.com, and when Andrew was hoping to add logo inspiration to the world, he had no idea that Mark & Billy would then review his list of logos. Game on!

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The complete guide to all of Star Wars Galaxy's Edge at Disneyland. 1 massive new land, 2 E-Ticket attractions, divided into three fully themed regions with nine shops and five refreshment locations. We break it all down from the Disneyland For Designers perspective.

To hear the full version of today's episode become a member of the Circle of Trust: http://aid.network/

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Talking Points of AID 169

- What happens when you decide to dream up something impossible and then try to make it possible.

- Creating an art experience where no one can tell where the art begins and ends.

- How Chris and Monster created 4 new Lucha Libre characters and materialized them for their show.

- Going to Mexico and researching their subject matter through the eyes of famous wrestling families.

- Recruiting others to get excited about your project and take on a piece that they were passionate about.

- Creating inspiration to make big things happen.

- Keep moving, keep creating and not allowing yourself to worry about process.

 

In The Circle of Trust (Paid Subscriber Content)

- Not allowing your self to be compromised. 

- The concept of creating Spiritual Warriors.

- Working with others and allowing them to craft your visions.

- Become Yourself.

 

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Illustrator Francisco Reyes Jr was raised in the rioting streets of Compton California. One day Cisco (as his friends call him) walks through the door of Shepard Fairey’s Studio Number One in Los Angeles for an art show. Before he walks through the door he points at the sign and tells a friend “One day I’ll work here”. Thiis is the story of how a guy that almost quit design to become a welder ended up working 4’ from one of the biggest names in the art world. Hear his story of dreaming big, but working equally as hard, as he pulls himself through the ranks at Studio Number One, develops a freelance career and launches his own brand Never Made.

Circle of Trust Paid Content - Francisco gets the call from Shepard Fairy that changes his world. - Perfecting the Obey style and working within a company look. - The first time Francisco spotted one of his Obey designs out in the real world. - Putting your birth name on a project. - Freelance, Never Made and Obey. The balance of getting it all right and different styles for different jobs. - Working for a celebrity: the good, bad and how it can bring out the ugly in others. - How it feels when a political candidate is anti you and your family. - Mark is the worst white guy ever in Mexico. ALTO!

 

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