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In this weeks podcast Ian interviews the super talented Alexa Erkaeva, who produces stylised logo designs and illustrations that gleam with character, which also come to life through effective use of animation.

In this interview we discuss how she first became a graphic designer despite not being able to attend university, what her logo design process looks like, how she animates her logo designs, how she gets clients, and how she’s able to connect meet other designers despite living in a part of the world where there are currently no design events.

Alexa is a graphic designer and illustrator based in Turkmenistan, in Central Asia.

 

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Thank you to the sponsor, FreshBooks 

I’m incredibly thankful to FreshBooks for sponsoring season 4 of the Logo Geek Podcast! FreshBooks is an online accounting tool that makes it really easy to create and send invoices, track time and manage your money. You can try it out for yourself with a free 30 day trial.

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If you’re working as a freelancer or a one person company in order to scale your business you need to start hiring others to help and support your goals. But the thought of hiring someone can incredibly daunting. In this weeks interview Ian discusses this topic with Tom Ross, founder and CEO of Design Cuts and host of the popular podcast, The Honest Designers show.

In this interview we also discuss how to prevent burnout, and how to market your business too.

Show notes for this episode can be found here: https://logogeek.uk/podcast/scaling-your-business/

 

Thank you to the sponsor, FreshBooks

I’m incredibly thankful to FreshBooks for sponsoring season 4 of the Logo Geek Podcast! FreshBooks is an online accounting tool that makes it really easy to create and send invoices, track time and manage your money. You can try it out for yourself with a free 30 day trial.

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How many logos should you present to clients?

Back in 2013 Sean McCabe created a viral piece of content called ‘the one logo concept‘ that sparked controversy, suggesting that professional designers should present only one logo, and if a designer cannot determine what the most effective solution is… they should not be taking on clients.

Despite this, many well established designers don’t agree, and still present options. However, after hearing of the approach Melissa Yeager took the advice board, created her own version of the process, and now presents only the one logo to clients with great success. In this podcast Ian interview Melissa to learn how she’s been able to do this, taking a deep dive into her process to discover how its worked for her.

Melissa is a brand strategist and holistic identity designer for creative small businesses, based in Pennsylvania.

 

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Thank you to the sponsor, FreshBooks

I’m incredibly thankful to FreshBooks for sponsoring season 4 of the Logo Geek Podcast! FreshBooks is an online accounting tool that makes it really easy to create and send invoices, track time and manage your money. You can try it out for yourself with a free 30 day trial.

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Design that’s based on aesthetics can be very subjective and open to the whims of personal preference, however when you focus on solving business challenges with design you get better results. That’s where Brand strategy comes into play.

In this episode Ian Paget interviews Sean Tambagahan, the founder and CEO of Butler Branding – a strategy led design agency to learn how he built his business, what a brand strategy session looks like, how he grew his team and more.

Show notes and a full transcription can be found here: https://logogeek.uk/podcast/sean-tambagahan/

 

Thank you to the sponsor, FreshBooks

I’m incredibly thankful to FreshBooks for sponsoring season 4 of the Logo Geek Podcast! FreshBooks is an online accounting tool that makes it really easy to create and send invoices, track time and manage your money. You can try it out for yourself with a free 30 day trial.

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Is it possible to pursue a career doing something you love? Hand lettering artist Lauren Hom has proved it’s possible.

After discovering her career in advertising was not what she imagined, she leveraged her side passion in hand lettering to create the job of her dreams. In this interview Ian Paget speaks with Lauren to discover her inspiring story, learning how she became a full time hand lettering artist, what her process looks like, how she works with an illustration agent and more!

Lauren Hom is Known for her bright colour palettes and playful letterforms, and has worked with companies including Starbucks, Google, YouTube and TIME Magazine. She’s also been recognised by Communication Arts, the Art Directors Club, the Type Directors Club and the Webby Awards, and is also the author of the popular blog (and now book) Daily Dishonesty.

View the show notes for this episode, along with a full transcription here: https://logogeek.uk/podcast/lauren-hom/

Sponsored by FreshBooks 

I’m incredibly thankful to FreshBooks for sponsoring season 4 of the Logo Geek Podcast! FreshBooks is an online accounting tool that makes it really easy to create and send invoices, track time and manage your money. You can try it out for yourself with a free 30 day trial.

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To get a job as a designer it’s always your portfolio that matters, and not your qualifications. So is it still worth attending university? In this weeks interview Ian chats with Diane Gibbs to find out the answer to this question.

We discuss why university matters, what you should do before you attend, how you can make the most of your time studying, and the importance of networking with, and getting to know designers in the industry.

Diane is a graphic designer, entrepreneur, business owner, consultant, and a college professor at the University of South Alabama. She’s best known for her highly acclaimed Design Recharge interview series.

Show notes for this episode, including a full transcription can be found here: https://logogeek.uk/podcast/making-the-most-of-university/

 

Thank you to the sponsor, FreshBooks

I’m incredibly thankful to FreshBooks for sponsoring season 4 of the Logo Geek Podcast! FreshBooks is an online accounting tool that makes it really easy to create and send invoices, track time and manage your money. You can try it out for yourself with a free 30 day trial.

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Myles Mendoza is a super talented graphic designer from San Diego, and one of 3 who form HRO Design, an agency who work on logo and brand identity design for some of the worlds biggest entertainment brands including Marvel, Disney, Star Wars, Hasbro, Warner Bros and many more! On this weeks episode Ian Paget chats with Myles to discover how he became a designer, how he landed (and lost) his dream design job, how HRO design was formed, how they get such incredible clients, his logo design process and so much more.

 

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To view the show notes, and a full transcription go here: https://logogeek.uk/podcast/myles-mendoza/

 

Thank you to the sponsor, FreshBooks

I’m incredibly thankful to FreshBooks for sponsoring season 4 of the Logo Geek Podcast! FreshBooks is an online accounting tool that makes it really easy to create and send invoices, track time and manage your money. You can try it out for yourself with a free 30 day trial.

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This week Ian Paget interviews Gavin Strange, Director & Designer for Aardman Animations by day, and by night he runs JamFactory, where he works on a number of passion side projects including film making, toy design, illustration, photography and more!

We talk about the journey Gavin took to get his dream job with Aardman Animations, his side projects, design process, his thoughts on university and much more.

View the show notes and transcription here: https://logogeek.uk/podcast/gavin-strange/

Thank you to Freshbooks!

I’m incredibly thankful to FreshBooks for sponsoring season 4 of the Logo Geek Podcast! FreshBooks is an online accounting tool that makes it really easy to create and send invoices, track time and manage your money. You can try it out for yourself with a free 30 day trial.

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On this weeks episode Ian Paget interviews Gordon Firemark, a practicing attorney from Los Angeles to talk about the legal side of logo design, including the difference between copyright and trademarking, the approach to trademark a logo, what action you can take if your work is copied, how and when to use the right symbols on logos, and the ins and outs of contracts too.

Gordon is the producer and host of Entertainment Law Update, a podcast for artists and professionals in the entertainment industries. His practice also covers intellectual property, cyberspace, new media and business/corporate matters for clients in the entertainment industry.

Show notes and a full transcription of the interview can be found here: https://logogeek.uk/podcast/copyright-and-trademark-law/

Resources Mentioned  Thank you to the sponsors

I’m incredibly thankful to FreshBooks for sponsoring season 4 of the Logo Geek Podcast! FreshBooks is an online accounting tool that makes it really easy to create and send invoices, track time and manage your money. You can try it out for yourself with a free 30 day trial.

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What is branding, and how do you go about starting a brand identity design project? In this weeks episode Ian Paget chats with the author of Designing Brand Identity, Alina Wheeler. In this episode we deep dive into the steps that need to be taken to rebrand a business from start to finish. We also discuss her book, which is now on its 5th edition.

Show notes for this episode can be found at logogeek.uk/podcast10

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