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Kendall Hanna – Personal storytelling, successful clients, and building community

This week, I chat with photographer and videographer Kendall Hanna. She describes herself as a Canon slingin’ photographer and human tumbleweed, traveling all over country producing shoots for her clients at Kendall Hanna Photography.

In this episode, we talk about the importance of knowing yourself and how to tell your story, and how this can lead to finding clients that are the right fit for your freelance business. We also talk about finding strength by building community and surrounding yourself with like-minded individuals. She’s done this through a personal project called The White Buffalo Project.

About Kendall Hanna

Kendall is a photographer and videographer based in Houston Texas.

Website: http://www.kendallhanna.com/
White Buffalo Project: http://www.whitebuffaloproject.org/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kendallhanna/

Dennis Cortés – How to find focus and the challenges of UX in product design

This week, I chat with product designer Dennis Cortés. He’s a product designer at MetaLab, blogs weekly sharing tips and insights on design, and produces music.

In this episode, we talk about some of the UX challenges in product design and the process required outside of the obvious visual tasks that can sometimes be overlooked. We also cover other interesting areas presenting challenges for UX like VR, AR, and home assistants.

About Dennis Cortés

Dennis is a product designer, illustrator, and music producer based in Memphis.

Website: https://www.cortes.us/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/fromcortes/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/fromcortes/

Brad Woodard – His path as an illustrator, design school, and teaching others

The show: Brad’s path as an illustrator, design school, and teaching others

This week, I chat with illustrator Brad Woodard. He is 1/2 of Brave the Woods- a design and illustration studio that he runs along with his wife, Krystal.

Together, they form a studio of friendly folks who aim to make the world a better, more colorful place.

In this episode, we talk about his upbringing and the influence that his mother, a successful artist herself, had in his life, his process working with clients, and what it’s like teaching other young illustrators.

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About Brad Woodard

Brad is an illustrator based in Idaho where he leads Brave the Woods, a design & illustration studio, alongside his wife.

Skillshare: https://www.skillshare.com/profile/Brad-Woodard/9099576
Website: http://bravethewoods.com/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/brave_the_woods/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bravethewoodsstudio/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/brave_the_woods

Lessons learned in my first year creating content

As a designer, it’s easy to want to make things perfect before putting them out. And there is something to be said for striving to put out your best possible work. After all, all of our favorite products are well polished and full of delightful details.

All of that is great unless it prevents you from actually starting and reaching your goals.

Last year, I set off on this adventure to live stream daily, and I used that content to produce a vlog and this podcast. I kept it up for about 24 episodes combined before life got in the way, and I found reasons to stop.

Looking back, I realized that I learned three valuable lessons.

#1 Start right now

Striving to put out your best possible work is excellent. But that shouldn’t hold you back from starting.

I took this message to heart and just went for it. Every morning I got up, made some coffee, and hit the “Go Live!” button on YouTube and Facebook.

What I realized later is that I learned more during the period I was live-streaming than I had reading blog posts or watching YouTube videos. There was no amount of strategizing that could have given me an actual understanding of what it would be like to go live and cover a topic while staring at a webcam and talking into a microphone.

Sure, all of my fears came true.

I forgot to turn on my mic once. I published work with misspellings in the title. I forgot to make a thumbnail and write a description. But in the end, it was ok. Nobody noticed and I still gained valuable insights about creating great content.

#2 Consistency is key

After a while life got in the way and I allowed myself to stop. I justified it by saying I had learned enough lessons that I needed to take them back and improve the quality of my work and strategy behind how I was producing content.

That might have been ok if I eventually began creating content again. Instead, days turned into weeks, and weeks turned into months.

The more time that passed, the harder it became to do anything. Being consistent helps build a habit and makes the entire process easier to manage.

#3 Set goals

Set some goals, whether its to reach 1,000 followers or 10,000 subscribers.

Once I gained some momentum, I found myself getting overwhelmed whenever I would think about what might come next because I wasn’t sure what I was aiming for. As a result, all I saw was a never-ending amount of work without a way to gauge if it was worth doing.

Setting goals makes producing content easier because you have a way to measure success as it pertains to you and what you hope to accomplish. With a goal, there’s a definite connection between the work you’re sitting down to do and what you’re aiming for. Every piece of content is then helping you take one step closer towards reaching that goal.

Always Sunday Design Podcast Trailer: Talking about good design

About Always Sunday Season 2

It’s been a long time coming, but season 2 of my design podcast is finally here. You might remember my original show, #dailystandup, which started as a daily live stream covering my day-to-day work as a freelancer. This time around I’m changing the show format to include guests and their perspective along with a new name and brand- Always Sunday.

A podcast where I sit down with other creatives to talk about design, productivity, and interesting stories along their journey. My name is David Silva, and I help startups design mobile applications.

The show: Talking about good design

When talking about good design, we tend to gravitate towards the aesthetics of a product. But that’s not necessarily what makes a product great.

Good design is not just about what something looks like, but also about how it functions. It’s the result of research, user experience, and visual design coming together to solve a problem within a given set of constraints.

I like to think of design as a second language.

Because the choices we make can help determine the message we deliver and how well we communicate it to a user. Ultimately, designs most important job is to guide a user along a journey towards completing their goal.

How many freelance clients should you have at one time?

Freelance life is infamous for the feast or famine that many creatives experience when first starting out. That’s why many of us often worry about how many projects we have open at and how many leads are in the pipeline. In this podcast episode, I talk about how many freelance clients you should have and how to balance them if you freelance full-time.

Why you should become a storyteller

In this episode, I talk about the motivation behind my project. I believe that every author, songwriter, cinematographer, etc. is a storyteller and should consider themselves content creators first.

Thank you Design Inc!

In this episode, I touch a bit on the news that came out of Design Inc. yesterday. I had the opportunity to watch them build the platform from a distance and even spoke with the team at various stages. I know how hard they worked and it shows. They were able to produce high-quality work for a good amount of time. It’s not often you see great people pull together to build a team as strong as this one.

Thinking about AppRabbit.io and how to tell the story

In this episode, I talk a little more about AppRabbit.io and how to best start to show and tell its story. I’ve been making progress on the designs and have even screen captured some of it. Now I simply need to edit it and make some vlogs out of the clips.