Jake Van Ness is the owner of the independent design business, Graphic Precision. A self taught print designer with over 15 years of experience from working in a variety of print shops producing stationery to commercial marketing collateral to label and package products. Passionate about photography, the latest technologies and the ever growing internet. If he is not designing, blogging or podcasting you will find him enjoying the Adirondacks of Upstate New York by fishing, camping or hiking.
Episode | September 17th, 2018 | 47 mins 41 secs
Jake and Carl bring you episode 175 this week when they talk about ways to combat boredom. Routines can sometimes cause things to be less than exciting, so it's important to change things up a bit. They share an article talking about how to do so at work but inject their own tips related to working on their own. There are a couple of interesting design news items and lastly they have a bit of a twisted added for the Rookie Recommendations.
Episode | September 3rd, 2018 | 44 mins 32 secs
Carl is back to cohost with Jake for episode 174. They start off catching up on how Carl's wedding and honeymoon to Scotland went. Then they jump into their main topic which ties back to what Carl learned about distilling Scotch. He uses the process as an analogy related to creating an effective logo. It's a very interesting analogy. Then to close out the show they give their Rookie Recommendations of the week.
Episode | August 27th, 2018 | 52 mins 11 secs
Jake welcomes guest co-host Tauhgnee to the episode to sit in while Carl is off in Scotland enjoying his honeymoon. They cover a few design news items and then jump into the main topic. Taughnee has figured out how to use Pinterest to promote her business very effectively. They discuss how she uses the platform and what suggestions she has for someone just starting out using Pinterest. Lastly they both give their Rookie Recommendations for the week.
Episode | August 14th, 2018 | 26 mins 32 secs
This week Jake tackles the topic of job security. He talks about how the job market drastically changed around 2000 and explains why. While many feel safer working for someone else it may not always be the case. Jake relates working for an employer to owning your own business and how it's important to think about diversifying your income. It's not about discouraging you from working for someone else and feeling secure, it's about thinking about how to protect yourself in todays business market. He covers a couple of design news items from Adobe and finishes up with his Rookie Recommendation for the week.
Episode | August 6th, 2018 | 40 mins
This week Jake and Carl discuss how important it is to say no as a creative and business owner. It can be a difficult thing to do but sometimes projects and clients aren't a good fit. They discuss some of the situations where they have had to say no and explain what helped them make that decision. Throw in a couple design news items and this weeks Rookie Recommendations and you got yourself episode 171.
Episode | July 30th, 2018 | 48 mins 10 secs
This week Carl and Jake discuss how they each learned to become graphic designers. One going to school and the other learning from hands on experience. This has been a hot button issue for ever among the creative community. They discuss the pro and cons of both situations. They also discuss alternative education methods that are becoming more and more popular. Jake has a bit of a crazy news item to share and they end with their Rookie Recommendations for the week.
Episode | July 23rd, 2018 | 49 mins 35 secs
business, design book, design business, freelance, graphic design, interview
This week Carl and Jake are really excited to bring on Taughnee Golubović from Endeavor Creative for an interview. We have been really good friends and fellow creatives for many, many years. Taughnee shares a bit of her journey to get to where she is as a creative and also how she went from living in Alaska to living in Croatia. She also talks about how that effected her business and what she had to do to really change things up with her business to get it growing again. Her business adventures are what have inspired her new book Client Attraction Mindset. Be sure to listen all the way through as we have some exciting news!
Episode | July 16th, 2018 | 36 mins 32 secs
This week Jake and Carl talk about why it is important not to rely on a single large client and why it's important to have a variety of clients. They talk about their own client diversification from small to large, from long term contracts to single small projects. Jake brings some interesting news from software company Serif about their Affinity programs. Lastly they both bring their weekly Rookie Recommendations.
Episode | July 2nd, 2018 | 40 mins 10 secs
Jake and Carl discuss this week how they handle working on the road. Whether it's just the need to get out of the normal office for a change of pace or a weekend away or maybe even a longer vacation such as a honeymoon. They share some tips and what they do themselves to make sure everything runs smoothly. Jake talks about some design news related to logo design and both hosts share their Rookie Recommendations for the week.
Episode | June 25th, 2018 | 34 mins 22 secs
This week Carl and Jake talk about their process when it comes to referrals. Both are in BNI (Business Networking International) and firmly believe in Referral Networking. They talk about some of the steps they take to qualify referrals and what some of the red flags are when it comes to referrals. The biggest items they cover is what is the difference between a referral and a lead. They also get into some design news and lastly they give their Rookie Recommendations for the week.
Episode | June 11th, 2018 | 37 mins 59 secs
This week Jake and Carl talk about what is like for them each to work from home as soloprenuer designers. They cover a lot of the pros but also cover some of the cons associated with being someone who works from home. While they both enjoy the ability to do so, they also know they need to be sure to get out and not become too isolated. There are a couple of interesting news items and the weekly Rookie Recommendations.
Episode | June 4th, 2018 | 33 mins 21 secs
This week Carl and Jake jump on the mics without much planned for a topic. Carl shares a couple of situations he has come across and they discuss how to handle them, what can be learned from them, and how to prevent the situations from repeating themselves in a bad way. With no plan in place, they were pleasantly surprised how smoothly things went and that they came out with a pretty good topic. Jake shares some interesting design news around the new HuffPost logo and Carl puts a twist on Rookie Recommendations.
Episode | May 28th, 2018 | 35 mins 46 secs
This week Jake and Carl cover a few of the tools they use to keep their businesses running smoothly and help them stay organized. While they don't cover project management tools they do talk about bunch of other items that are important. Add in a few news items and a couple Rookie Recommendations and you have this weeks show!
Episode | May 14th, 2018 | 30 mins 50 secs
design, designer, graphic design
This week Carl and Jake talk about why they decided to start their own businesses and why they work with the clients they work with. It's important to figure out what "your why" is when it comes to running your own business. They share some of their own "why" reasons. They also tackle new business news related to AI deciding what ads will work and the new Best Buy logo. Lastly they share a few Rookie Recommendations for the week.
Episode | May 7th, 2018 | 36 mins 38 secs
business, design, freelance, graphic design
This week Jake and Carl talk about the importance of taking care of yourself, as much as taking care of your side gig, business, or school projects. It is easy to get into your creative flow and forget about what you are doing to make sure you don't approach burnout. They share some of the things they do to make sure it doesn't happen to them. Carl also shares his experiences at the HOW Design Live showroom floor. They also cover their Rookie Recommendations and a bit of Design News.
Episode | April 30th, 2018 | 46 mins 45 secs
conferences, design, designer, graphic design
This week Carl and Jake talk about the pros and cons of going to conferences. With Carl heading to the show floor at the HOW Conference, he was curious to here what makes someone spend the kind of money it takes to go to some of the bigger conferences. Jake is able to share, rather excitedly, some of the experiences he has had attending a few different conferences over the years. They also cover a couple of interesting design news items and both bring their Rookie Recommendations to the table.