The Rookie Designer Podcast was founded in 2005, about one year into the growth of the new medium referred to as podcasting. Tired of the typical jargon laden, elitist discussions about the design field of work, Rookie Designer set out to create a resource for all designers, young and old, experienced and non. The Rookie Designer Podcast, brings tips, techniques and discussion delivered in an easy-to-understand format.
Episode | March 29th, 2018 | 52 mins 2 secs
Jake and Carl talk about their creative processes and why it is important for a designer to develop their own process. They also tackle some design related news and share their Rookie Recommendations for the week.
Episode | March 26th, 2018 | 27 mins 30 secs
business, design business, freelance, graphic design
Jake and Carl are back with Rookie Designer episode 155! This episode they talk about some of the transitions they have been going through and how designers need to work through those transitions. They also touch on how some of those transitions have effected the show.
Blog Entry | February 19th, 2018
graphic design, print, print design, print marketing
One of the most common mistakes made by rookie designers when it comes to print design, is not providing bleed in their print ready files. A good printer will reject the file and ask you to resubmit it with a bleed. However, a lot of online printers won’t even notice the issue due to their automated systems and will print your file with some disastrous results. This can cost you money and time loss.
Episode | October 12th, 2016 | 18 mins 19 secs
The Rookie Designer Podcast with your host Jake from Graphic Precision talks about a news story that has been circulating the internet about a special tactic for delivering a resume. Jake also shares a follow up about the developer of SketchParty and what new game he has out. Lastly Jake shares his recommendation of the show for some good design inspiration.
Episode | September 28th, 2016 | 34 mins 3 secs
The Rookie Designer Podcast with your host Jake from Graphic Precision talks about the use of Thank You Notes to reach your existing clients, potential new clients and a potential employer. Jake also talks about the new Shutterstock plugin for Adobe Photoshop. Lastly he talks about a great new creative game he found and played with his friends. Thank you for listening to the Rookie Designer Podcast and don't forget to give it a ratings review on iTunes to help others find the show.
Episode | September 14th, 2016 | 19 mins 9 secs
The Rookie Designer Podcast returns with Jake of Graphic Precision making announcements about the future of the podcast. Sharing his commitment to bring episodes out on a more regular basis. Jake also talks about this weeks topic... Is The Client Always Right? Sharing some thoughts and suggestions on how to deal with your own "creative ego" and also deal with your clients ego. Be sure to share your own experiences in the comments!
Episode | April 9th, 2016 | 38 mins 32 secs
In this episode Jake and Carl discuss a freelancers dilemma that you might run into. While working for someone fulltime, especially if it's in the same field or a similar field, you may be approached by a client through your freelance business that you met through your fulltime gig. This can bring up some moral / ethical issues to think about. Jake and Carl share their experiences and have some suggestions on how to deal with the situation.
Episode | February 28th, 2016 | 39 mins 38 secs
This episode Carl and Jake talk about how they cope with stress and preventing burnout. With different perspectives, Carl dealing with a more corporate environment and Jake with running is own business, as well as a more isolated situation, they provide some suggestions on how designers can prevent burnout. It's easy to get caught up in the day to day activities and the looming deadlines. However it's important that designers take care of themselves so they can be a more productive freelancer and business owner. Both share personal stories about their own past situations and share what they have learned.
Episode | February 15th, 2016 | 34 mins 30 secs
In this latest episode Jake and Carl talk about office spaces. They talk about their own arrangements and what some of the pros and cons are for each. Jake also shares his excitement in regards to his move to some office space outside of his home, where he currently works full-time. They also talk about what coworking space is and how that works for a designer or freelancer.
Episode | February 4th, 2016 | 29 mins 55 secs
During the latest episode of Rookie Designer Podcast, Carl and Jake talk about dealing with areas of design and business they aren't good at or knowledgable about. Carl shares a specific story about how he had to make a decision on how to deal with a client asking about a specific area of web design he isn't used to working in. Jake makes some suggestions on how to deal with "Knowing what you don't know." They also get into some of the things they are enjoying right now outside of their design projects.
Episode | October 5th, 2015 | 30 mins 4 secs
Jake and Carl talk about the differences between pricing projects hourly and pricing projects on a per project basis. This is a very popular topic of debate and we came to an interesting conclusion. Listen to find out how we each price things ourselves and what our thoughts are. We also test out Blab.im for the first time and create our first video cast of the podcast for Rookie Designer. It was a fairly good experience and the we got a lot of help from the great community there. Both Carl and I are thinking this may be an avenue that we continue to try out.
Episode | August 31st, 2015 | 23 mins 44 secs
Jake and Carl talk about design college and the value of a graphic design college degree. They also talk about the unfortunate news about The Art Institute and what is surrounding that. While each took a different path to get to where they are, they do have many things they agree on. Let us know your thoughts about a college degree in graphic design or other art careers in the comments or over on our Facebook page. Also be sure to share this episode with your friends and help us grow our community.
Episode | August 10th, 2015 | 37 mins 21 secs
In this latest episode of Rookie Designer, Jake and Carl discuss a bit of a client conundrum that happened to Jake recently. They discuss what the situation was, how it was handled and what Jake could have done better. One of the things that is most important when it comes to being a freelance designer or a design business owner, is that you never stop learning from your mistakes. We all make them and it's important to find out what you could have done better. Jake definitely has some areas to improve and is happy to share them with the listeners.
Episode | July 23rd, 2015 | 39 mins 31 secs
Jake and Carl talk about Business Network International (BNI) and how it has effected both their businesses. Jake has been in the Pathfinders group of Upstate New York for a few years and Carl recently joined Suburban Success out of Massachusetts. They talk about some of the elements of BNI, such as the "60 Second" they give each week. Below are a few links related to the groups they belong to, as well as the main BNI site.
Episode | January 13th, 2015 | 13 mins 59 secs
Boo! Rookie Designer is back... again. After a year and a half break Jake from Graphic Precision is back to talk to you about goals. Short term, long term and on going goals. This one is a short podcast but Jake wanted to quickly reach out to everyone to let them know that Rookie Designer is back in 2015. He also wanted to mention that his business name has changed and that Carl is out there busting away with a new job and growing work for his freelance business Holy Carp Design. We'll get him back on soon!
Episode | June 12th, 2013 | 40 mins 14 secs
Adobe's announcement in May that they are moving to Creative Cloud only, rather than release Creative Suite 7. They talk about some of the misunderstandings floating around the net and voice their own opinions on the move by Adobe.