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 | June 9th, 2011 | 39 mins
Jake and Kitty talk about their trip to Print & ePublishing Conference 2011 in DC presented by InDesignSecrets.com hosts Anne Marie Concepcion and David Blatner. They talk about the sessions they enjoyed and about why they think every Rookie should attend a conference like PePCon. Jake and Kitty also talk about what "The Twitter" is all about and how it can benefit designers. Covering hashtags, lists, picking a name, avatars and the importance of a well designed background. Lastly they add a quick tip each to help a Rookie Designer work smarter!
Blog Entry | June 7th, 2011
Box With Rounded Corners - InDesign
Episode | May 18th, 2011 | 32 mins 27 secs
Rookie Designer Podcast is BACK!
We are very exited to post a brand new Rookie Design Podcast for your listening pleasure. In this episode Kitty Florido and Jake Van Ness take a few moments to introduce themselves to the Rookie listeners. Giving a little insight to where they are from, what their design background is and what other creative outlets they enjoy.
Kitty and Jake also cover a few news items and you can find the show note links below.
Episode | April 22nd, 2011 | 25 mins 1 sec
There's some big news to spill about the podcast and its future. Tune in to get the scoop!
Episode | June 14th, 2010 | 43 mins 45 secs
Being a Rookie is never an easy task, but it happens to the best of us, whether we're talking about designers or athletes. In this episode I'll attempt to lend an article written by an NFL football player for rookie football players, to the industry of design. Along the way we'll discuss tips for (hopefully) avoiding those mistakes that make us look even more like Rookies.
Episode | May 28th, 2010 | 49 mins 23 secs
Do you design with the future in mind? When building websites, it may benefit you to do so. Adaptability can go a long way in this day and age where new trends and technology are ever changing. We'll explore this topic as well as the subject of negotiating for your REAL dream job, meaning that you are also getting your dream pay and dream benefits along with it. Finally we wrap up with a nice list of tips for those who are venturing out on their own in the world of freelance design.
Episode | April 9th, 2010 | 43 mins 53 secs
In this episode we'll take a look at how you can improve customer relations by planning ahead for emergency situations and I'll field a couple of topics posed by listeners about how, what, and when to buy equipment for your freelance design needs.
Episode | January 12th, 2010 | 39 mins 39 secs
We'll discuss a couple of questions sent in by our listeners dealing with the topics of what to put in your portfolio and what NOT to put in there, when is the right time to make the jump into freelance as a full-time position and some other red flags to watch out for in freelance.
Rookie Designer 121 – Content Strategy, Keeping your Portfolio Diverse & Dealing with Clients in Another Country
Episode | November 23rd, 2009 | 42 mins 40 secs
In this episode we're hitting the mailbag and covering some topics sent in by our listeners. Topics will include coming up with a strategy for delivering content that your target audience can consume and use, keeping your portfolio diverse and keeping your creativity at a high level, even when things get stagnant at your job, and also dealing with payments when you are in a different country than your freelance client.
Episode | November 6th, 2009 | 40 mins 7 secs
In this episode we'll cover a topic sent in by a listener who is having a problem at the workplace. What is the role of a junior designer as opposed to a senior designer? Who is supposed to know what, and is the senior supposed to be a sort of mentor for the junior? We'll discuss these questions and more.
Episode | October 23rd, 2009 | 47 mins 35 secs
This episode is a bit of a "Part 2" to the last time I spoke about not being afraid to voice your opinions when it comes to design solutions. We will cover this again, bringing in some new factors and guidelines to make your comments as effective as possible.
Episode | October 3rd, 2009 | 48 mins 16 secs
In this episode I will share some of my knowledge of Content Management Systems including WordPress, Joomla and Drupal. We will focus on the definition and purpose of CMS tools, as well as how they can be very useful in helping you design for your own business as well as others.
Episode | September 10th, 2009 | 36 mins 5 secs
Again our topic comes from one of the listeners and the question is this: "Do you HAVE to own or run a business to freelance? What if you just do a few projects every now and then, as a side thing apart from your full time job?." We'll talk to several different subjects as related to the "casual" or "part-time" freelancer, and what needs to still be covered, even if freelancing is not your primary job.
Episode | August 21st, 2009 | 56 mins 40 secs
A question from one of our listeners sparks a conversation on accepting cash as payment for freelance work. We also take an in-depth look at research techniques for learning more about how customers/audience members use an application.
Episode | July 16th, 2009 | 47 mins 1 sec
Have you thought about an internship to finish out your educational career? Do you know some of the challenges that you might be faced with in an internship? We'll take a look at these topics as I answer some internship questions from one of our audience members.
Episode | July 9th, 2009 | 42 mins 40 secs
More life (and career) lessons from my work experience to you! We'll discuss the lack of research and how it can foil your designs before they even get started, and some of the important information that you definitely want to pick up before you even start a project. We will also dive into the core values of Scrum and how those directly relate to a workflow that can help any designer to end up with the design result they are looking for. We'll also touch on client relations and a state of mind that can help you relate to your clients and understand better what their goals are.