Carl Grivakis is the owner and founder Holy Carp Design. Having earned a B.F.A. in graphic design in 2004 from the New England School of Art and Design at Suffolk University, Carl has climbed his way through the ranks from Production Artist to Senior Graphic Designer…and now he's upgraded to business owner! Carl is always learning new skills to stay relevant in a field he loves, and hopes to share knowledge with others. Carl is passionate about design, doing right for others, and having a collaborative design process with clients and peers. When not pushing pixels, Carl hides behind a game screen running a D&D game, or rolling dice at a local Warhammer 40k tournament.
Episode | January 21st, 2019 | 39 mins 13 secs
Carl shares a situation that came up with his business and one that he talked with Jake about to get some advice. What to do when an estimate and an invoice from a vendor seem to be way off, even if it's in your favor. We are definitely curious to hear from our listeners on this topic. Just before that we hit on some design news and finish up with our Rookie Recommendations for the week.
Episode | December 24th, 2018 | 50 mins 44 secs
Jake and Carl close out 2018 talking about goals. They touch on some of the surprising articles that talk about how you should NOT set goals. While they both kind of disagree with this idea, it's always good to look at a different perspective. Couple of good design news items and of course they finish up with their Rookie Recommendations.Jake and Carl close out 2018 talking about goals. They touch on some of the surprising articles that talk about how you should NOT set goals. While they both kind of disagree with this idea, it's always good to look at a different perspective. Couple of good design news items and of course they finish up with their Rookie Recommendations.
Episode | December 11th, 2018 | 46 mins 40 secs
Carl and Jake talk about the importance in gratitude when it comes to running their creative businesses. Being thankful for good clients, great projects, and the strides made are just some of the areas they touch on. They also speak about how important it is to be patient when you are starting out with your creative business. A couple of news items and of course Rookie Recommendations for the week.
Episode | November 12th, 2018 | 41 mins 22 secs
Jake and Carl talk about how it is to be a designer who sometimes is merely a tool for a client. This doesn't necessarily have to be a bad thing but it is something a lot of designers struggle to deal with. As creatives we take a lot of pride in the creative work we do and it's important not to let those feeling get in the way of the relationships with clients. However, sometimes a client isn't the best fit and you have to be willing to address that. At the same time, sometimes you just have to be a tool for your client. Throw in a couple of interesting news items and Rookie Recommendations and you have episode 180!
Episode | October 29th, 2018 | 33 mins 25 secs
adobe max, business, design business, freelance, graphic design
Carl and Jake get together this Monday morning to record their latest episode. Carl has some interesting insight about an article stating people are dying sooner due to having less trust and Jake talks about an upcoming Disney documentary. They then jump into Carl's topic Happystance. This is when a big, killer, well paying project almost seems like it fell right in your lap. They both share stories of Happystance just from this past week. Lastly they close out with their Rookie Recommendations for the week.
Episode | October 17th, 2018 | 48 mins 40 secs
business, design business, freelance, graphic design
Jake and Carl head into episode 178 without much of a topic on deck and decide to see what come up in conversations. They start off with some interested design news from Weight Watchers and a pretty crazy story about some Banksy artwork. Then it's on to see where things take them. Jake shares an interesting story about a video project he has been working on and it leads to a discussion about when things changes mid-project. Lastly they cover their Rookie Recommendations for the week.
Episode | October 2nd, 2018 | 35 mins 36 secs
What is one of the most popular phrases from Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy? Don't Panic! Jake and Carl talk this week in episode 177 about how this simple phrase relates to business. They share a couple of stories related to not panicking while running their design businesses. It's important to look at the big picture and to keep a level head no matter what happens. Carl has some interesting news about the Dunkin' Donuts brand and Jake shares news about an upcoming Adobe conference. Lastly they share their Rookie Recommendations for the week.
Episode | September 24th, 2018 | 44 mins 59 secs
Carl and Jake are back this week with episode 176. They discuss how to deal with and move on from clients and contracts that aren't fitting your business anymore. Sometimes it's a tough situation and they discuss some ways to help make the transition easier for everyone. Sprinkle in a little design news and stay until the end for the Rookie Recommendations. Remember Everyone's a Rookie Before They Are An AllStar.
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 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.