Rookie Designer Podcast

Everyone's a Rookie Before They're An All-Star!

About the show

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.

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Episodes and Blog Entries

  • Rookie Designer 167 - Designer On The Road

    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.

  • Rookie Designer 166 - Referral Networking

    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.

  • Rookie Designer 165 - No Place Like Home

    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.

  • Rookie Designer 164 - Assumptions and Expectations

    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.

  • Rookie Designer 163 - A Few Tools

    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!

  • Rookie Designer 162 - Your Why

    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.

  • Rookie Designer 161 - Self Care

    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.

  • Rookie Designer 160 - Conferences

    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.

  • Rookie Designer 159 - Creative Block

    Episode  |  April 23rd, 2018  |  30 mins 57 secs

    Jake and Carl come back this week to cover creative block. They talk about what it is specifically, how it has effected them, and suggestions on how to deal with it. All designers run into creative block and it's important to know when it is happening, as well as how the best way is to deal with it. Jake takes on the design news with some information on Spark for Education and some new emojis that will be coming for version 12. Lastly they both give their Rookie Recommendations for the week.

  • Rookie Designer 158 - Friends Who Are Clients, Clients Who Are Friends

    Episode  |  April 16th, 2018  |  38 mins 4 secs
    business, design business, freelance, graphic design

    In this latest episode Jake and Carl talk about what it is like to work with friends who want to be clients and also what things to watch out for when you become friends with your clients. They also have the weekly design news and Rookie Recommendations to share.

  • Rookie Designer 157 - Skill Learning

    Episode  |  April 9th, 2018  |  37 mins 58 secs
    business, design business, freelance, graphic design

    Jake and Carl are back this week to discuss how they acquire new skills, figure out what those skills should be, and talk about a few skills they are currently working on. They also talk about a bit of design news and finish up with their Rookie Recommendations.

  • Rookie Designer 156 - Creative Process

    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.

  • Rookie Designer 155 - Transitions

    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.

  • What is Bleed?

    Article  |  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.

  • Rookie Designer 154 – Special Delivery

    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.

  • Rookie Designer 153 – Thank You Notes

    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.