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 152 – Is The Client Always Right

    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!

  • Rookie Designer 151 – Freelancers Dilemma

    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.

  • Rookie Designer 150 – Preventing Burnout

    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.

  • Rookie Designer 149 – Office Spaces

    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.

  • Rookie Designer 148 – Know What You Don’t Know

    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.

  • Rookie Designer 147 – Pricing 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 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.

  • Rookie Designer 146 – Design College

    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.

  • Rookie Designer 144 – Client Conundrum

    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.

  • Rookie Designer 143 – Business Network International (BNI)

    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.

  • Rookie Designer 142 – Goals

    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!

  • Rookie Designer 141 – Adobe’s Move to CC

    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.

  • Rookie Designer 140 – Networking On and Offline

    Episode  |  May 9th, 2013  |  27 mins 44 secs

    In episode 140 of Rookie Designer Podcast, Jake and Carl discuss networking. They specifically talk about networking for business and networking to help you find a job. The discussion includes options for networking online, as well as offline.

  • Rookie Designer 139 – Finding Freelance Work

    Episode  |  April 19th, 2013  |  29 mins 39 secs

    In this latest episode of Rookie Designer Podcast Carl and Jake discuss where you can find freelance jobs online and offline. They also take the time to address some of the sites that run competitions and why they may not be the best for finding good quality freelance work.

  • Rookie Designer 138 – Rookie Designer is BACK!

    Episode  |  April 3rd, 2013  |  27 mins

    After almost a year off, it is with great pleasure that we are back and releasing our latest episode of Rookie Designer Podcast. In this episode you will meet Carl Grivakas, the new co-host and freelance designer. Jake also takes a few moments to share his background for those who are new to the podcast. Together they talk about one of the tools they use to collaborate on projects. Welcome back to Rookie Designer Podcast and don't forget to rate us on iTunes to help others find the show.

  • Rookie Designer 137 – Financial Fridays

    Episode  |  April 7th, 2012  |  40 mins 10 secs

    In Rookie Designer Podcast episode 137 Kitty and Jake discuss their trips to Guatemala City TEDx and Photoshop World DC. Then move on to the main topic for the week called Financial Fridays where they discuss things you should think about on the financial end of being an independent graphic designer. Stay tuned for the short cut of the week and their app recommendations.

  • Rookie Designer 136 – Presenting A Portfolio

    Episode  |  March 21st, 2012  |  31 mins 3 secs

    In Rookie Designer Podcast episode 136 Kitty and Jake discuss a question that came to them through Facebook about the different ways portfolios are presented. Covering mounted samples, using a PDF, the importance of an online portfolio and how it is important that your portfolio reflect a bit about your own personality. Stay tuned for the short cut of the week and their app recommendations.