“Take risks… the thing with taking risks is that you are motivated to be successful.”
As co-founder of Plus63 Design Co., Dan Matutina talks to us about the ups and downs of running a design business. He gives us tips on how to avoid any pitfalls that we may encounter in our design endeavors and shares how long it took him to build his client list. His success didn’t happen over night. We chat about working remotely for clients across the globe and about his awesome Skillshare class that you must check out!
”It’s important to prototype our lives and our businesses.”
Dan Mall provides a wealth of advise about pricing and positioning yourself in your industry. He teaches us about the power of prototyping a business with little to no risk and exactly how he did it. He also talks about the importance of building a portfolio of work you are passionate about and why self-initiated projects attract more of the work you want. Dan gives us a peek into his upcoming book—something you don’t want to miss!
“It’s all about solving problems creatively, beautifully, sustainably and intelligently.”
Alissa Walker talks to us about the time she moved to Los Angeles in pursuit of a career in advertising. In 2004, she embarked on a two-month self-seeking adventure through Europe. A trip that changed her career forever. Fast forward to today and she’s become an influential voice for Los Angeles. Her current role as urbanism editor at Gizmodo allows her to stay on top of national and international urban development and trends. Watch Alissa tell us how she became a leader bringing awareness to alternative methods of transportation in Los Angeles and the role she plays in the future of urbanism worldwide. Continue reading →
Noah Stokes talks to us about the time he left the world of Apple and Palm when he fell in love with web design and development. Noah tells us about the success of his company, Bold, but also opens up about challenges he experienced. We talk startups, design trends, and how to stand out. He shares about the positive impact that his personal website, noahstokes.com, had on his career after he decided to showcase nothing but plain text. Noah tells us why it’s important to learn by doing and gives us a glimpse into his upcoming book! Continue reading →
“It’s about relationships and working on a human level.”
Don Clark shares about his success with Invisible Creature and opens up about the struggles of running a creative studio. He gives us outstanding advice for running a business and an inside look at the amazing creative projects the studio has amassed. Past guests of Pencil vs Pixel have highlighted the importance of starting and completing personal projects. Don is no different. Watch or listen to find out how IC created an incredible personal project and how it led to a fruitful relationship with LEGO®. The team at Invisible Creature are Don and Ryan Clark, two brothers living in Seattle, Washington. Their career began in a band as touring musicians. Invisible Creature is a sought after creative studio that provides quality design and illustration with lots of imagination.
Jason Zimdars of 37signals Shows Us How to Stand Out From the Crowd
As a designer and product manager at 37signals (now Basecamp), Jason Zimdars helps build and improve products that we love and trust. When he found out there was an design opening in the company, he was certain that he was the man to take on the job. Jason walks us through his experience during the application process. He didn’t just apply for an open position at 37signals. He dedicated a web page to it. He made the final round of applicants, but didn’t get the job. Watch (or listen) to how Jason continued being persistent and how it paid off. Continue reading →