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A wild episode appeared!
In this episode, we discuss our software state of the union, most notably David’s decreasing dependency on Adobe software. Also this episode’s artwork is a collaboration between Joe and I (David). He made the Hydra-dongle logo and I composited it onto a laptop screen and graded everything.
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We’re still getting our podcasting feet back underneath us, so in this episode we tackled a softball: WWDC 2018. We pick our favorite and biggest disappointments from each OS, then round out the discussion a little by discussing the recent mega-tech-company fad of caring about people’s time and privacy.
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In this episode, which actually was technically recorded before our last episode, we discuss how to survive a design (or other creative project) review meeting. We tell some horror stories and then discuss some tips we’ve found make them easier to get through without wanting to cry or quit your job. We even throw out some tips for how to encourage helpful feedbacks and make the meetings something you’re actually glad to be a part of—maybe.
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Don’t call it a comeback! Or actually, you can. We’re back. In this episode, we apologize for not putting out new episodes, explain what we’ve been up to, and give a state of the gear union address about what kinds of hardware we’re using to make stuff, including David’s new PC build (parts listed below).
David’s PC Build
- Intel Core i7 8700K
- Asus ROG Strix Z370-E Motherboard
- Cooler Master 212 EVO Fan
- 64GB DDR4 3000mhz RAM
- Sandisk 2TB SSD
- MSI Nvidia GTX 1080 TI
- Pretty white case
- Microsoft Surface Keyboard
- Logitech MX Master 2S
Podcast: Download (Duration: 48:59 — 39.3MB)
In this episode, we discuss Gear Acquisition Syndrome: what it is, how to know if you have it, and some practical steps to avoid it—or at least avoid letting it steal your wallet.
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In this episode, we discuss an article called This Design Generation Has Failed by Mike Monteiro. In the article, he argues that because bad User Experience can have hugely detrimental affects on users, designers should be licensed (among other things). We discuss this idea of licensed designers, as well as what we as Christians can do to make sure the products we create (whether user interfaces, movies, pieces of art, or widgets) help people instead of harming them.
Note: Due to some technical issues, the audio on this episode is a bit messed up. Sorry about that. Everything should sound pretty good in the next episode.
Lastly, you can ask a question by tweeting using #helveticaquestion
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In this episode, we talk about ways freelancers can make sure they’re being paid a fair wage—even after a price has already been agreed on. We also share some horror stories from listeners who took work without a clearly defined contract.
Note:The audio in this episode is definitely better than in the last one, but Joe’s iPad being close to the mic seemed to cause some interference. We should be able to work out that kink for the next episode. Thanks for your patience.
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Small warning: we’re trying something new in how we record the show and the audio for this episode isn’t great. Expect low-volume car noises. Next one should be better.
In this episode, we have a short discussion about how much churches love to use Papyrus and Comic Sans, why that is, and how it can be avoided at your church. We also chat a little about the recent (at time of recording) HomePod and Mavic Air releases.
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In this topic we talk about how to decide what to spend your time learning, Joe’s journey into music production, and David’s replacing a lot of his Adobe tools with better and cheaper tools.
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In this episode, we discuss productivity and organization. Everyone knows that being more organized will help them be more productive, but few of us actually take the time to get and say organized. We talk about why we should strive for better productivity, some of the things that get in our way, and some of the techniques we use to make ourselves more productive. Spoiler: we’re not that productive, so send us your suggestions on how to get better.
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This episode got away from us. Joe got a new mic, we were late because of an glut of guitars, and we let a single #helveticaquestion take over basically the entire episode. The question was “What place should marketing play (or not play) in the modern church?”
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In this episode, we talk about the boring stuff and how to deal with it. Every job has its boring parts, and hopefully its exciting parts. We discuss ways of being thankful for the boring stuff, and what to do if everything you do seems boring—plus some tips for getting to do more of the work you like.
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In this episode, we discuss social media. What is it designed to be, how it can be misused, how creatives can use it to promote their businesses without being that guy, and some biblical guidelines for Christians using it. We also talk about how terrible Twitter and Amway are.
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In this episode, we discuss our feelings and stuff. Kind of. The episode topic is “being okay with being terrible.” When you first start learning something—new software, a new artwork, how to do your taxes, etc.—you’re almost always not as good at it as you want to be. We discuss the challenges associated with forcing yourself to learn something new, the benefits, and some ideas for how to knuckle down and start learning something new.
CG Society recently published an article by Cubebrush:
If you find yourself with not knowing how to move forward on a visual problem, then you probably do not have enough visual reference.
There’s a lot of great content in here for pretty much any kind of creative, but especially those working with CG or illustration.