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.
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?”
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.
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.
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.
In this episode, we try out the Anchor podcasting app and basically learn how to (and, more importantly) how not to use it. Our discussion surrounds the idea of using iPads and drawing tablets. We’re going to try to have gear and tech talks live and keep them short, then reserve our main podcast for deeper topics, where we can go much deeper and use more puns.
We’re back! This episode is a little bit like a 500-word essays about what we did over the Summer. We apologize for disappearing, attempt to explain ourselves, and then have a somewhat scattered (but totally interesting, trust us) discussion about doing #everyday or #daily projects, and how you sometimes need slower or less-nice gear to get stuff done. Get the gear you’ll actually use, not the stuff that’s fastest or shiniest.
Disclaimer: The image for this episode is pretty lame, but I’m (David) learning a new rendering engine, so cut me some slack.
In this episode, we discuss if and how creativity should be used in the context of worship—especially corporate worship. This is a topic that we disagree on, so we each present our views, had some time for back and forth, and talked about what the implications are. We also discussed the things we agree on in this discussion. Lastly, we provided some resources—because listening to a couple designers talk about theology isn’t the best source for sound doctrine. You can check those resources out below.
In this episode, our main topic is receiving criticism—but we start off by announcing the rebranding of Helvetic and our brand new website. We also got a higher-tech live feed, so we’re hoping to do a bit more with that in the future. As we start discussing the main topic, it becomes clear very quickly that we’ve both received an awful lot of criticism, so you’ll definitely want to learn from all our experience in that area.
We’ve decided to expand our podcast outside of just design to cover creativity and art in general. We were kind of already doing that with our episodes about drawing and photography, but now it’s official. We’re kicking off our new, broader topic by discussing the difference between art and design.
In this episode, we bring in an expert: special guest Grant Barker. Grant’s hung out on our Slack channel for a while now, and always has good input. In this episode, we discuss his field of design: user experience—explaining what it is, and then focusing on how it relates to the Christian worldview.
In this episode, David starts making a #everyday project on his Instagram and Joe contemplates starting something similar but slightly less intense. This prompts the main topic, which is fear of the blank page and how to get started making stuff when you aren’t given any direction.
In this episode, David shares why he switched back to OS X after his brief, but astonishingly painful Windows excursion. The main topic is how experienced (or even new) designers can avoid stagnation and continue to challenge themselves to get better.
In this episode, we start off by explaining our recent near-hiatus and what we’re doing to make sure we put out content consistently. Short story, the podcast will be switching to once every two weeks, but we’re going to try to supplement with written content and possibly Youtube videos. Our main topic is the hardware announcements from Apple and Microsoft, and what the future looks like for designers in terms of hardware and software. It seems like Microsoft now cares more about creative professionals than Apple, and that has prompted one of the hosts to take what some might call drastic action…