The Futur with Chris Do

de The Futur

Exploring the overlap between design, marketing, and business.

Episodios

189 - Making time for yourself — with Chris Franklin

por The Futur

Chris Franklin is a filmmaker, photographer, and budding YouTuber helping clients, and fellow creatives meet their goals. He's also a Futur Pro Group member, which is where he met and connected with Chris Do. In this friendly conversation, Chris shares his career path and how he went from studying pre-med biology to now running a thriving video production business. Spoiler alert: it wasn't a straight line from point A to point B. It took Chris time and inward reflection to understand who he is and what drives his motivations. And that kind of introspection is never easy. If you're interested in video production or are unsure about your path forward, this conversation might help you. Sponsored by Better Help - https://betterhelp.com/futur Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

188 - How to tell better stories — with Kindra Hall

por The Futur

Kindra Hall is a storyteller, acclaimed keynote speaker, and bestselling author of Stories that Stick: How Storytelling Can Captivate Customers, Influence Audiences, and Transform Your Business. She's here to remind you how important storytelling is, especially for your business. We all recognize the need for connection, now more than ever. And telling stories is an excellent way to connect with people, but being a great storyteller is not easy. Like most important things, great storytelling requires strategy and effort. It's more than simply reporting information. You've got to feel it. By feel, we mean you have to care and communicate emotion in your story. That doesn't mean sharing your deepest, darkest, most private pieces of yourself. It could be fundamental, like feeling frustrated, nervous, or curious. In this episode, Kindra offers tips on what makes for good storytelling and how you can practice telling them. According to her, there are four critical components to storytelling, and you can start using them right now. Whether you give weekly presentations or are working on your very first, Kindra's advice for telling better stories can only help. Sponsored by Athletic Greens - https://athleticgreens.com/futur Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

187 - How to tell your story — with Chris Do

por The Futur

Storytelling is one of the fundamental ways humans connect. It’s how we learn, exchange ideas, and entertain ourselves. At its core, storytelling is communication. This episode comes from a live Twitter Space talk Chris Do, and Anneli Hansson hosted. The topic: how to tell your own story. The conversation opens with how powerful good storytelling is. A well-crafted story is relatable and will draw you in, making the storyteller themselves inherently more interesting. Storytelling plays a crucial role in the world of branding and marketing. How you present yourself, your business, and your work tell a story. Often, that story looks and sounds like many other people’s stories, which makes it challenging for you to stand out in a crowded market space. The good news is that everyone has a unique story to tell. And by sharing it, you create a unique space for yourself. The challenge is learning how to be your true self and not the idealized version of you. To quote Emma Coates’ 22 Story Rules, “You admire a character for trying more than for their successes.” If you struggle with standing out or think that your story isn’t interesting, this episode is for you. Chris shares several valuable tips and methods for finding and telling your own stories. Sponsored by BetterHelp - https://betterhelp.com/futur Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

186 - How Brand Strategy Works — with Mika Saulitis

por The Futur

Mika Saulitis is the Director of Creative Strategy at branding and design studio, Trollbäck+Company. But what does a Director of Brand Strategy do exactly? As Mika puts it, there are two core components: strategy and creativity. Strategy involves strategic thinking, writing positioning statements, and determining the brand’s voice—the invisible traits of a brand. Creativity arrives in more tangible forms, like campaigns, videos, concepts, and copywriting. In this episode, Mika shares how he navigated the design industry and transitioned from fetching lunch orders to facilitating high-profile strategy sessions. Mika and Chris delve into how brand strategy works. The process, the pitfalls, and why the last thing a client wants is a “yes” person. If you work in or are curious about brand strategy, what it is, or how it works, then give this episode a listen. Mika is generous with what he’s learned and how he learned it. Maybe his story can help you. Sponsored by: Athletic Greens - https://athleticgreens.com/futur Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

185 - You don’t need to be an expert — with Graham Cochrane

por The Futur

Graham Cochrane is an entrepreneur, YouTuber, and business coach whose mission is to help other people start their own businesses. You might be thinking, “Great. Another online business guru telling me to sign up for their seminar while they pose in front of a rented Lamborghini.” But you would be wrong. In 2009, right after the financial collapse, Graham was laid off. He and his wife had recently purchased a house and just had their first baby. Not a great place to be. After struggling to find work and being unable to make enough through freelance work, Graham saw an opportunity, and a side project was born. Graham had unintentionally founded The Recording Revolution, the world’s largest online audio recording and music production resource. Years later, that little side project evolved into a seven-figure business with over twenty-thousand customers. The magic formula? Serve others. In this episode, Graham shares how spending his time and effort serving others has served him well. He and Chris talk about non-traditional ways to earn a living being creative, how to build a community, and why you don’t need to be an expert to teach. Graham was also generous enough to share the nuts and bolts of his business model and its financials. His first year in business, he earned $5,000, but by the end of his second, he was at $65,000, all from selling courses based on his experience. Sponsored by BetterHelp - https://betterhelp.com/futur Athletic Greens - https://athleticgreens.com/futur Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

184 - Taking Risks — with Jason Fried

por The Futur

Jason Fried is the founder and CEO of Basecamp. Once a web design firm (and operating under the name 37Signals), Basecamp unintentionally pivoted into building software with their namesake product. They also created the email app HEY, a fresh take on an old idea. As you can imagine, Jason is no stranger to change. In this episode, he shares how Basecamp accidentally came to be and the struggles they’ve encountered along the way. Like working remotely, building new products, and taking calculated risks that from the outside might look crazy. Change is inevitable, but it’s rarely easy, especially for a company where people are the driving force. Shifts in direction profoundly affect company culture, and how you manage that change can make or break your business. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

183 - What makes something valuable? — with Ron Baker

por The Futur

Ron Baker is a writer, speaker, educator, and recovering CPA. He is the author of seven best-selling books, most of which cover economic topics—specifically, value and pricing. Throughout history, value has always tied itself to labor. These many work hours cost this many dollars, also known as billable hours. The counter to this method is value-based pricing. This thing costs this many dollars because it is valuable to you. So, which is correct? Which is fair? In this episode, Ron and Chris dive deep into value, pricing, and the relationship between the two. Ron shares some great stories that clearly illustrate why value is determined by the utility it provides the consumer. They also discuss the concept of subscription-based pricing and why that model may find its way into everything from cars to creative services. Sponsored by BetterHelp - https://betterhelp.com/futur Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

182 - Learning Together — with Wes Kao

por The Futur

Wes Kao is co-founder of Maven, a platform that helps creators build cohort-based courses. Before that, she co-founded the altMBA with acclaimed author and marketer Seth Godin. If you’re not yet familiar with them, cohort-based courses (CBCs) are a not-so-new way of learning with a group of other people. They take the best parts of traditional classroom education and blend them with online classes to create a rich learning experience. In this episode, Wes shares why CBCs are the best way to learn and why it’s crucial you always test (and validate) your course idea. Having a substantial social following doesn’t guarantee a courses’ success. If you have an idea for a course, give this episode a listen before moving forward. And be sure to check out Wes’s free course accelerator. Sponsored by Grin.co - https://grin.co Athletic Greens - https://athleticgreens.com/futur Peloton - https://onepeloton.com/app Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

181 - Making The Internet Fun Again — with Daniel Savage

por The Futur

Daniel Savage is a lot of things. A director, graphic designer, illustrator, animator, musician, and artist. He’s spent the last fifteen years trying lots of creative things for both enjoyment and to pay the bills. Nowadays, he does a little bit of everything and makes sure he’s having fun while doing it. We talk with Daniel about connecting the dots in his career path and how he went from studying avant-garde percussion to designing animated patterns for Volvo. One through line in Daniel’s body of work is how he brings graphic design and hand drawn forms together. It’s a unique trademark that’s found a place in his latest experiment: Infinite Grid. A limited edition series of generative NFT animations that blend his sense of design, illustration, and rhythm together. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

180 - Forget The Algorithm — with Jake Fellman

por The Futur

Jake Fellman is a self-taught 3D artist who spends his time making original, animated content for YouTube and TikTok. As of this episode, Jake has 10.9M YouTube subscribers and 11.7M TikTok followers—so whatever he’s making people enjoy watching. The videos Jake creates are anywhere from ten to thirty seconds long and often reference pop-culture and video games, like Among Us and Poppy Playtime. These animated shorts walk the line between comedy and horror and typically involve a surreal twist. In this episode, Jake tells us about how he got started making these animations, the meteoric rise in their popularity, and what his plans are for the future. If you are interested in making your own content for YouTube or TikTok, then don’t miss this one. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

179 - The Science Of Sleep — with Nicoline Douwes

por The Futur

Nicoline Douwes is a Dutch dream expert and sleep activist. Her mission? Show everyone how to wake up with new ideas and fresh insights. While our bodies sleep, our minds continue to work. Processing what we’ve experienced and what’s troubling us—all while making new, uninhibited connections between thoughts. In this fascinating Clubhouse conversation, Nicoline and Chris dive into what happens in our brains while we sleep. They get into a bit of science, explain why dreams get so weird, and share useful tips about how to process your own dreams. Sponsored by Grin.co - https://grin.co BetterHelp - https://betterhelp.com/futur Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

178 - Just Do The Work (Pt. 3 of 3) — with Chris Do

por The Futur

In final episode of our three-part passion versus profit series, Chris and Rodrigo agree to never have this conversation again. In exchange, Rodrigo makes a public commitment to remain focused on his business and sets a clear financial goal. But it doesn’t end there. Chris helps Rodrigo plot the course to achieve that goal and offers a useful equation that anyone can use to do the same. To wrap up this conversational trilogy, Chris reminds us that life is about making hard decisions. When things don’t work out, don’t change your goal. Change the plan. Sponsored by Athletic Greens - https://athleticgreens.com/futur Jenni Kayne - https://jennikayne.com Peloton - https://onepeloton.com/app Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

177 - Design Your Life (Pt. 2 of 3) — with Chris Do

por The Futur

In part two of our three-part passion versus profit conversation, Chris, Rodrigo, Mo and Niddy pick up where they left off: to succeed you need a clear goal and to remain focused on it. The benefits of living this way are clear. It’s how Chris built his design agency and ultimately The Futur. But at what cost? To quote Chris, “I worked like an animal.” That lifestyle isn’t for everyone, but to Chris’s point, you have the freedom to design your own life. Whether you achieve that goal depends on how committed you are to it. It’s tough to stay the course and resist new and shiny distraction, but it pays to play the long game. Sponsored by Athletic Greens - https://athleticgreens.com/futur BetterHelp - https://betterhelp.com/futur Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

176 - Should You Follow Passion or Profit? (Pt. 1 of 3) — with Chris Do

por The Futur

How do you make decisions about your life? Do you follow what brings you happiness and makes you feel good? Or do you remove emotion from the process and remain focused and objective? Most of us land somewhere in the middle on that spectrum. Juggling the pursuit of our ever-changing interests while working a job that pays the bills. But what happens when your time is equally split between the two and you’re unhappy with that juggling act? In this special three-part episode, Chris helps Rodrigo work through a dilemma. One that places him at an important fork in the road: keep working on the business he’s tirelessly built or give it all up and pursue his dream to become a YouTuber. Part one focuses on what the two options look like for Rodrigo. Which brings more joy, which brings more revenue, and ultimately which he should focus on. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

175 - NFTs For Newbies — with Rich Cardona

por The Futur

Rich Cardona is a retired Marine, podcaster, and NFT enthusiast. In fact, his podcast NFTs for Newbies, is one of the most popular shows on the subject. In this fun and informative conversation Rich takes us into the budding world of NFTs. He explains what an NFT is, how they work, and helps make sense of the jargon associated with them—gas fees and all. It is a fascinating new world, filled with both potential and problems. Rich shares his experience with both sides of that coin. On the one hand, this powerful technology is relatively new and ripe with opportunity, beyond solely financial benefit. On the other, there is a massive energy cost that may have a size-able ecological impact. According to Rich, it’s too early to tell if the hype is real or a fleeting trend that will devastate our planet. One thing he’s certain of though: NFTs aren’t going away. Whatever your opinion on NFTs, give this conversation a listen and let Chris know (via Twitter) what you think of his idea. We won’t spoil it for you. You’ll just have to listen to the end of the episode. Sponsored by Feedback Loop - https://go.feedbackloop.com/chris Sponsored by Grin.co - https://grin.co Sponsored by BetterHelp - https://betterhelp.com/futur Sponsored by Springobard - https://springboard.com (use code NYTHEFUTURE1250) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

174 - How to Think On Your Feet — with Erin Diehl

por The Futur

Have you ever tried improv? Neither had Chris, until he met Erin Diehl. Erin is a former experential marketer and veteran improviser that conducts workshops leveraging improv techniques to improve employees’ skills in corporate settings. That’s right. She brings improv to the corporate world. One of her many mottos: Inspire, don’t perspire. In this episode, Erin shares her story of starting out sweaty and terrified of trying improv, to then wielding it as a powerful communication and teamworking tool. It makes sense. Improv is about staying in the moment, listening, and—more than anything—making other people look good. Improv teaches you how to postpone judgement, think on your feet, and trust your gut. Not unlike some of the advice you may hear from Chris. If you’re shy or introverted, then give this episode a good listen. And in those moments of panic or distress, Erin suggests surrendering to that feeling so you can then move through it. Sponsored by Jenni Kayne - Visit jennikayne.com and use promo code FUTUR to save 15% Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

173 - How to Stay Curious — with Aaron Duffy

por The Futur

Aaron Duffy is the Executive Creative Director and co-founder of boutique creative agency, Special Guest. He also works as a director with acclaimed production company, 1st Avenue Machine. In this inspirational chat, Aaron shares the story of how a project he wasn’t excited about (and nearly turned down) propelled his career forward and landed him a coveted Super Bowl ad. Sponsored by Real Vision - https://realvision.com/crypto Sponsored by Athletic Greens - https://athleticgreens.com/futur Sponsored by Skillshare - https://skillshare.com/futur Sponsored by BetterHelp - https://betterhelp.com/futur Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

172 - Why you dread doing the work — with Nick Harauz

por The Futur

Nick Harauz is a content creator, video editing expert, and student of the creative process. He's also a certified Adobe, Apple, and Avid trainer and founder of Creative 111; a company that specializes in video and motion graphics training. You might recognize him from instructional videos all over adobe.com. In this episode, Nick and Chris talk about the challenges of teaching (and learning) online, how they each prepare for presentations, and why starting is the hardest part of the creative process. Nick also shares an incredible (and kind of funny) story about how his camera was stolen during a shoot! Further proof that there is always someone watching. Sponsored by Real Vision - https://realvision.com/crypto Sponsored by Peloton - https://onepeloton.com/app Sponsored by Athletic Greens - https://athleticgreens.com/futur Sponsored by Skillshare - https://skillshare.com/futur Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

171 - Own who you are — with Carlos Segura

por The Futur

Carlos Segura is the founder of award-winning design firm, Segura Inc. He also founded digital type foundry T26, whose fonts you can find everywhere. Over the last 30 plus years, Carlos has built (and lived) an extraordinary life and career. And he’s done it on his own terms, whether you like it or not. In this candid conversation, Carlos shares what he’s learned along the way. From surviving the violence he faced growing up in Miami, to stumbling into what would change his life forever (spoiler alert: graphic design). Beyond his origin story, Chris and Carlos also discuss his business’ ethos and its unique creative contracts. Contracts that have stirred up controversy with some calling them arrogant, pompous, and even combative. But those words don’t matter to Carlos. Because if he’s not for you, that’s okay. At least he owns who he is. Sponsored by Nearside - https://nearside.com/thefutur Sponsored by BetterHelp - https://betterhelp.com/futur Sponsored by Jenni Kayne - https://jennikayne.com (use code FUTUR) Sponsored by Springobard - https://springboard.com (use code NYTHEFUTURE1250) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

170 - Into the Creative Unknown — with Tuna Bora

por The Futur

Tuna Bora is an acclaimed Turkish visual artist whose clients include Google, Nike, Netflix, and Coca Cola. She’s won awards for her unique design work on several VR and AR projects and continue to explore new creative spaces. In this conversation, Tuna shares her story of immigrating to the United States alone in hopes of pursuing a career working in feature film animation. But after graduating in 2008—right at the start of the financial collapse—was met with very few opportunities. She talks about unintentionally starting a daily drawing Instagram account (thats been going strong for seven plus years), directing projects with DreamWorks, and why she’s stoked about working in new, unexplored creative spaces like VR and gaming Tuna also shares her experience with the unhealthy downsides of working with extreme focus and why just because you put more hours in does not mean the work is better. Sponsored by Nearside - https://nearside.com/thefutur Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

169 - Start before you’re ready — with Hoodzpah

por The Futur

You might better know Jen and Amy Hood by their clever business name: Hoodzpah. The California-born, Kentucky-raised twin sisters co-founded their brand identity and type design studio because they had to. And before they were ready to. In this episode, Jen and Amy talk shop with us about how Hoodzpah came to be, the source of their entrepreneurial spirit, taking joy in doing the work, and how they’ve landed coveted clients like Disney, Target, and Nike. The conversation gets even more interesting when Chris asks, “How much do you charge for a logo?” A question that ultimately leads to a spirited debate on pricing and relative value. If you’re a designer, or considering starting your own design business, then give this one a listen and learn from two helpful and acclaimed design pros. Sponsored by Charles Schwab - schwab.com/plan Sponsored by Springboard - https://bit.ly/springboard-the-futur (Promo Code: NYTHEFUTURE1250) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

168 - How to Build Authority — with Rochelle Moulton

por The Futur

Rochelle Moulton is a brand strategist and business coach that helps people (and their businesses) build authority. In this episode Rochelle shares how she prepares for important presentations, her experience self-publishing a book, the parallels of building a brand and building authority, and why having a vision for your business is imperative to its success. She also walks Chris through a niche-finding exercise that might help all your designers out there. Sponsored by Charles Schwab - schwab.com/plan Sponsored by Nearside - https://nearside.com/thefutur Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

167 - How to Design a Presentation — with Ashley Smithers

por The Futur

A great presentation will inspire you. It will leave you feeling excited, energized and most importantly: wanting more. But a bad presentation will put you to sleep. Ashley Smithers specializes in presentation design. She's helped people prepare for TED talks, design important fundraising decks, and even worked with former vice presidents on their presentations. In this clubhouse discussion, Ashley offers five tips to help you step up your pitch game. And Chris matches her. Between the two of them you'll get over ten pro tips and techniques for giving dynamite presentations. From how to structure your deck, to telling a great story, and even what to do with your hands. After listening to this conversation, you'll be equipped to give an engaging and compelling presentation of your own. Sponsored by BetterHelp - https://betterhelp.com/futur Sponsored by Storyblocks - https://storyblocks.com/futur Sponsored by Springboard - https://bit.ly/springboard-the-futur (Promo Code: NYTHEFUTURE1250) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

166 - Death by a thousand cuts — with Anthony Banks

por The Futur

We last we spoke with Anthony way back in 2018, in episode 148 to be exact. At the time, he felt stagnant at his current job. Though his needs were met, there wasn’t much opportunity for growth. Cut to three years later: the world is a different place and Anthony is now right where he wants to be. But where is that? Did he remove those golden handcuffs in pursuit of something more? Did he ride out the slow boat to nowhere? Or did he do something else entirely? In this episode we find out what path Anthony chose and ultimately what led him there. If you missed part one of this conversation, do yourself a favor and go listen to it. Then come back and hear the rest of the story. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

165 - Is The Futur a Cult? — with Ivy Malik

por The Futur

Welcome to our second installment of 5 rounds. In this episode, we welcome creative sales coach (and Futur Pro Group member) Ivy Malik to the show. Her mission: grill Chris Do with a series of five tough questions. And she does not disappoint. Ivy tasks Chris with questions about how to be your true self in both public and private, why he dislikes the current state of educational sales, the role emotion plays in his decision making, and the biggest one of all: is The Futur a cult? Sponsored by Skillshare - skillshare.com/futur Sponsored by BetterHelp - betterhelp.com/futur Sponsored by Storyblocks - storyblocks.com/futur Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

164 - The Art of Sales and Negotiation — with Chris Do

por The Futur

If you were to order an expensive meal at a nice restaurant, but then asked if they could knock 50% off of the price, how would your waiter respond? Probably not well. Of all the possible replies, the most likely one would be, “I’m sorry, we can’t do that.” Which is not surprising. So then why do people in the creative business bend to such requests from clients? In this fun Clubhouse talk, Chris helps people with their pricing and negotiation troubles by roleplaying scenarios with them. When do you push? When do you pull? And what do you listen for? Following a pre-written sales script is easy, but when conversational curveballs are thrown at you, they fall apart. Hear how Chris approaches these delicate discussions and learn why being in the moment and listening is all you need. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

163 - How to get more from what you read — with Chris Do

por The Futur

Have you ever read a lengthy paragraph from a book and then sort of woken up and asked yourself, “Wait. What did I just read?” You and us both. Reading is a fantastic way to learn, but if you don’t retain that precious information then what is the point? In this Clubhouse discussion Chris shares his approach to reading books. How he reads, his note taking method, and why he suggests you read a book three times. And he is joined by The Futur Pro Group members, Stephanie Owens and Rahul Bhogal. Whether you are a bookworm or not, you will pick up a few practical tips to get more out of what you read. So join us while we explore and discuss the powerful magic of language and written word. Sponsored by Skillshare - https://skillshare.com/futur Sponsored by BetterHelp - https://betterhelp.com/futur Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

162 - Is Being a Designer Enough? — with Rodrigo and Anneli

por The Futur

In the corporate world, climbing the proverbial ladder seems common. To get ahead (and make more money) you must climb through the ranks. But in the creative industry, it feels different. We pursue a career in the arts because we're passionate about things like design, photography, and animation. We enjoy making things ourselves. But is that enough to sustain a long career? Will we be aged-out of our jobs? Should we strive to be more than just the artisan? In this lively discussion, Chris is joined by Anneli Hansson, Rodrigo Tasca, and several more guests on Clubhouse to discuss these questions. They talk about what it means to be a designer versus a strategist and how the two relate. We also hear from a variety of guests that share their opinion and experience on the matter. Design is a multifaceted industry. There are many paths you can take. We hope this conversation helps you find yours. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

161 - What is Primal Branding? — with Patrick Hanlon

por The Futur

The concept of branding has been around since the dawn of human existence. It is hard-wired into us. Or as Patrick Hanlon refers to it: it’s our primal code. Patrick Hanlon is what many in the creative advertising world call the OG of branding. He is the founder and CEO of primalbranding.co, an acclaimed branding group with an impressive roster of Fortune 100 companies. Patrick also authored a book of the same name (Primal Branding) that has become required reading for the marketing departments of hugely successful companies like Google. In this episode, Patrick and Chris discuss this fascinating perspective of branding as an innate, definitive, and predictive concept. One that connects directly to what it means to be human. If you are a student of branding, then study this conversation. Patrick shares his branding insights and provides excellent examples along the way. Sponsored by Skillshare - https://skillshare.com/futur Sponsored by BetterHelp - https://betterhelp.com/futur Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

160 - You Are Here (For Now) — with Adam JK

por The Futur

Adam J. Kurtz (aka Adam JK) is a designer, artist, and speaker whose illustrative work is rooted in honesty, humor and a little darkness. In this episode, we welcome Adam back to the show to talk about what it’s like writing a book about optimism when it feels like you’re living in an end-of-the-world movie. Adam and Chris also discuss their experience with therapy (and the immense benefit it has on your mental health), how to write like you speak, and why perfection is overrated. Sponsored by Storyblocks - https://www.storyblocks.com/futur Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

159 - Done is Better Than Perfect — with Martha, Jule, and Lola

por The Futur

This episode comes from a discussion held on Clubhouse. The topic: perfectionism. Where it comes from and why it hinders your growth. Better said (and by Winston Churchhill), “Perfection is the enemy of progress.” In this talk, Chris is joined by The Futur Pro Group members Martha Cristina Garza, Jule Kim, and Lola Bakare. Each of them share their experience with perfection getting the best of them. So, how do you fight that intrinsic need to make something perfect before you share it? According to Chris: stay away from the results and enjoy the process. Jim Rohn famously said that success leaves clues, but failure leaves better ones. If anything, it is a gift. Think about this way—everyone that you look up to was once where you are today. They took that first step. They started. And they probably failed at least once. FAIL. First attempt in learning. Sponsored by BetterHelp - https://betterhelp.com/futur Sponsored by LightStream - https://lightstream.com/futur Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

158 - The Difference Between Art and Design — with Loyola Marymount University

por The Futur

This episode comes from a livestream we hosted via YouTube in early 2020. In it, Chris fields questions from a group of design majors visiting from Loyola Marymount University. The Q&A covers topics like the difference between art and design, demonstrating your value to clients, what to charge for your work, and why there is truly nothing new under the sun. Sponsored by Storyblocks - https://www.storyblocks.com/futur Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

157 - What is experience design? — with David Schwarz

por The Futur

David Schwarz is an award-winning creative leader and one of the founding partners of acclaimed experience design agency, Hush. He’s spent his career designing brand experiences that integrate content, interactivity, architecture and technology. But what is experience design? It depends on where you are and who you ask. From where David stands experience design is about creating an immersive, three-dimensional, sensory experience in the real world. And affecting how you and I feel as we move through it. In this episode, David shares how his agency approaches designing these unique experiences and the impending blur between the physical world and the digital world. Sponsored by BetterHelp - https://betterhelp.com/futur Sponsored by Skillshare - https://skillshare.com/futur Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

156 - You are one decision away — with Kyle Quilausing

por The Futur

Once in a while we come across a story that we believe is worth sharing, even though it might not fit within the topics we generally talk about. Kyle Quilausing’s story is one of those. He’s gone from triumph, to tragedy, and back again. A sequence of events that touches on a recurring theme for our show: resilience. How we each find our way out of a dark place and the belief that it is never too late to become the person you are meant to be. Kyle’s message is simple: you are one decision away from living your dream or nightmare life. Either way, you get to decide. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

155 - How to run your own YouTube channel — with Charli Marie

por The Futur

What does it take to run your own YouTube channel? According to Charli Marie, putting in the work is a good place to start. We know that’s not the advice you wanted to hear. But that’s the practical truth. You have to do the hard work. By day, Charli is Creative Director at ConvertKit. A creative marketing platform made for creators. And also by day, she is a YouTuber on a mission to help designers improve their worth as professionals. It almost sounds too good to be true, but Charli has built herself what some may call a dream job. On her personal channel, she shares what she’s working on at her day job. The good, the bad, and even the financial aspects of it. Which makes her content so fascinating. These are real projects with real stakes attached to them. In this episode, Charli and Chris discuss how she balances these two roles, that can be at odds from time to time, and her strategy for doing so. But most of the conversation centers around what it’s like running your own YouTube channel. The benefits, the frustrations, and the awkwardness of recording yourself. If you aspire to start your own YouTube channel then give this episode a listen. It’s a long game, but you can learn from those that have played it. This episode is sponsored by Storyblocks - https://www.storyblocks.com/futur Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

154 - Round 5: Success leaves clues — with Mo Ismail

por The Futur

In the final round, Mo and Chris discuss what success means and how you can reverse engineer someone else’s. If you’re thinking, “but how do I effectively do that?” then you are asking the wrong question. There are no shortcuts. The path is tough and you will struggle. There is no way around it. But the reward you get, is efficiency. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

153 - Round 4: Change the plan, not the goal — with Mo Ismail

por The Futur

In round 4, Mo and Chris discuss goals and expectations. When it comes to setting goals, you should be uncompromising in them, but flexible in how you achieve them. If the plan is not working, change the plan, not the goal. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

152 - Round 3: A long term sacrifice — with Mo Ismail

por The Futur

Round 3 is all about balance. Mo asks something personal of Chris: how do you balance this uncompromising purpose and your responsibility as a husband and father? It’s a fantastic question and something that many people struggle with. Especially when it comes to making big, scary decisions. As the expression goes, if you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

151 - Round 2: Failure is the building block — with Mo Ismail

por The Futur

In round 2, Chris and Mo tackle the concept of ikigai. That is, how to live your life to it’s fullest potential. Theoretically, it makes good sense, but when it comes to taking action so few of us have the courage to do so. We are creatures of habit and comfort. The hard work and failure that leads to fulfillment is not an easy sell. But why is that? And how can you persevere in spite of that discomfort? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

150 - Round 1: Remove emotion from the equation — with Mo Ismail

por The Futur

To celebrate our 150th episode of The Futur podcast we are releasing a new episode every day this week for a total of 5 episodes. We call them 5 Rounds with Mo. In each episode The Futur Pro Group member and friend of the show, Mo Ismail, will ask Chris a tough question and he won’t let him off the hook until he’s happy with the answer. In round one, Mo asks Chris about how he’s able to break big, complex problems down into something that anyone can understand. And how he does it without letting his emotions interfere. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

149 - The Brand Doctor — with Henry Kaminski Jr.

por The Futur

Henry Kaminski Jr. is a self-taught graphic designer and brand consultant. Over the past decade he’s built a multi-million dollar design business. But the road there was filled with rusty nails. Some of which were ready to force him off the road and into a ditch. In this episode, Henry shares his origin story. From surviving his tumultuous youth to earning his first million. Since he and Chris are close, it feels like you’re listening to old friends having a sincere—and at times difficult—candid conversation. Chris and Henry talk about the dynamics of business, family and how when the two overlap it can lead to a lifetime of trouble and heartache. Think of this conversation as part business story, part therapy. It’s rare that we’re able to be this vulnerable on our show and a kind reminder that we can learn a lot when we do allow ourselves to be. Sponsored by Storyblocks - storyblocks.com/futur Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

148 - Golden Handcuffs — with Anthony Banks

por The Futur

Are you familiar with the term “golden handcuffs”? It’s a phrase that refers to financial incentives given to employees to make them stick around. Because when you have everything you need, why would you ever want to leave? In this episode, we talk with illustrator, graphic designer, and Futur Pro Group member, Anthony Banks who—at the time this was recorded in 2018—was considering a big career move. But he is conflicted. His job is stable. It pays well. All of which is good for his family. For all intents and purposes, Anthony is doing just fine. But is fine enough? Or, without any room to grow in his current position, is he riding a slow boat to nowhere? The conversation you’re about to hear is from 2018. The world feels like a different place now, but our the dilemma remains the same: are golden handcuffs worth it? We do the math and find out. Sponsors Skillshare - https://skillshare.com/futur BetterHelp - https://betterhelp.com/futur Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

147 - Hey Chris: How do I find my purpose? — with Chris Do and Greg Gunn

por The Futur

Welcome to another special episode format we call Hey Chris. We take listener submitted questions and make Chris answer them on the spot. No reading them ahead of time. No preparation. No time to think. Just a candid conversation between Chris Do and Greg Gunn. In this episode we answer four unique questions about topics like how to apply value based pricing (and when not to), positioning your business, whether to spend your time learning or doing, and and how to find your purpose. Have a question for Chris? Visit thefutur.com/heychris and ask away. This episode is sponsored by Storyblocks - https://www.storyblocks.com/futur Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

49 - [Rebroadcast] Creative Strategy — with Douglas Davis

por The Futur

When he would get sent to detention, he’d spend his time there drawing for hours. And despite growing up in a super small town in South Carolina, he had access to an amazing art program. With the help of a nurturing mother, and a lot of talent and hustle, Douglas worked his way into a design career but always wanted more. He had spent a lot of his life creating, but came to a point where he wanted to explore the business side as well, and moved into strategy. In this week's conversation, Chris talks to Douglas about growing up and going to school with very few resources, moving into the world of strategy and the value it has provided both for Douglas's clients and himself, and Douglas's hustle as a teacher, bringing up a new generation. Douglas shares his unique perspective on life itself and how important it is to do what you love. “Life is long,” Douglas says. “Do you want to spend your life going to a job you hate?” After completing an arts program from Hampton University, Douglas took his resume and experience and applied to Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. He studied communication design and discovered the problem-solving capabilities of graphic design. During his time at Pratt, Douglas was inspired to teach and work in the industry he had grown to love so much. When he was just 22 years old, Douglas was found and hired at Juno Online Services, but lost the job a year later when a recession hit. Then, when he was kicked out of his apartment at 25 years old, he became an adjunct professor. With so many forces going against him, Douglas persevered through curveball after curveball. He learned to hustle and keep going despite the scarcity of opportunities. Douglas’s story is nothing short of inspiring. We highly encourage you to listen and hear how he turned from designer to strategist, to now teach other creatives the business of design. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

146 - A fighter’s mindset — with Ognjen Topic

por The Futur

The internet can make people look very one dimensional. When in reality, they are far from. Ognjen Topic is a great example of that. He is a graphic designer and also a three time world champion in the competitive martial art, Muy Thai. You’ll hear about Ognjen’s tumultuous life journey as a Serbian born in Bosnia. Civil war forced his family to flee the country and ultimately immigrate to the United States where he fell in love with graphic design and developed a secret fighting career. You might think that fighting and design don’t have much in common, and you’re probably right. But one important concept they do share is mindset. So how do you prepare when your life (or serious injury) is on the line? What kind of training do you need? And how can you develop the mental fortitude it takes to survive? Not to overdramatize creative work, but putting yourself out there and taking on jobs can be scary. Maybe not get punched in the liver scary, but emotionally just as frightening. In this episode, our Ognjen shares his mindset for how to use your fear as a tool to help guide you through a scary situation. - Sponsored by Storyblocks https://www.storyblocks.com/futur Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

145 - Why the world need creative thinkers — with Chris Do

por The Futur

This episode comes from a Clubhouse Q&A hosted by Billy and Glenn Lundy of Breakfast with Champions. During this candid chat, they ask Chris a series of questions about mindset and marketing. Things like how and why you should be specific with your goals, what creativity really means (hint: it’s not just for artists and designers), and why our future is in the hands of creative thinkers. Also, there is a great listener Q&A where people put Chris on the spot and he offers real time, personalized guidance. If you have any interest in changing your mindset—especially about marketing—then you will love this one. Thank you to Skillshare for sponsoring this episode: https://www.skillshare.com/futur Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

144 - How to make yourself indispensable — with Kirsty Minns

por The Futur

We talk a lot about branding. What it is, what it means, and how it works. But Kirsty Minns lives it. And excels in it at the highest creative level. Kirsty is the executive creative director at Mother Design in London. Mother is a world famous agency and you’ve probably come in contact with one of their incredible campaigns at some point. In this episode, we follow Kirsty through her entire career and hear about the personal and professional choices she made that ultimately lead her to where she is today. You’ll hear about what drives Kirsty’s endless curiosity, how she specializes in not specializing, and why playing the comparison game will only lead you to unhappiness. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

143 - Make enemies, gain friends — with Freddie Ost

por The Futur

If punk rock were a genre of design agency, then SNASK would be the Sex Pistols. As they state on their website, SNASK is a “creative agency of misfit geniuses conquering the world through fine lookin’ design and real emotions. To worry about what people think of us is a waste of time.” Freddie Ost is the founder of SNASK and we were fortunate enough to have him on the show and really get to know the person behind the eccentric agency. In the spirit of his business, the conversation oscillates between emotional vulnerability and playfulness. So if all goes well, you will laugh, cry, and be inspired in no particular order. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

142 - Copywriting and Cold Emails — with Cole Schafer

por The Futur

Copywriting is hard. Which is why we always appreciate great copy when we see it. It’s usually simple, clear, and tickles your brain if written well. Cole Schafer is a creative writer. By day he runs a small advertising business called Honey Copy. By night, he writes and publishes poetry under the alias, January Black. He’s got a lot to say and he does it without mincing words. But in a way that will make you smirk. In this episode, Cole and Chris talk about the nuance and challenges of language and how to wield it with grace. We’ll hear about how he found writing, why he left a well-paying agency job for manual labor, and how to name a $15 cookie so that people will happily buy it. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

141 - Everything is a Remix — with Kirby Ferguson

por The Futur

Humans are inherent copy machines. Emulation is how we learn to walk, talk and navigate the world. But when it comes to ideas—especially ones we deem “original”—things are different. We become hyper critical of imitation and resent anything close to a copy of our own. Obsessing over ideological ownership. But what we don’t do, is turn that critical lens on ourself. Copy, transform, and combine. According to Kirby Ferguson, this is the recipe for creativity. Kirby is a filmmaker, speaker, and writer. You probably know him best from his acclaimed documentary, Everything is a Remix. You can watch it for free on YouTube and we promise that it will change that way you think about originality And maybe help you let go of that inner critic. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

140 - What is Human-Centered Design? — with Lauren Schwendimann

por The Futur

Picture yourself at the airport. You’ve just returned from a long, arduous flight and you are exhausted. The last thing you want is to get in your car and make the lengthy drive home. So you open a ride sharing app, hail a car, and moments later you are on your way home. And the car is driving itself while you nap in the back seat. Strangely enough, if you live in the metro-Phoenix area, you can do that. All with the help of autonomous ride service, Waymo. Lauren Schwendimann is the interaction design lead for Waymo. Her and her team are responsible for designing all consumer touch points for the company. Both the app and the rider experience. If you thought designing a website was tough, imagine designing a driverless car experience. How do you quell that innate fear and skepticism of a robot driving you around? In this episode, we talk about human-centered design, the inherent challenges of new technology, and what skills you need to be a great UX designer. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

139 - How to start your own design agency — with Dan Mall

por The Futur

When you think of a design agency you might imagine a large, bustling office, with an open floor plan, teaming with creative people. And most of the time, reality would meet your expectations. But not all of the time. Because that's not what Philadelphia based agency, Superfriendly, is. It’s not even close. Superfriendly is a distributed design collaborative. Which means their team members reside all over the world. Like specialized creative agents, they are tapped to collaborate on projects that maximize both their skill and their personal experience. Our guest in this episode—Dan Mall—is the founder and sole employee of Superfriendly. Dan shares how and why he structured his agency the way he did and why having the right people in the room is how you win. You will also hear how Dan reverse engineered his entire career. From entry level designer to agency strategist and the double-edged sword of youthful arrogance. But the most compelling part of this conversation is how Dan and Chris discuss pricing. You’re probably familiar with the various pricing models. Like hourly, value-based, cost plus, etc. But have you ever thought about the ethics involved in each? Some may think value-based pricing is unethical. Others might argue that charging hourly is. Who’s right? And what’s the most important part of the equation? We’ll let you decide, but we suggest you listen to this episode first. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

124 - Deep Dive: Pricing Creative Work — with Michael Janda

por The Futur

This deep dive episode comes from a livestream we held way back in 2019 on The Futur’s YouTube channel. Our guest, Michael Janda, is the author of the best-selling book Burn Your Portfolio. He’s also a seasoned ad agency executive who helps creative entrepreneurs make more money with less stress. In this episode, we aim our focus on pricing creative work. A topic that every creative professional has struggles with. Michael walks you through a step by step process on how to price your work and how to parse all the variables that come with it. Things like production cost, market value, and client budget, to name a few. If you ever find yourself lost in the bidding process or pulling numbers out of thin air, then get ready to get schooled. Because you’re about to get a crash course in pricing creative work. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

125 - Find Your Creative Courage — with Mario Quezada

por The Futur

“Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear — not absence of fear.” This poignant quote from Mark Twain taps into the theme of this episode: grit. As in fortitude, guts, backbone Think about the most accomplished people that you admire. What drives them? What is that endless source of fuel that keeps their fire burning? Especially through the darkest and coldest of nights. Our guest today, Mario Quezada, is a brand strategist and owner of a small design and branding agency in Honolulu, Hawaii. He is also an alumni of Art Center College of Art and Design. The same prestigious design school that Chris Do attended. In this episode, Mario and Chris talk about their experience growing up, feeling lost, and dealing with the ugly racism that the world showed them. They also swap stories about their unique experience at Art Center. The culture, the smell of the building, and the teachers that challenged their thinking and opened their mind to the possibilities of graphic design. Like Mr. Twain said: courage is resistance to fear. It builds character. And in this candid conversation, you’ll get to hear how two people navigate that fear. And how showing courage through it all got them to where they are today. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

127 - Quantity Leads to Quality — with Herbert Lui

por The Futur

When you hear the term “side hustle”, how does it make you feel? Maybe you get excited and think of that one thing you’re passionate about. Or maybe it sends a cringe-filled chill down your spine. We ask because this episode’s guest, Herbert Lui, really hates that phrase. And he’s not alone. You may recall our conversation with Austin Kleon where he shared his own contempt for that same term. When it comes to words and language, nuance is everything. Two people can say the exact same thing, yet each mean something quite different. That important nuance is often amplified in writing. One person’s hustle, is another person’s cringe. Herbert Lui is a writer and the editorial director at WonderShuttle. If you’re an avid reader—and a Kanye West fan—then you may have already read some of his work. He is the author of the unique ebook, The World According to Kanye. It’s really interesting and also free to read, so check it out when you get a chance. What we enjoyed most about the conversation you’re going to hear is how much it challenged the way we think about creativity. And how important it is to make room for (and be receptive to) other perspectives. That’s what creativity is, right? Finding unexpected and alternative ways to see things. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

128 - How to Become a Creative Director — with Adam Morgan

por The Futur

What do you think it means to be a creative director? It’s not a trick question. Take a moment to think about it. What does a creative director do exactly? What skills do they need to do it? You might think that being a great creative director is all about honing your craft and having a creative vision for your work. In other words, it’s all about you and your creative decisions. But is that true? This episode comes from a livestream we held in early 2019. It’s all about answering the question: how do you become a creative director? And it comes from good authority. Our guest, Adam Morgan, is an Executive Creative Director at Adobe. Adam outlines nine steps to take on the path to becoming a creative director. And guess what? Eight of them have little to do with the quality of your work. We won’t spoil anything for you, but we agree with Adam. What makes you a great creative, won’t necessarily make you a great creative director. So instead of asking, “How do I become a creative director?” The more important question might be, “Is this the right path for me?” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

129 - Teaching the Business of Design — with Abby Guido

por The Futur

If you could go back in time and learn something new, what would it be? What thing would you study to better equip you for the world and you live in today? In the business world, designers now have a seat at table. They do more than just make things pretty. Their decisions and actions have a direct impact on the bottom line. Which means they have a responsibility to the business. Something that isn’t taught in art school. Our guest in this episode, Abby Guido, is an assistant professor of graphic and interactive design at Tyler School of Art and Architecture, Temple University. She’s got an MBA, her own design practice, and one piece of advice for her students: focus. Abby and Chris discuss teaching philosophies, the role teachers play in the creative process, and try to answer the question: what should we teach people? The two don’t agree on every little thing, but they do agree on this portfolio advice: if they can’t figure out who you are and what you do in less than 60 seconds, they’re moving on to someone else. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

130 - How to Price Your Work — with Tom Hirst

por The Futur

When it comes to talking about money, a lot of creative folk tend to get uncomfortable. Many of us believe that the work should speak for itself. And that the cost of something correlates with how long it takes to produce. But that’s not always true. There are plenty of ways to bill for your work. Hourly, daily, fixed price, value-based, and retainer. There’s even the good old barter system. Which way is the best? And is it fair and ethical to not bill for the time you spend on something? If these are questions you struggle with answering, then you are in the right place. Our guest, Tom Hirst, is a freelance web developer, author, and mentor. Beyond building custom websites, his specialty is pricing. How to think about it and how to talk about it with your clients. As much as we all want it to, talent alone will not magically get you work. No matter what business you’re in. You need to market, need to sell, and you certainly can’t shy away from talking about money. Do yourself—and your business—a favor and listen up. Because we’re going to change the way you think about pricing forever. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

126 - Deep Dive: Guide To Freelancing — with Jonathan Stark

por The Futur

Do you know the difference between a freelancer and a small business owner? We won’t spoil it for you, but there is an important mindset distinction. And it can change everything about the way you do business. In tis deep dive episode, we talk with former software developer and author, Jonathan Stark. If you’re a long time follower of The Futur, then you’ll recognize that name. Jonathan’s mission is to rid the world of hourly billing. And in this Q&A session, he explains how you can do that. Transcend the hired gun, competing on price, and become someone who’s paid for the quality of their ideas. Jonathan also fields other questions about how to find new leads, figuring out who you should market to, and the pros and cons of specializing. If you’re raking it in and loving life, then give this a casual listen. But the rest of us should listen more carefully and use these free nuggets of knowledge to help our creative business pursuits. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

131 - Why do you believe what you believe? — After Hours at The Futur

por The Futur

Why do you believe what you believe? How much of it was hardwired and how much of it did you inherit from other people? Like, for instance, your parents. This episode comes from a unique event that we like to call After Hours. It’s a raw, revealing, and open-ended discussion with Chris Do and some our friends from The Futur Pro Group. In this After Hours chat, we delve into how to reframe the way you think about goals. What they are, their meaning to you, and why looking to the past won’t help you today. And things get deep in this vulnerable pep talk. Albeit sage wisdom, you will hear tough love doled out from Chris. So buckle up, settle in, and please enjoy this deep chat, after hours at The Futur. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

132 - When your plan fails — with Pat Flynn

por The Futur

“Everyone has a plan 'till they get punched in the mouth.” We love that quote from Mike Tyson. It encapsulates life so well. You can do everything right—even go above and beyond—and still be a fantastic failure. But as they like to say: failure is inevitable. It’s how you deal with it that matters. Pat Flynn is an acclaimed podcaster, author, entrepreneur, and Pokémon card collector. Yes, you just read “Pokémon.” Growing up, he did everything right. Earned perfect grades. Landed the perfect, dream job. And then, was laid off. But that crushing defeat was the catalyst to his success to come. You might say that getting laid off was the best thing that ever happened to him. In this episode, Pat and Chris discuss failure’s role in success, the benefits of mastermind groups, and how helping others can truly change your life. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

133 - Brand Strategy and Advertising — with Tim Maleeny

por The Futur

To say that the advertising world is competitive, would be like saying that water is wet. People fight tooth and nail to land big clients. For every account that is won, another is lost. And missing the mark on a pitch you’ve poured your soul into can be heartbreaking. But advertising is also thrilling. You're given a unique problem and it's up to you and your teammates to solve it. Like group of creative detectives. In this episode we were given the rare opportunity to speak with someone operating at the highest level of advertising. Tim Maleeny is the President and Chief Strategy Officer for global agency, Havas. He also writes mystery novels. Tim explains how advertising, strategy, and just being a human all work together. In his twenty plus years working in the industry, he's learned what matters to clients and how to win people over. As an expert brand strategist he also knows when to sell, when to engage, and when to simply celebrate. If you work for an agency, run your own, or are just curious about how brand strategy in advertising works, then you will enjoy this chat. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

134 - Dungeons & Dragons & Dice — with Karen Wang (Part 1)

por The Futur

When you hear that someone is an “overnight success”, rarely did it happen overnight. But our guest in this episode is kind of the exception. Kind of. Karen Wang is the founder of Dispel Dice. A luxury dice-making business that was Kickstarted into existence. Over the course of her 30 day campaign, she raised over $2 million. All for her stunning, beautiful, and bespoke dice. And that first $1 million, happened on day one. If your jaw isn’t on the floor, then please re-read that last paragraph. Because that kind of support for a debut Kickstarter campaign is unheard of. But the path leading up to that fateful launch was no walk in the park. The same morning Karen pulled in her first million from Kickstarter, was the same morning her bank called to say that she had overdrawn her account. In this two part episode Karen walks us through the windy, bump-ridden road she took to build the incredible business she runs today. In part 1, we get to know the person behind the dice. How she went from feeling unfulfilled, unhappy, and dropping out of art school to finding her calling through a friendly game of Dungeons & Dragons. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

135 - How to make it in the dice business — with Karen Wang (Part 2)

por The Futur

This is part 2 of our conversation with struggling artist turned dice-making millionaire, Karen Wang. If you missed part 1, go back an episode and listen to that first. In part 2, Karen shares her experience launching her first Kickstarter—which ultimately lead to $2 million in sales. You’ll hear about how she got into dice-making, what she learned, and all the interesting mistakes along the way. You might think raking in millions of dollars in sales is great. But what happens when you have to then follow through? How do you deal with such massive demand? And what other pitfalls do you have to look forward to? Instant success comes with a responsibility. And Karen is no stranger to that fact. Listen to how she’s navigated the world of manufacturing and all the big challenges that come with it. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

136 - What to do when you’re stuck in your career — with Andrea Stern

por The Futur

This conversation comes from a live Clubhouse discussion. In the event you don’t know what Clubhouse is, it’s an invite-only social media app that fosters group discussion through live audio. In this episode, Chris joins photography rep, agent, and manager—Andrea Stern—in her photo business forum. The topic: what do you do when you’re stuck in your career? Andrea helps photographer get work and develop their careers. She’s done so for over two decades. But times change. And so does the professional landscape. What drove advertising and got you work twenty years ago, doesn’t work as well today. As a seasoned professional, how do you compete with young up-and-comers? Especially when they have tens of thousands of followers, and you don’t. And that actually matters to clients. In this live Q&A, Andrea and Chris field questions from people that are bored, stuck, or uninspired in their careers. And although they don’t always agree, Andrea and Chris both offer beacons of hope for an unknown future. Being a creative professional is not easy. How do you balance honing your craft, running a business, and marketing yourself? And how do you keep up and age into your career? We’ll let Andrea and Chris answer those big questions for you. But we will say this: if you don’t adapt the times, the times will leave you behind. All the more reason to listen to this episode. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

137 - When to fire your clients — with Ben Burns

por The Futur

Mr. Ben Burns is The Futur’s Chief Financial Officer. You might recognize him as the bearded fellow on our YouTube channel. Though officially our CFO, Ben dons several more hats day-to-day. Self-taught designer, web developer, general steward of our company, and father of two. In this episode, we get to know to the man behind the mouse. His origin story, how he met Chris (and got his attention in the first place), and why firing all of his clients was the best move for both his business and career. Ben also shares his experience in the military and police force and how it helped shape who he is and—ultimately—why he traded his gun and badge for a mouse and keyboard. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

138 - What is a brand? — with Dr. Christine Looser

por The Futur

What is a brand? What is branding supposed to do? And can you control your own brand? In this Clubhouse Q&A, Chris is joined by Dr. Christine Looser. You might remember her from episode 109. Dr. Looser teaches marketing and branding, and is the head of business, at startup school, The Minerva Project. If you have any kind of interest in branding, then save or bookmark this episode. Because you will want to re-listen to it. The conversation gets brainy and there are plenty of SAT words throughout it. But it is a deep and fascinating dive into the concept of branding. Christine puts Chris on the spot (which is always entertaining) and the two delve deep into the evolution of our brains and culture to try and make sense of the phenomena we call a “brand.” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

123 - How to Position Your Agency — with Jason Harris

por The Futur

Have you ever heard someone say that an idea “has legs”? What they mean is that the idea can endure and stay relevant over time. Because that’s what good ideas do—they stick around. Jason Harris is the CEO and co-founder of acclaimed ad agency, Mekanism. They do fantastic and progressive work for some of the best clients around. Brands like Peleton, Jose Cuervo, and Ben & Jerry’s. As a seasoned ad man, Jason knows a good idea when he sees it. And he knows how to present that idea to a client while be a true collaborator in the process. In this episode, Jason shares what he’s learned from running an agency for over 15 years. He talks about the power of branding, building community, and why great storytelling is at the heart of his agency’s success. It’s not often we get to speak with people in Jason’s shoes. If you work at agency—or aspire to start your own some day—then pay attention to this one. Because to survive and thrive, it takes more than just putting out great work. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

122 - Deep Dive: Pricing Creativity — with Blair Enns

por The Futur

If you’ve followed us for a while, then you’ve probably heard the name Blair Enns a few times. Blair is a business consultant, speaker and author of the acclaimed book, The Win Without Pitching Manifesto. And if you were to ask Chris Do what one book you should read is, it would be that one. We’ve had Blair on the show before, but we wanted to share this deep dive livestream with you because it’s filled with invaluable information. The insights that Blair shares and the perspective he offers is unmatched. You can actually hear Chris’s giddiness during their conversation. They cover a lot of ground in this talk. Discussing things like specializing vs generalizing, how to measure the value you bring to the table, pricing the client not the job and, of course, value based pricing. But the best part is that these are universal business concepts. You’ll find them everywhere outside of the creative industry, but Blair does a fantastic job of contextualizing them for people like us—the creative professional. We suggest listening to the episode once, all the way through. Then on another day, listen to it again. But this time, take notes. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

121 - High Performance Creativity — with Erik Korem

por The Futur

When you hear the term “high performance” you might think about professional athletes. People who go through intense physical and mental training to prepare their mind and body for the game. Not to sound like a meme, but what if we told you that you could borrow similar training techniques to improve your creative performance? Well, according to Erik Korem, there are plenty of parallels between creatives and athletes. High stress, long hours, and intense mental focus. And although he comes from a sports science background, having coached professional NFL players and olympic athletes, the concepts translate. Eat well, rest well and take care of yourself. In this episode, Erik offers tips for how you can become more adaptable, why rest is critical to your success and how your brain and body play an important role in creativity. High performance creative. It’s got a nice ring to it. Thank you to Gusto for sponsoring this episode. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

120 - Passive Income for Designers — with Dustin Lee

por The Futur

Dustin Lee is the founder of RetroSupply Co, a marketplace for retro brushes, textures, fonts, and more. Over the years, he’s carved out a unique position in the creative tool market. When you search for retro or vintage brushes for Illustrator, Photoshop, and Procreate you’re going to bump into his website. It's a great example of finding your niche. Dustin’s conversation with Chris centers around how creatives can start to think about passive income. But unlike a lot of other talks you have heard or read on the subject, Dustin gets into tactics. Like how to choose the right product, building something that stands out, and overcoming the aversion to marketing. If you're interested in using your creative skills to generate passive income, then this episode will make you happy. Grab your notebook (or laptop) and get ready to take notes. Thank you to Gusto for sponsoring this episode. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

119 - Working Remotely — with Cameron Pierron

por The Futur

2020 normalized the concept of remote work. Many people were forced to take their office home and find new ways to do business and stay connected. Whether they liked it or not. But before the pandemic, remote work wasn’t all that common. Which makes our guest, Cameron Pierron, quite the anomaly. Cameron worked remotely before it was cool. Like, in 2001. And he worked with big names, like Kyle Cooper and Danny Yount. Titans of the motion design industry. All from his home in the mid-West. In Kansas City. This conversation is from 2018, which feels like it was 10 years ago, but we’re willing to bet that people still believe you need to live on the coast, in a major city to work with big companies on high profile projects. Spoiler alert: not true. In fact, it’s far easier to to land those jobs now more than ever. And Cameron is a testament to that statement. He still lives in the mid-West, is self-taught, and continues to work with some of largest companies in the world. In this episode, Cameron walks us through his journey from remote freelancer, to studio owner, to now teaching motion design and creating educational products. He covers the steps and decisions he made to get where he is and even shares the financial milestones that came with it. From his early freelancing day rate to his current business’s revenue goals. If you feel landlocked and like there’s no way you’ll make it to the big leagues, then give this chat a listen. Maybe it will change your mind. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

118 - Building The Futur — with Chris Do (Pt. 2)

por The Futur

This is part two of a two part series where we reverse the roles and have our beloved founder and The Futur CEO, Chris Do, answer the questions. If you haven’t listened to part one, stop what you’re doing and go listen to that episode first. In part two, we pick up where we left off. With Chris’ vision of what The Futur, both the company and the concept, looks like. He and Anneli discuss the power of company culture, engaging with internet trolls and why mission over money is the best path forward. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

117 - Chris Do’s Origin Story — Part 1

por The Futur

If you’re a regular listener of the show, then you know our format: Chris Do talks with an interesting guest while carefully poking and prodding them with questions. All in hopes of learning as much about their experience as humanly possible. But today, we’re flipping everything on it’s head. In this two part series, the roles are reversed. Our guest, and Futur Pro Group member Anneli Hannson, will interview Chris. Think of it like a deep dive into the mind of Mr. Do. The person, the businessman, and the educator. In part one, we get to hear Chris’ origin story. About how an introverted refugee became the confident teacher and YouTuber you admire today. It’s easy to make assumptions about people, especially when you haven’t walked in their shoes. And this is probably the closest you can get to wearing Chris’ sneakers. He shares personal stories about his family fleeing Saigon, living life as a cultural outsider, and why it’s so important to have—and to follow—your own internal compass. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

116 - Leveling Up in Life — with Eric Siu

por The Futur

Have you ever heard of The Game of Life? It’s a multiplayer board game that was invented by Milton Bradley in the 19th century. The idea was to simulate a person going through all of their life experiences. School, marriage, jobs, and so on. And you, the player, get to decide what they do. Eric Siu lives his life as if it were a game. It’s no surprise that he is a big gamer, but he’s also an incredibly successful marketer and businessman. Eric runs a marketing agency, a software company, and is the host of two successful podcasts. And the secret to his success? Gamification. Applying the concepts of leveling up to yourself and your business. Everyone starts as a Level 1, but how far you go is up to you. In this episode, Eric and Chris go deep into marketing tactics. From targeted ad buys to good old SEO and everything in between. But most importantly, they talk about what you can do with your creativity and how to apply it to marketing. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

115 - The Business of Sound Design — with Dallas Taylor

por The Futur

When you hear the term sound design, you might think of fight sequences from action films. Like a fist landing on someone’s face, the cocking of a shotgun or even a building exploding into a giant ball of fire. But you probably don’t think about the subtle atmospheric sound design that permeates your screen. The icy wind underscoring an arctic journey. The ambient noise of a crowded outdoor market unique to Bangkok. Great sound design often goes unnoticed. It takes you out of your seat and submerges you into the story. Adding a new invisible ingredient to the experience. Our guest in this episode is Dallas Taylor. You may know him as the host and creator of Twenty Thousand Hertz, a lovingly crafted podcast revealing the stories behind the world’s most recognizable and interesting sounds. He’s also the Creative Director of Defacto Sound, where he has led thousands of high-profile projects ranging from blockbuster trailers and advertising campaigns to Sundance award-winning films and major television series. In this unique episode, Dallas talks about why sound is just as important as your other senses. Because if you care about the taste of your food or the smell of a room, then you should care about sound just as much. He and Chris also discuss the business side of working in sound and what it takes to make a living doing so. The storytelling, sonic branding and how to get clients excited to work with you on the first call. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

114 - Beats, Marketing, and Chillhop Music — with Bas van Leeuwen

por The Futur

Streaming great music is easy to come by these days. You can search for almost any artist you want on Spotify or Apple Music and listen to them in a few seconds. The Beatles, Metallica and even Tool all have their discography up in the proverbial cloud. But there’s one place online that’s home to a unique genre of music. Music that’s streaming all day, every day. Whether you're listening or not. Chillhop Music is a music label based out of Rotterdam. They work with artists who primarily make relaxing beats and music to help you, well, chill. They stream this wonderful and mellow music 24/7 on YouTube. And over the years, have amassed over three million subs. In today's episode, we talk with the man behind the music label: Bas van Leeuwen. Bas majored in international business, but is slowly and deliberately finding his way back to creativity. He and Chris talk about where Chillhop came from, how they work with artists and, of course, the business behind it all. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

113 - Starting a Business During a Pandemic — with Arree Chung (Pt. 2)

por The Futur

This is part two of our fascinating talk with illustrator, children’s book author and creative entrepreneur, Arree Chung. If you haven’t listened to part one yet, go do that first. In this second episode, Arree talks us through his business plan and the unique opportunity he had to teach kids (and their parents) how to be creative. And how doing that earned him over $400K in 36 hours. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

112 - Starting a Business During a Pandemic — with Arree Chung (Pt. 1)

por The Futur

Arree Chung is an illustrator, children's book author and creative entrepreneur. He’s also a member of The Futur Pro Group. But more importantly, he’s a shining example of how to find the silver lining in a bad situation. Like say, a pandemic. It’s no mystery why businesses across the planet have been decimated. And our guest is no exception. But what he does excel at, especially during these miserable times, is pivoting his way out of it. Arree’s remarkable story comes with many twists, turns and tough life lessons. Like leaving a salary of $120K a year to pursue happiness that only pays $30K. All while shouldering hundreds of thousand of dollars in tuition debt. But like we said, there is a silver lining. Which is why he now happily pays $8K/month in Zoom bills. And he does it debt free. Is that enough mystery for you? We think so. You’ll have to listen to this two part episode to really appreciate it what that means. Thank you to Gusto for sponsoring this episode. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

111 - Prototyping Made Easy — with Koen Bok

por The Futur

Koen Bok is the CEO and founder of the free web-based prototyping tool, Framer. Their mission is to bridge the imagination gap, so that you, your team and even your client are all speaking the same language. In this episode, Koen shares what life was like as a young kid, growing up in the Netherlands who is fascinated by computers. A fascination that developed into a legitimate business that was ultimately acquired by Facebook. Thanks to Gusto for sponsoring this episode - gusto.com/futur Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

110 - The Business of Hand Lettering — with Lauren Hom

por The Futur

Lauren Hom is an accomplished hand lettering artist, designer and founder of Detroit-based studio, Hom Sweet Hom. She initially started in her career in advertising, working at one of largest agencies on the planet. But what started as a dream job, quickly became less and less dreamy over time. And exciting new opportunities were ripe for the taking. Thanks to Gusto for sponsoring this episode - gusto.com/futur Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

109 - Bonus: Building Educational Frameworks — with Christine Looser

por The Futur

This is a companion episode to our previous chat with The Minerva Project managing director, Ayo Seligman. We had a great follow up conversation with professor Christine Looser, but it felt too long and too complex for a regular episode. So we’re releasing it as a bonus. If you haven’t listened to Ayo's episode, then go listen to that one first. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

108 - Redesigning Education — with Ayo Seligman

por The Futur

Ayo Seligman is the managing director of brand and creative at Minerva Project. If you’re not already familiar with it, Minvera Project is an educational innovator that is redesigning the way people learn. Ayo tells Chris about graduating from UCLA’s design program and how starting a zine on the internet landed him a job at one of the most prestigious design firms in the world. Thanks to Gusto for sponsoring this episode. gusto.com/futur Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

107 - Building a Creative Community — with Hayley Akins

por The Futur

Hayley Akins runs an online education company called Motion Hatch. They help motion designers with their businesses and creative careers. Hayley and Chris discuss her journey from studying film production, working for Google and the transition from full time to freelance to ultimately, starting her own community focused business. Thanks to Gusto for sponsoring this episode - gusto.com/futur Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

106 - Digital Real Estate — with Jeff Lerner

por The Futur

Jeff Lerner is the founder and CEO of Entre Institute, a platform that teaches people how to build business’ and make a living in non-traditional ways. Which makes sense, because when he was a kid he dropped out of high school and taught himself jazz piano to pay the bills. Eventually, he traded the piano keys for a keyboard, started his own affiliate marketing business and dug himself out of insurmountable debt—about $400K to be exact. Thanks to Gusto for sponsoring this episode. gusto.com/futur Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Special Announcement! Winter workshops + Black Friday

por The Futur

Black Friday is right around the corner. To kick things off we will be dropping time limited deals all month on our products and courses. We will also be hosting a series of Winter workshops covering a variety of topics like Brand Strategy, Instagram, Video Storytelling, Print Production, and Illustration. Visit thefutur.com/blackfriday to stay in the know. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

105 - Making Art that Matters — with Timothy Goodman

por The Futur

Timothy Goodman is a traditionally trained graphic designer turned artist. At least, that’s what his grandmother calls him. But you might recognize his work from murals, graffiti, The Patriot Act show on Netflix, or even his collaboration with international clothing brand, Uniqlo. As designers, we’re taught not to insert our opinions into our work, but our guest does the exact opposite. Beyond the wild strokes in his artwork, there is one theme that resonates through it all: he takes a stand on issue Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

104 - Invisible Marketing — with Jeff Lotman

por The Futur

Jeff Lotman is the founder and CEO of brand licensing agency, Global Icons. You may be asking yourself: what exactly is that? Rest assured, you are not alone. As he puts it, they “operate in an incredibly misunderstood field that no one knows about.” In this episode, Jeff and Chris talk about the world of invisible marketing. Pairing brands with products that you wouldn’t think necessarily go together. Thanks to Gusto for sponsoring this episode - gusto.com/futur Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

103 - Email Marketing Like a Pro — with Tarzan Kay

por The Futur

Tarzan Kay is an expert in email marketing. In fact, it’s her superpower. And one that she's built a successful business with. In this episode, Tarzan and Chris talk about her journey from jazz pianist, to lawyer, to copywriter and ultimately course creator. She talks about how her sheltered upbringing paved the way for a rebellious spirit and doesn’t shy away from talking about money. You’ll get to hear the what, the how and the why of her business and all of it’s revenue. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

102 - Making it in Film and TV — with Matthew Helderman

por The Futur

Matthew Helderman is the founder and CEO of Buffalo 8, a film and television production company in Santa Monica, CA. He also co-founded the media financing firm, BondIt Media Capital, which is now one of the leading film financing firms around. Thanks to Framer for sponsoring this episode - framer.com/thefutur Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

101 - Winning Over New Clients — with Jone Korpi

por The Futur

Jone Korpi is an entrepreneur, brand strategist and salesperson who helps creatives get more clients. He’s also 19 years old. Jone walks Chris through his thinking and sales tactics for identifying and contacting prospective clients on LinkedIn. And he does it step by step. You could literally write it down and try it out yourself. But talking the talk and walking the walk are two different things. Thanks to Framer for sponsoring this episode - framer.com/thefutur Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

100 - Special Live Q&A with Chris and Greg for our 100th episode!

por The Futur

We did it! 100 episodes of The Futur Podcast. To celebrate this milestone we invited members from our community to join us on Zoom for a live Q&A with Chris Do and Greg Gunn. Big thanks to everyone that joined in the festivities and asked questions along the way. And thank you for your support and for allowing us into your ears for this long. Here’s to 100 more! Thanks to Framer for sponsoring this episode - framer.com/thefutur Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

099 - Side Project Gone Wrong — with Benjamin Shapiro

por The Futur

Benjamin Shapiro is a brand development and marketing strategy consultant turned podcaster. He runs the MarTech Podcast, which is short for marketing technology. He initially started the podcast as a side project, to help onboard new clients. But it has since blossomed into a bonafide business leading him to start his own podcasting network. This episode is sponsored by Framer - framer.com/thefutur Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

098 - Making Life Happen For You — with Dean Graziosi

por The Futur

Dean Graziosi is a New York Times best-selling author, real estate investor, and successful entrepreneur. But it didn't come easy. He learned how to transform a tumultuous childhood into fuel for personal growth and business development. Thanks to Framer and Hover for sponsoring this episode. framer.com/thefutur.com hover.com/thefutur.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

097 - Build Your Own Dream Job — with Andy J. Pizza

por The Futur

Andy J. Pizza is a podcaster, public speaker and illustrator best known for his optimistic and energetic show, Creative Pep Talk. Andy describes himself as a personal growth junkie, but we think his real secret weapon is knowing the value of creativity and understanding how to use it in the world of business. Thank you to our sponsors for this episode, Framer and Hover. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

096 - Deep Dive: How to be a professional — with Seth Godin

por The Futur

This Deep Dive episode comes from a 2018 livestream we hosted with marketing legend, Seth Godin. In this value packed conversation, Seth talks about how writer’s block is a myth, what it takes to be a professional, and why the world needs more artists who love what they do, despite the uncertain outcomes. This episode is sponsored by Framer. framer.com/thefutur.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

095 - Introducing “Hey Chris…”

por The Futur

Welcome to a special, new episode format that we call “Hey Chris.“ It’s a candid and casual conversation where Chris answers your most most burning questions. And Greg gets to spring them on him. Have a question for Chris? Visit thefutur.com/heychris and ask away. This episode is sponsored by Framer. framer.com/thefutur Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

002 - How to Start and Run a Design Business — with Frank Shi [Rebroadcast]

por The Futur

What do you need to know to start and run a design business? We dug deep into the podcast archive to find and share this episode. Even though this conversation is almost four years old, the concepts Chris shares in it are timeless. If you’re thinking about starting up your own creative business, or rethinking the one you have, then don’t sleep on this one. This episode is sponsored by Framer - framer.com/thefutur Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

094 - Deep Dive: Teaching on YouTube — with Unmesh Dinda (PiXimperfect)

por The Futur

In this episode of Deep Dive, Chris talks with content creator Unmesh Dinda, but you might know him better by his YouTube moniker, PiXimperfect. He teaches people everything there is to know about Adobe Photoshop and with over 2 million subscribers, he seems to be doing something right. This episode is sponsored by Framer - framer.com/thefutur Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

093 - Deep Dive: Listening, Learning and Mindfulness — with Cynthia Kane

por The Futur

In this episode of Deep Dive, Chris talks with mindfulness instructor, Cynthia Kane, about how to process your feelings and find the right language to clearly express them. Easer said than done of course, but the stories and techniques Cynthia shares will help. If you’re in your head too much and struggle with how to make sense of your thoughts and feelings, this discussion might help. This episode is sponsored by Framer - framer.com/thefutur Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

033 - Making it in the Little Leagues — with Aaron Draplin [Rebroadcast]

por The Futur

Have a question that you want Chris to answer? Ask away. - Chris talks with the people’s champion, Aaron Draplin, about having a following among your peers, honoring your parents, and managing success. Aaron Draplin is one of the most well-known and recognizable graphic designers to date. He’s known for his logo designs, popular design course on Skillshare, and his loud personality. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

092 - The Business of Podcasting — with Jordan Harbinger

por The Futur

Want to help support The Futur Podcast? Fill out this super short survey: https://bit.ly/futur-survey Jordan Harbinger is the host of his own podcast, The Jordan Harbinger show. He’s talked with incredible people like Kobe Bryant, Mark Cuban, Malcom Gladwell and Frank Abignail. He and Chris talk about the seedy world of contrepreneurs, the business of podcasting and why the best thing you can do for your brand is to uphold your duty to your audience. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

091 - Why Your Story is Valuable — with Matt Essam

por The Futur

Want to help support The Futur? Fill out this super short survey: https://bit.ly/futur-survey Matt Essam is a creative business coach. Think of him like the British version of Chris Do. In this episode, he and Chris talk about finding their sense of purpose in life, and how everyone’s story has inherent value—even if you don’t see it just yet. They discuss strategies about how to become a better listener and why doing so is critical to the success of your business and client relationships. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Chris Do on the Finding Founders Podcast

por The Futur

We have a special clip from another podcast to share with you today. It’s called Finding Founders and it’s all about highlighting the entrepreneurial spirits here in Los Angeles. This clip is from The Futur’s own Chris Do. He shares his origin story and path from refugee to business owner. We think you’ll like it a lot. You can listen to the rest of the episode on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or wherever else you listen to your podcasts. Just search for Finding Founders. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

090 - From Ice Cream Parlor to Design Studio — with Amy Balliett

por The Futur

Want to help support The Futur? Fill out this super short survey: https://bit.ly/futur-survey Amy Balliett is the founder of Killer Visual Strategies. They’re a design studio in Seattle, Washington helping clients efficiently and effectively create meaning through design. Amy got a head start with entrepreneurship by owning her own ice cream parlor at age 17. Since then, she’s gone on to work as a video editor, film trailer marketer and—after several pivots later—founder, author and public spe Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

089 - Tales From a Creative Director — with Jose Gomez

por The Futur

Want to help support The Futur? Fill out this super short survey: https://bit.ly/futur-survey Jose Gomez is the Executive Creative Director of Dallas based design agency, ATK PLN. He’s won an Emmy, built a skateboard brand as a teenager and continues to push the envelope in the worlds of motion design and live action. This episode is full of great stories about the triumphs and tribulations of running a creative business in the advertising world. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

088 - From Shy Kid to Tech Executive — with Reena Merchant

por The Futur

Want to help support The Futur? Fill out this super short survey: https://bit.ly/futur-survey Reena Merchant is a UX Manager at Google and one of the few people we know that holds an MBA in Design Strategy. In this episode, Reena and Chris discuss her journey from shy kid to tech executive, the weight of family expectations and why believing in yourself is the best cure for self-doubt. And rest assured, Reena will lay out what exactly UX is and how you can go about learning it. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

087 - Designing for the Future — with Hannah Corlett

por The Futur

Want to help support The Futur? Fill out this super short survey: https://bit.ly/futur-survey Hannah Corlett is the founder of architectural and urban design firm, HNNA. The projects she works on today, you may get to see 10 years from now, which means she spends a lot of time thinking about the future and how to design for it. In this episode, Hannah and Chris discuss what that future might look like for everyone and how urban designers and educators play in an integral role in shaping it. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

086 - Stop Thinking and Start Doing — with Randy Hereman

por The Futur

Randy Hereman has lived many professional lives. He started as a web-designer, then a professional kite-surfer, then a high rolling poker player and is now an execution coach, on a mission to help people become who they need to be to attain their goals. He also happens to be a member of The Futur Pro Group. If you don’t know what that is, visit the thefutur.com/pro to find out. It just might be where your people are. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

085 - Problem Solving and Product Design — with Alex Zaccaria

por The Futur

Alex Zaccaria is the founder and CEO of Linktree. You might recognize that name from the millions of Instagram profiles that use their product. If you don’t know what Linktree is, go look it up. It is quite the handy social media tool. In this episode, Alex and Chris talk about Linktree’s remarkable growth and how they gain around 20,000 new sign ups every day, without spending much on customer acquisition. Sounds crazy right? Not if you build a great solution to a common problem. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

084 - The Promise of Virtual Reality — with Joanna Popper

por The Futur

What do you think about when you hear the term, “virtual reality”? It's been part of the pop-culture and entertainment news cycle for a while, but still feels out of reach. There are cumbersome headsets you need to wear, low fidelity images and poorly designed experiences. Like or not, VR is on the cusp of changing our lives forever, which is why we were thrilled to have HP’s Global Lead of VR for Location Based Entertainment on the show, Joanna Popper. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

083 - How To Tell A Great Story — with Adrien Behn

por The Futur

Adrien Behn is a seasoned world traveler, writer and comedic performer. This self-proclaimed “Jill of all trades“ ventures into new countries to seek out total strangers and listen to their stories. She then reports back about the most daring and interesting ones via her own podcast, Strangers Abroad. In this episode, Adrien and Chris discuss what makes great storytelling, the power of vulnerability and they allude to an unforgettable travel story that led to an audience member fainting mid-show. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

082 - Stop Giving Advice, Ask More Questions — with Michael Bungay Stanier

por The Futur

Michael Bungay Stanier is an Oxford graduate and author of the wildly popular book, The Coaching Habit. He is a champion of curiosity that believes the advice we so eagerly give is not nearly as good as we think it is. Michael founded Box of Crayons, a company that helps organizations transform from advice-driven to curiosity-led. His missions is to help shape how organizations around the world make being coach-like an essential leadership behavior. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

081 - Designing With Empathy — with Sophia Ahamed

por The Futur

Sophia Ahamed is a designer and founder of design agency Monograph & Co. She and Chris go deep into the role that empathy plays in creative business. Spoiler alert: it's an important one. They talk about how losing someone can trigger a perspective shift and, subsequently, how you can use your own life experiences to build greater empathy with your clients. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

080 - Design, Comedy and Personal Branding — with Meg Lewis

por The Futur

Meg Lewis is a designer, comedian, performance artist, entrepreneur, meditation podcaster and a whole lot more. You might recognize her style, her voice and definitely her glasses, but after listening to this episode you will understand the power of her personal branding. Meg and Chris discuss how to take what's weird about yourself and turn it into a unique career advantage. After all, that's what creativity is: combining unrelated things to make something new. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

079 - Why Branding Matters — with Stef Hamerlinck

por The Futur

This episode is fiery right from the start. Chris talks with brand strategist, Stef Hamerlinck, about the nuance of branding and why it matters. Though, the two don’t necessarily agree about any of it. If you are interested in branding, strategy and enjoy a healthy debate then you will love this episode. Chris and Stef get deep into the weeds of brand purpose, brand differentiation and why it's important for a brand to be just as good as it is unique. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

078 - Self-Publishing and True Collaborative Spirit — with Beth Stafford and Jeremy Slagle

por The Futur

In this episode Chris talks with creative team, Beth Stafford and Jeremy Slagle. Together, they've written, illustrated and published two successful children's books that shine a light on the importance of teaching empathy to both parents and their kids. These two solopreneurs share how their collaborative spirit works, the perks and perils of social media and the unintended benefits of pursuing that side project you can't stop thinking about. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

077 - What does the Future of Education Look Like? — with Christine Outram

por The Futur

Christine Outram is the CEO of Everydae—an education company aiming to provide affordable, fun and personalized learning. As a former architect, MIT graduate and self-proclaimed "systems thinker," she and her team are leading the race to create the world's smartest digital tutor and to bring families all over the world, the custom-tailored education they're looking for. If you're a fan of what we do here at The Futur, and our mission to change education, then you do not want to miss this episode. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

076 - Deep Dive: Therapy, Leadership and Invisible Pressures — with Marie Elena Rigo

por The Futur

In this episode of Deep Dive, The Futur’s Chief Content Officer, Matthew Encina, and Futur Video Content Producer, Mark Contreras, talk with executive coach, Marie Elena Rigo. They discuss their struggles with communication, leadership and the invisible pressure of working here at The Futur. Get a peek into the minds of our management team in this candid conversation about what life is like under our roof—warts and all. This episode is a long a one, but well worth the listen. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

075 - Deep Dive: Vulnerability and Human Connection — with Kathryn Dyer

por The Futur

In this powerful episode of our Deep Dive series, Chris talks with guest Kathryn Dyer about the power and importance of real, human connection. Kathryn shares the story of her fight for a cancer diagnosis and how that experience redefined her purpose in life. The two open up and go deep into one of the most genuine and vulnerable conversations The Futur has ever shared. https://www.instagram.com/kathryn_dyer/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

074 - Stress Addiction, Hustle Culture and a Trip to The Hospital — with Taylor Cashdan

por The Futur

Are you unknowingly addicted to stress? Do you have anxiety about work deadlines or keeping up with the hustle culture lifestyle? In this episode, Chris talks with multidisciplinary designer, Taylor Cashdan, about what too much stress can do to your body. Spoiler alert: Nothing good. Taylor shares his frightening (and enlightening) story about a trip to the hospital at the young age of 24. And about how important rest, recovery and reflection really is to your personal and creative success. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

073 - Deep Dive: Branding, Sales and Creativity — with Marty Neumeier

por The Futur

In this episode of Deep Dive, Chris talks with branding and marketing legend, Marty Neumeier. They discuss Marty’s journey from Art Center College of Design all the way through to his experience working in Silicon Valley. The two enter a deep conversation about connecting creativity to business, how to do better by doing less and answer the question: What is branding? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

072 - Introducing Deep Dive: After Hours with the Pro Group

por The Futur

Welcome to a new series on The Futur podcast called Deep Dive. In this first episode, Chris talks with several members of The Futur Pro Group about their troubles communicating with clients. The conversation winds in and out of advice for learning how to speak clearly, stories from the community and candid role play between Chris and “the client.” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

071 - Interior Designer, True Entrepreneur, Queen of Taupe — with Kelly Hoppen

por The Futur

Ever wondered what it’s like to design for David and Victoria Beckham? And how do you go about designing a private jet or personal yacht? Well, todays guest has done all those things and then some. In this episode, Chris talks with acclaimed interior designer, Kelly Hoppen. Kelly is a world-renowned designer and prolific author of nine design books. She and Chris discuss her creative path, the blessing of growing up without the internet, and what it takes to be a true entrepreneur. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

070 - Don’t Be Afraid, Just Try — with Adam J. Kurtz (adamjk)

por The Futur

You’ve probably seen one of his handwritten Instagram posts at some point, and that’s because Brooklyn based artist, Adam J. Kurtz (aka adamjk), has a lot to say. In this week’s episode, Chris talks with Adam about why he calls himself an artist and how channeling emotion into both his illustrative work and captivating lectures will leave you smiling and feeling empowered. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

069 - How to Make Money Teaching Online — with Daniel Scott

por The Futur

In this episode, Chris talks with entrepreneur and educator, Daniel Scott, about why teaching not only brings him joy, but how lucrative it can be for anyone willing to put in the work. They get deep into the inner workings of Daniel’s online teaching business, how he got started and even how much revenue he earns from it all. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

068 - Why Curiosity is the Key to a Successful Career — with Philip Van Dusen

por The Futur

Is there a tried and true path to creative success? Some say follow your passion, but that’s not what worked for this week’s guest. In this episode, Chris talks with YouTube design trend forecaster, Philip Van Dusen, about how following his curiosity led him to where to he needed to be. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

067 - How to Find Work-Life Balance in the Creative Industry — with Robert Hranitzky

por The Futur

Can there be a balance between your work, your family and your life? If you work in the creative industry and struggle with work/life balance you are not alone. Motion design veteran, Robert Hranitzky, talks with Chris about the perks and perils of striking a balance between your love of work and your love for life and family. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

066 - The Difference Between Inclusion and Belonging — with Hank Washington

por The Futur

In episode 66, Chris Do talks with art director, illustrator and public speaker, Hank Washington. They talk about their experience and feelings about public speaking, finding your voice when giving talks, and how to feel at home in the design world as a person of color. Hank Washington - https://www.hankdesigns.com/ Creative South - https://www.creativesouth.com/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

065 - Stealing Like an Artist — with Austin Kleon (Pt. 2)

por The Futur

This is part two of our conversation with acclaimed author, Austin Kleon. If you missed part one, go give that a listen first. You can find it at - https://thefutur.com/podcast/dont-call-it-a-side-hustle-austin-kleon. In this episode, Chris and Austin discuss cultivating passions, why Austin considers himself a multi-hyphenate (not a polymath), and the most common misconceptions about his renowned book, Steal Like An Artist. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

064 - Don’t Call it a Side Hustle — with Austin Kleon (Pt. 1)

por The Futur

In this episode, Chris Do talks with acclaimed author, Austin Kleon. They discuss two of his most interesting and popular books—Steal Like An Artist and Show Your Work. This conversation is so jam packed with stories and opinions on what it means to be creative that we broke it up into two parts. In part one, Austin and Chris discuss his background, what changed the game for him, and why he hates the term “side hustle.” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

062 - Giving Back to the Design Community — with Martha Murray & Heather Crank

por The Futur

What motivates someone to start a design conference? Why give your free time away to help facilitate the development of others? With little to no financial reward, why do this? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

063 - A Coding School that Invests in You — with Austen Allred

por The Futur

Higher earning. Lambda is designed for student success. They don't get paid until you do, so they’re in this together, from your first day of classes to your first day on the job — and beyond. At first it sounded crazy—a school without tuition. But when you dig deeper into how Austen Allred structures the Lambda School, you start wonder why all schools aren't structured this way. Shouldn't schools make an investment in students? Well, that's the premise. If Lambda guesses incorrectly, they lose their investment in their students. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

061 - Marketing vs. Branding — with Fabian Geyrhalter

por The Futur

What is marketing? What is branding? Is one more important than the other? What's the difference and where are the overlaps? This conversation with sparked by a controversial post by Story Brand author, Donald Miller, who states that branding isn't necessary unless you are doing more than $50m in revenue. Melinda Livsey and Fabian Geyrhalter join the podcast to share their thoughts.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

060 - Contagious Selling — with Errol Gerson

por The Futur

The Entrepreneurial Spirit and How To Stand Out w/ ArtCenter legend Errol Gerson. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

059 - Believe You Can — with Jonathan Courtney of AJ&Smart

por The Futur

Co-Founder of AJ&Smart, a Digital Product Design agency and self described nerdy-looking Irish guy has a remarkable story to share about nearly calling it quits to finding his focus. How did he do it? How did he become synonymous with "Design Sprints" and wind up co-creating a course with one of his mentors? Jonathan's energy, enthusiasm and transparency is truly inspiring.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

058 - A.I. and Creativity — with Jamie Myrold

por The Futur

As Vice President of Adobe Design, Jamie Myrold has led large-scale design efforts at Adobe for more than ten years, leading the company’s development of the next generation of design tools. Her experience goes beyond restructuring and redesigning applications, but to redefining Adobe’s design business as well. In her role, Jamie aims to inspire the next wave of design leaders, encouraging her teams to push boundaries and develop leadership skills to define guidelines that help with all aspects of business strategy and product creation. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

057 - Taking the Big Risks — with Joey Cofone

por The Futur

This episode of The Futur was sponsored by the all-new Chase Ink Business Unlimited Credit Card. Joey Cofone is the CEO and Co-Founder of Baron Fig, a company that has succeeded by perfecting a simple tool crucial to the creative entrepreneur: the notebook. Launched in 2013 with a massively successful Kickstarter campaign, Baron Fig has gone on to expand its offerings and its business, but simplicity remains a common theme in both Joey’s business and his life. Joey spoke with Chris from his home in New York to let us in on what keeps him going. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

056 - Staying Productive in Silicon Valley — with Elay Cohen

por The Futur

This episode of The Futur was sponsored by the all-new Chase Ink Business Unlimited Credit Card. When Elay Cohen moved to Silicon Valley from his hometown of Toronto, he had dreams of starting his own successful company. It would be fifteen years until that dream came true, but it’s safe to say that it was worth the wait. SalesHood is changing the face of sales culture. During those first fifteen years, Elay became an expert in his field and became known in the tech world as one of the main players who helped grow Salesforce into the multi-billion-dollar enterprise it is today. Chris got a chance to sit down and chat with his client and friend to find out how Elay stays productive while he’s busy running a fast-growing company and writing his second book. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

055 - Business Problems in the VFX Industry — Ryan Summers

por The Futur

Originally planned to be a chemical engineer until I was hit by the double-punch combo of Jurassic Park and Toy Story - and then it was animation from there on. I've worked as an character animator on children's videos, created the visuals for industry-leading slot machines, and designed the opening titles for some of the highest rated shows on TV. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

054 - The Struggle of Being — with Lilian Darmono (Pt. 2)

por The Futur

Lilian Darmono is a Creative and Art Director specialising in character-driven animated and illustrative pieces. Her expertise is helping clients communicate their brand message, through a diverse range of aesthetic and medium. Her spare time is dedicated to helping the creative community flourish through journalism, mentorship and public speaking engagements. This has included being a speaker at Faux Images Berlin, a guest lecturer at Maryland Institute College of Art, and many more.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

053 - Character Driven Animation — with Lilian Darmono (Pt. 1)

por The Futur

Lilian Darmono is a Creative and Art Director specialising in character-driven animated and illustrative pieces. Her expertise is helping clients communicate their brand message, through a diverse range of aesthetic and medium. Her spare time is dedicated to helping the creative community flourish through journalism, mentorship and public speaking engagements. This has included being a speaker at Faux Images Berlin, a guest lecturer at Maryland Institute College of Art, and many more.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

052 - Gender in the Design Industry — with Diane Gibbs (Pt. 2)

por The Futur

Recently, Chris went looking for some answers regarding gender inequality issues in design and opened himself up to the internet community. Needless to say, it went about as well as can be expected on the internet, BUT, through that experience, he did meet someone who was interested in helping him to find answers. Diane Gibbs, a designer and podcaster from Alabama reached out with an open heart and mind, and now she's on the podcast to talk about these issues. This is the second half of this series. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

051 - Gender and the Design Industry — with Diane Gibbs (Pt. 1)

por The Futur

Recently, Chris went looking for some answers regarding gender inequality issues in design and opened himself up to the internet community. Needless to say, it went about as well as can be expected on the internet, BUT, through that experience, he did meet someone who was interested in helping him to find answers. Diane Gibbs, a designer and podcaster from Alabama reached out with an open heart and mind, and now she's on the podcast to talk about these issues. This is part 1 of a 2 part series. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

050 - Walking Your Own Creative Path — with Handel Eugene

por The Futur

Being the child of an immigrant makes the creative path a difficult one. A lot of sacrifices have been made, and, often times, families don't want to accept any career path outside of the Doctor/Lawyer safe zone. Chris has walked this path himself, so that gave him an instant connection with his guest, Handel Eugene, the son of Haitian immigrants. Handel has proven his talent to his parents, though, by creating a successful career for himself, most recently working on films like Spider-Man: Homecoming and Black Panther. Chris and Eugene discuss the path from being a dreamer to being a successful artist, to becoming a teacher, and how that has positively effected his own work. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

049 - Creative Strategy — with Douglas Davis

por The Futur

Douglas Davis was the kid who was drawing when the teacher was lecturing, creating when others were just coasting. With the help of a nurturing mother, and a lot of talent and hustle, Douglas worked his way into a design career, but always wanted more. He had spent a lot of his life creating, but came to a point where he wanted to explore the business side, as well, and moved into strategy. In this week's conversation, Chris talks to Douglas about growing up and going to school with very few resources, moving into the world of strategy and the value it has provided both for Douglas's clients and himself, and Douglas's hustle as a teacher, bringing up a new generation. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

048 - Content Marketing Consultant — with Ryan Robinson

por The Futur

How do more people find you? How do you get more clients? They make business possible, so we all want more of them, right? But clients tend to go with who they know. So, how do you get clients to know and trust you? Chris talks to Ryan Robinson, a Content Marketing Consultant, whose job is to help you gain that trust and those customers. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

047 - The Importance of a Name — with Eli Altman

por The Futur

The first time you meet someone, there are several things you judge them on. When you come into contact with a company or a product, though, their name is, almost universally, the first thing you judge them on, so a name is no small thing. In this episode, Chris talks with Eli Altman, who runs A Hundred Monkeys, the naming company started by his dad. Their mission is to jump through all of the hoops for a company to get them just the right name for their service or product.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

046 - Logo Inspirations — with Jonathan Rudolph

por The Futur

Jonathan Rudolph had been working as a graphic design for years, in different countries, when he decided to use his Instagram account as a public database for some of the work that inspired him the most. The account, Logo Inspirations, has grown to half a million followers, and Jonathan is now responsible for a community of design lovers. In this episode, we're going to talk about his journey, what it's like to run a popular Instagram account, day to day, and how he navigates the online business world. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

045 - The Knowledgeable Outsider — with RevThink

por The Futur

As a creative entrepreneur, you may find yourself at a crossroads. It may be a small one, or it may be a big one. One of the most valuable tools to have in your kit, in this situation, is the Knowledgeable Outsider - a person, or team of people, that have lived the same situations you're going through, and want to see you succeed. In this weeks conversation, Chris talks to Tim Thompson and Joel Pilger of RevThink, a consulting agency that specializes in being that Knowledgeable Outsider for the creative entrepreneur. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

044 - The Cinematography Database — with Matthew Workman

por The Futur

Matthew Workman might be best known for his popular YouTube channel Cinematography Database, which he started building after years in the industry shooting music videos, films, and commercials. He's been working on a Cinema4D plug in called Cine Designer for a while now, and, in this episode, Chris talks to Matthew about YouTube, using his channel as a jumping off point for business, and trying to balance multiple projects with the demands of every day life. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

043 - Facing Your Fears with Logo Geek — with Ian Paget

por The Futur

Ian Paget admits to not being very motivated as a kid, but when he became enthralled with design, as a teenager, nothing could stop him. In this episode, Chris talks to Ian about growing up without support for his dreams, how he uses his fears to motivate him to do better, and mastering the technology around him to bring in more clients. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

042 - How to Get Work on Behance — with Melinda Livsey

por The Futur

Is it true you can actually get work using Behance? How are people using Behance to get work? Do portfolio sites like Behance work? Is Behance better than Dribble for getting work? What do you need to do? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

041 - First Client Meeting Sales Call — with Melinda Livsey

por The Futur

How to talk to a potential client during the first sales call or new business inquiry. How can you improve your client on-boarding process? What do you do when a client calls and asks "How Much?". How should you respond to new business inquiries? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

040 - Feeling Overwhelmed, Information Overload — with Melinda Livsey

por The Futur

Many people feel overwhelmed with consuming content and don't know what to do with it. How do you prioritize what to read, what to save for later, and what to do right now? Design therapy with Chris Do. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

039 - How to Grow Your Business — with Melinda Livsey

por The Futur

What steps do you need to take to achieve your business goals? How do you grow your creative business? Melinda Livsey is back for another deep dive into breaking down her goals as a creative entrepreneur.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

038 - How to Charge More for a Logo — with Melinda Livsey

por The Futur

Is it possible to charge more for a logo? How is it possible that some designers can charge tens of thousands of dollars more for essentially the same work? Chris and Melinda talk about the details of the logo. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

037 - Where to Start with Social Media — with Melinda Livsey

por The Futur

Chris and Melinda discuss social media. Should you use personal or business accounts when posting on social media? Keep it separate? What should you post? How can I not let negative feedback affect me? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

036 - Can You Charge to Diagnose? — with Melinda Livsey

por The Futur

Chris discusses whether you're able to charge to diagnose problems with co-host Melinda Livsey. Where to begin? Try mapping out something in your life where a professional has charged you to diagnose a problem. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

035 - Running a Creative Business — with Melinda Livsey

por The Futur

Join Chris, and co-host Melinda Livsey, as he coaches her on how to run her creative business to achieve focus, raise her rates and delegate work to others. This is an in-depth breakdown especially for freelancers who want to start their own business. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

034 - The Driving Force — with Ash Thorp

por The Futur

Ash Thorp has built his career in design and film from the ground up, succeeding while surrounded by a family of talented artists that were not able to reach the level that he has. In this episode Chris talks to Ash about the sacrifices he had to make to get where he is, including a year of work that would give him his biggest break while, simultaneously, being one of his biggest challenges, the online education company, Learn Squared, that he helped found, and the inner workings that have led him to success. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

033 - Making It In the Little Leagues — with Aaron Draplin

por The Futur

Chris talks with the people's champion, Aaron Draplin, about having a following among your peers, honoring your parents, and managing success. Aaron talks about his philosophy of working small, and the joy he is able to pull out of the world he has created around himself. http://draplin.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

032 - The Story of Motionographer — with Justin Cone

por The Futur

What does it mean to be a "King Maker"? With great power comes great responsibility. Chris talks to Justin Cone about how industry favorite website, Motionographer.com, came together, the ripple effect of being on their "Cream Of The Crop" list, and the landscape of revenue creation and usefulness for sites like his have changed over the last decade. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

031 - School of Motion — with Joey Korenman

por The Futur

Chris sits down with Joey Korenman to talk about his journey from designer to educator, and opening the online education platform School Of Motion. They also discuss what it means to know what you're worth, and the fine art of discovering what a client needs, versus what they want. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

030 - The State of Design Education — with Nick Campbell (Pt. 3)

por The Futur

In this episode, Chris and Nick chat about the differences between a fully scalable product oriented model (Greyscalegorilla) vs. mentorship approach (MoGraph Mentor) and everything in between. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

029 - Learning, Collaboration, and Critique — with Nick Campbell (Pt. 2)

por The Futur

In the follow up to our first episode with Greyscalegorilla founder Nick Campbell, Chris and Stewart discuss mindset and working with clients. When is the right time to ask questions? What kind of questions should you ask? What is the right approach when trying to develop a concept with your client? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

028 - Founding Greyscalegorilla — with Nick Campbell (Pt. 1)

por The Futur

The way we learn is changing, and Nick Campbell is one of the trail blazers. His website, Greyscalegorilla, not only sells suites to help you make better work, it also provides invaluable educational content. After meeting at NAB this year, Chris had to sit down with Nick and talk more about his history, how Grey Scale Gorilla came to be, and what the future of online education might look like. This is part one of a two part series. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

027 - Staying Persistent Despite Failure — with Stewart Schuster

por The Futur

99 No's, 1 Yes. Persistence was something that was brought up in the last episode, and Chris and Stewart take the conversation farther. What does it mean to keep going? Should you? How can you turn defeat and failure into a learning moment? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

026 - Determination and Persistence — with Chris Edwards

por The Futur

In October 2004, Chris Edwards spearheaded the founding of THE THIRD FLOOR, Inc. in Los Angeles. Since then, the company has become the most prolific previs studio in the world, contributing to Hollywood projects from Avatar to Gravity with credits on wide-ranging film and television projects such as Game of Thrones, The Martian, Mad Max: Fury Road, Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation and Marvel’s Iron Man, Captain America,Thor and Avengers franchises. In this episode, the two Chris's meet and discuss the long road from being a dreamer to being a creator. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

025 - The Importance of Mentors — with Stewart Schuster

por The Futur

Chris and Stewart follow up the last episode with a discussion about Mentors - What it means to have one, what it means to be one, and how to get one. Being a mentor can actually be more beneficial than finding one. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

024 - Online Mentorship — with Michael Jones

por The Futur

Chris talks with the creator of Mograph Mentor, Michael Jones, about building the online education platform, the future of education, and what it means to have people who believe in you and your goals. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

023 - Say What You Think — with Stewart Schuster

por The Futur

Chris and Stewart follow up last week's conversation with Blair Enn's, with a discussion about one of the rules of "Blair-topia" - Say What You Mean.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

022 - How To Win Without Pitching — with Blair Enns

por The Futur

Blair Enns is the author of game changing book Win Without Pitching. He has survived the ups and downs of the business side of creativity for long enough to achieve guru status. On this show, Blair talks about the philosophy that informed his book, and, ultimately, lead to the Win Without Pitching program. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

021 - Living in the Dogma of your Parents — with Stewart Schuster

por The Futur

Stewart Schuster and Chris continue the conversation around if not allowing to be creative is an exclusively Asian American experience. Is The Immigrant Mentality Towards the Arts a broader issue? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

020 - The Pursuit of a Creative Life — with Jennet Liaw

por The Futur

Jennet Liaw is more than just a designer. She's a role model to many especially Asian American women who dream of following their dreams versus doing the responsible thing. On this show, she shares feelings about going against the grain and finding success. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

019 - Going Your Own Way — with Trung Bao

por The Futur

Not being afraid to do what you love. Vietnamese American Trung Bao talks about how he learned to just go for it and where it led him. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

018 - Death is Life's Greatest Gift — with Alex Preston

por The Futur

Waking up everyday knowing you will die— This is how Alex Preston gained the courage to create his highly successful video game - Hyper Light Drifter. The Secret to living true to your self is knowing You Will Die. Make the Most of It.   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

017 - Redefining Entrepreneurship — with Youmna Chamcham

por The Futur

Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

016 - Where Do You Draw Confidence From? — Jose Caballer

por The Futur

Are people born confident or is it a skill you can develop? Find something that you are really good at and use that as your anchor. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

015 - Staff, Freelance or Entrepreneur? — with Matthew Encina

por The Futur

Pros and cons of being a freelancer vs having a staff position. Blind Creative Director Mathew Encina shares his experience in the field. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

014 - The Art of Communication — with Chris Do

por The Futur

On this episode of the Futur, Chris shares a technique about how to talk about anything, being transparent, and taking the friction out of difficult topics.   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

013 - Cultivating Creative Culture — with Keir McLaren

por The Futur

Chris and his former business coach Keir discuss the keys to cultivating a creative culture at work. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

012 - Tapping Into Your Subconscious — with Chris Do

por The Futur

Using the subconscious mind to create concepts and solve creative problems. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

011 - How To Ask For New Business — with Jose Caballer

por The Futur

Sales, lead generation, closing, confidence, trust. Chris and Jose talk about closing deals in the Creative Business World. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

010 - Branding and Identity Design — with Yo Santosa

por The Futur

Chris Do sits downs with Founder and Creative Director, Yo Santosa for her perspective on building brands with personality. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

009 - Making it as a Young Designer in Los Angeles — with Noha Khashoggi

por The Futur

Young Designer Noha tells her story and Chris gives her tips for making it in L.A. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

008 - Ask a Creative Business Coach — with Keir McLaren

por The Futur

This is The Futur podcast. We talk about the business of design. You can find more info here: www.thisisthefutur.com. Also, check out our channel on YouTube: www.youtube.com/theskoolrocks Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

007 - Brevity — with Chris Do

por The Futur

Cheryl, John and Aaron join Chris Do and discuss why some people feel compelled to talk more than they need to. This episode continues our discussion about going past the sale. Be comfortable in the dead space. Learn to listen and be present. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

005 - Going Past the Sale — with Chris Do

por The Futur

When you hear “yes”, shut up. When you’re in a sales conversation, or a business transaction with somebody, there’s usually something you want. You’re trying to work towards that one thing you want. You use persuasive language and eventually, hear the word, “yes.” Once you get what you’re looking for, though, you should stop talking. If you continue to sell, you will jeopardize the sale. Eventually, you might actually talk yourself out of the sale. And that’s definitely not what you were aiming for when you entered the conversation. Here’s an example from Chris: when him and the team at Blind had the chance to work with the band, Coldplay, on an interactive music video, the sale was almost lost. Why? What happened? The band had signed off on the concept, seen the design frames, and just watched a first glimpse of the music video. While waiting for frontman Chris Martin to approve it, the design team waited patiently. Three or four clips into it, Chris Martin says, “that’s enough. I love it.” But the producer in the room then asked, “don’t you want to see the other clips?” The takeaway here is that the band was more than happy with what they saw, and felt like they didn’t need to see any more. They were sold on the idea, on the product, and they verbally signed off on it. They gave a firm “yes.” If a similar scenario happens to you, just stop talking. Don’t try to show them one more idea. Don’t move into the next phase of your presentation. Accept the approval, and move forward from there. Overselling can hinder future sales opportunities, and impact your business. Clients don’t like to feel sold to, so when they give you the green light, you have everything you need to proceed. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

006 - How This College Dropout Became a Millionaire — Chau Nguyen

por The Futur

How I Became a Millionaire. Should I drop out of college to pursue my career? What does it take to run a startup. How do you become a millionaire with no college degree launching a tech startup? CEO and founder of HireWire, Chau Nguyen sits down with Chris Do for this insight conversation about risk/reward, grit and betting it all. Chau talks candidly about big pivotal decisions, no regrets and the challenges and sacrifices that are needed to become a successful entrepreneur. This self made thirty year old became a millionaire and exited his first company Campus Special for 20 million dollars at the age of 33. How was he able to do it? HireWire Twitter: @ChauDucks Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

004 - Giving Advice The Right Way — with Chris Do

por The Futur

A conversation about giving and receiving advice. Tips on how to give advice.   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

003 - Moving from Makers to Entrepreneurs — with Greg Gunn

por The Futur

Where do you fit in the post production food chain? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

002 - How to Start a Design Business — with Frank Shi

por The Futur

What do you need to know to start and run a design business?  Successful Business Man & Designer Chris Do imparts experience wisdom and knowledge on the most important issues entrepreneurs face when starting and running a business. Frank Shi, a smart, young entrepreneur on the verge of starting a motion graphics business, asks Chris Do the following questions: What are some common business mistakes entrepreneurs make in the creative business field? How do you effectively communicate with business partners. How do you negotiate fair terms? How do you sell your company/service w/o much experience to show? How do you write a mission statement: How do you communicate who you are and what you do in a sentence? How do you budget for unexpected things that go wrong in a project: How do you put together a bid? How to prevent your business from crashing & burning in the first year? Getting of the Runway. Pros and Cons of running a brick and mortar operation vs. running a fluid, mostly remote team? Team Building. How to do Management. How to create Company Culture, How to inspire the team? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

001 - Public Speaking — with Greg Gunn

por The Futur

What is The Futur of The Motion Graphics Industry and what can you, as a creative, do to adapt? Get inside the world of Motion Graphics with Chris & Greg, 2 industry veterans, as they reflect on their experiences as both attendees and speakers at Motion 2016 - the Motion Graphics Conference in Santa Fe, NM. Chris and Greg reflect on insightful conversations about the Motion Graphics Industry and the direction in which it's headed.       Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices