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The Business of Design

Candid conversations with the most interesting and inspirational people that you’ve never heard of. Host, Chris Do, interviews people from all walks of life about the fringes of design, technology, marketing and business—all in hopes of changing the way you think.

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Don’t Be Afraid, Just Try

You’ve probably seen one of his earnest Instagram posts at some point, and that’s because Brooklyn based artist, Adam J. Kurtz (aka adamjk), has a lot to say.

How To Make Online Teaching Profitable

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.

Why Curiosity Is The Key To A Successful Career

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.

How To Find Work-Life Balance In The Creative Industry

Can there be a balance between your work, your family and your life?

The Difference Between Inclusion and Belonging

Chris talks with art director, illustrator and public speaker, Hank Washington.

Stealing Like An Artist - Part 2

Part two of our conversation with acclaimed author, Austin Kleon.

Don’t Call It A Side Hustle - Part 1

In this episode, Chris Do talks with acclaimed author, Austin Kleon.

A New School

The Lambda School is designed for student success. They train aspiring software engineers and data scientists in live, online classes to get a career in the software engineering space.

Marketing Versus Branding

Melinda Livsey & Fabian Geyrhalter discuss the merits of both marketing and branding.

Contagious Selling

In this episode, we learn about the Entrepreneurial Spirit and how to stand out with ArtCenter legend Errol Gerson.

Believe You Can

How did Jonathan Courtney become synonymous with "Design Sprints" and wind up co-creating a course with one of his mentors?

A.I. & Creativity

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.

Taking The Big Risks: Joey Cofone

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.

Staying Productive In Silicon Valley: Elay Cohen

When Elay Cohen moved to Silicon Valley from his hometown of Toronto, he had dreams of starting his own successful company.

Challenges Of Post Production: Ryan Summers

Are visual effects artists part of the problem or can they be part of the solution plaguing the VFX industry?

Lilian Darmono Pt. 2

Lilian Darmono is a Creative and Art Director specialising in character-driven animated and illustrative pieces.

Lilian Darmono Pt. 1

Lilian Darmono is a Creative and Art Director specializing in character-driven animated and illustrative pieces.

Designer and Podcaster Diane Gibbs II

Recently, Chris went looking for some answers regarding gender inequality issues in design and opened himself up to the internet community.

Designer and Podcaster Diane Gibbs

Recently, Chris went looking for some answers regarding gender inequality issues in design and opened himself up to the internet community.

Motion Designer Handel Eugene

Being the child of an immigrant makes the creative path a difficult one.

Strategist Douglas Davis

Douglas Davis was the kid who was drawing when the teacher was lecturing; creating when others were just coasting.

Content Marketing Consultant: Ryan Robinson

How do more people find you? How do you get more clients? They make business possible, so we all want more of them, right?

The Importance Of A Name: Eli Altman

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.

Logo Inspirations: Jonathan Rudolph

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 Knowledgeable Outsider: RevThink

As a creative entrepreneur, you may find yourself at a crossroads. It may be a small one, or it may be a big one.

Cinematography Database: Matthew Workman

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.

Facing Your Fears: Logo Geek, Ian Paget

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.

How To Get Work On Behance: What You Need To Know

Is it true you can actually get work using Behance? How are people using Behance to get work? Do portfolio sites like Behance work?

First Client Meeting: The Sales Call

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?

Feeling Overwhelmed: Information Overload

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?

Grow Your Business

What steps do you need to take to achieve your business goals? How do you grow your creative business?

How To Charge More For A Logo

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?

Where To Start With Social Media

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?

Can You Charge To Diagnose?

Chris discusses whether you're able to charge to diagnose problems with co-host Melinda Livsey.

Running A Creative Business

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.

The Driving Force: Ash Thorp

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.

Making It In The Little Leagues: Aaron Draplin

Chris talks with the people's champion, Aaron Draplin, about having a following among your peers, honoring your parents, and managing success.

Motionographer Founder Justin Cone

What does it mean to be a "King Maker"? With great power comes great responsibility.

School Of Motion Founder Joey Korenman

Chris sits down with Joey Korenman to talk about his journey from designer to educator, and opening the online education platform School Of Motion.

The State of Design Education

Chris and Nick chat about the differences between a fully scalable product-oriented model (Greyscalegorilla) vs. mentorship approach (MoGraph Mentor) and everything in between.

Learning, Collaboration, Critique & Feedback

In the follow up to our first episode with Greyscalegorilla founder Nick Campbell, Chris and Stewart discuss mindset and working with clients.

Greyscalegorilla Founder Nick Campbell Part One

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.

Staying Persistent Despite Catastrophic Failure

Persistence was something that was brought up in the last episode, and Chris and Stewart take the conversation further.

Determination and Persistence: Chris Edwards

In October 2004, Chris Edwards spearheaded the founding of THE THIRD FLOOR, Inc. in Los Angeles.

The Importance Of Mentors

Chris and Stewart follow up from the last episode with a discussion on the importance of mentors - What it means to have one, what it means to be one, and how to get one.

Online Mentoring: Michael Jones

Chris talks with the creator of Mograph Mentor, Michael Jones, about building an online education platform, the future of education, and what it means to have people who believe in you and your goals.

Say What You Think/Mean

Chris and Stewart follow up last week's conversation with Blair Enns, with a discussion about one of the rules of "Blair-topia" - Say What You Mean.

Creative Business Consultant Blair Enns

Blair Enns is the author of the game-changing book, the Win Without Pitching Manifesto. He has survived the ups and downs of the business side of creativity for long enough to achieve guru status.

Living in the Dogma of your Parents

Stewart Schuster and Chris discuss whether or not being allowed to be creative is exclusively an Asian American experience.

The Pursuit of a Creative Life: Jennet Liaw

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.

Going Your Own Way: Trung Bao

Vietnamese American Trung Bao talks about how he learned to just go for it and where it led him.

Death. Life's greatest gift with Alex Preston creator of Hyper Light Drifter

Imagine waking up every day knowing you will die—this is how Alex Preston gained the courage to create his highly successful video game - Hyper Light Drifter.

Redefining Entrepreneurship

Redefining entrepreneurship and breaking the mold with Youmna Chamcham.

Where Do You Draw Confidence From?

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.

Staff, Freelance or Entrepreneur?

Which one is better? Creative Director Mathew Encina shares his experience in the field.

The Art of Communication

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.

Cultivating Creative Culture - Keir McLaren

Chris and his former business coach Keir McLaren discuss the keys to cultivating a creative culture at work.

Tapping Into Your Subconscious

Have you ever been able to use your subconscious to solve a problem?

How To Ask For New Business - Jose Caballer

Sales, lead generation, closing, confidence, trust. Chris and Jose talk about closing deals in the Creative Business World.

Branding: Identity Design w/ Yo Santosa

Chris Do sits downs with Founder and Creative Director, Yo Santosa for her perspective on building brands with personality.

Making it as a Young Designer in L.A.

Young designer Noha Khashoggi tells her story and Chris gives her tips for making it in L.A.

Keir McLaren: Creative Business Coach

Keir McLaren, creative business coach, is in the studio to talk about the business of design.


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.

How This College Dropout Became a Millionaire

Should I drop out of college to pursue my career? What does it take to run a startup?

Going Past the Sale

When you hear YES, shut up.

Giving Advice The Right Way

A conversation about giving and receiving advice. Tips on how to give advice.

Moving from Makers to Entrepreneurs

Where do you fit in the post-production food chain?

How to Start and Run a Design Business

Successful Businessman & Designer Chris Do imparts experience wisdom and knowledge on the most important issues entrepreneurs face when starting and running a business.

Public Speaking & the Motion Conference

What is The Futur of The Motion Graphics Industry and what can you, as a creative, do to adapt?

I felt more confident

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