The Busy Creator Podcast, episode 20 – Building and Growing a Small Design Firm, with Josh Miles

2014.08.25 by Prescott Perez-Fox

The Busy Creator Podcast, episode 20 w/guest Josh Miles

The Busy Creator Podcast, episode 20, Building and Growing a Small Design Firm, w/guest Josh Miles

Josh Miles (@JoshMiles) founded Miles Design, an independent graphic design firm in Indianapolis, Indiana, after organically growing his freelance practice. Following some hi-profile work in a narrow sector, he’s grown his team to nine employees, taking care to build a healthy workplace culture along the way.

Miles Design team

Josh and his team at Miles Design

In this discussion, Josh shares some of the challenges for growing and maintaining a design business, as well as some of the tools and tactics he uses to keep the team in sync and doing great work. You can read more about Josh on his site, JoshMiles.com


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Prepare with Purpose for OS X 10.10 Yosemite

2014.08.21 by Prescott Perez-Fox

Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite

The new version of the Mac operating system, OS X 10.10 Yosemite is just around the corner. Many pro users are already running a late beta on their current machines. But before you wipe your system and install the new OS afresh, be organized and prepare. Here’s how to handle the change with minimal drama so you can get back up and running in no time.

What to backup

Many of us have continuous, automated backups in place, but when wiping your system down to zero, I recommend manually backing up a few things extra. Here’s a list of what you should back up before you go new.
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The Busy Creator Podcast, episode 19 with Online Video Host & Producer Shannon Morse

2014.08.18 by Prescott Perez-Fox

The Busy Creator Podcast 19 w/guest Shannon Morse

The Busy Creator Podcast, episode 19 with Online Video Host & Producer Shannon Morse

Shannon Morse (@Snubs)  is a producer and host of several online video shows such as Tekzilla and Hak5. Following early training in theatrical performance and hotel/restaurant management, she transitioned into new media. Across her many projects, she’s responsible for all research, writing, and production. Read more about Shannon on her site, snubsie.com

In this episode, we discuss Shannon’s origins in film/video production, the struggle of working for multiple employers with multiple studio workflows, and some of her outside (geeky) pursuits.


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The Busy Creator Podcast, episode 18 with Design Firm President, Author, Podcast Host, and Professor Debbie Millman

2014.08.11 by Prescott Perez-Fox

The Busy Creator 18 w/guest Debbie MIllman

The Busy Creator Podcast, episode 18 with Design Firm President, Author, Podcast Host, and Professor Debbie Millman

Debbie Millman (@DebbieMillman) is a design and branding industry impresario. She will, at any given moment, be involved in a multitude of projects and roles across the profession. For nearly 20 years, she’s been the President of Sterling Brands, a design and brand strategy firm based in New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. Since 2005, she’s hosted Design Matters, one of the most successful radio shows (now podcasts) about design and creativity. She also founded and chairs the Master’s in Branding course at the School of Visual Arts in New York, and has authored numerous books.

In this episode, Debbie speaks about the structure and workflow of Sterling — now a corporate agency, how she stays energized across her many endeavors, and how she’s still working to overcome awkwardness in her life and career. We also get to hear the story of how Debbie and Prescott first met.


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The Busy Creator Podcast, episode 17 – Music Streaming Apps and Websites, with guest Charles Penn

2014.08.04 by Prescott Perez-Fox

The Busy Creator 17 - Music Streaming Apps and Websites, w/guest Charles Penn

The Busy Creator 17, Music Streaming Apps & Websites, w/guest Charles Penn

Charles Penn is a musician and music producer based in New Jersey. Together with Prescott he discusses the state of music on the Internet, including listening, buying, sharing, and the potential of collaborating world-wide. The conversation moves to music promotion and tactics for artists starting out. Check out Charles’s music on his website, The Sounds of The Underground.


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The Busy Creator Podcast, episode 16 with Digital Strategist and Web Designer Marie Poulin

2014.07.28 by Prescott Perez-Fox

The Busy Creator 16 w/Marie Poulin

The Busy Creator Podcast, episode 16 with Digital Strategist and Web Designer Marie Poulin

Marie Poulin (@MariePoulin) is a Digital Strategist and Web Designer based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Following her early work in a small Toronto-based studio, Marie set out on her own and established a solo web design practice before making a more recent transition to strategy. Marie has taken on more self-initiated projects, launching Digital Strategy School, powered by Doki, the online teaching platform she helped build. Along the way she’s become resourceful and has had to teach herself a host of new skills. Marie can be seen on her site, MariePoulin.com


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The Busy Creator Podcast, episode 15 with Author, Speaker, and Creative Consultant Todd Henry

2014.07.21 by Prescott Perez-Fox

The Busy Creator 15 w/guest Todd Henry

The Busy Creator Podcast, episode 15 w/author, speaker, and creative consultant Todd Henry

Todd Henry (@ToddHenry) is an author, speaker, workshop leader, and creative consultant who has written two books on practices observed in successful creative professionals, and tactics for being prolific, brilliant, and healthy. He regularly speaks and consults with companies about how to develop practices and systems for success. In addition, he’s been writing and podcasting since 2005 on his website, Accidental Creative. Read more about Todd on his personal site.

For this particular discussion, we were slightly pressed for time, so to augment our chat, above is a video of Todd speaking at Creative Mornings in Cincinnati in November 2013.


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The Busy Creator Podcast, episode 14 with Novelist Laura Thomas

2014.07.07 by Prescott Perez-Fox

The Busy Creator Podcast with Laura Thomas

The Busy Creator Podcast, episode 14 with novelist Laura Thomas

Laura Thomas (@Laura_Raptor) is a writer living and working in Canada. Previously, she has published a full-length novel, but has changed her focus to the short form novella, especially in the Erotica genre. Laura has created a productive workflow and lifestyle that allows her to publish up to three stories per week to online and via electronic platforms like the Amazon Kindle.

Check out Laura under her pen name, Selena Storm, (@Selena_Storm) where you can find about 40 titles.


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The Busy Creator Podcast, episode 13 with Musician, Singer, and Songwriter Blake Stratton

2014.06.16 by Prescott Perez-Fox

The Busy Creator 13 w/Blake Stratton

The Busy Creator Podcast, episode 13 with Singer-Songwriter-Musician Blake Stratton

Blake Stratton (@BlakeStratton) is a Nashville-based musician and songwriter. In his twenties he was a touring musician living the Nashville lifestyle. Lately, he’s switched toward collaborating and composing, as well as seeking to connect independent creatives through his blog and podcast, Life in The Woods. With Prescott, he discusses the virtues of waking up early, the struggle for continued creative success, and the strangeness of the music profession.


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The Busy Creator Podcast, episode 12 with co-founder of It’s Nice That and design entrepreneur Will Hudson

2014.06.02 by Prescott Perez-Fox

TBC12 w/guest Will Hudson

The Busy Creator Podcast, episode 12 with guest Will Hudson

Will Hudson (@WillHudson) is the Co-Founder and Director of It’s Nice That, a publishing company that champions creativity across the world of art & design. Together with Prescott, he discusses how It’s Nice That began as an art school project and grew into a publishing empire cum creative agency in London. We also hear about Will’s productivity habits, and how he manages the assault of so much email.


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