Description: Looking to up your graphic design game? Get organized! When the details are clear, the job is easier and the clients are happier.
Here are 8 tips, all very easy to do, that will wrangle all those loose ends and keep your projects moving forward. Yes, many are what you’d consider Project Manager tools, but they’ll help you be a better graphic designer, art director, creative director, or freelance designer.People will think you’re a real grownup! (Don’t worry, I’m not either.)
Here’s the link to that Design Workflow Chart I mentioned in the video:
Like I said, these are all tricks I learned the hard way. They help keep all the details in focus and as we all know, graphic design means keeping track of a LOT of details! Being organized in my workflow does not come naturally for me, so these are all things I had to learn in order to compensate for that. I hope it helps you, too!
Description: Episode 36 of Penmanship, a podcast about Australian writing culture hosted by Andrew McMillen.
John Clarke was a freelance writer, performer and author.
John died suddenly on Sunday, 9 April 2017, aged 68. I had spoken to him a few days beforehand, and we had made plans to record a conversation for this podcast while I was visiting Melbourne that weekend. Since that cannot happen, I am bringing you a special episode based on a day that I spent with John in November 2014, when I was reporting a story for The Weekend Australian Review about the creative process behind ‘Clarke & Dawe’, the weekly political satire program that John wrote and performed alongside longtime collaborator Bryan Dawe. As I wrote in my article, ‘Clarke & Dawe’ was more often than not among the week’s sharpest commentary on up-to-the-minute matters relating to Australian politics and public life. Together, the two performers sought to make us laugh while also making us think.
This was a dream assignment for me, as it involved spending a day in John’s company as he wrote a couple of scripts, met with Bryan to film the program at an ABC television studio, and supervised the final edits of a two-and-a-half minute program that would be broadcast around Australia the following evening. In between these tasks, there was plenty of time for conversation; at no point did John seem rushed, and he had a kind word and a wry joke for everyone he crossed paths with. This episode consists of excerpts from some of the writing-related discussions he and I had that day, as well as a few amusing asides. I’d also encourage you to read my article for The Weekend Australian Review, which is called ‘In The Line of Political Satire’. I put a lot of effort into the writing and rhythm of this piece because I knew John would read it, and that man rarely wasted a word.
Our first conversation that day took place in a Fitzroy cafe on Wednesday, 12 November 2014. My recording device was a small digital recorder placed on the table between us, or held in my hand as I wrote in my notebook while on the move. The audio wasn’t captured with this podcast in mind, as Penmanship did not exist at the time. The recording at this first location has the most ambient noise, so you’ll hear a bit of the coffee machine in action, as well as some other voices in the background. Please bear with me, as the audio quality does improve throughout this episode, as we move to quieter locations. There is about 20 minutes of audio in this cafe section, cut into four segments. Some of the cuts are quite abrupt, but I’ll briefly introduce each section to give some context throughout the episode.
CLARKE, John, Dip Lid, PhD in Cattle (Oxen). Advisor and comforter to various governments. Born 1948. Educ. subsequently. Travelled extensively throughout Holy Lands, then left New Zealand for Europe. Stationed in London 1971-73. Escaped (decorated). Rejoined unit. Arrived Australia 1977. Held positions with ABC radio (Sckd), ABC Television (Dfnct), Various newspapers (Dcd), and Aust Film Industry (Fkd). Currently a freelance expert specialising in matters of a general character. Recreations: Whistling. Address: C/– the people next door. Or just pop it inside the door of the fusebox. Should be back Friday. Died 2017.
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Show notes: http://penmanshippodcast.com/episode-36-john-clarke/
The theme song for Penmanship is ‘Eternally Yours‘ by Australian band Laughing Clowns, used with permission of band leader and songwriter Ed Kuepper. I recommend purchasing ‘Cruel, But Fair – The Complete Clowns Recordings’ via iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/au/album/cruel-but-fair-complete-clowns/id129575674