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Ep. 17
Interview of Tornike Beroshvili

In this episode, Daniel talks to previous BYOL student and now UI/UX Designer, Tornike Beroshvili, about his journey into the world of UI/UX. Tornike talks about his transition into UI/UX after being a singer and working in the hotel industry for many years and shares how he found employment during tough times. He discusses his current employment, working as a freelancer, and how he found work online using social media. He explains how the BYOL Challenges helped him to create a portfolio and build his skills, while dedication, practice and hard work can lead to success and a great job. 

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Ep. 16 Interview of John Carney

In this episode, Daniel talks to designer and BYOL Teaching Assistant, John Carney, about his unconventional journey to becoming a designer. John explains how he transitioned roles into becoming a graphic designer, his upskilling journey and building new skills, and why he decided to learn UI/UX Design using Figma. We also learn why John became such an active part of the BYOL community and how he took on the role of becoming a highly valued BYOL Teaching Assistant. He gives his views on being a specialist versus a generalist designer, and why listening is an important skill as a designer.

Check out John's portfolio here: https://www.grafixt.com

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Ep. 15 Increasing Motivation with Sarah Parkinson-Howe

In this episode, Daniel talks to Sarah about staying motivated as a designer. They discuss the importance of having an established workspace, having a hobby and doing something different from design, creating a to do list that is rewarding, and how to tackle those tedious tasks. They share their tips on why going for a run or taking a walk can be great, finding the best hours in a day to make the most of your time, being an active part of a design community, and why putting a deadline on a project can be great for motivation.

Pre-register for Sarah’s Color Theory course here on BYOL!

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Ep. 14 Becoming a Freelancer with Sarah Parkinson-Howe

In this episode, Daniel talks to Sarah about their top actionable steps to becoming a freelance designer. They cover getting set up as a freelancer, focusing your portfolio, why it’s important not to work for free and what to charge for your work. They share their top tips on getting freelance jobs, why having a cheerleader for when things get tough is an important life choice, how social media can be a useful tool when going freelance and knowing why a mouse can eat an elephant in small bites.

Pre-register for Sarah's Color Theory course here on BYOL!: https://bringyourownlaptop.com/courses/color-theory-get-inspired-by-color

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Ep. 13 Pivoting from Graphic Designer to UX Designer

In this episode, Daniel talks to Victoria about how she pivoted from Graphic Designer to UX Designer, what resources she utilised to make the change and what her favourite UX design software is: Figma or XD?

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Ep. 12 Specialist vs. Generalist

Sarah is a branding and logo design specialist while I am more of a generalist, so what path should you follow, a jack of all trades or a true master of one? Join us as we chat about our experience and possible paths you can follow too.

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Ep. 11 Generating Other Income

Building a side hustle along side your main job is a fun, exciting and challenging endevour, in this episode, Sarah and Dan chat about thier experiences with building  

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Ep. 10 Do You Need an Art Degree?

It's a common question: Do you need an Art Degree to be a designer, or at least, a good designer. In this episode, Dan and Sarah chat about their experiences and views on if this is true. 

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Ep. 09 Freelancing with Sarah Parkinson-Howe

Being a freelancer isn't always easy but it doesn't have to be hard. If you're ready to take on the challenge of being your own boss, there's some things you should know so you can get the best head start. Here's what we cover in this episode: Working for yourself as well as making use of agencies The required attributes for being a great freelancer The huge benefits of working for yourself Balancing your work load How to find clients Do your work days require structure or fluidity? Downsides - no sick days? No maternity leave?

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Ep. 08 Imposter Syndrome with Sarah Parkinson-Howe

Even design industry veterans suffer from imposter syndrome* and in this episode, Daniel and Sarah chat about their experiences with those feelings and how you can overcome it. *Imposter syndrome can be defined as a collection of feelings of inadequacy that persist despite evident success. 'Imposters' suffer from chronic self-doubt and a sense of intellectual fraudulence that override any feelings of success or external proof of their competence.

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Ep. 07 Inspiration with Sarah Parkinson-Howe

In this episode, Daniel and Sarah chat about, how to get inspired in the wide world of graphic design. Founder of The Corner Store Collective, Sarah is a firm believer in using the right person for the job. Over the 20 years of her career as a Graphic Designer and Art Director she has worked with a global network of people from set designers to screen printers and film makers.

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Ep. 06 Portfolios with Petrula Vrontikis

Daniel Scott interviews Petrula Vrontikis and learns all about Portfolios. Petrula is a professor of graphic design and professional practice at ArtCenter College of Design and she an online educator though LinkedIn Learning and Chris Do's TheFutur Academy. As a leading voice in graphic design, she speaks at conferences, universities, and to professional organizations worldwide about her work, design education, the business of design, and the future of the graphic design industry.

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Ep. 05 Portfolios with Ran Segall

Daniel Scott interviews Ran Segall. Ran is a freelance designer but is probably best known as the founder of Flux academy, where he teaches the art of business and web design through online courses. Ran also has a prolific production schedule and amazing content on his Youtube Channel: Flux Academy.

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Ep. 04 Branding with Victoria Borrowdale

Daniel Scott interviews Victoria Borrowdale of Purple Pixle Creative to chat about all things Branding! Vic chats about how she became UX Designer, the place that UX design has in our everyday lives, dealing with the effects of covid in a freelancers life and how to turn those negatives into positives.   

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Ep. 03 An Interview with Daniel Walter Scott

Daniel Scott is interviewed by Deane Patterson to chat about how Dan found is way into the world of design, how he moved into teaching, what design personally means to him, Dan's community approach to Bring Your Own Laptop, where he'd like to see it heading in the future and how Dan creates a good work-life balance his family and BYOL.  

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Ep. 02 Sarah Parkinson-Howe on Logo Design

In this episode, Daniel and Sarah chat about, logo design, the difference between a good logo and a bad logo, educating the small business owner to be more visually literate, creating good repeat business client, how to communicate with clients, why Sarah found me at work in a wetsuit and much, much more. Founder of The Corner Store Collective, Sarah is a firm believer in using the right person for the job. Over the 20 years of her career as a Graphic Designer and Art Director she has worked with a global network of people from set designers to screen printers and film makers.  

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Ep. 01 Philip VanDusen on branding

Philip VanDusen has over 25 years of experience in brand strategy, graphic design and creative leadership for some of the world's most successful global retailers and strategic branding agencies. In this episode Dan and Philip talk about branding vs logo design, finding job opportunities as a freelance designer amidst a global pandemic, how to talk to clients, how to get your first job, staying creative and milking cows! 

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