EPISODE #80 || Alicia Buford, Associate Design Director at Instrument

EPISODE #80 || Alicia Buford, Associate Design Director at Instrument

Alicia Buford, Associate Design Director at Instrument, speaks her truth about her winding career path (with stops of frog and SapientNitro) and her struggles with Portland. Hear about why she might not get a master's degree if she could go back and do it again, being active and mindful about the type of education you're receiving, being bullied by an ECD early in her career, and the reality of being talent of color in a city that isn't known for being diverse. 

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EPISODE #42 || Aliya Marder, Associate Director at Philosophie

EPISODE #42 || Aliya Marder, Associate Director at Philosophie

Aliya tells us everything we need to know about getting started in UX and product design. Hear about her transition from the wine industry to UX, the hard and soft skills needed to be a product designer, specific resources (including blogs, courses, and communities) for those starting out, and her advice on the biggest hurdles that junior designers face—including building your portfolio from scratch and finding mentors.

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EPISODE #36 || Michael Benjamin, Creative Director at Anthem Branding

EPISODE #36 || Michael Benjamin, Creative Director at Anthem Branding

Michael comes to us from the world of visual branding, sharing his experience from 20+ years of being a bonafide design nerd. Hear about the process of creating a visual brand identity, personal branding and resume tips from the class he teaches at CU Boulder, and being a creative of color in a city not known for its diversity (and the case for sticking it out).

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EPISODE #11 || Pann Lim, Creative Director at Kinetic Singapore

EPISODE #11 || Pann Lim, Creative Director at Kinetic Singapore

Pann Lim is a giant name in the Singapore design/advertising world, though you'd never know it by talking to him. One of the most down-to-earth people I've ever met, his advice is both thoughtful and thought-provoking for students and future leaders. Hear how he defines success, how he differentiated his student portfolio, and his secret to finding the time to lead an agency and form an art collective with his family. You don't want to miss this one.

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