The Uncool Designer

The Uncool Designer

Feb 26, 2020 30 min

Laura Blythman & Anna Dower

In this new episode of the uncool designer Anna chats with designer & artist Laura Blythman about all things creative. Designer, illustrator and creative director Laura Blythman is renowned for her vibrant use of colour and paper collage. Her recognisable aesthetic has garnered her a legion of fans and a super happy + colourful portfolio of work with clients ranging from start up businesses to high profile Australian and International brands. Collaborators and clients include - Pana Chocolate, National Gallery of Victoria, Boomf, Disney, Rollie Shoes, Galison / Mudpuppy, Frankie Magazine, Land of nod, Such Great Heights, Finders Keepers Market, Typo, Lark, Mr.Wolf Kids, Cotton On Kids, T2 teas, and so many more. We discuss: >> The journey from designer to artist >> Dealing with the fear of revealing your art to the work >> The mindfulness and quietness of creating art >> How to deal with copycats & much more.
Feb 11, 2020 31 min

Liss Amyah & Anna Dower

In this episode Anna chats with hand lettering creative entrepreneurs Liss Amyah. Preachers wife turned pleasure advocate, Liss was married at 19, had 6 babies by 31, and was divorced by 36. In 2014, after baby number six was born, Liss started an online business teaching calligraphy and has seen thousands of students go through her courses. These days, as well as all the arty things, Liss is all about speaking her truth and telling her story in ways that are sometimes terrifying, but also deeply healing. She rarely feels terribly brave, but most days at least a little brave-ish. Liss believes that curiosity will take us places certainty never can, that pleasure is not a dirty word, and that it's totally ok to not have it all figured out. • What does the term brave-ish mean? • Liss's change in family circumstance and running a business as a single mum of 6 kids • How to make money as a creative with ecourses & memberships • The power of instagram for creatives • Advice to other women who are struggling with family/life/biz gig
Feb 11, 2020 18 min

Bring on 2020 & ditch imposter syndrome

Everyone feels like an imposter at some stage during their career and today Anna talks about... • How to focus on what's important in your design business • The moment I stopped feeling like an imposter • The power of having someone who believes in you • Slowly pushing yourself out of your comfort zone • Feeding your confidence needs to become a daily ritual • Confidence is the key ingredient to a successful business • Mindset mantras to build confidence • What you & Beyonce have in common
Sep 18, 2019 20 min

Help Me Anna

In this episode Anna answers all of your burning questions! • How to best manage your time each day • Saying NO to a client • Positioning your business in the marketplace • Marketing your design business so it gets seen • Working a full time job & starting a design biz Links www.annadower.com
Sep 01, 2019 25 min

The Queen of Confidence Erika Cramer

In this episode Anna chats to Erika Cramer about taking a bold stand for women owning their throne & reclaiming their confidence. After overcoming a life full of trauma, physical and sexual abuse, near-death experiences, breaking her back and being widowed, Erika Cramer found herself drowning in pain and sadness trying to numb everything she had been through. These life changing experiences finally lead her to life coaching where she went on a deep path to personal growth and healing. As a confidence coach she is here to guide women to living a life where they seek progress, not perfection. We discuss: • the power of storytelling in your business to create connection & authenticity • how to figure out what story you can share with your audience • letting go of what other people think • overcoming the fear of failing and not feeling good enough your design business Links https://www.thequeenofconfidence.com/ Annas personal story - http://www.theuncooldesigner.com/episode-11/
Aug 18, 2019 40 min

The tipping point for success

In this episode Anna is joined by 4 other graphic designers who share their experience as designer boss-ladies and reveal their tipping point for success. • The hard issues facing designers today: lack of confidence, difficult clients, working for no money. • The deep inner work you need to do before you can succeed • Taking the step to invest in yourself & your future and getting clear on your worth, boundaries & niche. • How to get to a point where you are running a business you love, working with clients who have no changes & making more money! Links www.designbizbootcamp.com
Aug 04, 2019 22 min

How my failed marriage was the turning point for me choosing success!

In this episode Anna's discusses.... • How I serve my audience • When my life fell apart • How I chose to succeed despite the heartache • The 5 ways I worked smart in my design biz • The power of women • Deciding not to fail
Jul 21, 2019 16 min

Be a Boundaries Boss

In this episode we discuss: • Why you need to set clear boundaries in your design business • How to remember you are the boss • Why you need a price list for your services • The 5 things you can do in your business today to create clear boundaries in your business Links mentioned in this episode: Price list template - http://annadower.com/sales-kit-template-for-designers/ Boundaries boss - http://annadower.com/2017/08/06/your-mini-guide-to-client-boundaries/
Jul 09, 2019 19 min

Passive Income for graphic designers

In this episode we discuss: • What is passive income • Ideas for multiple income streams in your design biz • How to come up with an idea for your offer • The 3 x mistakes designers make when it comes to passive income Links mentioned in this episode: Brand Audit blog post - http://annadower.com/2018/06/13/a-designer-that-does-more-than-just-design-tell-me-more-she-said/ Passive income for designers - http://annadower.com/2018/09/06/how-to-create-a-recurring-revenue-fuelled-biz/
Jun 09, 2019 43 min

The evolving designer journey

Designer Jenna Hallett turns the tables and interviews Anna in this episode: • The biggest design fails ever • Juggling work/mum life • How to not quit your biz • Lessons from crappy clients • How to intentionally create the biz of your dreams Links mentioned in this episode: Jenna Rae Hallett - https://jennaraedesigns.com.au/ Anna Dower - http://annadower.com/