029 - Michael Burpoe, Host of the Ballpoint Podcast

August 25, 2018

To switch things up a little, this week is a solo episode. With college starting again, Mike explains the tips and tricks he wish he had known going into each year of his design-school career.

He gives advice to a younger version of him, starting in highschool and continuing to the first year out of college. If you (or someone you know) falls into any of these years, listen up.

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Mike's info:

Instagram

Portfolio

The Moleskine sketchbooks I Use (Mentioned)

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023 - Nick Longo, Design Professor and Podcaster

June 24, 2018

Nick is a Design Professor at CSUN and co-hosts the Deeply Graphic podcast as well as hosting the Creative Course Podcast. Oh yeah, and he founded his own design agency, Longo Designs Branding.

Together, Mike and Nick talk about Branding, Student Portfolios, and the actual difference between established designers and recent graduates.

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Nick's info:

Instagram

Twitter

Longo Designs Branding

Deeply Graphic Podcast

Design Course Podcast

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QuickBooks Accounting  (Mentioned)

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020 - Mitch Goldstein, Professor at RIT’s School of Design

June 3, 2018

Time Stamps:
[1:10 - Bulletin] [1:50 - Freshmen Designer] [5:30 - Photogram Series] [13:00 - Care to Learn] [17:20 - Mike's Grading System Idea] [20:10 - Critiques] [30:00 - Freshmen vs. Junior Designers] [36:50 - Why Podcast] [38:09 - Wrap it up, Why Design School] [43:40 - Bulletin]
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Mitch is a professor at RIT’s School of Design, Twitter personality, professional designer, RISD graduate, the creator of “Folks” (Font Jokes), and the reason I started this podcast in the first place. He and his partner/wife's work have been recognized widely by the design community, and his silver photogram exploratory series is one of the best things on Instagram (humble opinion).

Together, Mitch and Mike talk about Art School critiques and their value, grading, and the difference between Freshmen and Junior design students.

We also introduce the new Ballpoint Jobs Bulletin. More info on that in the episode.

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Mitch's info:

Twitter

Instagram

Website

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Elliot Earl's Video Podcast (Mentioned)

Chappell Ellison (Mentioned)

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010 - Amber Vittoria, Freelance Designer in NYC

March 25, 2018

Amber Vittoria is a Young Guns 15, and her work has been recognized by Print Magazine‘s 2017 New Visual Artists – 15 Under 30, It’s Nice ThatComputer ArtsHuffPostTeen Vogue, and Man Repeller. Some of her clients include The New York TimesTeen VogueMan RepellerRefinery29, Medium, Saks Fifth Avenue, Adidas, 7 For All Mankind, CB2, Framebridge, Amazon Fashion, Under Armour, and Interscope Records. (via her portfolio bio). 

Amber is a freelance illustrator based in NYC. After having worked in a NYC design agency, she made the huge leap to go out on her own and solo freelance.

Together, Amber and Mike talk about making the leap from Design Agency life to solo freelancing, if competetiveness is nature or nurture, and social media marketing for designers. 

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Amber's info:

Instagram

TicTail Shop

Portfolio

Feature Article in "It's Nice That"

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About:

Ballpoint is a podcast by young creatives for young creatives. Hosted by Mike Burpoe and joined by friends and other creatives, we aspire to tell our experiences of breaking into the creative industry, with conversations of trial and (many) errors. Join us!

Intro by: SUP?

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009 - Jay Fleckenstein, Designer at Virtue; & Laura Hoerner, Jr. Designer at Buzzfeed

March 18, 2018

Jay Fleckenstein and Laura Hoerner are two RIT Graphic Design graduates who are working at two of the most cutting-edge and newsworthy companies in NYC. Jay works for Virtue, formerly Carrot Creative, a VICE owned company that works on companies like Adult Swim and Smirnoff. Laura works for Buzzfeed, a news and pop culture company with shows like Tasty (the food of which she gets to try!). They met at RIT, and made the treck to the city together to live the agency life together.

Together, Jay, Laura and Mike talk about their respective job hunts, their current office environments, and advice for designers who are in school currently.

Laura's info:

Instagram

Portfolio

Buzzfeed Temptation's Cat Article (mentioned)

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Jay's info:

Instagram

Portfolio

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About:

Ballpoint is a podcast by young creatives for young creatives. Hosted by Mike Burpoe and joined by friends and other creatives, we aspire to tell our experiences of breaking into the creative industry, with conversations of trial and (many) errors. Join us!

Intro by: SUP?

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008 - Jessica Kemp, Stage Management Apprentice at Actors Theatre of Louisville

March 11, 2018

Jessica Kemp is a Stage Management Apprentice, who tackles the daunting task of being the "Swiss Army Knife" to every task around a stage. She just wrapped production of the play Little Bunny Foo Foo, yes, like from the children's song...

Together, Jessica and Mike talk about how to deal with people in high stress environments, what it's like to enter college and suddenly be surrounded by people who may be better than you, and what the point of this podcast even is.

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About:

Ballpoint is a podcast by young creatives for young creatives. Hosted by Mike Burpoe and joined by friends and other creatives, we aspire to tell our experiences of breaking into the creative industry, with conversations of trial and (many) errors. Join us!

Intro by: SUP?

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007 - Mike Lynch, Interactive Developer at Sapient Razorfish

March 4, 2018

Mike Lynch walked the fine line between Game Design major and Computer Science major, giving him a very unique understanding and approach to user experience. Now as an Interactive Developer, he prioritizes accountability for his team, and draws on his experience in Tech Support to understand the spectrum of emotions a user can feel at any given moment.

Together, Mike and Mike talk about the "Theme" to each year of college as a Developer, raising $250,000 on Kick Starter, and what advice he would give to a Developer entering college.

Mike's info:

Git Hub

Instagram

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About:

Ballpoint is a podcast by young creatives for young creatives. Hosted by Mike Burpoe and joined by friends and other creatives, we aspire to tell our experiences of breaking into the creative industry, with conversations of trial and (many) errors. Join us!

Intro by: SUP?

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004 - Sarah Ingerick, Junior Designer at Gupta Media

February 4, 2018

Sarah Ingerick is a RIT Graphic Design graduate who has paired her love of music with graphic design by acquiring a job at Gupta Media. Sarah's can-do attitude has allowed her to work on some exciting projects for Gupta. These include creating social media posts for a few of her favorite bands, material for The Grammys (!!!), and music videos for songs I am sure you have listened to.

Together, Sarah and Mike talk about passion, passion projects, and staying motivated so that everyday is as exciting as the last!  

Sarah's info:

Portfolio Website

Instagram

Pinterest (It's really good!)

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About:

Ballpoint is a podcast by young creatives for young creatives. Hosted by Mike Burpoe and joined by friends and other creatives, we aspire to tell our experiences of breaking into the creative industry, with conversations of trial and (many) errors. Join us!

Intro by: SUP?

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001 - Jess Cook, Visual Designer at Frog

January 14, 2018

Jess Cook is an Upstate New York native who graduated from RIT's Graphic Design program in 2017. She now works for Frog, a design agency in NYC, as a Visual and UX Designer. 

Together, Jess and Mike talk about the hiring process at Frog, what she does to keep her inspiration "Gas Tank" full, and acknowledging that we all make mistakes. 

Jess's info:

Portfolio 

Instagram

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About:

Ballpoint is a podcast by young creatives for young creatives. Hosted by Mike Burpoe and joined by friends and other creatives, we aspire to tell our experiences of breaking into the creative industry, with conversations of trial and (many) errors. Join us!

Intro by: SUP?

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