036 - Adam Schechter, UX Designer at CDM Princeton

November 4, 2018

Adam Schechter is a User Experience Designer at CDM Princeton. He recently just ran his first user testing session and learned a ton about research, design application and learning on the fly. It was awesome listening to someone that found a part of design that inspires them so much, and is excited to go out and improve.

Together, Adam and Mike talk user testing and research, implementing testing results, and adapting with your job changes.

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Adam's info:

Instagram

Portfolio

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034 - Margaret Sommers, Associate Product Designer at LendingClub

October 7, 2018

Margaret took a huge leap of faith this year and moved from East Coast to West Coast for a job after graduating from RIT, and it’s been an absolute adventure since!

Together, Margaret and Mike talk getting out of your comfort zone, making an impact as a young member of a company, and the "yes, and" tactic.

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Margaret's info:

Portfolio Site

LinkedIn

Instagram

Dribbble

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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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027 - Fontaine Rittelmann, Digitech for Nike

August 11, 2018

When Fontaine is not out competing in OCR events, she is assisting as a Digitech for Nike as well as freelancing in Portland, OR. Her affinity for the sports world can be scene clearly in every image she posts, and how she talks about the process.

Together, Fontaine and Mike talk about the responsibilities of a Digitech, how she budgets with an uncertain schedule, and the various “atmospheres” a photo studio can take on depending on the lead photographer.

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Fontaine's info:

Instagram

Portfolio Website

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025 - Chris Lyons, Professor at RIT’s School of Design

July 15, 2018

Chris Lyons teaches an important class at RIT each year called Professional Practices, which explains how to job search, apply, present, build a portfolio, land the job, and negotiate salary in the Creative World. The class was a turning point in a massive number of Design Student’s careers (mine included). He is also an award winning illustrator and former Creative Director.

Together, Chris and Mike talk about design education, Chris's new online course he is offering to help recent grads find jobs, and competitiveness. 

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Chris's info:

Instagram

Portfolio Site

Creative Career Starter

 

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022 - Elijah Crocker, Comedian in NYC

June 17, 2018

Eli produces and hosts his own pop-up comedy show CMMNTY SRVC, is an active member in a million improve groups, and still finds time to get up and work his set at least a few times a week. 
He’s also friggen hilarious, in case you needed me to tell you that... 

Together, Eli and Mike talk about if college (even if you don't finish) is worth the lesson, the improv groups Eli is involved in, and who Eli's 3 favorite Comics are.

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Eli's info:

Instagram

CMMNTY SRVC (Eli's Show)

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021 - Lisa Castore, Freelance Designer in RI

June 10, 2018

Lisa Castore is a freelance designer out of Rhode Island, and a recent graduate of RIT's School of Design. While at RIT, Lisa worked on a student-run publication, called Positive Negative. This 100 page publication is a massive undertaking each year, and requires a huge amount of Creative Compromise. 

Together, Mike and Lisa talk about freelance networking, graduating in the Winter instead of the Summer, and helping set up a major publication's style-guide.

We also include two new jobs for the bulletin, a Frontend Developer and a UI/UX Designer.

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Lisa's info:

Linked In

Instagram

Website

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Positive Negative Issue 10 (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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016 - Peter Miles, Junior Software Engineer at Reside

May 6, 2018

Peter took a non-traditional route to being a software engineer and went to a coding bootcamp instead of a 4-year college. While there he learned all the skills he needed in order to be a successful developer, in only a fraction of the time.

Together, Peter and Mike talk about developer mindset, Bootcamps vs College, and "Unicorns".

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Peter's info:

Twitter

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015 - Julie Campbell, Presentation Designer at Facebook

April 29, 2018

Julie Campbell currently is contracted as a Presentation Designer at Facebook. She has been featured on the front page of Giphy and curates one of the most visually impactful Instagram feeds out there (seriously, go look).

Together, Julie and Mike talk about being a contracted designer, work/life balance, and if what you get out of going to design school is up to par with being around design school.

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Jewlybead's info:

Instagram

Giphy Account (So cool)

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012 - Jesse Horning, Founder of Bucha Babe Kombucha

April 8, 2018

Jesse Horning is a multitalented individual based out of Rochester, NY. She holds a degree in Photo Journalism from RIT. She's won a Kick Boxing match, holds a blue belt in 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu and has worked night construction. She's lived in Tanzania, traveled Europe, and owns several motorcycles. Most recently, she started her own home-brew Kombucha business... [narrator voice] "She is... the most interesting woman in the world."

Together, Jesse and Mike talk about fighting, if college was worth it (and if it paid off), the lessons that traveling abroad teaches you, and EVERYTHING Kombucha.

Bucha Babe's info:

Instagram

Facebook

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(Mentioned) Empire Academy (10th Planet Rochester)'s info: 

Instagram

Website

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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!

 

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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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006 - Tom Winegar, Lead Guitar + Vocalist for SuP? the Band

February 25, 2018

Tom Winegar is as close to the modern day Van Wilder as you can get. When good fortune placed him and bassist Josh Bassig in the same dorm room, the two took full advantage by forming the alt-rock band SuP? and start bringing the college party scene to life. Four years later, SuP? has become a well known name around the RIT campus, and have performed at the County Fair, Imagine RIT, and their legendary monthly parties at their house. (They even played our intro!)

Together, Tom and Mike talk about utilizing the party scene to attract crowds to play for, scaling their opperations, and learning the guitar. 

SuP's info:

SoundCloud

Band Website

Facebook

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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005 - Adam Antalek, Editor In Chief at Floated Magazine

February 11, 2018

When Adam Antalek was approached by a friend about starting a Fashion Magazine, he was hesitant. However, as the idea evolved to less main stream topics, topics Adam was very much interested in, he couldn't resist. He and friend Krit Upra launched Floated Magazine, an Alternative Culture magazine focusing on the city of Rochester, NY and topics he felt the public needed to hear about. Since its conception, Floated has released 3 issues and grown in popularity and visibility in the Rochester and NYC scene. 

Together, Adam and Mike talk about collaborating with other creatives, letting a single topic define you as a person, and if Alternative Culture even exists...  

Adam's info:

Portfolio Website

Instagram

Floated Magazine's Site

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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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003 - Tori Bonagura, Interactive Designer at We Like Small

January 28, 2018

Tori Bonagura is a recent RIT Graphic Design graduate, who is always willing to take on the adventure of a new life in an unexplored city. She's worked and studied in cities like Austin, London, Rochester, and now Salt Lake City, and seems to always be down for adventure. 

Together,  Tori and Mike discuss personality types, being unemployed and the grind of job searching, and making the most of the city you live in. 

Tori's info:

Portfolio Website

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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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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