Design Festival Podcast #13: David Airey on Freelancing


And bam, episode 13! This week I had the honor of catching up with logo and identity designer David Airey to discuss his career and thoughts on freelancing, pro bono work, and identity design.

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Episode Summary


Content Rundown

  • Intro: David and his career
  • Career paths, freelancing, and finding your niche through specialization
  • Finding, approaching, and securing new clients
  • Performing pro bono publico work and its benefits
  • Becoming an author, self-publishing and going through publishers
  • Pre-fetching data to improve responsiveness — inspiration from the Flash days?
  • Doing it all again — things we’d do differently
  • Opening your own studio?
  • Tips for aspiring designers: do it because you love it and do it with humility — mottos to live by
  • Show close



The intro and outro music this week is by Reznor again, with Track 12 from Ghosts, the fantastic Creative Commons-licensed instrumental 36-track album by Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails).

Audio Transcript

We’re a tad behind on the transcripts. They’ll be updated soon and added soon!

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  • linlin_lovely

    thanks for shared!

  • Stephen Cronin

    Dude, I’m only half way through this, but you need to let David talk. I actually like conversational interviews, but this one crossed the line somewhere and you’re talking way more than David is. There are several bits where he’s trying to say something, but can’t get a word in.

    Hope you sort this out for future episodes, because this is a very promising podcast.