Design Festival Podcast #13: David Airey on Freelancing

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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!

Simon Pascal KleinSimon Pascal Klein
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Pascal is a standardista graphic, web and front-end designer, and a rampant typophile. Born in Mainz, Germany—the birthplace of Gutenberg—he now works in Canberra as a contract designer and studies at the Australian National University. He's been actively engaged in the Open Source community and local web industry, notably as one of the unorganisers to first bring BarCamp to Canberra. He enjoys drinking in as much good type as he can get and has been happily bending beziers since 2004.

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