CYOP #112 - Boosting Creative Inspiration Through Travel with Designer + Letterer Christine Herrin

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CYOP #112 - Boosting Creative Inspiration Through Travel with Designer + Letterer Christine Herrin

Photo: Christine Herrin

Photo: Christine Herrin


Today we’re hearing once again from designer and letterer Christine Herrin. If you listened to last week’s show, episode 111, you know that Christine’s passion is memory keeping and she’s built a business around designing modern products for those who love to capture and save memories. She also has a very full freelance schedule as a designer and hand letterer and just recently wrapped up her stint stint as an Adobe Creative Resident.

In today’s interview we talk about how travel is essential for jolting her creative brain into action. We also discuss the surprising places she’s found product design ideas in her travels, why she’s okay with both digital and physical types of memory keeping, and how she blends work and travel as a way to see the world and get stuff done at the same time.

Enjoy!



“There’s magic in the unfamiliar.” - Christine Herrin, Designer + Letterer // Art by Melanie Biehle

“There’s magic in the unfamiliar.” - Christine Herrin, Designer + Letterer // Art by Melanie Biehle


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In The Works: CYOP Art Prints

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In The Works: CYOP Art Prints

When I first asked Melanie Biehle if she would be the 2017 CYOP Artist Resident (and she said yes!), I knew that I would want to make prints of whatever she ended up creating for the show. Her work just lends itself to being framed (or unframed, if that's your jam) on a wall somewhere. Coincidentally, the guests of CYOP are also art print-worthy and so far we've got six potential pieces waiting for the printer!

However, I've only got the budget to print three in this first run and I need your help! I'm running a quick survey to see which prints should end up in the shop next month and I would love to know if you have an opinion on the matter.

To see which pieces are in the running and cast your vote, click here.

Thanks for your help, friends!



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CYOP #111 - Making Authentic Connections with Designer + Letterer Christine Herrin

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CYOP #111 - Making Authentic Connections with Designer + Letterer Christine Herrin

Christine Herrin // Photo by: Sarah Deragon

Christine Herrin // Photo by: Sarah Deragon


I'm back today with another three-part series and this time I’m talking with graphic designer, hand letterer, and product designer Christine Herrin. You may also know her from her recent stint as an Adobe Creative Resident where she launched her shop, Everyday Explorers Co.

In the interview, we talk at length about memory-keeping and why she feels that capturing bits of life is so important. She also opens up about her decision to move from Manila to San Francisco to go to grad school, why she decided not to finish her advanced degree, and she offers some really great advice about putting yourself in the way of cool people and projects.

Enjoy!



“Believe in the power of connections.” - Christine Herrin, Designer + Letterer // Art by Melanie Biehle

“Believe in the power of connections.” - Christine Herrin, Designer + Letterer // Art by Melanie Biehle


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Bringing it Back: Consultations + Workshops

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Bringing it Back: Consultations + Workshops

When I started my part-time job last year, I needed to make sure I blocked out at least 20 hours a week for the work I was doing there and that meant letting go of things like my Perfecting Your Pitch ecourse, 1-on-1 consultations, and office hour sessions. While I was content to let go of those things to work with larger personalities and brands, I really missed dedicating time to problem-solve with small business owners and fellow creatives.

Today, I'm happy to report that I'm slowly bringing elements of those things back to the shop!


1-ON-1 CREATIVE STRATEGY CONSULTATIONS

As you can see, I'm now scheduling 1-on-1 Creative Strategy Consultations that are open for anyone who wants to work through roadblocks and questions in their career or business. We can work on broad topics like career and business trajectory or we can drill down and get really specific about certain areas that have you feeling stuck.

IN-PERSON GROUP WORKSHOPS

I don't have all of the details ready for the in-person workshops, but I can tell you they will focus on specific topics, will be limited to only five attendees at a time (for maximum workshopping), and they'll be launching in July. Stay tuned for more details, if you're in the Sacramento area!

PERFECTING YOUR PITCH

As for Perfecting Your Pitch, I have to tell you: I miss sharing the content. However, I've decided that setting it up as an ecourse just didn't fit with how I best serve those who need help. I am so much happier working through specific issues with people and the ecourse wasn't structured quite right for that to happen. So, I'm adapting the content and bringing it back as a downloadable workbook program (coming soon!) and those who need more personalized help are always welcome to schedule a 1-on-1 consulting session or join us for one of the group in-person workshops. The workbook will be available in the shop as soon as it's ready!


There you have it, friends! I've got other physical items taking shape for the shop, as well. Just like the 100 Days of Discussion book, the new items, consulting sessions, and workshops all benefit the CYOP Artist Residency. As promised, 5% of proceeds will go right back into that program so artists get paid fairly for their work. 


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CYOP #110 - Focus, Motivation + Organization: A Chat Between Me + Melanie Biehle

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CYOP #110 - Focus, Motivation + Organization: A Chat Between Me + Melanie Biehle

I’m back with Melanie Biehle today for another co-hosted chat! As most of you know, Melanie is the 2017 CYOP Artist Resident and is an incredibly talented artist and designer. If this is your first time listening to the show, I want to welcome you, but I also want to advise you to go back to episode 101 and 106 to learn more about Melanie, her work, and some topics we've covered in the past.

In today's episode, we cover a few topics that we both find a little bit challenging from time to time—motivation, focus, and organization. I think oftentimes all of those things go hand in hand whether you have a 9-5 or you run your own business. We talk about the challenges we both face, what’s worked for us in the past, and things we want to be better at moving forward.  

Enjoy!


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