154 episodes

Better: The Brand Designer Podcast, founded by Giselle Field of Wander Design Co. and Jen Davis, was founded on the belief that designers need community. We find that the branding world often feels secretive, competitive, and sometimes just plain old confusing. When we realized that our honest, soul-chat-level convos could potentially help other designers, we realized a podcast was only natural! Better: The Brand Designer Podcast was officially born.Giselle passed away during a climbing trip in Peru in summer of 2020. We encourage all listeners of our podcast to listen to our two Celebrating Giselle episodes. Giselle's adventurous, kind, funny, and supportive presence is missed every day—each and every episode that we record is dedicated to her legacy and her vision for this podcast. It is our honor to continue recording episodes in Giselle's memory and we know that she is with us every time we sit down to record.In winter of 2022, we welcomed Esther Knox-Dekoning from Sereth Design as a new co-host. Esther brought an incredible and fresh perspective to the pod—her transition from agency to design studio as well as her love for web design, sustainability, and world change brought new guests, ideas, and amazing episodes to our listeners. She departed the pod in spring 2023 to dedicate more time to her studio's growth, and will be greatly missed!Now, Jen runs the podcast solo and is beyond excited to continue interviewing guests, having interesting conversations, and sharing the behind-the-scenes of running her design studio.

Better: The Brand Designer Podcast Jen Davis

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    • 4.6 • 54 Ratings

Better: The Brand Designer Podcast, founded by Giselle Field of Wander Design Co. and Jen Davis, was founded on the belief that designers need community. We find that the branding world often feels secretive, competitive, and sometimes just plain old confusing. When we realized that our honest, soul-chat-level convos could potentially help other designers, we realized a podcast was only natural! Better: The Brand Designer Podcast was officially born.Giselle passed away during a climbing trip in Peru in summer of 2020. We encourage all listeners of our podcast to listen to our two Celebrating Giselle episodes. Giselle's adventurous, kind, funny, and supportive presence is missed every day—each and every episode that we record is dedicated to her legacy and her vision for this podcast. It is our honor to continue recording episodes in Giselle's memory and we know that she is with us every time we sit down to record.In winter of 2022, we welcomed Esther Knox-Dekoning from Sereth Design as a new co-host. Esther brought an incredible and fresh perspective to the pod—her transition from agency to design studio as well as her love for web design, sustainability, and world change brought new guests, ideas, and amazing episodes to our listeners. She departed the pod in spring 2023 to dedicate more time to her studio's growth, and will be greatly missed!Now, Jen runs the podcast solo and is beyond excited to continue interviewing guests, having interesting conversations, and sharing the behind-the-scenes of running her design studio.

    S9E4: How to Project Manage Your Studio to Success

    S9E4: How to Project Manage Your Studio to Success

    Episode Description:
    Project management is a skill that every brand design studio owner needs. Having good project management doesn’t just help your business run smoothly, but it leads to a good work environment for your employees and provides your clients with a seamless client experience. In today’s episode Jen shares her best tips and lessons learned around becoming a better project manager.
    Links Mentioned:
    Iterating on the One Concept Method podcast episode
    Notion
    shopcreativelaw.com
    Inbox Question:
    “How do you manage the subjectivity aspect of designing a brand with a client and setting boundaries on the amount of work or options you provide while giving them what they need/want?” - Maddie Jacobs
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    Tags:
    designer, design, brand design, brand identity design, design studio, design business, graphic design, brand designer, better podcast, brand designer podcast, logo design, brand identity design

    • 45 min
    S9E3: Steal My Web Design Process

    S9E3: Steal My Web Design Process

    Episode Description:
    In today’s episode Jen shares her entire web design and web development process, from a blank slate all the way to launch day, Jen explains the systems that she has in place that allows her small team to design, build, and deliver the perfect website every time. Get ready to take notes, this one is packed with a lot of value and details!
    Inbox Question:
    “Finding clients who only need branding services is challenging. I’m often finding web development or design services is easier. What are the best lead gen options for this space?” - Marta Nicole Rodzen
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    designer, design, brand design, brand identity design, design studio, design business, graphic design, brand designer, better podcast, brand designer podcast, logo design, brand identity design

    • 42 min
    S9 E2: How to Confidently Show Up as the Face of Your Brand with Marisa Switzer

    S9 E2: How to Confidently Show Up as the Face of Your Brand with Marisa Switzer

    Marisa Switzer is the founder of RISE Creative, a strategic design studio for female-founded e-commerce brands. In today’s episode we chat about her shift from the NYC fashion girlie lifestyle to owning a brand studio, showing up confidently as the face of her brand, and how her transition into motherhood has give her added confidence and clarity.
    Guest Information:
    Guest Name: Marisa Switzer
    Guest Business Name: Rise Creative Co.
    Guest Website: www.risecreativeco.com
    Guest Instagram: @risecreativeco
    Links Mentioned:
    https://risecreativeco.com/bootcamp
    Inbox Question:
    "Where do you market your services besides your website and Instagram?” - Erin Fitzsimmons
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    Tags:
    designer, design, brand design, brand identity design, design studio, design business, graphic design, brand designer, better podcast, brand designer podcast, logo design, brand identity design

    • 54 min
    S9 E1: How to Get Faster at Brand & Web Design

    S9 E1: How to Get Faster at Brand & Web Design

    Welcome to the first episode of season 9!! Today I’ll be chatting about ways to improve your efficiency and get faster at brand and web design, allowing you to scale back on your working hours.
    Inbox Question:
    “What's an appropriate amount of time spent on choosing brand colors (initially)?” - Shelby Reed
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    Tags:
    designer, design, brand design, brand identity design, design studio, design business, graphic design, brand designer, better podcast, brand designer podcast, logo design, brand identity design

    • 24 min
    From the Archives | S3 E8: How to Book Your Dream Clients with Meredith Uyeyama from Quixotic Design Co

    From the Archives | S3 E8: How to Book Your Dream Clients with Meredith Uyeyama from Quixotic Design Co

    Welcome to another episode from the archives! We have Meredith Uyeyama from Quixotic Design Co on the podcast to chat all about booking dream clients and nailing the sales call.
    We open the episode sharing our favorite places to get icons for branding projects. Meredith then tells her story about starting a design studio, becoming a creative director, and managing a team.
    We dive into how Meredith has defined her ideal client and successfully found her niche in the industry. Meredith shares how she got her first client and her number one tip for getting referrals.
    We share our advice for having an abundance mindset, branding for our ideal client, writing goals and keeping promises to ourselves. Meredith talks all about the strategies her team uses to build relationships with dream clients and the value of building rapport before selling.
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    Guest Information:
    Guest Name: Meredith Uyeyama
    Guest Website: https://www.quixoticdesignco.com/
    Guest Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/quixoticdesignco/
    Tags:
    designer, design, brand design, brand identity design, design studio, design business, graphic design, brand designer, better podcast, brand designer podcast, logo design, brand identity design

    • 1 hr 3 min
    From the Archives | S5 E6: Level-Up Your Pricing & Start Charging $10k+ with Carli Anna

    From the Archives | S5 E6: Level-Up Your Pricing & Start Charging $10k+ with Carli Anna

    Welcome to another episode from the archives! Five years ago Carli dropped out of design school and started her own business with charging $200 a logo. Today, at 25 years old, She runs a multiple six-figure business that allows her to provide for her growing family, book dream projects at 15k+, all without selling her soul and every hour to her business. Now Carli is teaching other creatives how to charge more while still having more fun in their business. In this episode we talk to Carli about her story, why she's passionate about teaching others how to earn money, and her learnings on the path to success.
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    Guest Information:
    Guest Name: Carli Anna
    Guest Website: https://carlianna.co/
    Guest Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/carlianna_/
    Tags:
    designer, design, brand design, brand identity design, design studio, design business, graphic design, brand designer, better podcast, brand designer podcast, logo design, brand identity design

    • 1 hr 12 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
54 Ratings

54 Ratings

katcjo ,

Absolute Best!

I love this podcast so much. Jen and Esther are honest, refreshing, uplifting, and inspiring. I look forward to this podcast every week. It’s like listening to design besties every week. They remind me of my why. My why wanting to be a brand designer and not to give up on my dream goals for my business. ✨

Chellsbells ,

I want to like this show

I really do want to like this show, but every time I try to listen I have to skip the first 15-25 minutes of the show before they actually get to their topic.

Nikki @ Yellow Creative Co. ,

Theeee best!

This is the best podcast for all things brand design. Most of us are running our businesses but with Better, I feel like I’m running a business alongside other designers—and more importantly, friends!

Packed full of knowledge, experience and vulnerability… it’s a great podcast for you wherever you are in your design business!

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