Ep.119 Theresa Jackson – A 10 Year Journey, Opportunity Knocks!


Ten years ago I met this week’s guest, Artist/Designer/Photographer/Educator Theresa Jackson, at 2010 Photoshop World Las Vegas, along with my co-host Alan Hess. Theresa was the first attendee I met, we connected straight away and have remained good friends for 10 years. All three of us have shared similar experiences and growth since that first Photoshop World, each of us finding our own career path with many successes, some failures. We talk about how three (now) over 50’s can prove that there’s life in the old bones yet! Creativity isn’t stifled by age, it’s enhanced by experience. I hope you find something in this episode that encourages you to take more chances in your career! Oh, and thank you to everyone that downloaded our show, we just hit 200k downloads!

More about Theresa…

 LinkedIn Learning Classes (also Lynda.com)

Orchard View Color Website

Behance Page

YouTube Channel


Ep.118 The Aaron Draplin & Dave Clayton Interview – Books, design and more!

What can I say about my guest today that hasn’t been said before. Aaron has become an inspiring design to many with a fierce work ethic and stellar set of life morals. Aaron is know worldwide and I am proud to call him a friend as well as a colleague. I got to visit Aaron at his Portland home in October 2018. I wanted a different “Draplin Interview”, so we sat and talked one of our favourite subjects, graphic design books and designers as well as a bunch of other stuff over the hour. There are a couple of “F*$*s” in there, but it’s in context to the subject material so be aware around little ears. Please join myself and Aaron for a frank and honest chat about one of our favourite subjects.
// First published on The Vectorgenerians Podcast 2018 //
In partnership with RetroSupply and Creatives Ignite Conference.

Dave’s Design Book Instagram Feed

Aaron’s Book – Pretty Much Everything

Aaron on Skillshare

Aaron on Instagram

Aaron on Twitter

Notes to Self

Creative South 2021

Aaron Draplin and Dave Clayton
Aaron Draplin and Dave Clayton

Ep.117 Nick Longo – The Wonderful World of Branding and Design

My guest this week is a fellow designer and podcaster, Nick Longo. We first met at Adobe Max 2017 and I was a listener of his podcast, Deeply Graphic Design. Nick is a man who wears many hats and wears them well. Designer, brand specialist, instructor, mentor, podcaster and business owner. We talk about the balance of all those responsibilities and the thing about branding that makes us both fascinated with it. Nick is a great, informative and intelligent guy and this was a very enjoyable chat about graphic design.

Nick Longo is a highly regarded creative executive with over 20 years in the design and retail industry. Nick owns and operates a branding agency specializing in product launches, corporate identity, packaging and retail executions. Previously Nick co-managed Equity Marketing, a leading promotional products company in Los Angeles, overseeing custom retail product development for clients such as Kellogg’s, Kohl’s, Burger King, Macy’s, Kraft Foods, DreamWorks and Starbucks. He has partnered with over 150 internationally known brands and licenses. His designs have been recognized by POPAI International Point of Purchase Organization, winning multiple Best in Industry awards.

Nick’s Instagram

Nick’s Behance

Nick’s Website

Nick’s Twitter

Nick’s Linkedin

Deeply Graphic Design Podcast

Ep.116 Katrin Eismann Interview – A Career in Photography and Life at Adobe

Episode Notes

What can I say about this week’s guest, Katrin Eismann is widely respected and has an awesome  career. She is is an internationally respected artist, educator, and author specializing in creative digital photography and the impact of emerging technologies upon professional photographers, artists, and educators. We chatted about her new role at Adobe, life with Lightroom, photography, life in lockdown and embracing new software and technology. It was a pleasure to interview Katrin along with my guest cohost, Alan Hess.

More about Katrin

Katrin Eismann is an internationally respected artist, educator, and author specializing in creative digital photography and the impact of emerging technologies upon professional photographers, artists, and educators. She received her BFA degree in Photographic Illustration from the Rochester Institute of Technology and her MFA degree in Design at the School of Visual Arts. Katrin is the co-author of Photoshop Restoration & Retouching, Photoshop Masking & Compositing, The Creative Digital Darkroom, and Real World Digital Photography – all of which have been translated into numerous languages for worldwide distribution. In 2005, Katrin was inducted into the Photoshop Hall of Fame and her images have been featured in numerous books, magazines, group and solo exhibitions. Katrin has presented on or taught digital imaging in six continents…and is working on getting to Antarctica! Currently, she is committed to innovating worldwide photographic education in her position as Product Manager of Engagement at Adobe Systems. Katrin enjoys the three f’s – food, photography and golf…not necessarily in that order and often simultaneously!





Ep.115 Kristi Sherk Interview – Photograpy, Mermaids, Teaching and Kids!

Dave and guest cohost, Alan Hess,  are joined by a good friend and fellow Photoshop World instructor, Kristina Sherk. Kristina is one of the leading beauty retouchers and instructors, under the name of SharkPixel, as well as running a successful headshot business and is a working mum of two small children. Life is a juggling act and we talk about how to fit it all in, learning, teaching and selling goods to supplement business and marketing. Oh, and mermaids!

Sharkpixel Website 

KelbyOne Classes

SharkPixel Store – Presets and more

Headshot Business Website

SharkPixel Twitter

SharkPixel Instagram

FStoppers Article Mermaids

Ep.114 Billy Baumann – The Life & Times of a Graphic Designer

When I first started my job at Astute Graphics I began listening to Adventures in Design Podcast of which my guest Billy Baumann of Delicious Design League was the cofounder. I liked the cut of his jib – he’s a great designer, business owner, teacher, podcaster and a friend. And now I get to finally interview him about the life of a designer and how it’s more than just design. Join myself and Billy for a great chat about all those things and more!




DDL Printshop Instagram







Ep.113 Daniel J. Gregory Interview – Fine Art Photography, Printing & Podcasts

This week, Dave and Alan Hess interview an old friend, Daniel J Gregory. They met Dan through KelbyOne where he was teaching fine art, print and photography. Dan has such a positive thought process on the work he creates, he also teaches and mentors others. This episode was full of great advice from start to finish.

Dan Website

Perceptive Photographer Website

Dan on Twitter

Dan on Instagram

Dan on Facebook

Dan on KelbyOne

Ep.112 Rob Sylvan, The Lightroom Guy Interview

This week it’s all about photography and Lightroom. I am joined by my co-host for this week, Alan Hess, as we chat to THE Lightroom guy, Rob Sylvan. It’s a long episode but it was just three guys chatting about all things photography, life, teaching, writing and more. Rob gave some great tips about shooting for stock photography too. Well worth a listen! 

Just a quick note, occasionally we have a few little problems with audio when trying to get multiple audio files recorded in different places but I have done my best to take out the bumps and scratches so please excuse any small drop in audio quality here and there.

Here are Rob’s links where you can find out more about him:







Ep.111 Doc & Julie Reed – Husband and Wife Photo & Design Team

This week Dave is joined by a dynamic duo, the much loved couple, Doc Reed (iamreedicus) and his lovely wife, Julie. Doc is known throughout the design community but not so many know of Julie’s photography work until they partnered up recently for a session on the CanceledCon online conference. Julie’s background is experimental photography techniques and between them they run a household with four children, a day job, a design studio and also their own personal projects. We chat about their life, their loves and how 2020 is affecting their plans as both parents and professionals. // Please excuse the sound levels on this, it was my mix //




CanceledCon – Doc & Julie Session

Doc and Julie Reed on CanceledCon (around 4 hr + mark)

Ep.109 Things To Do, See, Read, Listen and Learn

It’s a ‘Dave’ solo episode, something we rarely do. In this week’s show Dave recommends some things to do during this time where we have to stay in and stay safe. But at the same time we can use this opportunity to improve ourselves and the things we are connected too. There’s recommendations of tv shows, books, podcasts, DVDs, online learning and more. Let’s support each other, share information and experiences. We always give the excuse that we don’t have the time – well, now we do and there’s no excuse to improve our skillset!

The Links – big list!


ABSTRACT – Netflix https://www.netflix.com/title/80057883

KODACHROME FILM https://www.netflix.com/watch/80216834

HONDROS – https://www.netflix.com/watch/80190924

DISNEY PLUS IMAGINEERING – https://www.disneyplus.com/en-gb/series/the-imagineering-story/6ryoXv1e1rWW


GARY HUSTWIT FREE MOVIES – https://www.ohyouprettythings.com/free

THE GENIUS OF DESIGN DVD – https://amzn.to/2Xf4BUu

JUST LIKE BEING THERE DVD (US) – https://www.amazon.com/Being-There-Virgil-Entertainment-Shannon/dp/B01GWCCWD2


24 X 36 MOVIE ABOUT MOVIE POSTERS – https://amzn.to/2Xd6ctD

FINDIN VIVIAN MAIER – https://amzn.to/2JKk4DK


KELBYONE – https://kelbyone.com 

PHOTOSHOP TRAINING CHANNEL – https://photoshoptrainingchannel.com

DAVE CROSS WORKSHOPS – https://online.davecrossworkshops.com

MATT KLOSKOWSKI – https://mattk.com

RC CONCEPCION ADOBE BOOK – https://amzn.to/2RiBzzs

RC CONCEPCION ROCKY NOOK – https://rockynook.com/author-info/rafael-concepcion-10165/

SKILLSHARE AARON DRAPLIN DESIGN CLASSES – https://www.skillshare.com/profile/Aaron-Draplin/6666857


ETHERINGTON BROTHERS DRAWING – http://theetheringtonbrothers.blogspot.com


SOVIET SPACE GRAPHICS – https://amzn.to/3bXG0Y2

HOW DO I DO THAT IN INDESIGN – (UK) https://amzn.to/2XcqxPZ (US) https://www.amazon.com/dp/1681984849/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_U_QVWIEbTNCSC6T

PHOTOSHOP TOOLBOX – https://amzn.to/2UYWrMU


AWESOME MERCHANDISE – https://www.awesomemerchandise.com

STICKERMULE – https://www.stickermule.com

BLURB – https://www.blurb.co.uk


DAVE CROSS 2020 ONLINE PHOTOSHOP SUMMIT APRIL 13-17 – https://davecross.kartra.com/page/yMT18

CANCELEDCON – http://hoch.co/canceledcon/



ADOBE STOCK – https://stock.adobe.com


THE OFFICE LADIES – https://officeladies.com

PERSPECTIVE PODCAST – https://www.perspective-collective.com/perspectivepodcast/

TALKING SHOT – http://www.talkingshot.co.uk/podcast-library/

PERCEPTIVE PODCAST – https://www.danieljgregory.com/perceptivephotographerpodcast/

MOOSE PETERSON – https://www.moosepeterson.com/blog/mooses-podcasts/

UNIT EDITIONS = https://www.uniteditions.com/pages/podcasts

MARK HIRONS CREATIVE WAFFLE – http://hironscreative.com/podcast

CREATIVE PROCESSING – https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/creative-processing-with-joseph-gordon-levitt/id1472587591


Procreate – https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/creative-processing-with-joseph-gordon-levitt/id1472587591

PHOTOSHOP FOR IPAD – https://www.adobe.com/products/photoshop/ipad.html

IAN BARNARD – http://www.ianbarnard.net

IAN BARNARD SKILLSHARE – https://www.skillshare.com/site/join?teacherRef=2696643&via=teacher-referral&utm_campaign=teacher-referral&utm_source=ShortUrl&utm_medium=teacher-referral&t=Level-Up-Your-Script-Lettering&sku=220062622