Talk Design To Me!

Srinivas Teja K

A podcast about all things art & design — why design matters, the impact of art, the business of design, creative confidence and freelancing. In this podcast we take a deeper dive into different aspects of art & design, the nitty gritties of what makes a good designer, how to find your creative voice and more through candid conversations between our host, Srini — a product designer and our guests from all walks of the creative field.

[E11] Shaytvan — Freelance Illustrator
Nov 20 2020
[E11] Shaytvan — Freelance Illustrator
Shaytvan is a Freelance Illustrator from Hyderabad who creates super intricate artworks about a diverse range of topics like mental health, mythology, pop culture, social stigmas, and music. He has a super raw and authentic style of art and he never misses to tell a compelling story through his artworks. In this episode, we talked about his journey as an illustrator in all its glorious details from the first time he remembers sketching to where he is as an artist right now. We went on to discuss in detail the impact of the stories he heard growing up, comics, and mythology on his artworks and tone of expression. We also talked about why it's bad to trace/copy other artists' work when starting out, the importance of telling a raw story, how to deliberately practice to get better as an artist, and a lot of other tips for budding illustrators. In the "Make The Logo Bigger" section of this episode, Shaytvan talked about how frustrating it is to work with clients who always act like they know better than the artist and the difference between working with clients who trust you and give you the freedom to do your job vs the clients who don't. He also stressed on how clients need to respect the artist's work and thinking when working with one and why that brings out the best results. Shaytvan is by far one of the most passionate and talented people I've ever had a creative conversation with. He's filled with a ton of knowledge and is super energetic as a person. You can find more of his work on Instagram and Behance @shaytvan
[E08] Rahul Chakraborty — Sr. Product Designer, Swiggy
Sep 18 2020
[E08] Rahul Chakraborty — Sr. Product Designer, Swiggy
Rahul Chakraborty is a Senior Product Designer at Swiggy who previously worked at companies like Flipkart and Headout. Rahul is also a great photographer who consistently shares his pictures with the world on Unsplash and he's as involved as anyone can ever be in every design related community and conversation. In this episode we talk about his journey as a designer, his early influences, the difference in work between a junior designer, a senior designer and a lead designer, how a junior designer can take up more projects than what he/she is responsible for to build leverage and grow as a designer, what are some things that Rahul and his team are working at Swiggy to decrease the decision paralysis caused by too many available options, his journey of actively participating in design conversations and being active in the community and some tips for people starting out as product designers. In the "Make The Logo Bigger" section of this episode, Rahul spoke about the problem of having too many opinions on your work and how to effectively give and receive feedback and the importance of feedback. Stay tuned till the end to learn why his website is called "dsintheta.com" and definitely check out his design experiments on Instagram @madebyrahul and also follow him @hckmstrrahul to keep yourself updated about the new things in the design community. Links mentioned and provided by Rahul: 1. Product Design roles and their definitions at Intercom: IC vs Management track: Key things to keep in mind at the beginning your design career: Open source brand design for Simple: Daniel's podcast by High Resolution: Personal plug: Twitter:
[E07] Apurva Anand — Hand-lettering Artist, Illustrator & Digital Artist
Aug 18 2020
[E07] Apurva Anand — Hand-lettering Artist, Illustrator & Digital Artist
Apurva is a hand-lettering artist from Chandigarh currently pursing her final year in fine arts. Even though her work mainly revolves around hand-lettering, she also creates beautiful collages, surreal paintings and super cute illustrations. She is also a singer and she plays both the Guitar and the Ukulele. In this episode we talk about her journey as an artist and her early influences. We talked about how she manages to excel at so many different facets of art and how she consciously practices all these different forms of art while consistently sharing them online. Then we took a deeper look into her process of creating these beautiful hand-lettering pieces that she creates and where she gets her inspiration from. We also talked about her miniature book hand-lettering pieces, practicing gratitude towards the people who inspire her, her take on how people who're starting out as an illustrator or a digital artist should go about it and what are some things to keep in mind while exploring different styles of art and finding your voice as an artist. We also touched upon how important posting consistently on social media is and talked a little bit about her journey over the past 5 years that she's been sharing her works on Instagram. In the "Make The Logo Bigger" section of this episode, Apurva talked about how clients need to be more trusting of the artist in the process and the kind of design decisions that they make. She went on to talk more about how people need to respect what the artist does and the amount of practice that went into what they do and not just say, "oh, even I could do this" because as simple as the final result may look, that could only be achieved through years of practice and hours/days of trying out different things. Definitely check out her Instagram page @artbyapu for some super positive hand-lettering pieces :')
[E05] King Sidharth — Product & Design, Headout
Jun 28 2020
[E05] King Sidharth — Product & Design, Headout
King Sidharth is an entrepreneur, product manager and a public speaker. He currently handles product and design for Headout. He runs a podcast called "Anamorphic", and he is also the author of the "64 notes" blog. Apart from this, he also runs a YouTube channel named after him, where he talks about personal branding, personal finances, product design and he frequently goes live reviewing portfolios of young and upcoming designers. In this episode, Sidharth and I talk about his journey as a designer, what's something that's very clear to him about product design that others seem to have a hard time with, how does patch work design work in the product design space, how to approach UX as a beginner to product design, how to make your good case study — way better, how to measure the quantitative and qualitative results of your hypothetical product design, how to conduct effective user interviews, how to go about user personas and about the things to keep in mind for freelance product designers. In the Make The Logo Bigger section of this episode, Sidharth talks about how non-designers give out opinions about certain products confusing their experience with expertise and how people need to be more curious to understand why certain design decisions have been made and the data that backs it up. Stay till the end to hear the story of how Sidharth came up with his infamous Instagram username, "King Sidharth" and how it stuck on!