Perspective Podcast

Do you want to pursue your creativity but are unsure where to start? Do you want to take your side project to the next level and attract clients? If so, then the Perspective Podcast is for you. Scotty Russell of Perspective-Collective wants to encourage you to scratch that creative itch as you don't know who you could impact when you share your work. Each week he dishes out short, fiery episodes to give you an extra push to make time to pursue something that's important to you. There will be adversity along the way, but these episodes are designed to keep moving your creative career forward. Keep showing up, keep putting in the work and keep got this!
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Jun 21, 2017

Lincoln Design Co.

This week on the show I'm stoked to bring you Lincoln Design Co.

I’ve been following these dudes work religiously since I discovered them on Instagram about a year and a half ago. I was lucky enough to meet up with them at Crop Conference and get them on the show with their crazy schedule.

Lincoln Design Co is a Brand Design & Creative Agency who works with the likes of Nike, Element Skateboards, Harley, Ninja Turtles, Transformers, Disney, Nerf, Hot Wheels, Tony Hawk, Nickelodeon, yadda yadda I could keep on going but you get the point.

These dudes are the shit and I feel very honored to get to share a bit of their story and background with you today.

In this episode, Dan Janssen and company talk about:

  • building Lincoln Design Co. from the previous Soup Graphics.
  • organizing a killer on-site / remote team of illustrators and designers.
  • how they got started whether they had the traditional design education or not.
  • managing large client with tight turnaround times.
  • making time for brand awareness by having fun with creating merch.
  • what the typical day-to-day operations look like.
  • a look into their designing process.
  • upcoming projects and work they are excited about.

Their team is made up of 6 people:

  1. Dan Janssen -  The fearless leader and founder who specializes in graphic design
  2. Dustin Noden -  Dan's second in command, art director and designer a.k.a. "@dontrealllycare"
  3. Brandon Hunsaker - Senior Illustrator (works remote in San Diego)
  4. Damasso Sanchez - Senior Illustrator and animation wizard (works remote in San Diego)
  5. Davy LeChevance - Designer / Illustrator / Script & Pizza enthusiast a.k.a.  “@Mighty Short” from France
  6. Jordan Mahaffey - Designer a.k.a. "@StakeYourClaim"



Jun 14, 2017

A Memo From Scotty: 3 Years of Weekly Content Can Lead to Fatigue

In 2017 I started the year off the with the motto, "Do Less But Better."

Unfortunately, I am human and have been horrible at sticking to this mantra.

Over the past 3 years, I've been putting out weekly content like a drawing, blog post or audio. Weekly content is all I know but trying to manage this with:

  • the day job
  • doing freelance
  • maintaining relationships with my wife, family and friends

has begun to take a toll on me, not to mention all the other things I seem to fit within my schedule.

Sometimes it can feel like an endless cycle, like when do I get a break?

This past April was absolutely ridiculous with all the traveling and teaching a workshop at Creative South and speaking at Crop Conference. The months and preparation leading up to it were intense as well.

I told myself that May would be different and I would slow down and enjoy myself. Next thing you know, I book up any free time I have with freelance and side projects.

Safe to say, May went by in a flash and I can barely remember anything that happened. It's making me realize that I keep my plate full unintentionally and it makes it difficult to "live in the moment" even though I've improved at celebrating all wins...or at least acknowledge them.

There’s just so much going on that I can’t stress myself out trying to hustle to make all these things happen in the week.

I’m infamous for being too hard on myself and that’s why I’m giving myself a break and ditching unnecessary stress.

Reevaluating My Priorities

The podcast is my #1 priority as it’s the most fulfilling but it’s also the most demanding.

Sometimes I don’t feel like I have enough time to pump out the best quality in the episode or the show artwork as I'm rushed.

This pains me but for the short future I’m going to take the show to an every other week for my sanity and to free me up to:

  • experiment with video on the podcast for Youtube
  • spend more time with Emily, family and friends during the summer
  • update my website
  • prepare for my Weapons of Mass Creation speech in August
  • go above and beyond in my client work to help pay off debt

I'm making this choice to ditch unnecessary stress I get when trying to rush out an episode each week. There's too much going on and especially in the summer time to effectively manage it all to the quality I expect from myself.

The show will eventually return to a weekly format as I know this is what has the biggest potential in my short creative career. However, I need to pace myself and play long-game mindset so I don't burn out in the short term.

Give Yourself a Break

While it'll be hard to adapt to this new format, my life and productivity revolve around routine.

I know this will allow me to reflect and understand how I can improve and evolve the show to a higher level.

I hope you know how much your respect, understanding, encouragement and support mean to me as I slowly figure things out in my personal and business life.

Thanks for listening.

Much love,