Dec 30, 2020
The Power of Play
It’s our very last episode for this season of Overtime! Before riding off into 2021, let’s take a look at some of the predicted design trends for next year. Then, Meg talks about the pros and cons of being a niche vs. generalist designer, to help you figure out which is right for you. Plus, get inspired to make time to create just for the simple joy of it. We’re talking about how creative play can unearth some of your most meaningful work yet. Let’s go!
Dec 23, 2020
Let's Be Human Together
This week on Overtime, Pantone announces their color of the year for 2021 and it’s not what we expected. Then, Meg reviews Google’s new experiment called Blob Opera and it’s exactly what it sounds like. Plus, we talk about how to level up your spot in the design and creative industry in 2021, and why being your authentic self will take you farther than any other skill set. Let’s go!
Dec 16, 2020
Flat Design Strikes Again
Is flat design making a comeback? This week on Overtime, we’re talking all about the new Pringles logo and breaking down a few other interesting trends in branding. Then, get some tips for how to design both beautiful and user-friendly emails so you can boost your newsletter engagement! Plus, what role does fear play in your work? Meg shares how her biggest fear has been holding her back and how you can assess where to get rid of fear in your own career.
Dec 9, 2020
The Burnout Whisperer
Has 2020 got you feeling totally burnt out? This week on Overtime, burnout expert Erayna Sargent stops by to remind you that you’re not alone, and shares some powerful tips to help you begin your burnout recovery today. But first, we’re giving you the 411 on a hilarious new website that lets you send emails directly to a dumpster and watch them burn… Yup, it’s a thing! Plus, we’re laughing out loud over a hilarious Design Twitter argument that recently sparked between a couple of designers, and you’ll never believe why!
Dec 2, 2020
Little Silver Linings of 2020
This week on Overtime, we look back at 2020 and think: has it really been as bad as it feels? How has it affected design? Plus, dig into the meaning of diverse creative content, and why it’ll be more important than ever in 2021. Then, writer Kelly Small stops by to share their secrets on creating a more ethical and conscious creative career, so you don’t have to sell your dang soul, am I right? Let’s go.
Nov 25, 2020
Blobs, Bottles, & Boundaries
This week on Overtime, blobs are everywhere in design! Meg and guest co-host Ryan Appleton of Co-Loop dissect this playful design trend and discuss why blobs took over in 2020. Plus, what’s the low-down on Pepsi’s latest redesign? Find out why PepsiCo decided to makeover their two-liter bottle for the first time in nearly 30 years. Then, stick around for an important chat about setting healthy boundaries with clients, and advocating for yourself when you’re not feeling 100%.
Nov 18, 2020
Intention Setting To Power Design
This week on Overtime, let’s talk about how to set the vibes to get your best design work done. Plus, get the inside scoop on the latest art restoration gone totally wrong, as we question what would happen if the same thing occurred in our design industry. Finally, is feel-good social media even possible? Let’s discuss!
Nov 11, 2020
What Lizzo Can Teach Us About Design
Get ready to channel your inner Lizzo, designers. This week on Overtime, we’re talking about how to create with confidence, break the boundaries of what’s normal, and build a more fulfilling, authentic creative career. Plus, are you more of a generalist or a specialist? We explore the different types of designers and where they fit into today’s landscape. Then, get some tips and advice for building a meaningful and productive relationship with your design mentor, and why you should get one!
Nov 4, 2020
Design Has Power
Who’s ready for a post-election pep talk? This week on Overtime, past Meg offers present-day Meg some words of encouragement and an important reminder that design is still important—no matter what happens this week. Plus, Airbnb tries to help freelance illustrators, and it ends up backfiring. We’re unpacking why! Then, let’s take a look at how 2020 is making us more pragmatic through sustainable purchases in tech and fashion.
Oct 28, 2020
Survival Of The Fittest Design Trends
This week on Overtime, celebrate the show’s 100th episode as Meg reflects on the podcast and her time as a host. We’re looking back at some of the topics we covered at the beginning of 2020 that didn’t really age well given what the year had in store for us… Plus, let’s see which design trends endured the wrath of 2020. It’s going to be a wild ride. Let’s go!
Oct 21, 2020
Design Like A Kid
This week on Overtime, a new brand launches lowbrow art kits that encourage you to channel your inner child and make things with your hands again. Plus, get the inside scoop on an awesome new design fellowship & summit that completely changes the landscape of how our industry shares knowledge. Last but not least, let’s talk about using capitalism for good—we’re talking about how to vote with your wallet and make more ethical purchasing choices as a creative. Let’s go!
Oct 14, 2020
Smucker Up & Start A Podcast
This week on Overtime, you asked and I’m going to do it—I finally acknowledge Smucker’s unexpected new logo redesign. Plus, we talk about why building communities is so important right now and how to start making friends with your design peers. Then, have you ever thought about starting a podcast? We answer all of your burning questions around what the heck you should even talk about, how you’re supposed to edit it, and why you should even start one in the first place.
Oct 7, 2020
The Truth About Freelancing
Do you have what it takes to be a freelancer? This week on Overtime, Meg reveals what it’s really like to be a freelance professional and shares her biggest lessons learned after ten years of experience. But first, what the heck is a “micro-cafe”? Get the inside scoop on the latest pandemic-friendly coffee shops. Plus, get inspired to support, celebrate, and lift up the makers of the world. Let’s go!
Sep 30, 2020
Searching For Inspiration
This week on Overtime—a designer invents a new product that makes eating burritos easier than ever. Plus, what the heck is an Ortholinear 40% Keyboard and why is everybody talking about it on Twitter? And, are you feeling completely uninspired lately? Let’s talk about how to reinspire yourself in the face of 2020’s many obstacles.
Sep 23, 2020
Our New Fake Reality
Are CGI and 3D renderings actually helpful during COVID times or just causing more of the same issues we’ve had all along? Things get wild when we find out a CGI model isn’t a real human, and we’re digging into all the pros & cons! Then, figure out what type of designer you’re meant to become—a linchpin or an entrepreneur? Last but not least, learn some useful strategies to help you successfully market yourself as a creative and land more of the work you love.
Sep 16, 2020
Great Design Takes Time
This week on Overtime… is your brand actually a bland ? It might be! Plus, we talk about how to stretch those (socially awkward) muscles during the pandemic. Last but not least, I’m sharing an important lesson I’ve learned from teaching new designers: Design takes a heck of a lot more time than you think it does—and that’s okay!
Sep 9, 2020
When Non-Designers Design Stuff
This week on Overtime, the 2028 Los Angeles Olympics logo is revealed, and you won’t believe who designed it… we dig into why it’s so controversial. Plus, get the inside scoop on a new productivity service that’s supposed to be “an extension of your mind”. Last but not least, illustrator Kirk Wallace drops by to talk about how unique and varied inspiration sources can actually lead to more interesting work. Thanks to Framer for sponsoring this episode!
Sep 2, 2020
A Logo Drenched In Class
This week on Overtime, get the inside scoop on the extra fancy new Rolls-Royce rebrand designed by the folks at Pentagram! Plus, what is Auto-Tune Typography? Learn all about the typographic trend you’ve been seeing all over the internet. Then, what the heck is going on with Instagram? We dig into the different ways to engage your audience amidst the many changes in social media trends.
Aug 26, 2020
A Party For One Can Still Be Fun
This week on Overtime, where is everyone moving to because of COVID? We’re digging into the most popular destinations people are relocating to, and why. Plus, we explore how social distancing has affected upcoming fashion trends and the way we dress. Last but not least, how to have a party with yourself! We share advice for spending time with yourself in an encouraging and exciting way. Thanks to Framer for sponsoring this episode!
Aug 19, 2020
Work Hard & Be Nuanced on the Internet
This week on Overtime, we discuss why nuanced thinking is important in design and how to start eliminating binary thoughts from your head! Plus, why telling you to study and emulate what successful people do is probably not the most helpful advice. Then, we talk all about taking creative control amidst the chaos of 2020. Thanks to Framer for sponsoring this episode!