Jon Darke

Jon Darke

Designer at Joined over 3 years ago via an invitation from Jaleh A.

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  • Posted to Selling the value of design to clients, in reply to Daniel Golden , Mar 07, 2017

    My father's name, but no relation ;)

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  • Posted to Selling the value of design to clients, Mar 06, 2017

    This week Jon is joined by Dan to talk about how to sell the value of the design process to clients. If you’re working with clients who don’t understand the value of design or simply don’t have any experience working with a design team, how do you communicate the value your design process can bring? The benefit of doing this well can mean:

    • the project will run better
    • the communication is easier
    • the decisions you make are understood and respected
    • everyone enjoys the process
    • the end result is likely to be more successful
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  • Posted to Making a distributed product team work - an interview with Hanno, Jan 16, 2017

    This week Jon is joined by Matthew Lenzi of Hanno - a globally distributed product design agency. Hanno are quite unique in the way that they run their business; a distributed team working around the world using a forward-thinking vision of 'how companies should work in the future'. They’re living the dream sold to us by the level of communication offered by the internet - something that’s quite unique and I’ve not seen anyone else do as successfully before. We talk about how they got started and made this model a success.

    In this episode they cover:

    • The history of Hanno; how it formed and how the idea of using a distributed team model came from.
    • Using regular company retreats to work/be together in person.
    • Daily communication technique, such as: PPP - plans, progress & problems.
    • Working around the clock in different timezones.
    • Using ‘pods’ of team members on projects.
    • Letting everyone choose where and when they work, and how much they get paid.
    • Pairing up remotely by planning around people's schedules.
    • Over communicating.
    • Introverted and extroverted personalities in distributed teams.
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  • Posted to Any Web Designers Sharing Work On Instagram? Does It Help You Gain Clients? , Jan 06, 2017

    Have friends who run graphic design agencies that find it useful to promote work this way, especially successful for packaging jobs. As a UX design agency we find it more useful to post culture/team shots, behind the scenes stuff. Don't expect to ever get work directly or even have clients follow you - mostly aimed at peers and promoting general brand awareness activity. Definitely would not spend a large amount of time on Instagram, it's a luxury if you can find the time in my opinion, but a good string to add to your social media bow if you can justify it.

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  • Posted to Giving your design business more structure with processes & systems, Oct 19, 2016

    This week Jon is joined by Brad Flowers from BullHorn Creative - a brand & communication strategy agency in Kentucky USA. Brad and his fellow directors have been making changes to how they run their business, inspired by meeting folks at peer groups and studying business books. This inspiration has helped provide them with a more solid foundation for growth and stability. In this episode Jon and Brad go over this experience, and share how anyone else can do the same.

    In this episode they cover

    • Focus on working more on your business than in your business.
    • Adapting and assigning roles to individuals as you grow.
    • Having accurate data to be able to make informed business decisions.
    • Understanding your core values of your business - why you exist.
    • Using peer groups to share experiences and learn from others locally.

    Listen now & read show notes

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  • Posted to Podcast: DN FM 001 - Mikael Cho , in reply to Kieran Rheaume , Aug 02, 2016

    On another note - would love to know how you installed/built the podcast miniplayer widget - it's really great!

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  • Posted to Podcast: DN FM 001 - Mikael Cho , in reply to Kieran Rheaume , Aug 02, 2016

    Nice, that works :) Subscribed.

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  • Posted to Podcast: DN FM 001 - Mikael Cho , in reply to Kieran Rheaume , Aug 01, 2016

    :( "failed to download podcast"

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  • Posted to Podcast: DN FM 001 - Mikael Cho , in reply to Kieran Rheaume , Aug 01, 2016

    DN FM: ;)

    Seriously though - can you get the RSS feed from Soundcloud? That way we can subscribe manually. Thanks

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  • Posted to Podcast: How will Brexit effect UK digital agencies?, in reply to Philip Amour , Jul 25, 2016

    I believe you can be assured your fears expressed won't come true Philip. It is increasingly looking unlikely that the freedom of movement policies will be greatly affected and there is no scenario where you will require a visa to continue working in the UK. Worst case scenario is looking like (high) annual immigration caps and making social benefits only available to those who have been working here for a number of years. Sorry to hear your fiancée didn't enjoy the episode, we've had otherwise good feedback.

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