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August 22, 2016

Cat Rose (@CreativeIntro) is an independent graphic designer and founder of The Creative Introvert, a website and community for creative professions who share introverted personality types.

In this conversation, we discuss the oddities of life as a freelance designer, the observed behaviour of creative pros and where they fall on the introverted/extroverted continuum, and the challenges of building online communities and creating compelling content.



This episode is sponsored by the new eBook Building Brands: A Practical Guide for Creative Pros to Develop Strategy and Design Identity.

Show Notes & Links
  • Cat lives in Brighton, England
  • Prescott has visited Brighton, as well as Rottingdean, and the University of Sussex
  • Farnham, a picturesque town in Surrey with a 10th century castle [av_video src='' format='16-9' width='16' height='9']
  • Cat remains a graphic designer, started as an illustrator
  • Behance
  • Spaghetti code
  • Cat draws people's pets
  • Prescott chatted with Matt Inglot on The Freelance Transformation Podcast
  • Flash (dead in name only)
  • How to use Sketch for print design (if you're a complete animal.)
  • InDesign and Illustrator aren't great for pixel design
  • "Leg It"
  • The Irish Goodbye
  • Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, system for determining personality types
  • The Big Five personality traitsaka the Five Factor Model (FFM)
  • Introvert-Extrovert spectrum
  • Ambivert (both introvert and extrovert)
  • Brighton Pride parade, a most extroverted affair
  • People with "I" in their Myers-Briggs result aren't considered for management roles
  • Would you ever go to the movies by yourself?
  • Bill Gates, a well-known, successful introvert
  • Empathy is an introvert super-power, as are deep though, analysis, etc.
  • Limiting self-beliefs, rather than introversion per se is what holds people back
  • Get Your Art Out Summer Camp, a four-week course from The Creative Introvert
  • Learning styles (visual, written, auditory, etc.)
  • Is there a link between learning styles and introversion/extraversion?
  • Mignon Fogarty aka Grammar Girl, a guest on The Busy Creator Podcast, ep. 67
  • "Applesaucing", re-using your content across multiple forms
  • Pat Flynn wrote two articles (12) about repurposing your site/podcast content
  • Upcycling and Downcycling, terms from Recycling
  • Masterminds vs. Accountability Partners, which do you prefer? (Introverts prefer partners.)
  • The New York City Podcast Meetup
  • Malcolm Gladwell's Connectors
  • The Rule of 3 and 10 for growing organizations
  •  The Creative Introvert
  •  Cat Rose on Twitter
  •  Cat Rose on Facebook
  •  Cat Rose on Instagram
  •  Cat Rose on LinkedIn
  •  Cat Rose on Pinterest
  • Tools
  • Behance
  • MacBook Pro
  • Adobe Creative Cloud
  • Trello
  • Evernote
  • Slack
  • After Effects
  • Techniques
  • Set a brief for yourself to make fine arts more of a "project"
  • Build lasting relationships as a freelancer, even with your last employer
  • Go minimal, if you can. Don't use a mouse and keyboard.
  • Learn quickly, trust that you can teach yourself new tools
  • Repurpose your content to serve different audiences (written vs. spoken vs. infographic)
  • Be careful when creating a community
  • Test and iterate, even on morning rituals
  • Replace "routine" with "rhythm"
  • Approach fearful projects in tiny increments (a six-second video vs. a feature film)
  • Habits
  • Use the software for its intended purpose!
  • Adapt to clients and their workflow
  • Compose your thoughts before filming/recording yourself; not everyone is an improviser.
  • Wake up 4:30-5:00am for early yoga, journaling, meditation
  • Do "the hardest thing" during coffee
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