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130: Graphic Design is Fun Meets Talk Paper Scissors


Dan Alan is a Canadian graphic designer specializing in brand identity design. Passionate about all things design and typography, Dan's studio practice combines a deep knowledge of visual design principles, outside the box thinking, and mathematical precision to produce work that is long-lasting. He’s also the host of the aptly named podcast, Graphic Design is Fun.


Dan and I connected via social media and we were both on board for a crossover of sorts; our two worlds coming together over two conversations focused around the topic of teaching and learning graphic design.


In this episode, I pick Dan’s brain about what he believes it takes to be a graphic designer and learning graphic design, whether in formal educational settings or free, accessible resources online. He also reveals what’s on his radar right now as a graphic design professional and what it might mean for the future of the industry.


After listening to this episode, head over to Dan’s podcast, Graphic Design is Fun., where you’ll hear Dan pick my brain about my teaching origin story (and the foundation of my teaching practice might surprise you), how my understanding of my role as instructor has evolved over the last 10 years, and we dip our toes into topics very close to my heart; namely creative confidence and normalizing failure.








About Our Guest:

Since 2019, Dan Alan has partnered with businesses big and small from across Canada and beyond, to bring their brand to life through engaging, idea-driven design.


Passionate about all things design and typography, Dan's studio practice combines a deep knowledge of visual design principles, outside the box thinking, and mathematical precision to produce work that is long-lasting.


As a bilingual Canadian from Moncton, New Brunswick, Dan has worked with clients in both English and French.


Dan is the host of the podcast Graphic Design Is Fun.


If you’re interested in working together to create something great, please don't hesitate to get in touch.




Music: Monplaisir - Jam With Me, public domain music accessed via the Free Music Archive


Talk Paper Scissors Theme Music: Retro Quirky Upbeat Funk by Lewis Sound Production via Audio Jungle


Boat Origami Photo: Boat Origami Photo by Alex on Unsplash

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