Talking Shop

An interview series where we talk to freelancers about freelancing.

Sam Bosma

An illustrator talks about creating his own career making his own comics.

Julia Parris

A photographer with a penchant for collage talks about crafting her career.

Nicole Fenton

A computer-loving wordsmith talks on crafting a career at the intersection of language and technology.

Diego Garcia

An independent game designer tells us about keeping his day job.

Cameron Koczon

The partner of the product studio of your dreams talks about building products.

Dan Mall

The man who wrote the book on pricing talks about pricing.

Daniel Fishel

A staff and freelance illustrator discusses how he got into the illustration game and how he continues to hone in on his own style.

Erica Heinz

A UX and product designer discusses how she sets a strong foundation for her projects, from pricing to deliverables.

Rik Lomas

A developer and founder discusses visa challenges in making the move from London to New York City.

Kara Haupt

A designer discusses shaping her career around her passions from politics to community.

James Blair

A generalist decides to focus his energy and increase his time by creating a firm of specialists.

Natalie Semczuk

A remote project manager discusses how she keeps the wheels moving on projects and handles relationships from coast to coast.


Two multi-disciplinarian designers discuss balancing full-time jobs with moonlighting at their own studio and how to teach clients how to give better feedback.

Maggie Putnam

A typographer, letterer, and book designer shares how she learned to price herself and build confidence in the value of her work.

Brian Feeney

A designer/developer from Brooklyn discusses his love for prototyping and following his gut.

Math Times Joy

A design duo from San Francisco talks about their shared studio practice and building lasting relationships.

Ben Dodson

An iOS developer from Bristol discusses working remotely and the pros & cons of pet projects versus freelancing for clients.

Debra B. McCraw

A freelance copywriter from Chicago talks about being open to change and honing in on the clients she wants to work with.

Michael Egan

A freelance web designer from Nova Scotia discusses juggling work and maintaining client relationships.

Claire Boston

A freelance graphic designer from London talks about the value of time and the challenge of learning to say “no” to work.

Jamie Emerson & Andy Stone

Two Colorado-based agency co-founders talk about their transition from freelancing individually to running a small agency.

Alex Magill

A freelance designer from London speaks out against charging for your time and discusses jumping from one freelance gig to the next.

Stephanie Hider

A freelancer based in Tulsa, Oklahoma shares her dream about switching freelance disciplines to become a children’s book illustrator.


  1. Sam Bosma
  2. Julia Parris
  3. Nicole Fenton
  4. Diego Garcia
  5. Cameron Koczon
  6. Dan Mall
  7. Daniel Fishel
  8. Erica Heinz
  9. Rik Lomas
  10. Kara Haupt
  11. James Blair
  12. Natalie Semczuk
  13. Collectif
  14. Maggie Putnam
  15. Brian Feeney
  16. Math Times Joy
  17. Ben Dodson
  18. Debra B. McCraw
  19. Michael Egan
  20. Claire Boston
  21. Jamie Emerson & Andy Stone
  22. Alex Magill
  23. Stephanie Hider

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