JO Podcast E016 Jen Wagner Blogpost

The Jeanne Oliver Podcast Episode Sixteen | Creating Passive Income with Digital Products with Jen Wagner

 

The Jeanne Oliver Podcast

 

On this episode Jeanne is talking to font creator and designer Jen Wagner.

They talk about the design process, good design vs. poor design and common mistakes you could be making right now on your website.

Join this conversation about stepping out of your comfort zone, creating the life you want and doing things scared.

 

 

Episode Summary

On this episode Jeanne is talking to font creator and designer Jen Wagner. They talk about the design process, good design vs. poor design and common mistakes you could be making right now on your website. Join this conversation about stepping out of your comfort zone, creating the life you want and doing things scared.

Episode Notes

Podcast 016 | Creating Passive Income with Digital Products with Jen Wagner

On this episode, Jeanne talks with Jen Wagner graphic artist and type designer who deeply
believes that “sometimes the best solution for your stuck-ness…is to just make something.”

1:52 “I started creating fonts during a pretty severe freelance lull…”

2:46 “I had a very, very, very unhealthy perspective on my self worth, and the connection of
that to the money I made.”

5:24 “If I’m off balance…you can see it in my work where usually if I am in that headspace,
the stuff I’m creating isn’t as good.”

10:57 “Something that has really helped us throughout our marriage is that since we started
dating we were having difficult conversations and we were not afraid of entering that space with
each other.”

14:34 “Go do something other than work to get your creativity back…”

15:56 “I don’t have my degree in design, I have my degree in marketing. I never took a design
course in college. I am extremely self-taught.”

19:47 “The thing that I’ve had to remember time and time again is that this is not easy. If it was
everyone would do it. I think the process looks like just doing it scared.”

22:26 “As someone who is both a designer and a business owner outside of design, I think you
need to figure out how much your time is worth.”

28:19 “Don’t we learn so much from people bringing questions to us, and realizing we can
make things we’re offering better?”

29:02 “I trust companies that have great design, and I don’t trust companies with bad design.”
29:31 “Great design is actually a tool for communication.”

30:54 “Simplify, stick to a theme and a palette, use the same fonts and same colors but not too
many. Consistency is what most people want when they visit a brand.”

35:52 “With the pandemic, I ended up going through some pretty severe anxiety and swinging
between that and depression depending on the day. So I’ve had to adapt my schedule and
adopt new mental health practices to make sure I’m okay.”

37:26 “The pandemic has definitely helped me connect with my audience on a more personal
level. I think the combined experience here has made everyone a bit more human.”

41:59 “I think it’s important for people to know that everyone listening to this has something
that they can share, something that they can teach.”

44:22 “Finding ways to express creativity outside of work and in a way that isn’t just for sale
has been very valuable for me.”

47:28 “If you are feeling creative during this time, that’s amazing, pursue that. If you’re not feeling creative, don’t feel guilty.”

 

Jen Wagner is a type designer and educator based in Nashville, TN. When she’s not creating fonts or teaching designers how to make passive income, you’ll find her with her husband, Aaron, making candles for their company Onyx Studios, touring with their band Veaux, or spending time with close friends and good whiskey.

www.jenwagner.co

 

 

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