Welcome to Feasting on Design! I’m your host Jason Frostholm. I know it’s a bit topsy-turvy in the world right now with way Covid–19 has disrupted our day-to-day lives. Whether you’re now working from home, trying to find things to keep your kids busy, or lecturing your boomer parents about going to the YMCA to work out while the virus is still spreading, all of our lives have been disrupted. I hope that this podcast can be an opportunity for you to take your mind off of the never-ending news cycle. Let this be your opportunity to breathe, disconnect from all of our social distancing, and tune in to turn off from the rest of the world—even if it’s for just an hour. Give yourself a mental break from the stress that is out in the world right now. So before we get officially started on this episode, do me a favor try and clear your head of any thoughts, and take a deep breath in through your nose, hold it and count to four, and exhale through your mouth. Great, isn’t that a little better? The next time you’re feeling overwhelmed, just remember to take that deep breath, hold it for a few seconds, and exhale. It’s a great way to reset your brain. So, are you ready to get this show on the road?
Today on Feasting on Design, I’m talking with Nick van der Walle, founder of Astute Graphics. We chat about how he went from a background in design engineering to building a business around graphic design tools, why businesses like Astute Graphics moving to a subscription is a way that allows them to provide better service and innovate faster for their customers, the importance of continuing to learn and why companies should offer training opportunities to their employees, plus a whole lot more.
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