Jon Johnson, Owner of BRFC Designs, Graphic Designer and Screen Printer // Learning On The Job, Keeping A Routine, Finding Balance & Selling At Markets

Episode #9

We’ve rebranded!

This podcast used to be called ‘The Maker’s Collective Podcast’ and is now called ‘The Work Different, Live Different Podcast by The Maker’s Collective’. You’ll notice that we’ve updated the look and feel along with the name, which will appear across all of our episodes, old and new.

In this episode of the Maker’s Co Podcast you’ll meet Jon Johnson, the darling of Kitchener-Waterloo. Jon is a respected local graphic designer and screen printer, who goes under the name BRFC Designs. He has a stellar product line of screen printed goods and enamel pins which are sold online via Etsy and at all your favourite maker markets in the region. In this episode we ask him about how he got here, the benefit of learning on the job, finding balance in a work & life routine and what to consider when selling at markets.  PS - There’s A LOT of Sydney our Podcasting Pup in this episode, so get ready for that.  

Topics covered:

  • Meet Jon - Graphic Artist & Screen Printer
  • How Screen Printing Works
  • Stop Stopping - When “Problems” Are Just Excuses
  • CTRPLLR Merch, Drawing Shoes, and Not Getting Into Teachers College - The Story of How He Got Into Screen Printing/Graphic Design
  • Creativity
  • Learning on the Job
  • Phasing Himself Out of a Day Job to Being His Own Boss
  • Mental Health and Being An Entrepreneur - Where to Work, Having a Routine, Finding Balance, and Working Less
  • Selling at Markets
  • Advice - Make It Easy for People To Buy
  • How He Sells - Be Yourself and Mirror People’s Energy
  • Why People Buy
  • Using Social Media to Build Brand & Community
  • What You Do Is Who You Are
  • Favourite Failure(s)
  • Rewiring Your Brain
  • New Projects for 2018
  • To Goal Set or Not to Goal Set?  

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