Please find some links and notes from the 2 Regular Guys Podcast. Jeremy Picker is the creative director and CEO at AMB3R Creative, a Colorado-based merchandise design firm with over 20 years of experience in the fashion industry. Jeremy is going to lead us through the design development process and help us with some creative ways to use the decorating method we have available to us. Don’t miss your chance to learn some new creative techniques, and get some great ideas for bringing move perceived value to your products.
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Creative Design Development
Jeremy Picker is the creative director and CEO at AMB3R Creative, a Colorado-based merchandise design firm with over 20 years of experience in the fashion industry. Jeremy has helped launch and grow merchandise for major label brands and is passionate about creating retail quality merchandise for the non-profit sector to fuel fundraising efforts and expand awareness. His client list spans from churches to restaurants to corporations, and he designs apparel for Podswag, the merch side of Stitcher and Earwolf, doing work for some of the most popular podcasts today including Conan O’Brien’s, Lavar Burton’s, Bill Nye’s and more.
Jeremy is also a cancer survivor and a co-founder of ESTAINE, a high-end accessory line to support cancer education. We chat with Jeremy about some of the steps in his creative process for designing merchandise and Jeremy shares freely from his lessons learned while fighting cancer and building a successful business.
Terry: Jeremy, tell us a little bit more about your background.
Erich: Many of us in the decoration industry slid sideways into our careers; with no exception from yours truly and Terry, here; How did you specifically come to be in this industry?
Terry: In the work you share online, you frequently highlight specialty techniques and treatments, can you tell us a little about your favorite decorations?
Erich: Full disclosure, Jeremy and I talked before as he was creating an article for Impressions Magazine all about specialty embroidery and applique; I loved the focus on specialty stitches and threads, but is there anything that you wish you could add to what made it into the article?
Terry: Let’s get into design development; what does the process look like when a customer comes to you? How do you start that process of creating their look?
Erich: Do you find that you get more pushback creating retail styles for businesses than you would just replicating logos? What are the challenges with developing something creative, and why do you think it’s important?
Terry: Being podcasters ourselves, I can’t help but ask about the work you do for Podswag; can you enlighten us a little about the designs you do for podcasters? Is there a secret to great swag for that side of the market?
Erich: I know we started this talking about decoration techniques, and applique in specific, but I want to get a little more broad, here. I saw a post from you that said, and I quote, “Companies don’t need more suppliers, they need more solutions.” That seemed to make some waves in the promo products space; Tell me more about that statement and the challenges you see for creative decorators dealing with purchasers?
Terry: Aaron sent us some pictures of you with some very famous people, I seem to remember Dave Grohl and Peyton Manning; how did you end up chatting with celebrities?
Erich: We’ll definitely have to put links in the show notes, but I’d love to give you a chance to promote your cause, your business, and even your podcast- Where can our audience find you?
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