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Julie Anixter, AIGA’s Executive Director on adapting, finding fulfilment and overcoming fear as a designer

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Hey Giants welcome to episode number 37 – I’m recording this from my hotel room in Manhattan, NYC as I’m two-thirds through USA speaking tour. The podcast lives on – no excuses. I still have around 8 events to go across South Carolina, Kansas, West Michigan and Seattle. All part of launching my second book; How to get a mentor as a designer, guaranteed.

If you’re struggling to find a mentor, this book was written for you – you can grab it at – it’s available in paperback, ebook and audiobook versions.

Another quick announcement, if you’re a Snapchat or Instagram stories user, I’m doing my best to document my day to day journey on those platforms, so if you’d like a sneak peek into my travels, you can add me on my handle: TheGiantThinker.

Now, to introduce today’s guest, she is the Executive Director of AIGA – the American professional association for design. She is known for her passion and ability to bring big ideas to big audiences, through her hybrid capabilities as an experience designer, educator and practicing innovator. But as you’ll hear in this interview, she encompasses all those things and more.

Some of the topics we spoke about include:

  • Advice to those struggling to find meaning and fulfilment in their design career
  • How to deal with fear
  • Ways to improve diversity and inclusion
  • And the number question that has helped her innovate.

I present to you … the multi-faceted, warm-hearted, Julie Anixter!

More on Julie can be found via the links below:

Twitter: @JulieAnixter

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odcast on iTunes.

Do you want to cut the guess work, see the blind spots and succeed faster?

I invite you take a look at my latest book ‘How to get a mentor as a designer, guaranteed’ – you can even get the first 50 pages as a PDF and in audio format for free if you want to know more about it first before purchasing. Click here to check it out!

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About Ram Castillo


Ram is an award winning Design Director, Blogger, top ranking Podcaster, Speaker, Instructor and Author of two internationally acclaimed books 'How to get a job as a designer, guaranteed' and 'How to get a mentor as a designer, guaranteed'. He's based in Sydney, Australia and in 2012, started the blog which helps thousands of design students and graduates be employed. Ram has since been featured in Communication Arts, HOW magazine, Herman Miller, deFrost*, and Apple.

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