Creative Playdate Episode 7: Interview with Allison Cole


Episode 7 is an interview with illustrator and surface pattern designer Allison Cole. Her incredibly playful work has appeared on products for clients like Target and West Elm. In fact, when I met her in person after our interview, I discovered that the Camelbak water bottle that my daughter uses was sporting one of her designs!

We had a fun conversation about what it’s like to work in surface pattern design and licensing and we discovered that our lives are shockingly similar – our husbands even work at the same school. She talks about her crazy-long commute while teaching out of state and about dealing with a serious health problem during pregnancy.

Check out Allison’s portfolio and also her Busy Family 2018 Planning Calendar – which I think many of us could probably get some use out of. You can follow her on Twitter @allison_cole and Instagram @allisoncoleillustration.

I’m also very happy to announce that Illustration Age is now syndicating the podcast! Hopefully that means more eyes and ears on the show. And you can help by rating on iTunes or sharing with a friend. Lots of you have been doing that already, so thank you!

In the future, I hope to give you all opportunities to send in questions for guests in advance. I’m not quite there yet, but I definitely want you to be a part of the show because it wouldn’t be hear without you!


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Michelle Kondrich is a commercial artist and animator specializing in editorial illustration. She is also skilled at creating animated GIFs, storyboards, and whiteboard animation/video scribes. Her work gives a narrative feel to even the most conceptual ideas and she is passionate about solving problems in often surprising ways. Michelle is the creator and host of Creative Playdate, a podcast for people pursuing creative careers while raising children. You can find her portfolio and the podcast at MichelleKondrich.com

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