Josh Ariza – Freelance or Die

January 21, 2017 - 2 minutes read

Josh Ariza is one of our fearless co-founders, a highly sought after freelance designer, and founder and creative director of Chomp (apparel brand). We were so excited to coax him into the spotlight to speak at our November 2016 Connecting Things So. Cal event. Josh’s talk is called “Freelance or Die”, and humorously delves into what it takes to be a successful freelance designer. He should know, too. He’s designed for clients like Nike, Stance (he designed the Star Wars set), ESPN, Vox, SB Nation, Taco Bell and more. His style mixes detailed, intricate illustrations with a snarky humor and vivid color.

In his talk, Josh covers what qualities a freelancer must have, the “no nos” of freelancing, how he bids on jobs, why he believes in sending cold emails, and how he has used personal work to get real clients. There’s tons of laughs and knowledge in this vid.

Connect with Josh:
Website: www.joshuaariza.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Joshua_Ariza
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/joshua_ariza/
Chomp site: http://www.chompbrand.com

As usual, thanks to our epic sponsors for the free food, location, and beverages:

Coffee by Lord Windsor Coffee Roasters
Aussie Meat Pies by Pie-Not
Acai Bowls by Sambazon

Healthy Snacks by Kind Bars
Water courtesy of Generosity Water
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ocation Courtesy of The Lab Anti-Mall

Some of Josh’s work:

Design work by Joshua Ariza - speaker at Connecting Things so cal in Orange County

Custom cleat design for ESPN by Josh Ariza

Design work by Joshua Ariza - speaker at Connecting Things so cal in Orange County

Chomp t-shirt design by Joshua Ariza

Design work by Joshua Ariza - speaker at Connecting Things so cal in Orange County

Chomp t-shirt design by Joshua Ariza

Design work by Joshua Ariza - speaker at Connecting Things so cal in Orange County

KookSlams pattern by Joshua Ariza

Design work by Joshua Ariza - speaker at Connecting Things so cal in Orange County

Star Wars socks for Stance by Joshua Ariza

Design work by Joshua Ariza - speaker at Connecting Things so cal in Orange County

Illustration for SB Nation by Josh Ariza

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