After The Jump 2015: Your Requests for Next Season

by Grace Bonney

Last December I took a much-needed break from my weekly radio show to focus on everything related to our move upstate and to focus more on the site here, our team and what we were writing about. But after almost four months away from the radio, I’m ready to put my headphones back on to record season 3 and episode 101. So why am I writing about this now, without an episode to share yet? Because I’d really like this season to be shaped by all of YOU.

Rather than last year’s format of interview-after-interview, I’m going to be cobbling together (and editing on my own) slightly longer shows and an overall season that addresses deeper topics in each episode, with interviews, clips and advice from multiple guests around the world. Since we aren’t living just a few minutes away from Roberta’s anymore, I’ll be recording on my own, interviewing guests via phone, Skype and in-person at our home in Ulster County. Each episode will have a more narrative arc and will feel more like a crafted story, which will allow me to better ensure that each episode delivers the sort of high-quality content, advice and feedback that you all deserve.

So I would love to hear from you: what do YOU want to hear on Season 3 of After the Jump? I’m open to everything and anything, from recommendations for guests, to suggestions for the format to overall topics, issues and problems (or things you want to celebrate!) you want to hear addressed. This show is all about celebrating, encouraging and helping the creative community connect and grow, so your thoughts, opinions and feedback mean so much. Thank you for your feedback and I’ll see you back on the air by June of this year. Until then, you can listen to all 100 episodes of After the Jump (Seasons 1 and 2) right here online or here on iTunes. xo, grace

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  • as someone who is much more visual than aural, the only suggestion i would have would be to offer a transcript of your interviews. i may not have 30-60 minutes to sit and listen to a podcast while i work, but can sure find 5-10 minutes to read a transcript. (and being able to go back to re-read bits i remember from past episodes would be awesome.) i don’t know how labor-intensive it’d be to add a transcript, or if it’d be worth your time, but it’d be a cherry on top to a reader like me!

    • Hi Meg!

      I’m definitely looking into that- the station would provide them occasionally for hearing-impaired readers, but the cost of transcription is considerable, so it wasn’t an option for a non-profit station. I’m not profiting from the radio show in any way, so a budget for transcription wasn’t an option for us, either. But I spoke with many hearing-impaired readers last year and I’m going to make sure than any season I produce personally comes in a written form for anyone who isn’t able to listen on air.


  • I’d love to hear the city guides. Where’d you go? What did you like, any interesting food? What hotel did you stay in and what was good and bad about it? Did you meet interesting people there and can we hear from them too? Some places to check out:

    New Orleans, Sylvan’s restaurant
    Boston yep, yep) Pioneer Goods on Mass Ave, Sault on Tremont St, the Design Studio for Social Intervention on Mass Ave….
    Philadelphia, the textile museum (i think that’s what it’s called) and my good design friends, Alex and Nerissa at Golden Arrows.
    Providence Rhode Island, the Dean Hotel and AS220

    sunny smiles!

  • I’ve listened to a great portion of your podcasts, and especially love any creative professional talking about their workflow, inspiration, barriers they overcome, how they shore up confidence in themselves. I would also love some interviews that showcase unexpected collaborations, or more interviews with creatives who pivot from completely unrelated careers to follow an idea.

    Basically: yay! I’m glad you’re back!

  • I’d like to hear a show about artists and designers who work from home while raising young children. I’m especially interested in the practical ways how they manage their time, clients, and their kids’ needs without using outside daycare.

    Also, I’m interested in any research or stories on the use of feminine or masculine names in art and design work and how that relates to success. There was a woman copywriter recently who blogged and worked under the name of James and had quite a different client experience while being perceived as a man.

  • First off I’m delighted to hear the podcast will be back. I’ve missed it!

    As for topics: Abby at While She Naps did an interesting article https://whileshenaps.com/2015/02/choose-not-to-have-a-craft-business.html on people who choose not to create a business with their art/craft or perhaps monetize it only as a hobby rather than a job. I love the creative people you’ve had on the show but if memory serves most have creative businesses. It might be fun to hear hear from folks are are still hobbiests rather than professionals. I could see a range from someone like Jen Hewett who has a day job but also a side art business or Lorraine who was in Abby’s piece who has a smaller income to someone who just creates for passion.

    Relating to your new format, what about something “This American Life” style with a theme? I can imagine all sorts of themes that would be specific to creativity/home/design and make for an interesting collection of guests/stories along with the opportunity for you to provide background. Of course now I can’t think of any good ideas but something like a piece of furniture or room in the house or particular style or material. You could feature a variety of guests. Perhaps you could be inspired by Amy’s book? Or Bill Bryson’s book Home might have some cool ideas to jump off from.

    Ok, I’m done rambling :)

  • Grace,
    I love your podcast and through it, I have discovered so many other amazing shows. I’ve listened to about half of your shows and love your content.
    One subject that is my go-to-Grace-stuff is your intuitive reporting on blogging and the direction of creative businesses. I love this stuff as it really helps me in my day to day activities while working on a creative business. I love hearing what other people are experiencing (both good and bad) on this crazy, roller coaster ride that we call blogging.
    As someone mentioned earlier, anytime you talk about workflows, project planning, creative inspiration, book publishing, content creation…I’m in.
    Can’t wait for the new season!

  • I’m so happy to hear After the Jump will be returning later this year because it’s always been my favorite part of Design*Sponge! Your voice and tone are such a great mixture of warm, professional, and peppy.

    First, ALL of your past shows have been interesting and enjoyable so far. You always find great creative professionals to interview and subjects to discuss, so more of please!

    Second, here’s a more random-yet-detailed list of ideas:

    – Cleaning! Cleaning professionals such as custodians and housekeepers, scientists and marketers for companies like Mrs. Meyers, professional organizers, everyday folks who are trying the Konmari method, etc.

    – An interview with Mark Brunetz (He was great on Clean House and I enjoyed reading his first book, too.)

    – Anecdotes and advice based on your move from the big city to the country

    – Interviews with and advice from contractors and tradespeople, such as plumbers and carpenters, as well as the homeowners

    – Profiles of and stories from LGBTQ creative professionals working in the home and design industries. Of course, there’s always been a proud queer presence in the background even if the “face” has been traditionally rather heteronormative.

    – Along those lines, interviews representing and celebrating the various sort of diversity in design professionals!

    – Behind-the-scenes stories with stylists, photographers, the people whose homes were featured on what went wrong, what went right, etc.

    – Follow-up with people from past shows, home tours, and other features on the site

    – Interviews with people who had worked as independent creatives (artists, bakers, bloggers, etc.) who then went back to more traditional jobs and why

    – The role of education in creative fields (artists who teach in some capacity to help pay the bills, the importance of mentoring, arts-related college or trade programs, etc.)

    – A show on the geographic differences in design, decor and the creative field around the US or the world in general

    – More shows with Julia Turshen because you two have a great rapport and interesting discussions

    Thanks for asking! I can’t wait for more shows, especially in the exciting new format you mention. :-)

  • Grace,
    I am so excited to hear After the Jump is coming back! I have basically stopped listening to my podcasts strictly because there are new episodes of After the Jump to look forward to.

    That said, I would love if you continued to explore the up front, “how to” of creatives become entrepreneurs. It seems like something that is touched on and glossed over, “Work really hard, find mentors, make friends, be nice and you’ll get clients etc.” but it would be great to get into the nitty gritty logistics of how great creatives honestly make that leap and maintain that work flow. Going off that, it might be interesting to interview a few younger folks (20s-early 30s) who recently went out on their own. Feels like there are tons of us out there–leaving a desk job after only a few years in favor of being your own boss–but it’s difficult to find stories of us leaping into action (pun fully intended).

  • I really want to hear from people who have made the jump to small business owners and how they made it work financially. I know that can be a touchy subject and very personal, but I need real and honest stories. Did they rely on a spouse, save up a ton of money, get grants, borrow from family, etc.? It would be great to hear from those who came from high paying jobs and transitioned to making less for a while and how that affected their lifestyle.

  • Looking forward to a new season of After the Jump.

    I would love to hear about developing and nurturing a creative business while raising small children.

    I would also be very interested in hearing about people who start creative businesses later in life and how their past experiences have impacted new successes.

  • I’ve missed your show so much! I’d love to hear more backgrounds and career moves that helped small-business owners get to where they are now. I also would love to learn how marketers, designers, and other creatives are teaming with developers.

  • Please talk about decorating more. Loved your inyervuews of Gen Gorder and Thom Filicia.

  • I’d love to hear more about how creatives that took the leap from a corporate/9-5 job to starting and growing their online business. How did they manage their time? When did they know they were ready to leave the 9-5? What are the best parts of working for themselves? What are the downsides? What are their fears? And so forth.

    I’m so happy to hear that you’ll be back in June!

  • Similar to above comments, I’d like to hear more “real money” talk – how do people actually finance their businesses and stay afloat, particularly in the early stages? i haven’t listened to every single podcast so maybe i’ve missed this. or maybe it’s too awkward to approach in an interview.

    • Hi Ratbee

      I ask people that question a lot, but most people aren’t comfortable being too open about those things. That said, that’s one of my goals this year- to get people to be more transparent about their business details. I’m going to lead with my own and hope that that might inspires others to do the same.


  • Hi Grace!

    Soooo happy the After the Jump is coming back! I learned so much from listening to the podcast, mostly during looongggg stretches working alone in the flower studio. I was grateful for all of the generous advice and detailed descriptions of business methods and modern tools, especially because I have never been able to to afford to take any classes as I’ve built my business. When my idols offer $3000 workshops, I just sigh and think “maybe next year”.

    And I guess that brings me to what I’d like to hear more of… interviews with business owners who had to build everything they have in the face of obstacles or hardships… like building on a shoestring, or building in a hostile market, or building in an unreceptive market, etc. When I listen to a lot of your interviews with other business owners, I just don’t feel like I’m hearing from anyone like me…. in my case, someone who built her business without any money, without family support, saddled with student loan debt, working full time at a day job to pay the bills…someone who NEEDS their business to succeed, because there are simply no other options. I want to hear more from other people who overcame hard times and doubt and competing against competitors who seem to have vastly more resources. And from people who learned to be good business men/women without having any natural business savvy or experience.

    Please understand that I don’t think I’m better than anyone or that I’m working harder than other business owners! I admire anyone trying to build something, anyone putting themselves out there creatively, anyone working hard in any capacity, anyone with passion, anyone with unique talent! And I feel sooo grateful for all that I have and all that I’ve built. And my flower business IS my full time business now… no more day job! I couldn’t be happier.

    It’s just that, having to find creative solutions when you don’t have access to preferable or typical resources is FASCINATING to me, and I think it would be to a lot of other readers too. In fact, because of my experience, I think my biggest strengths as a business owner today are resourcefulness and creative problem solving. And my strengths as a designer are also a direct result of the particular road that I’ve taken.

    So I’m not hating! I would just love to hear from some creative business owners who overcame certain odds, whether they were financial, emotional, personal, whatever. I think it would be inspiring! In fact, I’m sure many of the business owners you’ve already interviewed have plenty to say about the trials and challenges of their building experiences, and what particular odds they had to overcome.

    Thank you, and keep up the great work!

  • I love your podcast! It’s one of my go-to recommendations for other creative professionals, solo-prenuers, etc. I’ve really enjoyed your interviews with creative businesses/experts in an industry. I think you dive into interesting real questions about what it means to be a business owner, “ladyboss”, creative. I really like the new direction you’re going with. It feels more curated. Can’t wait!

  • Everything Lena K. said = yes, please!

    Lisa Congdon was one of my favorite interviews you’ve done. I would love to hear more about/from people who got late starts in their creative careers (especially after having taken time off from the workforce).

  • Such great news! I really enjoy listening about the creative process and how people make it work as a business too!
    Also I would gladly help with transcribing! I haven’t done that before but I’m such a fan of Design Sponge and I have quite a lot of spare time. Would be nice to do something valuable instead of watching so much TV.
    Can’t wait for the new shows! You always come up with such interesting topics and takes on things! And hopefully it all works wonderful recording from home and maybe we can wait for Radio Cherry Bombe too. I find food business especially fascinating!

  • I’m really glad you’re coming back, I’ve loved listening to you. My only suggestion is that if you don’t have to record in person at the studio, you can talk to many more overseas-based creatives ;) ‘Tho I do like the what-it’s-like-to-live-in-Brooklyn feel to your radio shows too…

  • I love hearing the stories of business, the ep and flowing of learning what has worked for people in their business (I especially love the food industry ones because it’s so relatable to me, like the one you did with Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito). I loved the practicality of the productivity tips episodes and how to deal with comparison and jealousy. I also loved hearing your take on how to respond online to negative reviews, I’ve used that example about yelp so many times to friends. I’ve missed After the Jump, can’t wait for you to be live again!!!

  • Grace!! This is the best news of my week! I find After the Jump the most inspirational, but also tactical information providing podcast available. I’m excited to hear the show is coming back!! I think my favorite thing about the podcast – and what I hope you keep – is that you cover and interview people across the design category. I am a woodworker and have found that it’s those entrepreneur’s who might have nothing to do with woodworking have the most application to an issue I’m having! keep it up – can’t wait for the return of the show!

    • thanks margaret!

      yep, i’ll always make sure we cover the full range of the creative community, from film makers and visual artists to craftspeople and teachers and shop owners and writers :)


  • Hi Grace,

    This is the first time I’ve ever commented on D*S (or any blog, for that matter), but I am SO EXCITED to hear After The Jump is coming back online…or…on air…I just had to chime in!

    You are such a compelling host, and I have loved all of your topics so far…I have listened to many more than twice! In fact, your podcast honestly and truly helped me make my own leap into starting a small business. It’s still in its mega-infancy, but my partner and I are slowly, but surely, getting it up and running. Quite the adventure.

    Thanks so much what you put out into the world, and how you do it. (See? I think you already help people one-on-one!)


  • Hi Grace,

    Thank you for all your wonderful work on After the Jump, it has meant a lot to me! I’d love to hear stories about people who are playing the long game. It’s fun to hear about people whose ideas took off right away, but I know the expression “it takes twenty years to become an overnight sensation” describes the path of lots of interesting, successful people too. I’d love to hear some of those stories in all their winding, one-step-forward-two-steps-back detail.

  • As a working-class woman who co-owns a business, I would love to hear first-person accounts of how people funded their own small business. How do people who don’t have family money or considerable savings start something from scratch? What kinds of loans are reasonable to take, and what advice do successful business owners have for people who start with little to no seed money? And what is the threshold that business owners reach that determines success or failure?

    • Hi Tina!

      Many of the shows I’ve done already address this issue (most people I’ve interviewed didn’t have family money or savings), but we’ll definitely get more into the nitty gritty in this upcoming season, as I know that’s important to people.

      Re: loans and “success”, those are usually dependent on the field and the individual, but I’ll make sure we keep asking those questions :)



  • So happy to hear you’ll be back, I’ve loved listening! I’d love to hear some international stories, from creatives from different parts in Europe, Africa, Asia..!

  • Glad you are bringing the podcast back! Apologies if you’ve already covered these topics in previous episode that I haven’t gotten to yet.
    As a 9 to 5 employee, I feel like my creativity is being stifled constantly in the daily grind. I would love to hear more about how others bring the energy and passion back after working hard in other areas of life, or how they maintain it.
    I would love to hear about ways people get more focus in a hobby or career as a creative when there are so many great mediums to work with. I would love to be versatile and multifaceted, but there is only so much time in a day, and there just isn’t time for analysis paralysis.
    Also, I’m in a new city and plan to be more involved in the local arts community. I would love to hear about how other people re-established themselves in a new place. Thanks again, and I think the other comments have some fantastic topic ideas too!

  • Hi Grace! I love your podcast! I recently discovered it from Of a Kind’s email newsletter and I’m so happy I did. I’m going through the episodes on a verryy long train commute and feel so inspired to start and end my workday!

    I love all of the business stories and anecdotes. It would be so fun to hear about the ‘tipping point’ of creative business decisions. What was the moment that got them to where they are today?

    I think you’re doing an amazing job and this is such an impressive compelling podcast-thank you!

  • Being a boss or leading a team – I know you’ve touched on this and how challenging it is but I don’t think it’s gotten a lot of time (unless I missed those shows). It sounds like a lot of people struggle with this and I know I would benefit from hearing other people’s tips and experiences.

  • Hi Grace,

    I love your podcast! I was wondering when the new episodes will start. Looking forward to all the new inspiration!


    • Hi Debbie!

      Not quite sure yet- either late fall or early Spring :) They’re going to coordinate with our new book, but I have to finish that and get some major work here at the site off the ground first. The podcast is a real passion of mine, but takes a TON of time to put together and doesn’t generate any revenue so I have to make sure everything else is stable before I dive back into that sort of project- but I will! :)


  • Hi Grace,

    I really enjoyed the particular episode ‘And North’. I run my business from a really isolated location, off an island called Orkney at the North of Scotland. I sell internationally and locally, in both trade and direct retail. But I really enjoyed hearing that you don’t have to live in the big main city to be able to run a successful creative business – and that it can also be an advantage too!

    I know it’s obviously logistically more difficult as you need that face to face rapport but hearing from more creatives outside New York, and even internationally would be amazing.

    Your podcasts have really helped me and my business and I can’t thank you enough!


    • hilary

      thanks! i’m going to be doing a totally new format this season that involves “virtual” traveling to interview people. so stay tuned. it won’t be all nyc-area people next season :)


  • I love hearing about the independent makers/ artists who are building their business on his or her own. As a woman trying to do this I struggle with should I hire someone to help me but i don’t have the money. How can I do everything? Learning tips and tricks about social media or creative outlets really help me. Your interviews inspire me to keep going! And I love that in the past they were in Brooklyn since I also am in Brooklyn. But you are still a local chick in ulster cty in my mind. Thanks for everything you do!