New Direction is Really My Old One | Graphic Design

After much thought, consideration and mental anguish, I've decided to return to my first love graphic design and brand development. 

I was drawn to graphic design before I knew you could make a living designing letterforms. I used to create my own letters in my sketchbooks - my favorite has always been lowercase "g". I started taking graphic design classes in 9th grade. That's when I designed my first logo. I still have it somewhere - a ski logo that we printed right there in the classroom on a letterpress (Cool!). I continued that passion all the way through college where I earned by degree in graphic design (as well as psychology). As a young graduate I was determined to own my own design firm, with satellite offices throughout the country. I was extremely driven - sometimes to a fault.

That extreme drive gave way with the birth of my daughter. It shifted (somewhat). When I went on maternity leave, I started my own business and things were thriving to the point that I was going to have to hire someone to help with the business end of things. It was an exciting time.

But, at the very same time, we were presented with an opportunity to move across the country to follow my husband's career path, which we did. I felt like a fish out of water. The NYC area was very intimidating to me, and I didn't think I could cut it in the design world with people from New York. Where I grew up, the biggest dream was to make it to Seattle and do well there - New York- that was way out of my league, at least in my mind. So I did continued with a long term client from the Seattle area, and a few others from around the country, but never pursued anything in the area, mostly out of fear. That's when I decided to start blogging and working in the craft and hobby industry. It was a way of staying in my field, to a degree, but being able to work with people from around the world from the comfort of my home.

Icon Study | I've always loved the simplicity of laundry icons. I have never known what in the world they've meant - but as icons, I've always been intrigued. I decided to put my own little twist on some laundry icons for my laundry room. This was a first go. I think I need to expand on this to make a full on poster with a key underneath each icon, so it can be practical as well as lovely in my room. 

Icon Study | I've always loved the simplicity of laundry icons. I have never known what in the world they've meant - but as icons, I've always been intrigued. I decided to put my own little twist on some laundry icons for my laundry room. This was a first go. I think I need to expand on this to make a full on poster with a key underneath each icon, so it can be practical as well as lovely in my room. 

Now my kids are older, they don't need me at home as much, and I'm itching to work again in my field. I've been on the East Coast now 12 years, and I'm finally feeling like I can cut it here. It's going to require me to learn some new technical skills and sharpen up my design chops again, but I am ready. 

That brings me to this place. I'm looking to use my blog as my sketch book. My place to share what I am working on for fun to sharpen my skills and things that I am learning along the way. Who knows, every once in a while I may even take glue to paper again. 

Welcome to my new journey!