Graphic design is what I love to do. I've always loved it, but I didn't begin to actually consider that it was something I could do for a living until about a year and half ago, when I was designing paper elements for my wedding. I don't just love creating something that looks good, I love making something that serves a purpose. That tells a story. Where every single element is there by design, serving a function, as an integral part of the whole. I love graphic design because it has tremendous depth. It's art. It's branding. It's a clean, simple representation of a complex idea. It's extremely calculated but, when done well, appears to be effortless. Good design strikes an imperceptable emotional chord. it's not overwrought. Design is a particularly subtle form of art because you dont have the tools you have in other art forms to make your audience even aware that you're trying to make them feel something. Good design is visceral.
When designing my blog, I swiftly realized what a cool opportunity it was to not just put together something that I thought looked good, but to create a canvas that I could feel proud to share my life on. Right from the beginning, I was very aware of how important it is to have a well-designed blog. I really do believe that good content and good design are equally important in making a blog successful. They go hand in hand and one isn't anything without the other. They should be given equal weight.
Blog design is something I've fallen in love with. Creating a space for fellow bloggers that sums up who they are and what they write about. A space that they can be proud of and feel inspired by. A space that can let their content be the star and only serve to compliment it. This is what I want to be doing. It makes me happier than any work I've ever done and I am so excited to announce:
More details about what I offer are available on my design page. If you're possibly considering a new look for your blog or shop, or even just looking to add some new graphic elements, I would absolutely love to work with you.
For the first time in my life, I know what I want to do. I want to design, full-time, for as long as I possibly can. I spent a long time trying to figure this out. I wish I was one of those people that knew what they wanted to do from the time they were very young, but I never have been. I've always loved many things, but could never pinpoint the one thing that I was meant to be doing above all else. I honestly started to think that I would never find it. That I'd wake up one day and my youth would be gone and I'd still be drifting aimlessly, having squandered any potential I'd been told I had when I was young. I also thought that if I was lucky enough to figure out what I wanted to do, that it would come in the form of a great epiphany. But it didn't really. The realization wasn't dramatic and it didn't hit me like a ton of bricks. It just kind of crept up, like it had always been there, and when I realized that I'd figured it out, it came as no surprise. It's like I had always known. Design is in everything I love and it's this common thread that ties everything I love together. It's where I'm supposed to be. There's this Avett Brothers lyric that means a lot to me:
"If you're loved by someone, you're never rejected.
Decide what to be and go be it."
Happy Tuesday :)