I’ve always admired pretty things—who doesn’t—but I happened upon designing by chance.
It wasn’t until I took a graphic design class in high school that I learned that I could utilize my knack for crafting and creating in a broader sense.
I’ve been a crafty person since childhood. I love making things with my hands, especially gifts and cards. No matter how much of a mess I make or how many trips to the craft store it takes, I take pride in every creation. There’s a story behind every gift or card I make, a thought or inside joke that I think adds just a little something extra. That little something extra has the ability to make someone smile, and that excites me.
It wasn’t until I took a graphic design class, and then a web design class, in high school that I learned that I could utilize my knack for crafting and creating in a broader sense. I learned that there’s a story, purpose or inside joke, behind every design too. That visual design was a medium where I can make more than one person smile, across language barriers, cultural barriers, etc.
I slowly fell in love with design as I continued to explore opportunities where I can practice my design skills. My high school newspaper. My publishing design classes in college. College publications. Publishing and marketing internships.
It’s been seven years since that first graphic design class, and I am still designing today. But I never stopped crafting with my hands either. While I’ve seen the smiles that my (digital and print) visual designs and my hand-crafted designs (gifts, cards, etc) can elicit, my favorite kind of smiles are from my creations that combine both my elements.
I continue to create with the hope of being able to find the perfect blend of modern-technology design and the warmth of a personal touch in each of my creations.