One of my favorite parts of the Spaces features is sharing amazing fellow creatives and designers that inspire me and taking a look into their personal workspaces. We all have them and each reflects our own style and needs. Today’s Spaces features designer and photographer, Kayla Adams. She’s the sister of one of my best friends and we’re quickly becoming friends too! She’s got killer style and an amazing eye for design and photography.
Tell us about yourself as a creative.
I am a graphic designer/photographer based out of Orange County. My time is split between my little yellow house in Old Town Orange and my parents’ home in the East Bay in Northern California. About a year ago, I decided to take the leap from a full time job into just freelancing and started my own studio which is cleverly titled “Kayla Adams“. I do a balance of corporate work for my family’s marketing agency mixed with design work for an awesome company called 31Bits based out of Costa Mesa. There’s also a few fun shoots and print projects mixed in here and there. I love having the mixture of clients that I’m able to work with – it keeps things interesting.
Describe your creative journey.
Well, kind of a funny story, but I started out in the scrapbook industry. I worked for a small store in high school and designed classes for them. I think it’s why I still have a special place in my heart for patterns and textile design elements. When I went to college, I thought I wanted to be in the Hospitality Industry, but after bouncing around between a few colleges (yes, a few), I figured out that it wasn’t the right fit for me. My best friend was in the design program at Cal Baptist in Riverside, and said to come join her. I started the design program in 2008 and fell in love with all things design – from type to pantones to even that Helvetica movie (I really did use Helvetica on every project for like the next month). My senior year, I interned at Rock Harbor in Costa Mesa and was introduced to the girls who founded 31 Bits – who are now one of my biggest clients. I’ve been really blessed to be able to work with some incredibly talented people who have been instrumental in getting me where I am today. Writing this, it’s crazy to see how much my life has changed in the past year after opening my own studio. I’m very thankful to be where I am and to work with friends and family.
Share a little bit about your space.
I live in an old little yellow house in Old Town Orange. I seriously love it so much! It’s quirky and charming all in one, and my roommates have been gracious enough to let me have my desk in a corner of our family room. I am one of those weird people who works better with the TV on, so it’s perfect for me to either sit there or on the couch (let’s be honest – a majority of my time is spent there) and get work done on the days I’m at home. If you can’t tell from the photos, I’m in a little bit of a gold, mint, and coral (and polka dot) phase. Our house is filled with a lot of frames with prints (a current favorite being the “DANGER. ZOMBIES. RUN.”), black and white stripes, gold, and neutrals so that of course carries over into my little work nook. I brought home a can of gold spray paint the other night and literally spent two hours spray painting things. I like to change things up a lot – so next month, I just might spray paint everything neon one weekend.
What’s your favorite thing about your space?
My collage of iphone photos and the frame with the polka dot mat and quote. It’s a good one, “Stop slackin’ and make ish happen.” I get distracted easily, so it’s probably good to have that there. I’m really bad at taking photos of just day to day things in life so I’m all about printing iphone photos in collages.
What’s one thing you think every creative needs in their space?
Well, I just discovered the pantone books that you can rip swatches out of. OMG! It is seriously the best investment I’ve made in a while. If you are a designer that specializes in print work, I would definitely recommend starting a little collection of those guys. It’s been so great to have those for a few projects I’m working on. Otherwise, I think while it’s great to have a pinterest and an online place to store all the lovely things you find browsing the web, it’s still so nice to have that tangible inspiration board. I just cleared mine off a few weeks ago so it looks a little bare, but I think it’s a nice break for your brain to get off the computer and look through magazines and books to find different things that inspire you.
Photos taken by Kayla.