I’m excited to share today’s Spaces feature because, I’m sharing my own workspace! I’ve been kind of hesitant/putting it off because, for one, I wasn’t completely organized and two, sharing your own workspace is kind of hard to do, I give props to all my past participants! Enjoy!
Tell us about yourself as a creative.
I’m a freelance graphic designer, specializing in brand identities and print. I also have a love for all things paper. I’ve dabbled in a lot of different things over the years because I have a drive to try new mediums, I think one of the most important things to do as a designer is trying and learning new things.
Describe your creative journey.
Growing up, I had the best craft cabinet (thanks Mom and Dad!), and I remember always digging through it looking for things to make. But it wasn’t until figuring out what I wanted to go to school for that I found out what graphic design was, and then I was hooked. I began doing a few freelance projects about a year before finishing school and working part time, and as time progressed I decided this was something I wanted to pursue full-time upon finishing school (a HUGE thanks to my Husband for being my biggest fan through this). So at the beginning of the year I jumped in and feel so blessed to have the ability to do it everyday.
Share a little bit about your space.
I work from home from our second bedroom. We recently moved into our place and I’m finally feeling organized in the space. I think the biggest thing that helps the space feel inspirational is being surrounded by personal work/ideas and work of others. I have a small section of Folded on one wall, art I made in school, an idea chalkboard, and I also collect all kinds of inspiration (as you can see from my board).
What’s your favorite thing about your space?
The windows. Our place has the best old crank windows. The light fills the room and that alone makes working inside all day so much easier. I often take little “brain” breaks and catch myself just staring out the windows. I’m so thankful for them — I think they keep me sane.
What’s one thing you think every creative needs in their space?
I think every workspace needs some kind of organization. For sure. I collect all kinds of paper and paper scraps which until recently I had in piles in a corner, but by organizing everything it keeps the space clean. Everything has a place to go. Then, when I need a paint brush, a stapler, tape or stamps, I know where to find them! I also recently started making physical files for all my clients — there’s something about having notes printed out and my personal handwritten notes added that helps me feel on top of it. Having physical files for each client also keeps random files I may have for them together. I know, I know that’s what a computer is for, but I always feel more organized when I can actually hold or make notes on something.