This week’s Spaces feature comes to us from Web + UI Designer, Meg Lewis of Ghostly Ferns. Meg and the rest of her team at Ghostly Ferns put out some really, really beautiful work. Meg works in a shared studio space (which sounds amazing and has a KILLER view!), take a look!
Tell us about yourself as a creative.
I am a web & UI designer that finds myself doing some branding work as well. I am the owner of Ghostly Ferns, a small design studio based in the DUMBO neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York. I am perpetually happy and always an optimist. Somehow, those are my best and worst qualities at the same time. I think my personality really shows itself in my work. I only accept clients that are excited and passionate about their products! Exactly why I coined Ghostly Ferns as A web design, branding and illustration studio for happy people.
Describe your creative journey.
While I was in college for design, I knew that I never wanted to work for a company. I always had a dream of designing for clients I chose, setting my own hours and having the freedom to get out and see a movie on a Wednesday afternoon. I knew straight out of school that I was going to start my own design studio. With no experience and a heck of a lot of ambition, I was able to start Ghostly Ferns immediately. It was the kindness and support of the design community that really helped my business off to a running start. Over time I began working with early-stage startups and small businesses alike. Today, after 4 years, about 50% of my work comes from these startups and the other half remains with little online shops and blogs!
Share a little bit about your space.
I work out of a shared studio space called Studiomates. Most of the photos seen are from around the Studiomates office. Working out of a collaborative workspace of designers, illustrators, bloggers, writers and developers is truly the American dream. My individual desk is a little oasis that keeps me inspired. Coming to work everyday is so exciting! Sometimes I have to take a deep breath and remember that I actually have a job. Usually it feels like I’m playing all day. Beer in the fridge, amazing food around the corner, a work-in bartender and barista.
What’s your favorite thing about your space?
The view! Nothing beats the insane Manhattan Bridge view of our waterfront property. Nothing is more inspiring than the Manhattan skyline. Nothing!
What’s one thing you think every creative needs in their space?
Whatever makes you happy. You should want to go to work and want to start your day. Fill your space with whatever you can to keep you motivated and excited about work. Maybe that’s a bunch of Confetti System ornaments like me. Maybe it’s some insane taxidermy. Maybe it’s just photos of your family. It also doesn’t hurt to also fill your space with other people that are insanely talented. I can’t recommend a shared workspace enough!
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