I’m sorry for the delay on this week’s Spaces feature, we moved up to Los Angeles this weekend and between moving and having some internet issues, I’m running a bit behind in my week! But yet again, I’m happy to share with you, the workspace of graphic designer, Laura Coggins. I love Laura’s eye for design and she’s got a perfect space for her work. She’s also a mom and (literally) about to have another little one – so like many creatives, her space is shared with other aspects of her life, but it still perfectly fits her needs and style. Enjoy!
Tell us about yourself as a creative.
Hello…I’m Laura Coggins, full-time freelance graphic designer and mommy living in Saint Louis. I absolutely love what I do and so thankful that I am able to work from home. I have a baby + kids blog called Little Frills.
Describe your creative journey.
I take after my mom. She is incredible. I thank her for my creative brains. I was the one that always won the coloring contests when I was little. And in high school I got picked to design all the club t-shirts and sports programs. During college I was super into photography, still am, but I got a little off track when I discovered graphic design. I was a double major for a while, but became addicted. I just looked at everything around me with so much more attention. For my thesis project I produced a fashion show to educate the public what it graphic design was all about. I screen-printed fabric and handmade several garments to showcase what I learned. Right after I graduated, I got my first job at a promotional agency working on premium liquor brands, gaining all the experience in the world. Became obsessed with blogging. My brain was ready to explode with ideas being around so many talented people. After four years and a baby later…change happened. Now, I am so happy I get to spend my days and nights (and nap-times) designing for my own awesome clients.
Share a little bit about your space.
My teeny tiny space is a mix of some new, mostly vintage ephemera that inspires me. My desk and chair are both antique steals. Still a work in progress. The room is a three-in-one…a nursery, workspace, and closet. We have outgrown our home because our family keeps growing! I am pretty limited on storage space for all of my design books, paper collection and art supplies. And, as much as I love my wardrobe…it is a foot away from my desk. Planning on getting a lovely chalkboard painted door for it so I can keep track of my schedule and todos.
What’s your favorite thing about your space?
I love the different textures and random colors, they are like happy accidents to me. I think it adds character to my small workspace. I am just glad to have a little place for me, even though you might catch me working from the couch or putting my trusty xacto to work at the kitchen island!
What’s one thing you think every creative needs in their space?
I think every creative space needs a pop of color. As much as I love all white spaces (like my last workspace) I have tried to incorporate more color here and there. It makes me smile and gets my creative juices going.
Photos by Laura Coggins