CREATIVE FLAIR : 24

 
Creative Flair : Stephanie Mitchell | InBetween the Curls

Flair |fler| 1. A special or instinctive aptitude or ability for doing something well.

Happy first day of December! Always the most exciting time of year! With that said, we're going to kick-off with a lovely Creative Flair ;) World traveller and designer, Stephanie, tells us a little about her trek in the freelance world and her adventurous aspirations. Talk about traveling envy! 


In a few sentences describe yourself and what you do. 

I’m a graphic designer. from Australia but currently living and working freelance in the UK.

Creative Flair : Stephanie Mitchell | InBetween the Curls

How did you first get into design + marketing? What’s your favorite part about it?

I just loved Art in school, so studying design at University seemed like the natural choice, and introduced me to all the ways I could channel that same creativity into different career paths. I actually think it’s too good to be true sometimes that I get to do something so fun as a job.

Do you have any creative heroes that you admire & have inspired you? Who & how?

It literally changes every week, every corner of creative industries has inspired me at one time or another. Some days I’m inspired by other designers, illustrators and typographers from around the world. Then the next day I’m completely in awe of some tattoo artist I found on Instagram, or even my barista that whips up a wicked latte art.

Creative Flair : Stephanie Mitchell | InBetween the Curls
Creative Flair : Stephanie Mitchell | InBetween the Curls

What is your favorite piece of work you have done and why?

One of my first freelance projects was designing a wine label for a friends home-grown vintage. The concept involved using the old comic style drawings that one of them had drawn as a child. I loved it because those drawings were done such a long time ago, and I bet their artist never expected them to even leave their sketchbook. So it was essentially like collaborating with a person and an idea from the past, which is a wacky concept that made it really cool.

Having moved from Australia to the UK, has this influenced your work?

It’s definitely broadened the possibilities. Some days I wake up with a crazy idea about a photo project I want to do in a random city in Europe… and then I realise, I actually can just jump on a plane and make that happen.   

Creative Flair : Stephanie Mitchell | InBetween the Curls
Creative Flair : Stephanie Mitchell | InBetween the Curls

Describe a normal workday for you.

Right now I’m working on my photography exhibition which kicks off next February back home in Australia. So it’s planning and organising at this stage. I’m glued to my macbook and trying to get in touch with people back home during waking hours thanks to the ridiculous time difference. But in a few weeks I’ll be spending my days exploring the different cities I’ve chosen to focus on and trying to capture the perfect picture!

You are a very successful freelance designer, any advice for those wanting to follow in your footsteps?

Haha I’m definately not that successful yet. I’m proud of a lot of things I’ve done so far but still have big goals to reach. So the best advice I’d give (to myself included) is to just keep doing what you’re doing, and in the end hard work pays off.

Do you have a dream/goal that you wish to aspire?  Having my own exhibition has been a dream of mine for a while, so  right now I’m just aspiring to pull this off. Then I guess the next dream is an even bigger and better one!

Creative Flair : Stephanie Mitchell | InBetween the Curls

If you could live and work anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?

I’m actually living that dream right now! I’m off to Morrocco next for a short break and then Italy for a month, to finish collecting photos for my exhibition.

Early bird or night owl?

Sometimes both? And a shameless daytime napper.

Creative Flair : Stephanie Mitchell | InBetween the Curls
 

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Creative Flair : Jenny Lee | InBetween the Curls

Flair |fler| 1. A special or instinctive aptitude or ability for doing something well.

Happy Friday Everyone! For today's Flair we have a very talented chick with a lot to say through her work. For those of you who have been following Creative Flair you can start to see a trend of how much I love lettering designers/illustrators - it's a true art what they do, but I'll let Jenny tell you all about it ;-) 


In a few sentences describe yourself and what you do.

I draw letters that share a positive and sensible message.

How did you first get into design + lettering. What’s your favorite part about it?

I always enjoyed letters and type, but didn’t really know it was a thing. Obviously, lettering has had quite the resurgence the past few years. Because of the increasing exposure in the design world, I started drawing letters more. I realized it was okay for lettering to be on its own and not just part of a greater thing.

My favorite part of it is the ability to spread a message. Lettering is literally spreading a message to others in an art form that amplifies the meaning.

Creative Flair : Jenny Lee | InBetween the Curls

Do you have any creative heroes that you admire & have inspired you? Who & How?

I have lots of creative heroes. I find my creative heroes kind of fall in two categories: those technically good and those whose voice I love. I’m really inspired by folks like Jessica Hische (who isn’t? her work ethic is incredible), Simon Walker, Jon Contino, and more.

What really inspires me is people who make things with what they have in very ordinary circumstances. When people don’t have fancy resources and just use what’s around them to get the job done in a creative way - anything from a yard sale sign to a diner’s menu description.

Also, Jack White is a huge inspiration. Not only does he care about the work he creates, but also the craft and history that goes in behind it. It’s been awesome to live in Nashville where his record store Third Man Records is located. What a treat to walk into a world that is built on curiosity, creativity, and genius. I think he’s one of the greatest examples today of having creative control of what you’re producing and basically creating your own world.

Creative Flair : Jenny Lee | InBetween the Curls

What inspires your lettering designs? What is your process?

Each piece is based off of some aspect of my life - whether it’s something I’ve overheard in a conversation or an idea I can’t get off my mind.

My process is pretty basic. I sketch like a crazy person to get a rough idea of the composition. When I get the idea down, I start refining it by moving to tracing paper. I use an obscene amount of tracing paper while getting the design where it needs to be. When I get the letters where I want them, I transfer it to my sketchbook or other paper and then ink it. I keep my tools pretty basic. If I have my Micron pens and Sharpie, I’m good to go.

Creative Flair : Jenny Lee | InBetween the Curls
Creative Flair : Jenny Lee | InBetween the Curls

What is your favorite piece of work you have done and why?

Lately, I was really needing to go on some type of adventure. I ended up taking a 45-hour train ride to Utah, and then explored that amazing state for a couple of days. I did a piece “Get Lost” that summed up my goal for the trip. I love having a souvenir of that moment.

Do you have a dream/goal that you wish to aspire?

Oh, I have lots of goals. Probably too many. My current short-term one is getting ready for a big craft show in Nashville this holiday season. I’m currently in the middle of screen printing and getting products ready.

Creative Flair : Jenny Lee | InBetween the Curls
Creative Flair : Jenny Lee | InBetween the Curls

Any advice for those wanting to tackle hand-lettering design?

Just start. You don’t have to have an end goal in mind. If it’s something you enjoy doing, just do it. Scrolling through other people’s work won’t ever make a difference in your work if you just don’t begin making a lot of work of your own.

Creative Flair : Jenny Lee | InBetween the Curls

If you could live and work anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?

That would depend on what I was working on. My environment I want depends on what I want to accomplish. I keep a few places that I’ve been to in mind if I ever need to run away and work on something - an island in Greece, Ireland, New York City, Utah, or a loft studio I saw in the south of France that was so quaint. To be honest, I probably would find a new place instead of going back to an old one.

Early bird or night owl?

Naturally, night owl. However, I’m really working on getting an early start each day. It’s a different type of productivity in the early morning. I recommend trying it.

Creative Flair : Jenny Lee | InBetween the Curls

  Thank you so much for sharing Jenny!

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Creative Flair : Shauna Haider | InBetween the Curls

Flair |fler| 1. A special or instinctive aptitude or ability for doing something well.

TGIF Everyone! To end the week on a high note I have Shauna from Nubby Twiglet/Branch/The Blogcademy - a mouthful, I know. This girl just won't quit! I'm super excited to feature her today since she's a #bosslady idol of mine :) Plus, she has a squirrel for a pet and all the shoes a girl can dream of... Such a treat to have her flair on the blog today :D 


In a few sentences describe yourself and what you do. 

Hi! I’m Shauna, a graphic designer, blogger and creative entrepreneur from Portland, Oregon. I spend my days working with a variety of small business at my design studio, and when I have free time, blogging is a huge passion of mine, along with traveling as much as possible!

Creative Flair : Shauna Haider | InBetween the Curls

How did you first get into graphic design + marketing? What’s your favorite part about it? 

I started Nubby Twiglet back in 2001 and it allowed me to explore my creativity with no boundaries. I originally earned a degree in business with a minor in marketing and it gave me a firm foundation but in my heart, I was always a creative person and I needed an outlet that allowed for self-expression. After building my own design layouts for years in each of my blog posts, I enrolled in a design program so I could gain some professional training. Something clicked — I realized that design was what I’d been searching for all along and it was what I wanted to do with my life.

Do you have any creative heroes that you admire & have inspired you? Who & How? 

I have so many! A few that immediately come to mind are Michael Jackson for his kindness and sense of style, Andy Warhol for thinking big when it came to art, Marilyn Manson for pushing boundaries, Madonna for constantly evolving, Diana Vreeland for making fashion fun and Siegfried and Roy for their flamboyance. Basically, I love people with big personalities and an over-the-top style to match!

Creative Flair : Shauna Haider | InBetween the Curls
Creative Flair : Shauna Haider | InBetween the Curls

What made you decide to embark on Branch Studio? 

For years, I’d been working at design studios by day, designing for my freelance clients by night and then waking up early to blog. It all became too much and I couldn’t keep juggling so many things any longer. I felt the constant pressure that I was letting someone down because there just weren’t enough hours in a day.

On top of that, I knew I’d never have the time to grow my business to what it was truly capable of unless I let go of some things. Once I gave up my day job, I had the time to take on larger projects, travel more and live a more balanced existence. 

Now, I’m a lot happier working with clients I adore and setting my own hours. Running a design studio is both the hardest and most fulfilling thing I’ve ever done. Watching small businesses my studio has worked with grow is the best feeling.

What is your favorite piece of work you have done and why? 

That’s a tough one! I love each project for a different reason but a personal favorite is Rock n Roll Bride Magazine an alternative wedding magazine based in the U.K. My friend Kat Williams started her business as a blog and it grew into an annual magazine a few years later. Now, my studio designs it bi-monthly and it has distribution across the U.K. It’s amazing watching the growth of something that started out as a hobby and demonstrates what hard work can accomplish!

Creative Flair : Shauna Haider | InBetween the Curls
Creative Flair : Shauna Haider | InBetween the Curls
Creative Flair : Shauna Haider | InBetween the Curls

Tell us about The Blogcademy. 

The Blogcademy is a strategy-based workshop for female entrepreneurs and bloggers and teaches you the ropes of how to grow your online presence in two days flat. We have a fantastic online program that allows you to rewind and re-watch the content as many times as you’d like. You can learn more about Blogcademy Online right here.  


Do you have a dream/goal that you wish to aspire? 

My new goal is to launch a series of digital products that will help creative entrepreneurs succeed. I’m currently working on four different offerings that will launch in 2016. Teaching is a passion of mine, so I’m trying to incorporate more of that focus moving forward.

Creative Flair : Shauna Haider | InBetween the Curls
Creative Flair : Shauna Haider | InBetween the Curls

Any advice for those wanting to follow in your footsteps and start a new design business? 

Be ready to work really, really hard. It’s not enough to just be a great designer — you have to want to do your own thing more than you want anything else because it takes a lot of time to get noticed and then, to grow to a point that you’re self-sustaining.

I would recommend working for a few design studios / agencies first before going out on your own so you can get a better idea of structure, processes and company culture. It’s also important to get out and meet your peers face-to-face so you’re more memorable when they’re thinking of someone to refer potential clients to.

Finally, perseverance pays off. Working for yourself has constant ups and downs but over time, you’ll find a sense of routine and stability. It’s all about the long haul.

Creative Flair : Shauna Haider | InBetween the Curls

If you could live and work anywhere in the world, where would you go and why? 

There are so many places I love including Portland, Rome and New York City but visually, Palm Springs holds a special spot in my heart. I love the sunlight, the variety of cacti, the massive palm trees and of course, the midcentury modern aesthetic. It really influences the style of my design studio, Branch.


Early bird or night owl? 

Definitely an early bird! I feel like I think more clearly and can get the most done when I get an early start to the day.

Creative Flair : Shauna Haider | InBetween the Curls

Thank you so much for sharing Shauna!

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CREATIVE FLAIR : 20

 
Creative Flair : Jessica Levitz | InBetween the Curls

Flair |fler| 1. A special or instinctive aptitude or ability for doing something well.

Happy Friday everyone! I am so excited to publish our 20th Creative Flair on this lovely Autumn day and still say that we're going strong with this column :D For today's feature we have the lovely Jessica from June Letters who was able to give us a bit of her time even though she has a new little addition to her family :) 


In a few sentences describe yourself and what you do.

I am a graphic designer, hand-letterer, and illustrator. I have my own one-woman freelance business called June Letters Studio.

How did you first get into design + lettering? What’s your favorite part about it?

I think there has always been a little designer in me, but I found my way to graphic design in college. I originally thought studio art was my calling but I signed up for an Intro to Graphic Design course and the rest is history. I started lettering for fun on my blog and much to my surprise people started reaching out to me specifically for lettering work! I never thought lettering would be such a big part of my job, but I am so happy it is!

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Do you have any creative heroes that you admire & have inspired you? Who & how? 

So many! Recently one of my biggest inspirations has been ban.do's art director Jen Gotch - while their brand's style is a bit more girly and glam than mine - I truly admire her creativity, sense of humor, and ability to be real. I am also endlessly inspired by designer and illustrators Lotta Niemien, Leah Reena Goren, Leanne Shapton, Adrian Tomine, Lizzy Stewart, Anna Rifle Bond and so many more!

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Tell us a little bit about your client branding e-books. 

Since going full-time freelance over a year ago I have been so flattered to receive numerous emails from students and design novices that are curious about my design process and how I run my business. After receiving and responding to so many of these emails I realized that there must be a demand for this kind of knowledge and that it would be fun to write a short ebook about my process. With my baby due at any moment I quickly wrote, illustrated, and designed the book. On the day that I released my book I went into labor! Talk about good timing :) 

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What is your favorite piece of work you have done and why? 

Hard to choose (so lucky I like my job!) but I would have to pick the illustrations I created of Shakespeare & Co. in Paris for Vanity Fair. It was such a dream to illustrate one of my favorite places in the world for such a wonderful publication. 

What made you decide to embark on June Letters Studio? 

After several years working in-house at different tech companies in San Francisco and moonlighting as a freelancer - I realized that I am truly happiest working from home on a variety of different projects. I love working on a branding project one day, and an illustration project the next. The variety keeps me on my toes and engaged - plus I am a total home-body and truly work best at home alone!

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Do you have a dream/goal that you wish to aspire?  

I am one of those people that is always dreaming up big plans - my dreams change sometimes on a weekly basis. But I will say that I have always dreamed of some type of brick & mortar shop or studio situation - and honestly my ultimate goal is to always love what I do and feel financially stable!

You have a massive list of well-known clients, any advice for those wanting to land the big time gigs?  

Thank you! My biggest advice is to put yourself out there. Do the work you love to do, tell people about it and make connections. Also use Pinterest. I can't believe how many clients have found me through that platform!

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If you could live and work anywhere in the world, where would you go and why? 

This is a difficult one! Probably Paris, but with a summer home in the Northern California beach community of Mendocino. 

Early bird or night owl?

Hmm I am more of a mid-morning bird ;)

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Thank you so much for sharing Jessica!

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CREATIVE FLAIR : 18

 
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Flair |fler| 1. A special or instinctive aptitude or ability for doing something well.

Hello from Idaho everyone! Although I'm on holiday and travelled cross-country I didn't want to deprive anyone from our weekly Creative Flairs, so here it is! I'm sure many of you who follow design blogs know of this special someone since she's pretty fabulous in all that she does :) 


In a few sentences, describe yourself and what you do. 

Hi everyone, my name is Corina, and I’m a graphic designer and letterer. At the moment I’m living in the beautiful Greek island of Kefalonia, where I’ve been freelancing for the past 4 years. I also run a blog - Cocorrina - the place where my passion for design started. 

How did you first get into design + lettering? What’s your favorite part about it? 

I recently discovered a video that my friends and I did; a mini interview when we were 14. We were asking each other what we wanted to do when we grew up, and I was the only one that was so confident about what she wanted. 

“I want to be a famous designer!” That’s exactly what I said :) I can remember even when I was 6-7 I’d create puppets and a small theatre in kindergarten, the need to create was always there. In my first year of college I was introduced to designer basics and immediately found my calling. 

My favourite part I’d say would be the fact that I’m living a creative life. It makes me feel fulfilled, it’s what fuels me and makes me happy. 

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Do you have any creative heroes that you admire & have inspired you? Who & How? 

Way too many! I wouldn’t even know where to begin... Let’s see, just to name a few, Wes Anderson - he’s simply brilliant, he made me think of boxes, lines, and alignments. Gustav Klimt - I got the love of gold, textures, and working with feelings from him.

And lastly Lykke Li - love her passion, style, and darkness. 

What inspires your designs? What is your process?  

Absolutely everything around me. From the temperature outside when I wake up, to the breeze when I open the door, the colours the sky takes in at sunset, the feeling of the water around me. Whenever I close my eyes, I see colours, shapes, and concepts. Although I fail at writing them down, some are stronger than others so they end up being designs. 

Regarding my process, it’s chaotic. Mostly lots of music, closed door, natural light, relaxation, and getting into the mood of design. Depending on the concept I’ll either sketch, or start designing straight onto my laptop. 

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What is your favorite piece of work you have done and why? 

It would be like choosing one of your babies! I don’t think I could pick one, they were all made under different circumstances, feelings, and emotions.  Although I have some that are my least favourites, they all have a piece of me. 

Apart from design, you also created your own jewelry. How did this come about? 

I started creating jewellery when my husband and I first moved to Kefalonia Island. It was the need to have a creative outlet, at that point of my life I was having the very first steps as a freelance designer. About 2 years ago, I stopped designing jewellery as it did not feel fulfilling anymore, design filled all of the creative gaps :) 

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You are a very successful freelance designer, and very renowned in the web realm. Do you have any advice for those wanting to follow in your steps? 

Thank you so much for the sweet words, I’m truly flattered. I’d probably say the things I wish someone would have told me when I was struggling and comparing myself with successful designers. 

It really takes some time to discover yourself, your style in the creative world. Practicing a lot, being patient, determined, and passionate are key words if you want to be the best at what you do. We are all different and we all create our own paths, so sit down and think about what’s yours, how you want to be different and focus on just that. 

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Do you have a dream/goal that you wish to aspire?  

I wouldn’t say I really have one. My goal is always to be driven by creativity, especially feeling that I've evolved and become better at what I do, even if that includes other creative outlets.  

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If you could live and work anywhere in the world where would you go and why? 

Oh! That’s a tough one. If i could, I would probably live in a different place every 6 months. Thailand, Iceland, but would definitely want to stay a little longer in Hawaii.  

Early bird or night owl? 

Definitely an early bird! I love waking up before the sun rises, have a coffee, get inspired, and then start working! Most of all, I enjoy having the rest of the day to do whatever I want and go to bed early. 

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Thank you so much for sharing Corina!

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