What Inspired Me to Become a Designer

Drawing and making art were my favorite things to do as a kid. When I was five years old, my dad built me a large drawing desk out of particle board with two ‘wings’ that folded up and down for drawing on one side and storage underneath. I would sit at this table for hours with paper and markers and crayons, just creating.

My mom took notice and signed me up for private drawing lessons after school around middle school age. It was mostly realistic-style teaching, but it made me look at objects and lighting so differently.

After that I always had a sketch book that I dabbled in on the regular.

My high school was so tiny that it didn’t have an art class, but eventually I had the opportunity to take an art class from another school using TV systems. One of our assignments was to design our own stationery, and I loved it! That’s when I learned what graphic design was.

I decided to pursue graphic design as my career, and worked really hard in college to get my degree. In year four when I learned about the concept and theories of branding, I was immediately hooked. I loved that these successful companies whose logos I had seen everywhere had a much larger strategy behind them. Over the years, more and more trust was given to these companies and design had a role in that. Design could be beautiful AND strategic at the same time. Genius!

What I also learned along the way in those college years was that my relationships with other art students was so valuable. We each had different skill levels and personalities, but the best part was we were all motivated by each other to create and to be smart about it. The long hours and shared class time bonded us and strengthened our skills throughout our time together.

Now that I’m in the working world, I’m still fascinated and challenged by other designers and design genres. From packaging to landscaping to interior design to furniture-making to florals to even hair and makeup styling, we are surrounded by incredible artists on a daily basis. I love the inspiration each brings to visual communication in their own way, and am so grateful to be a part of this ever-evolving industry!

What industry do you work in? Do you have a “catalyst moment” that started your passion? Tell me about it in the comments below!

Why I Use Squarespace

My first experience building my own website was a common one.

I knew I wanted to post my portfolio and contact information online, but was a little overwhelmed by WordPress at the time and had only dabbled in Blogger with some random blog posts several years prior.

Learning code scared me because I wasn't sure I could learn all of that in a few hours. Yet I knew the internet wasn’t going away any time soon, and the thought of booking out-of-town clients was exciting to me. Luckily, a friend and design colleague told me about Squarespace and my world changed. Over the years, I've learned so much about this website platform and now I can even read basic coding and CSS (cascading style sheets)!

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Here are 5 reasons why I love Squarespace and encourage all my entrepreneur clients to use it too:

Simple, pretty templates

Squarespace makes it easy to browse through several of their designs before choosing a favorite. Then you can go in and easily modify it with your own art, copy, pages, information, social links, photography, colors, etc.

Easy to use and easy to modify

Squarespace is so user-friendly that you can upload content with ease -- even after I set it up for you. After the full design is set up, I’ll show you how to change information, populate your blog, and upload images on your own.

Formats correctly for desktop, mobile, and tablet

Having a responsive site is absolutely crucial. When a website doesn't load correctly on my phone, I immediately click out of it. Have you ever done the same? I don’t want that to happen to you and your business! Perhaps the best benefit of using Squarespace is that it formats your site correctly for ALL devices, no matter where your audience is viewing it from.

Not too expensive

A basic informational or portfolio site is very affordable for anyone to set up. Now that Squarespace allows you to purchase your domain (and/or Gmail business email) through them as well, all your payment information is in one handy place -- and you only have to use one login.

Great customer service

After building several of sites using Squarespace, I've learned that their customer service team members are so very helpful. They always point me in the right direction. I'm also able to collaborate with other designers to find an answer or design edit (code) I'm looking for through their support forum.

I’m confident that once you switch to Squarespace, you’ll never go back! So tell me… what website builders have you tried before? What issues or frustrations have you run into?