BEHIND THE DESIGN
Get to know me
Since you’ve clicked on this page I’m going to make a wild assumption that you’re here either because you know me, you’ve worked with me, you’re considering working with me or Google’s done me a solid and found me some new website traffic.
And in any of those cases you’re thinking, “Gee wouldn’t it be great to find out more about this person if I’m going to be investing in her services, and or skills to further my own business?” To which I would answer, “That’s a bloody great idea, (insert your name here)! Why didn’t I think of that?!”
But in fact, I did think of that 🙂 And here’s what I think about a few more things, just in case you really are interested in getting to know me! Thanks in advance for stopping by!
1. How long have you been freelancing?
I started freelancing part-time for friends and family during university in 2013, but took on my first major contract client right around the same time as my final deadlines in 2014 (no pressure, Em). It was an evenings or weekends job to begin with and fit well around my full-time job in a graphic design studio. It was only in May 2017 that it became my full-time job! Long story short; part-time, 5 years; full-time, 1.5 years (at the time of writing).
2. What made you want to become a full-time freelance graphic designer?
I’ve tried to write this paragraph a few times now and each time I think it could turn into it’s own blog, so I’ve decided to summarise (with as little embellishment as possible) what a few of those reasons were. But let me just start with, it definitely wasn’t the lure of having to be my own accountant!
- I had gone straight from university into a design role at a creative agency (let me just point out, this is NOT a complaint!), which taught me an invaluable amount in all aspects of business and creativity, but after 3 years I had this gut feeling (you know, when you know) that it was time to do something different and change things up a little.
- I had plans to go travelling; cue every image of stereotypical 20-somethings with a backpack and a dream. Except for me, I didn’t have a backpack. I had a motorhome, a laptop and a desire for sunshine and freedom (#vanlife – don’t worry, I’ll kick myself on your behalf). And what would be the easiest way for me to earn money on the road? Bingo! Freelancing!
- I had been freelancing part-time on evenings and weekends for a few years, even during my full-time role and as clients began to ask more of me, the transition (and decision to make the change) was made easier.
3. What does a typical day in the life of a freelancer include?
Unlike the traditional office / agency job where you have different teams of people taking care of different aspects of a business, my day will not only consist of several clients’ design projects, but a whole plethora of other tasks too! These tasks can range from finances (quoting, invoicing / paying invoices, book-keeping) setting up appointments, answering emails, dealing with suppliers, outsourcing and a whole lot more! With a lot more to think about than JUST design, it’s one of the main reasons why I keep (and constantly have to edit) daily to-do lists.
4. What does your office look like?
My office “look” is constantly changing. Depending where I am in the world, one day my office could look like a friend’s coffee table, the next a local cafe or bar, another a public library or co-working space. My standard office setup consists of me, my laptop, a sketchbook, a notebook for daily to-do’s and a hard-drive, so in theory, as long as I have a backpack, a power outlet and a WiFi connection I can work wherever I want to! How great is that?!
1. What’s one skill that you don’t have, but you wish you did?
Languages. I love, love, love languages; their ability to open up new connections with people who speak the same ones, their structures and similarities between countries and even the way they sound! BUT! I am yet to master another aside from English (and even that I am continually expanding my vocabulary / knowledge of), instead only knowing scraps of various European languages. I even come from a country that has it’s own unique celtic language, which we were taught in school, but upon walking into the exam room to sit the GCSE the only thing my brain could muster / remember was how to say, “My cat’s name is Rocky” (which after double checking on Google translate, I even think I got that wrong now)…
Does that make this whole answer ironic? Am I even allowed to say that I love them, if I don’t know more than 1?! Put it this way, I am very jealous of people who can speak more than 1 and have every intention of (one day) learning another myself.
2. What do you like to do in your spare time?
If I’m in a new city, naturally, I like to walk around and do a few of the typical touristy things alongside wandering and finding more local hangouts. Creatively, I love spending time away from the computer so I often dabble in hand-lettered typography and calligraphy. And despite what my brain tells me, I really do enjoy yoga and exercise when I’m DOING it, but getting the motivation to overcome the “nah, not today” voice in my head is a whole other ball game.
3. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
Right now, I couldn’t answer that as I feel like I’ve 1) not seen enough of it / experienced enough of any one culture to give a fair answer and 2) not finished my travels, so also don’t want to be pinned in one location just yet. But some cool places I have lived (anywhere between a few months to a few years), whilst working/travelling, are England, Wales, Poland, Spain and Lithuania!
1. Where are you from, originally?
Bridgend, South Wales
2. What’s your favourite colour?
Based on most of my clothes, I’ll go with army green.
3. What’s your favourite animal?
That’s a tough toss up between Penguins and Dogs.
4. What social media platform do you spend the most time on?
YouTube, without doubt. God damn those “recommended for you” playlists.
1. I am highly allergic to hair dye (a particular chemical within it). The last time I attempted to colour my hair I ended up in hospital for a week with a face like a puffer fish and severe chemical burns all over my scalp. Sexy.
2. If presented with a plethora of the most delicious, dazzling ice cream flavours, I’ll probably still choose Vanilla every time.
3. If it ain’t cooked in a shit-ton of garlic and rosemary – it ain’t cooked properly.
4. I can’t click my fingers. I just can’t. My hands are faulty.
Thanks again for stopping by, and if you have any more questions you want answered – leave a comment below! 😉