Finding My Passion for Graphic Design
It was 1977, and I was brimming with pride. In a flurry of excitement, I had spent the morning getting a new haircut and cycling through a collection of hand-me-down dresses. I looked cool, and I knew it. The photographer arrived, I proudly posed, and felt the total joy of being a recognized artist. That week the photo of me holding my award-winning work of art was published in the Bucks Advertiser, it’s a local paper with a small circulation, but I felt famous. In small-town Winslow (UK), winning first place in a local art competition was big news. I ditched my dream of being a ballerina and set my sights on the world of art. Then and now, I experience a tremendous amount of satisfaction from the work that I love and am lucky enough to do.
A few years later, armed with the confidence from my big competition win, I set my sights high and applied to the highly prestigious UAL: London College of Communication. I was lucky enough to be accepted — my time there as an undergraduate was one of the most enriching and exciting experiences of my life.
- UAL: London College of Communication, UK – BA Hons Grapic Design
- MiraCosta College, CA – Web Design
Starting My Own My Own Business
Launching a successful graphic design career is no small feat. I know, I’ve done it twice. The first time in the UK after graduating from the UAL: London College of Communication, the second time in the US after taking a break to raise my children. Starting or restarting a career later in life was inevitably much more challenging but probably, as a result of that, more rewarding. I couldn’t be more appreciative of the work that I do and the opportunities that have come my way.
During my working career, I have worked for three corporates and a multitude of small businesses.
Top 3 List of Career Highlights
- Publishing work – I designed magazines for Disney and books for Dorling Kindersley and Pearson.
- Campaign materials – Creating extremely varied campaign materials for successful public figures.
- Helping small businesses look their best using the assets and resources they have.