I knew a career in the graphic design field was in my future from a very young age. With a drawing pad always nearby, I would sketch anything that grabbed my eye. Later, during high school, I channeled this love for art into a small business designing t-shirts for student groups and athletic teams.
This led me to attend the University of Michigan School of Art & Design to get a better understanding of graphic design theory and how I could use it to help people communicate their ideas. During school, I started my own freelance graphic design shop and began to take on several side jobs (whenever pesky homework didn’t get in the way) including a logo design for an airline and a website for a life science company.
After graduation, I worked as the in-house graphic designer for a biotechnology company, but also continued to do freelance graphic design work on the side (yes, my boss knew I was moonlighting).
As my freelance design business continued to grow, I began to realize that I would soon reach the point where there wouldn’t be enough hours in the day to keep both jobs. So, after 8 years as an in-house graphic designer, I decided to become a full-time freelance graphic designer.
Being a freelance graphic designer has allowed me to learn about so many interesting industries and meet some very inspiring entrepreneurs. It has also helped me to improve my graphic and web design skill sets at a much faster pace than when I was just working with one client.