I’m really excited for this post because I get to feature five designers that I know personally; from best friends and roommates to college peers and co-workers, this is a group of truly talented and inspiring women. I guess the phrase “birds of a feather flock together” has a little truth to it, right? Going to school for advertising and then working in the industry for some odd years, it’s no wonder I have some amazingly creative friends. While I don’t put myself in this category (I’d be giving myself too much credit), I appreciate the people I get to call on for advice and inspiration!
1. Victoria of Calligraphize
A good friend, a former co-worker and roommate, and a talented graphic designer by day / calligrapher by night. In fact, Victoria has designed most of my kids’ invitations because they’re so much more elegant and unique than what you find online or in stores. Last year, she created an Instagram project (@calligraphize) to pursue her passion of hand-drawn lettering and allowed us to follow along as she explores different scripting styles, colors and formats.
2. Logan of Logan Ledford
As an agency graphic designer, Logan also has a love for abstract art and has recently made the decision to pursue it full-time. Located in New Orleans, she frequently incorporates oysters into her work – making oysters both elegant and beautiful. She also plays with paint palettes to create her very unique “colorspot” technique (as seen in the photo below). And if that’s not enough, Logan’s Pinterest page has blown up and made her a local celebrity at the forefront of modern day design.
3. Raquel of Raquel Bianca Creative
An art history B.A with an M.S. in advertising, former agency art director, lifestyle / event photographer and mother, Raquel is one accomplished (and busy) woman. She’s had many opportunities of a lifetime including working with commercial brands like Boden Clothing, Discovery Channel and Canon and being published in Redbook Magazine, Huffington Post and most recently Domino.com (to name a few). She also owns two companies: Untamed Studios, focusing on commercial & lifestyle photography, and Raquel Bianca Creative, family & event photography. Event styling by Little Miss Party Planner
4. Madeline of Grace and Grey
Maddie and I were both students in the advertising program at University of Colorado. While I went the advertising agency route, she branched off and began her own custom paperie shop in Denver named Grace and Grey. While designing custom wedding and event invitations, Grace and Grey also offers web design and brand identity/logo development to companies in the community. I love her mantra of combining the old-fashioned art of stationery with modern (digital) design.
5. Brooks of click click // bang
When people consistently ask for your Instagram photos to frame in their home, you might as well open an etsy shop! And that’s exactly what Brooks did with click click // bang – a shop that sells digital files of her favorite photos to “print, frame and incorporate into your life.” Her photos are a variety of everyday lifestyle (mostly in and around san fran), beautiful landscapes and typography, all through a creative (and colorful) lens. If fact, her “Twinkle Lights + Palm Trees” is hanging in our nursery!