Ever since I was little I had a fascination with graphic design. I usually had my head buried in a magazine. There was something so exciting about receiving the latest issue of a subscription in the mail or browsing the book and music stores. It was like I was a kid in the candy store. I would get lost in the world of fashion spreads, cd booklets and interesting typography.
There was this one image of Anna Sui in Harper’s Bazaar that has always been my favorite. Seeing her surrounded by all her creative inspirations while she talked about her ‘Genius Files’ really inspired me.
I really thought I wanted to be a fashion designer because it was fashion magazines that I was so addicted to. I would cut out different images and make collages or inspiration themed books.
When I was 18 I went to a private college to study Fashion but when I got there and seen the portfolios of the graphic designers I realized that it was printed materials that represented these fashion creations I loved not the fabric and sewing aspects of fashion.
The creative ways of telling stories with different images and type would leave me mesmerized.
I realized that there sure is a lot more into design than what you see. I love to speak with clients about the message and ‘look and feel’ they want to convey. It is such a process, I process that I absolutely love! I get lost in the zone of creation. I realized that I am doing what I really want to do when it’s hard for me to stop to eat.
So, although it has been extremely challenging with thoughts of wanting to quit and do something safe or less competitive. There has been too many opportunities and support to come my way that just shows me I have to continue to work hard for my passion, to continue to learn and grow in order to be of support to others.
Because while Graphic Design may be my passion and dream, the even better fulfillment in it is to being able to help others realize theirs.