I was chuffed to be asked to create a logo for a close friend a few months ago. It’s been an absolute age since I’ve done anything mildly creative so finding my mojo took a bit of doing. It really helped that she knew pretty much what she wanted from the start – there’s nothing worse than the ol’ chestnut “I’ll know it when I see it” that every designer cringes upon hearing.
(Yeah nah, this is not a sponsored post.)
In the end, it took me a couple of months to do, what with going back to full time work with a baby that doesn’t actually believe in sleep added to the fact I hadn’t used Illustrator for an absolute age. Luckily she was a patient ‘client’ and happy to give me plenty of time.
Like I said, it was the first time in about three years that I’d used Illustrator for some serious design work and remembering all the tips and tricks took a while.
It’s also the first time I’ve ever done such a detailed and intricate logo. After lots of experimentation and quite a few fails, I found my groove and really got into it. With a bit of feedback and a few tweaks here and there, I was able to make real the idea she’d had in her mind. And I have to say I’m pretty proud of it.
It felt sooo good to be creating something again. There’s something so satisfying about making something beautiful.
I have to say I’ve found I’m really missing working for myself lately. I enjoyed the challenge of making Souzou Designs a reality and completing creative projects for clients. For all the downsides – lack of stability; isolation; no paid sick leave/annual leave; bill chasing – I miss the upsides of being my own boss and setting my own hours.
My oldest (The Princess) and I were fantasizing via text on what we’d do if we won Lotto. Funnily enough, my answer to that question just popped into my head:
“Pay off the mortgage on the house we left behind in Australia; buy a house for ourselves here in NZ then start my own graphic design business and go back to working from home. Little Miss would still go to daycare but only three days a week instead of five and I would focus on small mum-working-from-home businesses, offering services such as logo and print designs and even expanding into building/managing small websites.”
Honestly, it’s been sitting there in the back of my mind ever since …