Here Goes Something

So here we are in 2016, and a lot has changed since my last entry. Be it some sort of divine intervention, or fate, or whatever you'd like to call it, things have really turned a corner and I'm finding myself not only working on more large contracts (as opposed to jobs based on my hourly rate), but I'm also finding that the jobs that are coming my way and the clients that are reaching out are coming to me for a specific style. Which brings me to "Holy shit, I have a style." - This is something I've strived for over the past few years, and in taking on a ton of work in very different avenues, maybe...just maybe people are seeing a continuous thread in my work that I can't see. 

Is this an issue for every designer? Does anyone really know their "style?", or am I just completely oblivious? Anywho, the work that I've been taking on is extremely fulfilling and I've got some awesome projects coming up that I'm beyond stoked to work on. 

Another step I finally took is setting up an online store. I've wanted to do this for quite some time, but the idea was always intimidating to me. Maybe I wouldn't have enough time to make sure that there are fresh items in the shop? Maybe as soon as I set the shop up, I would lose interest/inspiration to design prints & shirts for fun? Who knows, but I finally set it up mainly to liquidate the remainder of my stock of J,LC prints. But now that I'm over that initial hurdle, I've been really nerding out on what to stock next. Perhaps my Icons of the 80's prints? Maybe a few letterforms from the Lunch & Letter project? Or maybe I'll just dive deep back into gig posters? If you guys, have any suggestions at all, I'd love to hear them. 

Here Goes Nothing

So I guess I'm actually going to try this whole blogging thing... So I've recently become aware that, as much as I hate to admit it, I can be relatively lazy about taking my freelance design to the next level (ie. taking necessary "businessy" steps, socializing/networking, courting new clients, etc.)

Because of this, I've recently found myself in what I would call a "design loop" - I'm finding myself accepting jobs that I know I don't want nor are beneficial to me in any way other than monetarily. I realize that this isn't exactly what you would call a typical "problem" to a more practical person, but the entire reason I left the studio atmosphere was to be able to pick and choose projects that are beneficial to myself as well as the clients. I mean, I'm trying to find my niche, and that DOESN'T include setting up mechanicals for sock packaging. The type of relationships I'm looking for (or should be looking for) should naturally garner better work as well, right??

So I've got some thinking to do....