Tell us a little bit about your workspace.
I am actually not quite finished with it but it is getting there! Because it doubles my guest room I try to keep it somewhat tidy so guests feel welcome, but it is a true workspace. Most of what I keep around me is appreciated on a daily basis. Inspirational images, clippings, pantone books, and old family pictures anchor my desk, while notepads, invitations, bills and collected business cards rotate through in stacks.
Though I do the majority of my work at my desk, my workspace is truly my whole house. I constantly move around to get inspired and feel refreshed about a project. Moving between my desk, my bedroom, and the porch allows me to switch gears and make a happy transition from client to client.
We know you collect cards, typefaces, and business cards – do you ever sort through your stash for inspiration?
All the time. I keep a rattan basket filled with cards next to my desk.
Do you have a favorite font (or fonts)?
Yes, but it changes a good bit. My favorite classics are Garamond, Avenir, Italicized Didot HTF, Brandon and Montserrat for web. I am pretty traditional and like to keep it clean. Though right now, I love playing with the capital “N” and lowecase “z” from Caslon No337 Regular Italic and am really appreciating the work of Molly Jacques Erickson – Saint Agnes especially.
When designing for yourself do you feel a lot of pressure?
I truly do! I think because my company’s product is creativity, it is hard to get all my appreciations and inspirations into one message. While I want GADABOUT to feel current and exciting, I have to balance that with traditional sensibility and a steady taste level. My industry goal is innovation, and with that comes personal and professional change, growth and development. How do you graphically account for something today that you will inspire your brand tomorrow? You cant. You don’t have the perspective. This is why I stick with simplicity. I can grow with it. It can grow with me.
If you could design a website or logo for anyone – who would it be?
Honestly, designing for someone who is like minded or has created a product I personally appreciate is the most gratifying. If we speak the same language we really start to have fun with the creative process. These are often the types of clients I continue to stay connected with and champion long after the project completion date.
A HUGE thank you Hanna for letting us have a glimpse into your charming workspace! To see past workspace features pop over here.