Q. ~ Hi April, Thank you so much for taking time out to chat with me.
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself, your designs and services offered?
A. ~ Thank you for asking me to be a part of the featured artist series. I am a freelance Graphic/Web Designer. I have been in the industry for 18 years. I offer everything from logo, print ads, brochures, marketing materials, web banners, websites, trade show graphics and more.
Q. ~How/when did you first become interested in graphic design?
A. ~ I loved being creative as a child and knew I wanted to continue with something creative when it came time to choose a field.
Q.~ Where do you find inspiration for your designs?
A. ~ I work very closely with the client to understand their needs and get a feel for what style they are looking for. I love clean well executed design.
Q. ~ Do you have set work hours in your studio?
A. ~ I try and have set hours in the am and then take the afternoon off to be with Bella. This usually means I need a few more hours in the evening to finish things. I really like to work 9pm until this way it is quieter and not as many interruptions.
Q. ~ How do you balance growing your business and family life?
A.~ This is something I am really trying to work harder at. I have been very lucky with clients but with the tough times, I am faced with searching for new ones. My family life has to be the top priority and I hope I am accomplishing that.
Q. ~ In these tough economic times, when even large corporations are closing their doors, what motivates you to "keep at it"?
A. ~ I know no job is save and have been on the short end of the stick when times where tough and received the layoff. It was a horrible feeling. I decided when I left the agency world, Bella is the most important thing and I need to do whatever I can to make this work. It is not easy sometimes and I get very lonely. I have been freelancing for 5 years and learn new things every day that are helpful to my business. I enjoy the time I have with Bella and know that even though I don’t have a fancy office at least we have our time. I am here for her when she needs me.
Q. ~ Thank you again April.. It has been a pleasure getting to know more about the woman behind Mingo Designs.
Before we go… What advice would you give to someone interested in graphic design?
A.~ Thank you again for asking me. I would say never stop learning. There are so many new avenues for designers. It is no longer a field of simply print.
You can visit April
on her website
on her blog