Tuesday, March 31, 2009

meet:: April O.

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


1 comment:

  1. Nice interview. It is wonderful to be able to work from home and spend time with your children. That time flies all too quickly and truly is the Most important job. I left a link to your blog on my post today. Enjoy your day, Pam


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