I've been working towards this moment for a very long time. When I started designing, it really was just to make things I wanted. I was young, and more distressingly, poor. I loved art, but I couldn't afford to enjoy other's works, so I made my own. Then it branched off into helping local non-profits. They were the most accepting of this young's pup shot at graphic design dreams and I felt great sharing my work with my city.
Now, I have clients. Not just any clients, my dream clients.
If you haven't delved into Designing Your Dream Client (available for download in my Trove), a dream client is someone who you would want most of all to be your patron. The peanut butter to my Graphic Design/Marketing jelly, the folks who I really swoon after, are Local-Creative Entrepreneurs. I want to help those folks with fresh ideas and fresh starts to reinvigorate Baton Rouge, LA (and surrounding areas).
And today I realized something, I've had my dream clients for a while now and they are thanking me. Like, what? This is too crazy to be happening.
The road to get here was totally a maze. I had ups and downs, disappointments and just crazy happenstances. Most of all, I've made a lot of new friends.
My most recent project was helping a startup magazine launch. Behind Second Lines is the brain child of Nicole Sergent. She has been diving into the music scene since living in Houston, but after recently moving to Baton Rouge, wanted to devote a music magazine to local and unheard of acts. She's my dream client.
Nicole was buzzing with ideas, and couldn't find a place to focus for her branding. I came in and helped her solidify her ideas and get something down on paper.
We chatted for over an hour, not just about her future magazine, but about what she loves and hates. Getting to know my client really helps me know what to present you with. A week later I presented her with a few mock ups. She wanted it clean but a pop of color. We wanted that pop to be RED. I blended the geometrics of soundwave lines with beauty of cursive lettering to create the lower portion of the logo, with a strong, red BEHIND behind it (a play on the word)! I wanted something that could stand out and read well horizontally, but as well as establish a secondary logo to be used where horizontal space is limited.
Behind Second Lines launched this month and it's already off to a rolling start. Check out their website (and subscribe if you love music). Their site includes playlists, reviews, tech info, anything and everything in between about music.