Design is everywhere. Since I was in the 6th grade any time anyone asked me what I wanted to do when I grow up the answer has been “I want to be a graphic designer”. A few years before that if you would have asked me the same question the answer would have been the “President of the United States… who is also a graphic designer”. Growing up I was raised by two very unique people, my mother is a graduate of the Art Institute who had worked as a fashion illustrator and visual merchandiser, and my father who owned his own copy shop which evolved into a “graphics shop” with the advent of the Mac on the VCU campus. It made perfect sense to me then that the leader of the free world would need to know a thing or two about branding. And while at the time I probably naively thought that in a more direct way, I now tend to agree that the president of the United States should know a bit more about Branding.
When people ask me “what would you do if you weren’t a designer?”, I honestly don’t have an answer for them. As cliche as it sounds, I pretty much grew up to be a designer and have never considered pursuing anything otherwise. And this brings me to why I have decided to begin writing this blog. I am always passionately thinking about design. I am truly a design nerd, the type that goes home on a Friday night to comp up a site for a friend and rides the metro pointing out all the typefaces along the way. We are at the brink of a fantastic new age in society, one where design is seamlessly being integrated throughout our lives. Often times it is overlooked, subconsciously forcing us in a new direction on the sidewalk or convincing us to buy the unique teapot at Target. This is overwhelmingly exciting for me. I am constantly being stimulated from all directions, noticing delicious gems of simple design wonder everywhere. I am writing this blog to point these out.
Starting slowly but surely I welcome discussion regarding all forms of design in a constructively critical forum. Please feel free to share your experiences, design related or not on any subject matter presented here. If you have an idea of any areas of focus I should dive into, please suggest! Also, a little note… I am a bit of a typophile. I will be pointing out my type mood for every entry I make. Having a favorite typeface is just too much of a commitment for me, they change as often as my mood.
[techtags: Samantha Warren, Graphic Designer, Web Designer, Washington DC web designer, design nerd, web geek]