I grew up in the printing business. My parents owned a print shop in Nampa, ID for many years. Before I could read I knew how to run all the equipment in a dark room. My father was the creative mind behind the business and it was through him that I got my first taste of design. When he wasn't working, I was allowed to play on the computer. My first foray into computer generated design was with the program Print Shop, where I would make banners and posters for fun and hang them up around our house and my parents shop.
I took art classes and joined the yearbook in school. It was in my yearbook class that my graphic design skills moved from a hobby to a purpose. All the graphics in the school yearbook for four years were designed by me. I loved the experience and when I had the chance to take those skills and do something with them, I jumped. I was offered an entry level position at the Idaho Press-Tribune where both my computer skills and designs skills were put to use. Over my seven years at IPT I learned so much more about both the creative and technical side of design. I have taken that experience and utilized it in all of my subsequent positions.
Thanks to those skills, I have had the chance to volunteer my services to several organizations, including Music Theatre of Idaho, Treasure Valley Scottish American Society, Idaho Writer's Guild, Christ the King Church and many friends and family.
The graphics below were created using Adobe Illustrator, InDesign and Photoshop.
Some images utilized in these graphics were taken from freepik.com and unsplash.com.