Hello! It’s nice to meet you. My name is Stefanie and I own this little domain here. I am a Designer who specializes in graphic design for both print and the web. I earned my Bachelor’s degree from Georgia Tech, in the area of Media Studies. My primary focus is on print design, but I am open to working on projects for the web as well.
Whenever I use the term Designer, I always encounter a lot of questions about what I do specifically. Generalizing a bit, my field tends to encompass a wide variety of different types of people and we all approach design in a myriad of ways. So I’ll delve a little deeper here. Grab a cup of coffee (or tea), a snack and settle in somewhere comfortable. Hopefully, by the end of this post, you will know a bit more about me, from a design standpoint, and how it is that I became interested in the field of art and design. My perspective is uncommon, in my humble opinion.
Growing up, I lived and breathed computers, as well as video games. My interest in technology and video game design was the result of a special connection that I developed with my grandfather. From an early age, we shared a love for technology that no one else in my family really understood. Having worked for the Air Force as a programmer, he spent most of his retirement tinkering around with computers, old and new. I remember spending summers at his house, playing around on the computer in his office and the “back room” where I would just watch him as he worked on various computer projects.
At the same time, I loved being creative. My mom dabbled in various forms of art including drawing, painting, sewing and knitting. I also spent a lot of my childhood with her, experimenting in all forms of art. It was something that she and I alone shared. She always encouraged me to do what I loved, even if it was something different and in my family, art was definitely different.
In high school, I took classes in Computer Science, as well as art and music. I loved both areas of study and when it came time for me to choose a career path, I opted to study Computer Science at Georgia Tech. It seemed like a good fit, given that I was interested in technology and it was an emerging field at the time. Art was not a stable field, so Computer Science it was! However, when I took my first few courses in Computer Science, I developed very different feelings about my career choice. I had fully expected to jump right into programming, but found that I didn’t love Computer Science the way I thought I would. As many of us discover in our first few years of college, an area of study is not always what you imagine it to be, especially once you see the real world applications.
What I discovered was that I wanted to find a way to combine my love for art and technology. It was around that time that Tech began offering a new major, called Media Studies. It encompassed three different areas of focus, literature, film, and graphic/web design. Ultimately, graphic/web design best combined my two passions. Conveying information in new and inventive ways, as well as analyzing the ways in which design could influence the user fascinated me. This was my light bulb moment, the place I felt like I belonged.
So in a nutshell, I am a Graphic Designer, but I have technical roots. I feel as if I embody the best of both worlds with my passion for creative design and the technical knowledge and understanding of how good design can influence and change a user’s experience. With my logical, problem solving side, I am able to provide companies and their clients with a fresh perspective, one that incorporates form and function in unconventional ways. My aesthetic tends to be clean, functional, and modern, but incorporates elements of color and whimsy, when appropriate. Furthermore, I work well with both creative professionals and engineers, having been immersed in both cultures while at Tech.
My past work has included personal and professional business cards, logo design, branding, promotional materials such as flyers and brochures, company t-shirts, and stationery. I absolutely love working directly with a client, but am comfortable working with a team as well. I am 100% confident in my ability to see a job or project from conception to completion.
Feel free to peruse my portfolio and contact me regarding potential job opportunities or projects!