This year I decided to take part in the March Meet The Maker over on Instagram, whilst I don’t create anything physical these days, and am pretty much fully digital, I wanted to give it a go. Here’s what I’ve posted so far;
Day 23 – ‘Top Tip or Advice’
A while back I put together an article about Font Pairing.
Something that many small businesses struggle with, heck even I struggle with font choice for my own personal work 😅
So to get the best out of your marketing materials make sure you know the basics – take a look at the article here.
Day 19 – ‘Dream Collab’
Whilst I work with them on the Editorial side, helping them with various projects behind the scenes, I would absolutely love to work with @unsplash on a design related project. As a huge fan of their brand and ethos it would be a pleasure to work with them in this way 🙏
Day 16 – ‘Workspace’
This is how my workspace looks sometimes. And there’s nothing I love more than desk layout shots 😍 so this was fun. I’m rarely messy, as my desk space is small, and I’m a bit of a neat freak 🤪
This photo is also available for FREE download on my 👉Unsplash feed 👈
Day 14 – ‘How I Learnt’
I decided at 35 to completely change career, managed to get very lucky with the company I was working for at the time and with a local web design agency who offered to give me a part time internship whilst I worked at my current place.
So a mixture of interning, self teaching and determination got me through. Every day is still a learning curve even after 4 years. So grateful to everyone that helped me and still helps me 🙏
Day 10 – ‘You’
Itsa me! Well sideways me. I hate posting pictures of myself, I’m old and crinkly and all that. Anyway, this is me and I’m a Freelance Graphic Designer, but if you’ve been following my March Meet The Maker posts, you’ll already know this 🙂
Day 9 – ‘Story About Your Name’
Take a look at the gif over on Instagram here.
Two posts today, this first one is a gif showing where I started, to where I am now. Initially called myself aMixedMedia whilst I was interning as I was thinking about what I’d be producing; print, digital, websites, graphic design, which then turned into something else as I reached the end of the interning.
I realised I didn’t want to focus on web, but specialise in brand and marketing design as that’s what I loved. Several meetings, networking events, meeting new people I realised the name wasn’t quite enough, and as the thing I said the most was, Hello, I’m Nik, when introducing myself, that happened 😅.
The first iteration of my logo was quirky and fun, it ‘started a conversation’ with its speech bubble and reflected who I was at that time, then in 2016, I rebranded to the hexagonal design.
Day 8 – ‘Product Range’
Day 8 of #marchmeetthemaker;
Again, I’m not a physical seller anymore, I used to sell stickers, mugs and posters over on Etsy, some are still there but I don’t focus on that anymore – alas, here’s my product range.
Those damn A’s were so annoying, hence slanting them! Grr 😅
Day 7 – ‘Less Glam Side’
Day 7 of #MarchMeetTheMaker;
The worst thing that can happen to any creative is creative block. This brick wall is the bane of our existence and even as a digital creative it comes at you like a wall of doom. After 4 years of creative work I’ve learned a few strategies and one of those things is not to rush it. It’s trying to tell you something, listen 🙏
Day 6 – ‘Full or Part Time’
Day 6 of #marchmeetthemaker;
I have the full story about my freelance journey on day 10 but I went full time freelance in Feb 2014 after spending a year interning and changing career.
I had no clients or any savings, I leapt, fully 😅 here’s a crap doodle 😆
One thing I miss about working for da man is colleagues, I’ve met some incredible people over my freelance journey but there’s nothing like the inspiration you get from good colleagues 🙏
Day 5 – ‘Detail or Close Up’
I’m back with Day 8 of #marchmeetthemaker – today is Detail or Close Up.
As I don’t produce physical products that often here’s a close up of some of my favourite digital work.
I recently got the chance to create a robot goat illustration for a client (2) along with some saucy social media headers for another client (3), and as always a couple of self initiated passion projects (4)(1) 💪
Day 3 – ‘Flatlay’
Today’s #marchmeetthemaker is ‘Flatlay’ – whilst I don’t sell physical products anymore one thing I do enjoy is doing flatlays of my desk (not weird 😬) here’s an old one and a new one and you’ll see gentle nods to Rockstar Games in there too.
Day 2 – ‘How you Started’
Day 2 of #MarchMeetTheMaker;
Here’s how it all started for me. I’m a stick person because why not 😅
Started out as an Office Junior and worked my way up to Office Manager,
I’d always wanted to be a creative (my dad told me to do something that would guarantee money- cheers mate).
Then found myself an internship locally and it went from there. Changed career at 35 🎉.
It was the best and hardest thing I have every experienced and even after 4 years it’s still a wonderful learning curve 🙏
Day 1 – ‘Favourite to Make’
March 1st kicks the #MarchMeetTheMaker challenge off, I can’t believe it’s March already. So to kick the next few weeks off here’s my first prompt for:
‘FAVOURITE TO MAKE‘
As a self taught graphic designer, prior to going freelance I hadn’t touched the Adobe Suite much.
At 35 I decided that I needed to get out of the career I was in and make a change. Whilst I don’t promote my illustration much it is something I LOVE to do.
I use Adobe Illustrator and now I’ve found @pikopixeleditor which is fantastic for Pixel Art and much easier to use than Illustrator.
Here’s my 4 favourite artworks I’ve done recently 🙏