Something comes over me when I’m working on the things I’m passionate about. It could be building a website, designing a graphic, or writing an essay. It’s the creativity beast in me that strikes up my carefully curated “Dark & Heavy” iTunes playlist. It’s got a whole lotta Florence + The Machine, Muse, Marilyn Manson, etc… When I really find my groove, I put on Eyes On Fire by Blue Foundation:
I’m a little obsessed with fire imagery in music. Most of my favourite songs mention the word “fire” at least once. The Blue Foundation lyrics “I’m taking it slow / Feeding my flame” are especially reflective of my mood when I’m creating things. I take my time and savour the heat, allowing my ideas and the process to fully flourish. My work is the warm, comfortable glow where I feel most at home.
So while redesigning my portfolio over the last two weeks, I knew I needed to update my self portrait as well. If I could wear my dark, flame-bearing, working-till-3-a.m. persona like a mask or armour, it would be fire red lips and nails, carbon black smokey eyes, and an icy blue pop of colour against some deep blacks, just like in the photo above.
What’s your “in the zone” music playlist like? What’s the battle outfit / look you have in mind when you’re in your own creative beast mode? Let’s chat in the comments section below!
Having said that, I’ve updated my portfolio website over at jestongio.com. If you’re interested in hiring me or collaborating on a project, we’ll have a blast together. If you need a new website, want to refresh your blog layout, or are looking for something specific for all your other digital creative needs, shoot me a note at firstname.lastname@example.org! Not everything comes out of the box ready to go. Or maybe you want something totally custom and personalized. Whatever it is, I’m your girl.
I’ve had the privilege of working with fellow blogger Natalie Timperio (The Girl With Bangs) on her blog revamp. I also recently worked closely with actor Alley Wilson to create her acting portfolio site.
I offer super-low rates, and work efficiently to get your project done fast and keep your costs low.
Yes, I also make sure your website is just as beautiful on mobile because, duh. 💙
I offer more services than just websites, too. As a writer and web producer, you can hire me for any copywriting or editing, design or branding, video production, etc. Check out the services section of my site to see what’s up.
Regardless of whether or not you want to work with me, I’m always up for sharing any words of advice and encouragement. Here’s one tip I like to share whenever I get the chance: never stop learning. Expand your toolkit as much as you can.
My interest in web design started as a bucktooth, four-eyed, pimply 12-year-old kid who rarely saw sunlight because all I wanted to do was design and build an O-Town fan site. Yes, that boy band that had their own reality show and a song about wet dreams. I taught myself HTML/CSS, messed around in what was then known as Jasc Paint Shop Pro, and dedicated all my free time to that — oh, and writing hockey fan fiction. Yeah.
Eventually, I upgraded to Photoshop, started dabbling in PHP, and grew into my teeth. Even though I chose writing and journalism for my education and main profession, I never stopped designing and coding. I landed my dream job as a sports writer right out of school, but having web production as an interest proved to be my greatest unintentional fallback.
After four years, I lost my job, and used my summer unemployment to rekindle my love for designing graphics. It was enough to put on my portfolio, and it was enough to land me another job that would finally combine my writing, designing, and coding skills. And now, here I am. And I still want to keep learning and improving. Nicer logo designs, better photography, animation, singing lessons — my list just keeps on growing, and I’m excited to see where it takes me.
Sometimes it starts with having a small interest in something. Sometimes it starts with just wanting to learn more. Recognize that spark. Feed that flame. Watch it grow.