Today I’m showing off my new fancy logo, created by my dear best friend, Emily Trotter. Isn’t it amazing? It’s a new logo for new beginnings.
Since college, my creative interests have widened. Walking through the logo design process with Emily really helped distill it all down into three main categories: web design, art and writing. Pixels, paint, prose.
As creatives, we can feel really limited to a single “area.” You’re a painter, an artist. You’re a graphic designer. You’re a web designer. You’re a writer. I know debates can go on forever about expertise and the skill set required by each, that mastery can really only happen by devoting yourself to one pursuit.
But I’ve found it liberating to just embrace all of them, my many creative endeavors — who says you’re just limited to one?
I really owe this idea to artist Wayne White. Last August, Emily and I went to see his documentary, Beauty is Embarrassing.
This quote from the movie changed everything:
“I want to try everything I can. I want to take this painting idea and see if you can do a puppet version. I want take the cartooning and turn it into a set. I want to take the set and turn it back into a painting.”
– Wayne White, Beauty is Embarrassing
I’ve carried these words around for months, reminding myself that creativity — the process of creating — is connected through all our endeavors.
So don’t compartmentalize cooking from copywriting, interior design from sewing, painting from code. What you learn in one area has applications in all the others. And perhaps the challenge is seeking out how these connections aren’t always obvious — those are the best insights.
New website. New painting series. A book. Oh my!
2014 has already meant a lot of self-discovery. And making time for creativity is at the top of my to-do list. I’m looking forward to some big personal projects this year — like working on a new painting series (hint: logo is definitely an inspiration!), getting kristenwebbwright.com finally launched, and even a book … so much more to come!
Many, many thanks to my best friend Emily for her awesome design work + zest + humor. You’re the best.
Check out Emily’s post on the process of designing my new logo:
New Logo Alert!