Happy Saturday bedsidesigners! It is that time of the month again - where I feature one of my designer pals + some of their work and interior spaces. Today we have the lovely Gab White with us. I cannot sing her praises enough. She is the woman responsible for helping me kick my blog up a knotch and launch on wordpress.org with her Web DIY Workshop. She responded to email after email of me questioning silly things - breaking links and reformatting layouts. If you are looking to move from wordpress.com or any other platform to wordpress.org and need a helping hand along the way go to Gab. The best part is she taught me how to DIY my website - which makes me feel a sense of ownership - I made this! Okay enough about me, let's get to know this lady with the infectious smile - how adorable is she?!
Can you explain what type of design work you do?
I am graphic designer at a design agency in my city, so I work in all types of media including, print, web, mobile, and large scale environmental graphics. I also have an online workshop called the Web DIY Workshop, where I help others learn to design and build their personal websites!
When did you “know” you wanted to be a designer?
When I was in high school I knew that I wanted to go to art school – but I had no idea what I wanted to studies. In my first year at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design I fell in love with graphic design and got obsessed with doing my Intro to Design homework. That's when it all clicked in my brain that design is what I'm meant to do.
What is your favorite part of the design process?
The beginning! I love sitting down with the rest of the team at my work to start brainstorming ideas, or when I'm working alone as a freelancer, I love picking the clients brain. That initial phase where there's so much potential is what really excited me and allows me to create my own best work.
Where do you find your inspiration?
I find inspiration in so many places – it's hard to even begin to list. I follow a lot of graphic / web design blogs, they're always a good start when I'm feeling a little uninspired. There's also a great little magazine store in my city that I love to visit because they have a whole section of design magazines to flip through. Over the years I've started to collect more and more design magazines and books and they are by far the best inspirational resource.
Tell us about the city that you live in!
I live in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. My province's tagline is "Canada's Ocean Playground" which I think is adorable. Halifax is a city of about 300,000 awesome people, so it's a small city, but it's certainly not at all lacking in exciting culture.
What is your favorite pantone color?
I always find choosing just one favourite color so difficult. If I had to say right now I would go with Pantone 3125 U, I'm a sucker for anything tealish-aqua-blue these days!
Describe your design/interior/fashion style in 5 words.
I would describe my style as utilitarian with a bit of mid-century-modernism thrown in and a dash of super girly. I'm always really drawn to pink furniture and décor, but I keep things pretty minimal and try to avoid having a lot of knick-knacks.
Do you freelance? If so, do you have any tips for people starting out?
I do freelance graphic design work and web design work, although now that I work at full time job I take on far fewer clients. My biggest tip would be to be super organized. Be more organized than you think you need to be. Keep track of your hours, keep track of your spending, keep track of any meetings and deadlines and you should be golden! I love using google calendar for everything that's coming up, and I have a bunch of notes in Evernote to make sure I don't miss anything.
Describe your “perfect” day.
Waking up early, going for a run and then to yoga, breakfast at the Halifax Farmer's Market with my partner and/or friends, doing something a little silly and adventurous like going on a funny tour boat ride or visiting a new museum, ending the day with a nice meal and catching up on some missed work.
Did you go to school for design – what was your major/school? How has this impacted you as a designer?
At the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design I did a Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Design with a Minor in Art History. My program was really interesting because you don't actually choose a major – which means most of the four years were spent experimenting and trying lots of really cool things that I probably wouldn't have experienced otherwise. Having an art history background is so great for providing context to my work. I can be designing a logo at my job and be inspired by a painting I remember that evokes the same emotions as the brand I'm working on – all of the sudden I have the perfect colour scheme.
Who is your all-time favorite musician?
I love Regina Spektor's work – she's been a favourite artist of mine for the last 6-7 years and I can't see that changing any time soon.