Judgment

This is going to be a very tough post for me and I’m not quite sure the tone it will take on as I type. I was just reading through some topics posted on the etsy forums about graphic design. More specifically these posts:

First of all, everyone is entitled to their own opinion and I have no problem with that, as long as I will be entitled to mine.   I know that I am most likely inviting a ton of criticism to my own designs and that is fine with me.  I’m a big girl, have been for a long time, and I can take it.

When reading the first thread it seems that most people’s opinion of what makes a professional graphic designer is their education.   Most said a  formal education in the field is key.  I disagree.  Then again, I do not refer to myself as a “professional” so maybe I took offense too early.  I do, however, call myself a graphic designer.   I design graphics every day.  I’ve never had an unhappy client.  I successfully sell my designs.  I pay my bills with the money I make doing what I love.  So, I’m happy with what I do.

Would I love to go to school and broaden my abilities?  Absolutely! Can I? Not at this time.  I’ve never had the opportunity to further my education.  Mostly because of choices (good or bad) that I have made in my life.  I became a mother at age 16.  Circumstances then did not allow for me to seek higher education.   I had to prioritize and still stick with my decision – my child first.  Since then I’ve gone through a very bad marriage and had two more children.  Again – education was put on the back burner and my children came first.  I’m not asking for pity, and I don’t want sympathy.  These were all my decisions and I still stand by them.  No regrets.

I decided that I would do what was best for myself and my children during those times.  They needed their mom, and they needed her working and bringing home money.  That meant no time for school.  So, I did what I could and started to slowly teach myself how to do things.  All of my computer skills, all of my business know how, all of my graphic design abilities – all self taught over a period of 6 years.

I know my limitations and never pretend to know more than I do.  If I am asked to do something I am uncomfortable with I make sure that I recommend someone else who can help with the client’s needs in a better way than  I could.  That is my responsibility as a business owner.

(Get to your point Ang – I know, I know) I think my point is this.  Don’t pass judgment so quickly.  Some people have natural talent oozing from their pores.  Others have to find that talent and tweak it.  While still others will spend endless hours in a classroom trying to find that talent or skill and never will.  I chose to stay positive and do MY best with what I had.  I will continue to do just that.

I am proud of my work.  I am proud of the family I am raising.  I am proud of the services I offer.  I am proud of my small business. I am proud to say that as a graphic designer I am able to help provide for my family while also being able to be available to them night and day.  I am proud of myself!

Read my “Who is Angela?” page – you may understand just a bit more.

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    Here is the process of buying and receiving a custom graphic from Angela Morgan Designs. We’ll use a custom banner as an example.

    1. Choose the listing that best suits your needs and add it to your cart.
    2. Follow through with the purchase by sending payment via PayPal immediately or via RME by sending me a convo.
    3. Send any helpful information about your graphic needs via convo or email. Including color preferences, styles, shop name, tag line, font choices, etc. The more information you send, the smoother the process will go.
    4. Within 48 business hours you will hear from me and be able to see a design I have come up with based on the information you have provided. I will send the designs to you via etsy convo or email. Communication is key!
    5. Tell me what you like or dislike about the banner I have provided. What changes would you want made? This is now a very back and forth process. You will need to be available to answer convos/emails.
    6. Changes will be made according to the feedback I receive from you. At this point I will continue to work on your design until you are satisfied. (Again, communication is so important on these steps!)
    7. Once you have agreed to the final design I will ask for your email address and the process is nearly finished!
    8. I will email the finished design to you in your desired file format.
    9. Save the image to your computer. Then upload it to etsy.
    10. Leave feedback.

    Wooohoooo!

    It’s a GREAT day so far (even though I am soooo sleepy I can’t keep from yawning every two minutes!)

    I woke up this morning feeling great and decided that maybe I’d sleep a while longer, it was after all only 5:30 am so I drifted back off until my phone rang.  It was my dear mother in law and I lied when she asked if she had woke me.  I love talking to her.  I think it’s a great bonding experience for us and she is just so sweet and sentimental that it always lifts me up.  We talked for two and half hours!  Of course, about the baby, about Russell, the kids, and just about everything under the sun.  I love her!

    My air conditioning is working!  I am thrilled about that! Hooray for air and breathing and comfort!  It was a quick fix and I’m afraid it may only be temporary so I still want them to investigate it further.  My phone battery is completely dead though so I have to wait a little while to call the repair company back.

    I bought the kids a fun water sprinkler to play with and I’m looking forward to setting it up for them.  I’ll most likely do that after lunch.  But here is the most exciting news of all!  I’m featured on someone’s blog for the first time EVER!  It may sound like small potatoes to you but I am THRILLED!  3LilMonkeys just sent me a convo via etsy to let me know she featured me today.  She had some oh so sweet things to say too!  Check it out! http://my3lilmonkeys.blogspot.com/2008/06/armorgan-spotlights-on-you.html

    Thank you!

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    Yes, I have something to brag about.  It’s mine, I’ve earned it, so why not brag about it?  I’m talking about my 100% positive feedback rating on etsy.  

    • Fantastic! I am thrilled with my new banner and business card designs. Thank you so much for working with me on this. – mimsylafree
    • A wonderfully smooth transaction. I would highly recommend this Etsian! – DDurda
    • Wonderful experience, I got exactly what I wanted. This service is soooooo worth the money. I would order this again for sure. I love love love my new banner. Thanks so much! – jillystamps
    • Once again, great experience! I love the design of my new business cards. She was quick and knew exactly what I was looking for. Thanks so much! –erintokuuke
    • Easy to work with and fast turn around! I love my banner and avatar and would definitely come backto her for more! –bugznbutterflies
    • The designs rock! Seller has a great eye for color and detail. I gave her only sketchy information of what kind of design I wanted, and she exceeded my expectation! HiGhLy recommended!! –EMTSgirlfriend
    • Incredibly fast delivery and a joy to work with. She got the design I was looking for on the first try! Thanks so much! –erintokuuke
    • I wish there was a higher rating than positive…more like estatic! Orgasmic..not sure about that one…but this is one of those AHHH moments when you tell an artist what is in your head and she puts it in the form your mind created! Love this woman! – Ali18974

    Let me help

    All etsy sellers are definitely into the DIY thing.  We like to do everything ourselves because that’s who we are, it’s what we do.  We try to make everything ourselves and often times end up feeling frustrated and overwhelmed.  There comes a time when you just need to step back, observe what’s going on, and realize that you in fact, can not do everything yourself.  Many sellers find themselves feeling all tangled up when it comes to designing a graphic for their shop, that’s where I come in.  Why get your panties in a bunch? Let me help!  It’s what I do, let me design your perfect graphic so you can get back to doing what you do best! Come visit my shop today, take a look around, get a sense for my style. 

    Gone Fishin’

    I can hardly believe how much I accomplished today! By 8 am this morning the boys were off to school and I was on my 2nd or 3rd cup of coffee.  I started my rounds on the internet at usual.  Check my email, look at my site stats, check my blog, the weather, etc.  I then began my design work.  I had an order from kbotello on etsy. She sent a custom request needing a few graphics for her amateur photography.  I started with  a few color suggestions and a photo that she wanted to be incorporated into her designs.  I came up with this banner which she absolutely loves!

    I actually emailed her several proofs but this was the design she liked the best.  Oddly enough it was my first design.  I’ve been doing that a lot lately – getting exactly what my client wants on the first go round.  It’s a great feeling!

    After that I did some chores around the house and washed, dried, and folded some laundry.  I knew that we had plans to go fishing and the boys had an early release today from school so I wanted to get as much done as possible.  Russell didn’t work today so we went to go buy me a new fishing pole because mine broke last year.  We did our shopping and then Russell dropped Zoe and myself off at home and ran to the bank.  We wanted to get the grass cut before we left for the lake so I decided I would do that too.  

    It took a little while, and Russell was quite surprised, but I got the front lawn nearly half cut before he got back from the bank.  The boys came home, we finished up the yard and off we went!

    As always, Zoe caught the first fish.  And I do mean always.  She is only three years old and always catches something before the rest of us! Turned out the rest of us had no luck at all.  Guess they just aren’t biting yet.  The high point of the evening is when Jarod, my youngest son, spotted a black snake.  A HUGE black snake.  Russell ran over and grabbed the thing by the tail (do snakes have tails?), anyway, he grabbed it and dragged it backwards up onto the grass.  The thing coiled and spun around.  I ran across the clearing yelling at the kids to get back and threatening Russell within an inch of his life if he got it near me.  I’m cool with snakes, so long as they aren’t upset – in their natural habitat, slithering by – yeah, that’s okay, but not one that is being bothered and having a hissy fit because of it.  I was so terrified that Russell would tease me with it that I didn’t even think to grab my camera, which was hanging around my neck, and I missed a great photo opportunity.  Go me! That snake was a good five feet long. *Shiver*

    We fished a bit longer with no luck, but that’s just fine because it was gorgeous outside.  We all started getting tired and hungry so we came home to grill some chicken. Russell cooked chicken skewers on the grill and I fixed carrots, sauteed squash & zucchini, and rice for sides. Everything was great.  We had several “happy plates”.

    Now everyone is settled in and the kids are watching TV like they do on most Friday nights.  They’re especially tired from everything today so vegging out is completely okay with me tonight.  Russell is in the bedroom snoring.  He looks as if he just plopped on the bed to rest and fell asleep.  I tried to wake him a little while ago but he is out like a light.  I’ve taken advantage of the quiet time to start on another banner design.  After sending this proof to my client I will need to make a few changes to the dots but other than that it is pretty complete.  mimsylafree of etsy wanted a shop banner for her new shop “muffintops”.  She asked for a muffin to be incorporated into the design.  I sat down, drew out  a muffin and then this is what came of it…

    Don’t forget to leave a comment for your chance to win a free business card design! Have a great weekend!