My year in review
2017 has been a lovely year! I can’t quite believe it’s over to be honest. I’ve had the privilege of working with so many brilliant businesses and charities in the past 12 months.
At the start of the year I was asked to create a new logo for a children’s cancer charity – this was a double honour for me as having a child myself I could understand just how much this charity could help families in need. Jack’s Journey approached me with their idea and I created something which they’ve taken and turned into a fantastic brand.
I later helped with their website and launch materials – it was so awesome to know I made a little bit of difference to their charity. The Winter Ball was a joy to help with towards the end of the year raising over £3000 – having strong and enticing graphics helped with ticket sales and to give a professional appearance.
The year also saw me helping Workington Town Council with their events for the year. In January I began working with them on Workington GO then later in the year Workington in Bloom, Workington Christmas Festival, Harrington Kite Festival, Workington Nature Partnership and more. I had some feedback from Emma Chapman the events assistant to say the Christmas Festival was a massive success.
Watchtree Nature Reserve approached me in January to work on their WatchTrail run series. With the help of Kirsty Vickers, we created some bold graphics to advertise their runs and later in the year I created a range of history boards to show the rich history of the land surrounding the reserve. Can’t wait to see the results!
Throughout the year I’ve had the chance to work with so many alternative and complementary therapists, whether that be the wonderful
Reiki extroadinaire Clare Harris or Martyn Blacklock and Annie Hackwell from Bridge; a beautiful yoga studio. It’s always an honour to help people who help so many others – it gives new meaning to my job.
In Summer I got together a little team who raised over £300 for Hospice at Home West Cumbria, selling prints of mine and Kirsty Vickers’ unique designs. Plus, in December I handed over £360 to Jack’s Journey and Plumbland School by selling my own range of Christmas cards and wooden signs. It was fun to do but hard work!
Leah Lister’s Driving School was a fun project to work on – Leah needed a logo, vehicle graphics and a website for her new venture. Since then Leah has been so successful in her new business – it’s really exciting to see. Especially all the students passing their test!
As I’m writing this, I’ve realised how many projects I have been so very proud of. I always feel when handing over a new logo like a new parent handing over her newborn. I know this sounds weird, but I really do put my heart into my work – I love to see the brands I create flourish into successful businesses.
The end of the year was so busy that it’s hard to remember what happened! But looking through my project file I can say that working on the Women of Cumbria project is one of the highlights of the year; and the events haven’t even started yet! I am happy with how the concept turned out; it was a real challenge to get all of the individual characters right but the overall effect is something I’m super pleased with.
I can’t believe another year has gone by in my business to be honest; I guess time flies when you’re having fun! I only work part time too – so to have so many exciting projects in one year has been both a challenge and an honour. I have a 3 year old daughter and I started my business so I could still be home based but also follow my passion for helping businesses through design and marketing; I feel happy I’m able to be both a Mother and a designer and be a good roll model for my daughter. Girl power and all that!
Thanks to all my clients; if your project isn’t listed, it’s not because it wasn’t awesome, it’s just I can’t quite fit everything in. I’m proud of ALL of my clients.
Let’s smash 2018 together!