About

What Janna looks like

This is me. :)

Hello! My name is Janna Barrett, and I’m an award-winning graphic designer currently based in the Atlanta, Ga., area.

I was recently inspired by both this post from 99u and this post from Smashing Magazine to design something every single day. Not something perfect, or revolutionary, or earth-shattering, or game-changing—just something. I’ve found that design is like exercise. The more you do it, the easier it becomes. But you need to be challenged in order to get stronger. So I’m here to challenge myself.

My background is in print—specifically layout, typesetting, and some ad design—so that’s all I feel comfortable doing. The purpose of this blog is to force myself out of my comfort zone, and into trying new things. To design with different color schemes, in different styles, for different things than I’m used to.

I had previously considered starting a daily design blog, but was intimidated by the scope of such a project. I was also leery of the potential quality of my work with such a short turnaround. Then I reminded myself that these designs do not have to be perfect; they just have to be completed, every day. I finally decided to woman-up and commit to it. :)

This blog is meant to expand my skill set and to get myself more acquainted with creating the concept behind my designs. I feel those are two areas in which I need improvement, since in my professional life I generally design things for a concept that’s already been established.

The daily designs kicked off on June 3, and will continue for a full year. (Crazy, I know!) After that, I’ll post about how I’ve grown and what I’ve learned in the process, and possibly about how insane I’ve gone. The schedule will certainly be challenging, but the work will be rewarding, and well worth the investment.

The pieces on this blog are created purely for fun in my leisure time. I hope you enjoy them, and I welcome your critique and feedback!

11 thoughts on “About

  1. Thank you! I saw your comment on 99u about starting this blog, and this has really inspired me to try something similar. Getting over the hurdle of “but it won’t be perfect” is so hard, but so worth it. Love the posts so far! Cheers!

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  3. Hey Janna!

    I’m super inspired! I will be starting my own blog documenting my designs & illustrations for 365 days! It’s amazing to see how much you’ve grown from the beginning to end. I’m wondering, did you advertise your daily posts on Facebook or Instagram? Do you have any tips or suggestions? I can’t wait to get started!

    Thanks for the inspiration!

    • Hey Hollei! I’m so glad you enjoyed it, and I’m happy to hear you’ll be starting your own 365 project! I’d love to check it out once it gets up and running.

      To answer your questions, yes, I did have a dedicated Facebook page that WordPress updated automatically every time I posted. I also did some cross-posting on Instagram with my lettering specifically, since there is a big lettering community on there. I definitely got the most feedback on my artwork through IG so I highly recommend it.

      Tips and suggestions, hmm … The most important one is to keep a running list of ideas for your projects. It helps especially if you categorize your ideas by type, such as lettering, wallpapers, GIFs, illustrations, etc. That way when you don’t have an idea for what to make on a given day, you can search through and pick something out very easily. Once you get the ball rolling you will have a huge influx of concepts to work on, I promise. I used Trello to keep track of all my concepts and what I had on the horizon. Here’s a screenshotTrello screenshot of my Projects Trello board. If you need any help setting that up or figuring it out, let me know!

      • I think if there’s a way to add it to your existing portfolio site that would be really wise. That way people who come to see your portfolio will also see your blog, and vice-versa. Sounds like a win-win!

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