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!