"Whatever you think you can do, or believe you can do, begin it. Action has magic, grace, and power in it."
Imagine if your business was as easy to find as the corner market, as eye catching as the lego store in downtown Disney, and as easy to use as the coffee table in your living room. What if you could point to your website, and say, “That is what I do,” and customers could have their questions answered, book an appointment, or buy your product while you had a drink with friends.
Imagine if you had a personal designer to make sure that every interaction your customers had with your business left a professional and lasting impression.
As a business owner or entrepreneur, you may not have time to create impressive newsletter graphics, or throw together a brochure for that upcoming show, or assemble an ad to attract more clients, or make sure that your social media banners are consistent with your message and brand. As an author, it might be overwhelming to create an author website with direct sales of your book, but even published authors benefit from control of their online image.
Let me be the graphic designer in you corner, with the professional tools you need to create a polished image.
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A SHORT MANIFESTO
This is about more than just book covers, or business cards, or websites (and it IS about book covers - irresistible book covers, attention grabbing business cards, and profitable websites) But more than that, it is about helping you do the thing that gets you up in the morning. Life is both too short and too long to spend it, well simply spending it. There has never been a better time to do something that lights you up. Let me make you the tools to turn your great idea into a profitable business.
- Susette Soparia
"Treat yourself, and hire Katie to help you launch your dreams."
A Brief History of Katie
I can't remember a time when I was not drawing, or coloring – or arranging my pens in order of color (the concept of the color wheel came as a eureka moment.) As a child, I would draw pages of small figures in costume, and try to capture the fantasy in my head. I would tell myself stories while drawing, and the images were always fully alive to me. It seemed natural to spend life creating things.
I was homeschooled for my high school years, which worked well for my introverted personality. I spent a good deal of time reading and daydreaming. I went to the University of Oregon and chose for my major “Fine Arts” which is a major that no longer exists; and left after my third year to get married and move to California, which at the time seemed wildly important.
7 years later, I went back to finish my degree. I took as many painting, drawing, letterpress, printing, calligraphy and digital design classes as I could jam into that year. When I finally graduated, my daughter was 6, and I was ready to find a job that allowed me to be creative on a daily basis and not just in the moments of time I could sneak in between work, housekeeping, and family time. I started my professional design career in 2008, when I was was hired as a screen print production designer. I designed several retail apparel lines, including tees for the Oregon Ducks, Dutch Bros. Coffee, and Softball Soul™. I created 8 years of exclusive event merchandise for the Oregon Jamboree Music Festival in Sweet Home, Oregon; and designed hundreds of prints for businesses, and events. I took over our company's website, marketing, and any other creative projects that I could smoke out: logos, label design, and small business websites; while I figured out what I wanted to be when I grew up.
I fell in love with book cover design in 2014, when a friend was getting ready to publish her first book ask asked me to do the cover. Being an ardent and loyal devotee of books, cover design felt like the quintessential act of designing. Encapsulating a book - showing what a story looks like, not just what it says, but how it feels - while simultaneously captivating potential readers and (let's be practical) making it all legible in a thumbnail. PLUS, helping someone live their dream of becoming an author; done correctly, a successful author. What could be better than that?!
Website design is much like that. The magical ability to create a working business out of thin air, never ceases to inspire me. The way that the very best design is the one you don't even notice. The more intuitive I can make something, the less you even realize it has been designed just for you.
I like to talk about ideas for growing your business, and what keeps me inspired.
I would never share, sell, crumple, or otherwise abuse your information.