Who am I?
I am a trained graphic designer that specialises in design for print. I used to create custom designs for members of my local creative community before the recession of 2007 meant I needed a change in direction.
I chose to move to the games industry and have been a games tester for the last 10 years. During this time I became a Team Leader and I met my goal to train with Nintendo in the US and Frankfurt. I’ve worked on many platforms covering handheld, console and PC.
I am at my happiest when I have a cup of tea in my hand and am partial to a slice of cake. Over the years I’ve had to give up quite a few of my favourites since finally accepting that I am both gluten and lactose intolerant.
Combine these quirks with being vegetarian too and I can be quite difficult to accommodate when eating out.
This has really improved in the last few years though – which is a huge relief and means I don’t have to carry a bag full of emergency food everywhere I go.
What do I write about?
I try to write about things that I enjoy so this can be anything from the tools that I use to the things that I make and sell in my Etsy shops.
As an Etsy team Captain I often have lots of exciting news to share about our UK team, our Birmingham team or the Etsy community as a whole.
My local team IDEAS Birmingham meet up monthly for chat, cakes & tea at BTP so I often like to sample the new cake creations from time to time. BTP make the best gluten free cakes – they are so good that I find it difficult to tell the difference.
Examples of my design work
In my Etsy shop I often make packaging ideas for other sellers for their shops or events and brides or new parents for their wedding or baby shower.
These business cards and thank you cards were created for a new Etsy seller called Wild Woods Beasties to go in with her parcels.
It’s always lovely to get ace feedback from a customer when their order arrives and it was just what they wanted.
When I am not designing custom cards and stickers I make geeky gifts. I plan to share more of them on my blog in 2018 as there is a lot of cross-over as I design them myself.
I am a fan of bikes, music, video games and crafting and these geeky themes feature heavily in my gift ideas. I love these BMX wheel pins. They remind me of being a kid in the 80’s.