The Website Alternative: Creative Business BlogsitesFriday, August 7th, 2009
Celebrated for her creative, one-of-a-kind designs, Hannah Craner, graphic and print collateral designer and owner of Sherbet Blossom Designs, has positioned herself as a blogsite designer and custom-designed print collateral guru. In this exclusive interview, Hannah shares with S?mèr her design expertise and her inspirations:
S?mèr: What is your design background?
I graduated with a BS in social marketing and took some computer / design classes in school, but most of my design experience came after I graduated. My husband started a nonprofit organization that sends doctors and dentists to third-world countries. Since we were a true nonprofit organization with little money to spare, my husband asked me to design a logo and website. I had a graphic design friend who mentored me through the process and helped me gain the passion I have now. I soon began doing websites and wedding invitations for a wide clientele and landed a job as a graphic designer for a magazine publishing company. I have been designing my magazine for almost four years now and absolutely love print work.
S?mèr: Why blogs? How did you get into blog design?
Print work is actually my passion, but blog designing fell into my lap. I began Sherbet Blossom Designs two years ago and immediately had people asking me who designed my site. When they found out I designed my own blog, they asked if I could do theirs. After more than fifteen people asked me to design their blogs, I decided I should make a business of it. My greatest passion is still print work, but I do love blog design as well.
S?mèr: How do your blogsites differ from traditional websites?
Each of my blogs is custom designed. I design to the client’s taste and work with my client to create a site that is uniquely his or her own.
S?mèr: What do you love most about what you do? Why?
I love to see the design in my head become a reality on screen and even more in print. To hold something in my hand that I created is a thrill. I love that I am constantly looking for beauty and shape in everything around me. Everything is inspiration.
S?mèr: What is your source of inspiration?
Inspiration comes from everywhere. Shapes, signs, magazines, fabric, antique books—I have a hard time looking at anything without analyzing the design. I keep a sketchbook and camera with me to draw or take pictures whenever I get an idea.
S?mèr: You have quite an extensive portfolio. How long have you been designing blogs / banners / websites / print collateral?
I have been designing blogs for about two years, but 80% of my designs have been done in the past ten to twelve months. It seems the more I do, the busier I become.
S?mèr: What does the future hold for Sherbet Blossom Designs?
I plan on selling premade blog designs at bargain prices and also revamping the print work section of my site to focus more on invitations, ads, and packaging. I am very excited about the changes coming in the next three to four months.
To view Sherbet Blossom Design’s exceptional portfolio, visit https://www.sherbetblossomdesigns.com/.