I love to help artists/designers/creators grow and develop their own skills. This site is dedicated to highlighting my own creative projects as well as encouraging creativity from other creatives.
+ What do you do full-time? I work as a graphic designer for The Younique Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to helping adult female survivors of sexual abuse.
+ Are you available for collaborations and/or freelance design work? Yes! I am anxious to develop my skills and connect with like-minded individuals and brands. Collaborations are always welcome. I am currently not offering contract freelance work (6+ months), but if you have a one-time project you need help with, please let me know!
+ Where did you learn to be a graphic designer? I dabbled in design when I was young, but it wasn't until I went to college that I discovered my passion for design, style, and strategy. I studied Advertising Design at Brigham Young University and graduated just a few years ago.
+ What's your favorite thing to design? I love to create brands. I love everything from designing a logo to choosing the right colors. And I think the part I'm best at is expanding the brand style for new projects: websites, social media, video, etc.
+ What's the best way to learn Photoshop/Illustrator/InDesign/etc? The best way to learn the ins and outs of any of the Adobe Creative Suite is just to use them! Finding mentors and YouTube experts is great, too. There are a lot of online workshops and webinars, but I think the best way to learn is just to find something you want to make and force yourself to make it in the program you're trying to learn.
+ Do you have any specific recommendations for learning more about design and creativity? Yes! I compiled a large book list, available here.
+ What's the best program to use for creating invitations/posters/logos/etc? There is no right answer to this question, but I'll give you my opinion. Illustrator is best for logos, Photoshop is best for photos and memes, and InDesign is best for printed documents like invitations and posters. But don't be afraid to play around! I've made lots of good posters in Photoshop and I've used Illustrator for plenty of invitations.
+ How can I improve my design taste/aesthetic style? I had a professor who said the only way to develop great taste is to try everything. I think there's a lot of truth in that. I would suggest creating a Pinterest board and saving everything you like, and then writing out in the description why you like it. The more you articulate what you like, the more you understand it, and the better you can apply it to your own work.
+ Where do you get inspiration when you're feeling stuck? The first place I turn to when I'm feeling burned out is Pinterest, because there's a great collection of design inspiration there. But I'm also a big fan of taking a break from your work and going outside, getting something to eat, or just taking a nap.
+ How can I contact you? The best way to reach me is probably through social media (@rebeccapetersonstudio). But if you have a more private request, send me a message through this site and I'll get back to you as soon as possible.