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    FROM THE DESK OF | ciera holzenthal, graphic designer and blogger

    May 21, 2012

    It’s been such a treat to get to know Ciera a little bit over the past couple weeks. We met in an Alt Summit class, and have been chit-chatting ever since about the blogging world. For any bloggers who haven’t experienced one of these classes, I can’t tell you enough how great they are to get to know other people who are right in the thick of it with you. I’m loving Ciera’s work, and I can’t wait to get to know her more through her gorgeous blog

    Hi, I’m Ciera, a freelance graphic designer, blogger and etsy shop owner. I was born and raised in New Orleans but have been living in Boston for the past year. I have no idea how long I’ll be here or where I will go next (one of the fun things about working for myself)! On my blog, I share my adventures as a freelance graphic designer and everything that exhilarates me as an artist. I love posting DIY projects, photography, handmade and all things graphic design!

    What gets you jazzed?
    Traveling, festivals, the beach, if I’m outside in nice weather, then I’m jazzed! Typography and good design also gets me jazzed, I don’t know what kind of graphic designer I would be if it didn’t! I also love photography, the color green and keyboard shortcuts.

    Where do you go to find inspiration, and what are you inspired by?
    I always try to create a workspace that inspires me. Since I am at my desk and on my computer a lot, I need the space around me to be stimulating.

    I also like to make goals, both personal and profession, to keep me inspired in all aspects of my life. This year, I created a 30 before 30 list and it was the first time I actually shared my list with anyone. I have been posting my progress to my blog and that has kept me even more motivated to get my goals accomplished!

    Tell me a little about this project and how it was inspired:
    I am so excited to share this invitation suite that I designed for my best friend’s bridal shower and bachelorette party! Even though the events were on the same day, each party was a special celebration, so I decided to design two separate cards that complemented each other. While the wedding colors were inspired by peacock feathers in a more subtle way, I wanted to be bright and bold for these invitations! I printed them at home and mailed the cards together in teal envelopes lined with chartreuse paper. I am really happy with the outcome and they definitely helped set the tone for our party marathon!

    (inspiration images: left // middle // right)

    If you could give one tip to the rest of us, what would that be?
    Have fun and enjoy your life with the people you love! I’m a huge fan of the motto work hard, play hard :)

    For more on Ciera check out her portfolio, her blog, or her etsy shop. It was great having you Ciera!


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