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  1. The most informative Q+A I’ve ever read! I didn’t know you didn’t major in design.. I didn’t either so I’m always learning something new. I’m really hoping to be able to do it full time like you someday! And thank you so much for including me in your favorite instagram accounts – truly honored!

    • Angela S says:

      Aww, I felt like it just ran on so thank you! And yes, Im sure you can definitely do it full time soon :) Thank you for being an inspiration as well!

  2. Best.Post.EVER! If someone hasn’t told you how incredibly gracious and giving you are, let me be the first. Thank you so much for this!!!

    • Angela S says:

      Oh my goodness, that is so sweet of you to say! I know I get a lot of emails about some of these questions so I figured this would be a great resource! Thank you again!

  3. This is such an incredibly helpful post! So glad I found your blog recently! It’s really inspiring to hear how you transitioned from a non-art major to working in design, and I basically just bookmarked all your resources. Thanks so much!

  4. BrandiMarie88 says:

    Thank you so much for sharing! So happy you answered one of my questions! I’m a designer starting out so it is nice to see a designer who is so open and kind as you, who is willing to give tips. I really appreciate it! Can’t wait for more!

  5. Love this post and your design and lettering work! Thank you for the mention, too–so sweet of you!

  6. Thank you for sharing. I love to visit your blog and website because we have a parallel design aesthetic. Oh, how I wish we could work together, but I live in Houston. :-(

  7. Kate Rudder says:

    I admire your work so much! Thanks for sharing about your favorite nibs and holder. I have been on the hunt for a calligraphy pen that I like! I was wondering what kind of ink you like? Ones I’ve chosen in the past always seem to bleed, but I suppose that could also be the kind of paper I’m using?

  8. Holly says:

    Thank you so much for writing this! I am working a regular job but have been drawn to design and trying to figure out the best way to get into the field. I’m thinking I may try for a degree since I’m computer illiterate when it comes to design programs but I would love to be able to do the kind of work you do. Bookmarking all these sites so I can start trying these out. Hopefully when I learn what I’m doing you’ll be ready to expand ;)

    I also will say, the people I know in life that are the most successful are the ones who take time out to help or teach others. I foresee a bright future for you :)

    • Angela S says:

      Hi Holly,
      Not a problem, and yes I would definitely recommend trying some classes out, I can only imagine how helpful they are ;) And thank you so much for your kind words, that means a lot to me!

  9. Emily Blevins says:

    Hello! I just want to start off by saying I just think you are great! so awesome! I happened up on your site a few months ago and I frequently visit just to see what is new. I love your style and everything!. I am curious, I see that you use wordpress. That is also what I use. I am a graphic designer/web developer (in the making sort of) haha I graduated 4 years ago with a Graphic Design degree and I was freelancing and doing well when I first graduated but then a lot of life things got thrown at me and I have been out of it for a couple years. Because everyone I talk to needs website design I am trying to focus on sharpening my skills. Anyways, that was a bunny tail, back to the question. Do you use a framework? If so, which one do you use? I have tried a lot of them and I haven’t found anything that I like. An issue I have is I see exactly the design i want and sketch it out but then to go from the wireframe to actually implementation my design is completely altered. I would love to find a way to be able to have the site I imagine come to life a lot easier. I know HTML and CSS and I can read or dabble in PHP. But i was curious if you found a framework that you liked? Or what you have found that works best to be able to customize the way you want?

    • Angela S says:

      Hi Emily,
      Thank you for being a frequent visitor! And congrats on jumping back into the design world, I’m sure you are ahead of the game anyway (graduating with a design degree). As for my sites, I use to use the Pagelines Framework..but quickly got out of it when the moved to the new DMS structure (basically screwing all of us previous designers using the original framework). So, with that I decided to bring on a developer to my team to make custom sites from the ground up. So, I guess I really do not know of too many, but you could check out http://pixelpress.co/ they take your designs and code them (I think using a very customizable framework). I’ve realized over the years that I would rather focus on design than development and am so glad I did so!

  10. iheartorganizing says:

    Really enjoyed reading about your background and tips! Such a great post! And thanks so much for mentioning my Instagram; I may be a little in love with that app :)

  11. Jennifer Ashley says:

    Thanks so much for responding to my question! I’ve been playing with calligraphy and trying to figure out the best way to digitize it. Great post :)

    Jennifer Ashley
    http://www.prettylittledetails.ca

  12. Catching up on your blog posts, and this was a great read! Love hearing more about you and your work process. I’m a designer by trade (I design cards in my 9-5) but am itching to get into the web/branding world that you do so well! I soak up every brand board you post whenever they show up on Pinterest. I absolutely LOVE them and keep thinking “oh, how I would love to design stuff like this!”. I would love to chat about helping you out since you mentioned you need designer help. I’ll shoot you an email so we can chat :)

  13. OMG!! This is like everything! Thanks for sharing Angela!

  14. It’s so great to hear how other designers work! I hope we can collaborate on a project soon! I love your style!

  15. Kaye says:

    I really loved how informative this post was. I look forward to seeing you evolve over the next 5 years!

  16. This is beautiful! Thank you for sharing so authentically. I know it’s an older post for you but wanted to share with you how much I love it! I especially am drawn to your comment about fellow creative designers being connections and friends – I feel the same. So, my fellow designer and creative friend, wonderful to connect with you. :)

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