In our 12 Questions blog series, we feature interviews with someone from the crowdSPRING community. For these interviews, we pick people who add value to our community – in the blog, in the forums, in the projects. Plainly – activities that make crowdSPRING a better community. Be professional, treat others with respect, help us build something very special, and we’ll take notice.
We’re very proud to feature Tiffanie Davis (crowdSPRING username: TMDCreations) today. Tiffanie lives and works in Hollywood, Florida, USA.
1. Please tell us about yourself.
My name is Tiffanie Davis (TMD Creations on crowdSPRING). I am 32 years old and was born in the Sunshine State in the City of Hollywood. I have a BA in Art/Graphic Design which I received at Florida Atlantic University (FAU). After graduating FAU, I enrolled in the US Army and served 4 years. My husband of 7 years, Keyno and I have a 3 year old daughter name Kayla.
2. How did you become interested in design?
I started drawing in elementary school. I entered numerous contests, consistently finishing 1st or 2nd. It was not until I entered high school that I gained an interest in Graphic Design, where I realized that I could combine my love for art with using a PC. This was great because until that point, I did not want to become a full-fledged artist because I have always thought that art was not appreciated unless the artist is famous or deceased.
Honestly, it is hard to choose just one because I love all of the designs that I submit. I’m not trying to sound arrogant, but I am my strongest critic and wouldn’t really submit a design that I do not think highly of. However, I choose these 3 [ IBEX, FareSpotter, and DutchRental logo designs] because they seemed to grasp every detail that the buyers wanted, but they did not make the cut.
4. Who/what are some of the biggestinfluences on your design work?
Having designed on crowdSPRING for a while now, the other designers have push me to think more out of the box and grow as a designer.
5. How do you come up with ideas for concepts after you read a buyer’s creative brief?
Well, first I read the buyer brief at least twice. Then after reading the brief I do a search on certain keywords that they focus on and find images for inspiration. Also, I go to logopond.com and some other site like this to find inspiration for a starting point as to what I can put in the designs I create.
6. Mac or PC?
I use a PC. The software I use is the CS3 Master Collection. I usually use Illustrator the majority of the time since that’s the program I know best. Others would probably be Photoshop, but I really don’t know it that well or the other ones. Usually the ones I don’t know how to use I go ahead and find a tutorial on the internet or use the one that comes with the program.
7. What is your dream project?
My dream project would be a project that really got my name out there and that was featured all over the world in different countries in state and out of state.
I usually promote my work that I do by word of mouth and by the website that I created or by people that already saw what I can do.
9. Please describe your typical work day.
Well, my typical work day is going to my part-time job as a cashier, picking up my daughter from school, going home and spending time with her, watching tv and fitting in some design work when I get time.
10. What are the most challenging and rewarding aspects of being a graphic designer?
Some of the most rewarding aspects of being a designer is seeing your work being used on website and other media. Also, getting paid to do something you like is a big part of it. I can spend hours designing where I don’t even realize how much time has gone by.
11. If you weren’t designing, what would you be doing?
If I weren’t designing I don’t know what I would be doing because I just love coming up with new ideas. Some people would say I’m very crafty but I just think I’m very creative.
12. What do you do with your free time?
With my free time I usually spend it with my daughter watching marathon of cartoon and animated movies.
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