Summer is now officially over *cue the sad faces*. But not to worry, that means it’s time for one of the happiest times of the year: holiday season! We start at Halloween, maybe toss in a couple of birthdays along the way and before you know it, we’ll be starting 2014. That brings gifts (and fabulous Photo Cards to go with them) to mind which leads me to the question: Have you seen our new WellWishes Photo Cards yet? They’re pretty spectacular, if I do say so myself.
You might have asked “where does Walgreens get such wonderful cards”? We actually design them in house! We have a team of designers and every month we’re going to feature one of them in our segment “Five Questions”! This month, I’ll introduce you to our in-house designer Erin.
Why did you become a designer?
I’ve always liked drawing and making things and thinking about how things are made, so design seemed the best fit for me. And I never get tired of seeing my ideas become actual products that hopefully make people happy.
How did you get started in designing?
I went to college for interior design, but over the years have gone from that, to housewares product development, to jewelry design, to tabletop design and now I’m mostly focused on stationery, textile and kids’ product design. I get bored easily, so being a designer allows me to always stay excited by switching between areas. Plus, I think that helps me to be a better designer overall, since I’m always looking at different types of products. Research for kids’ textiles might give me a great idea for a card.
Where do you get design inspiration?
Well, lately, Pinterest! It’s such a great place to see what other designers and illustrators are doing. But also just walking about and travel, seeing what different types of people are using and wearing. And my mom, since she’s always been creative and an she’s an amazing quilter.
How would you describe your style?
Clean, happy, bright, maybe a little quirky.
What is your favorite template that you’ve designed?
I really like the Groowww! growth chart, as well as this Hanukkah card, as I used my mom’s quilting as part of the pattern inspiration. And this Elephant banner, just because it’s sweet, and it uses dots. I love dots.
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