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Looking Forward to 2015

Looking Forward to 2015

It has been a few months in Kansas City and the holidays are here! The city looks amazing! So many lights, events, and great people. Even though my commute is about 30-45 minutes, I couldn’t be happier with where I live.

Love My New City

I have enjoyed my time here exploring the city and seeing new things. I love how much is happening all the time! Its exciting and has definitely been keeping me busy. My new full time job has been so great. The people are so creative and knowledgable – I learn something new every day! I’ve been thinking about different ways to set up websites and am trying different tricks. 

Being in a new place, getting lost and finding my way again, feeling excited when I know where I am, and learning so many new things about web design has been so refreshing and exhilarating. This is exactly the change I needed. While I still miss my office space downtown Ames, I know this is the place for me. There’s life and movement and people pushing design standards all around me. The feeling here isn’t as rushed like when I lived in Chicago or as slow paced as Ames, but something perfectly in the middle. 

Looking Forward

Moving forward with k.ray design, I think I am going to scale back how many projects I do at a time. I want more time to play and enjoy the city. I have projects that I am working on finishing up for 2014 and then will be off for Christmas and New Years. After the new year, I will be accepting at most 1 new project per month. This means new projects – not maintenance or updates. 

When I was in Ames, I put a lot of my time and effort into building my business because one day, I wanted to work for myself. While that idea is still appealing to me, my priorities have shifted. I want to continue designing things for great people, but I also would like more time to try new things and have new experiences. Now that I am in a city that allows me to do that, I feel as though I need to take full advantage! 

I have a feeling 2015 is going to be a great year! I wish you all the best during this holiday season. Spend time with your family and friends and enjoy every minute of it. You’ve earned it.


Making a Move

Making a Move

As some of you may have seen, I am moving. 

I want to say thank you for an amazing first year! I have loved working with clients, meeting new people, and learning about different organizations. On November 1, 2013, I opened my doors downtown Ames. During that time I have explored the idea of working for myself and pushed my creativity. My business has become more organized and productive. So much so, that I don’t think I’ve had too many nights off from design! The risk I took by renting an office and making my design business official has worked out for the best. I couldn’t be happier with how far I have come with k.ray design.

Leaving my office space downtown is not going to be an easy thing. Ames has been my home for almost 10 years. I love my space. I love that I can have a space. And seriously, where am I going to put all my paper samples, design books, and pinball?! 

But, even though I might tear up a little bit and quite possibly will leave claw marks on the doorway as I get pulled out, I know this is the right thing to do. I have dreamed of living in a larger city for quite sometime and what better time than now? The new job will be more focused on web design – which is something I want to learn more about. I love print materials and branding, but really want to expand my web design skills. Plus, I can still do all those fun things with k.ray design. The beauty of my work is that it can be done from anywhere! 

What does this mean for k.ray design?

It means all of my clients will benefit from this change. I will learn more things. I will be inspired by completely different surroundings. Everything that comes with this move will be reflected in my design. If we have started a project together, or have talked about a project’s timeline, no worries! Everything will still remain on schedule. I made a promise to my clients and I will make sure I hold up my end of the bargin. I will still be in Ames until October 12, so if you would like to meet, please don’t hesitate to contact me. 

Once again, thank you for all of your support! I will be accepting new projects beginning November 1, 2014. 

Watch out, Kansas City! Here I come!

Trying New Things

Trying New Things

So, I have been doodling things ever since I could hold a pencil. Many people have seen some of my sketches and told me, “this is so cool! You should sell it!” Well, my friends, tonight I have done just that.


I had seen a few others post their items on Society6 so I thought I would give it a try. I designed a poster for an AIGA open event – just for fun, and decided to try selling it online. I am always drawing curves on everything which makes this design the perfect one to start out with on my shop! I have to admit, its pretty sweet seeing my design on things like pillows and shower curtains. Not sure I would go as far as getting it as a duvet but hey, you never know, someone might love it. 

Store is Open

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