Last week’s project was a big one. I spent a lot of time going through my portfolio and organizing and creating my portfolio Web site, something long overdue.
Many of you may already know that my professional career after college was as a Graphic Designer. I worked in corporate and studio environments and gained over seven years of solid design experience before pausing my career to be a full-time Mom. Bill and I worked hard, saved hard and did a lot of planning before having our kiddos in order to afford this privilege. We never really made plans about when I would go back to work but now that the boys are older, more independent there is really no excuse for me not to bring home a little bacon and beef up our savings account again.
Over the past few years I have been spending a lot of time exploring different options, thinking a lot about what I want to be when I grow up and keeping my eyes peeled for opportunities. The good news: it’s been really fun and rejuvenating to use my creativity in these ways again; The bad news: I still don’t know that I’m not sure that I am any closer to having the magic answer to what I want to be when I grow up.
But, I do know I have a specific set of skills and training that others may find valuable. I have slowly been taking on more freelance design work and now have a few different regular clients but I would like to expand and take on more graphic design and Web design work. I have really been enjoying the projects I’ve been working on—it’s been fun to refresh my skills, learn new technologies and dust off the cobwebs so to speak. I don’t think my skills suffered at all from the long hiatus—in fact I think the opposite my be true. I really believe that my life experiences have enhanced my work ethic, perspective and enthusiasm for design and the creative process.
I will be further refining the site, adding some of my paintings and drawings and fiddling with copy over the next few weeks but you can take a look here: jenstefanek.com (there’s also a link to it up in my menu bar now). These are just a few samples of my work—I’m not showing all of the little flyers, invitations and smaller projects I’ve done over the years. If you’d like to see examples of a specific type of project, let me know.
If you could use a graphic designer or you know of someone else who could, please keep me in mind or forward a link to my portfolio to them. Perhaps you need a Web site or logo for your small business, professional organization or non-profit that you’re involved with, need help jazzing up a big presentation or need a new brochure or postcard. Maybe you’re planning a wedding or party and want something unique and personal. I won’t work for free, so please don’t ask, but my rates are competitive and, I think you’ll find, worth every penny.