[Editor's Note: This author is a long-time member of the Designer Digitals creative team.]
Meet the Designer | I am happy to introduce you to an incredibly talented designer that you are probably already familiar with – Katie Pertiet. Katie is both the owner of, and lead designer at, Designer Digitals. I hope you enjoy getting to know her!
Katie’s Background | Katie grew up as a middle child of four children and earned a degree in graphic design from Iowa State University. After working at various ad agencies in several design positions, she started her own business in 1993 and freelanced for textbook publishers and corporate design departments. She has been a hobby scrapbooker and photographer since high school and worked as a professional photographer in college. Combining those two loves with her extensive design experience led her to digital scrapbooking in 2004.
Just a year later, she founded Designer Digitals and then found herself moving across the country. With the move, she decided to forego developing a new corporate client base and instead focused all of her energy into building Designer Digitals.
Katie’s Style & Inspiration | Katie’s style is varied – she designs vintage products as well as products with a more modern, graphic feel. She seems to effortlessly bring together vintage-based products and the art world to create timeless designs. As she says, “ I can easily go from designing vintage products, to whimsical graphic, and everything in between.” When asked about her favorite style, it was an easy answer, “My favorite things to create are vintage products.” Katie is very open to inspiration in the world around her and finds inspiration everywhere. “Advertisements, music videos, magazines, the mall! It all stirs up something!”
The forums at Designer Digitals are very active and customers often make specific product requests. Balancing her desire to create what personally inspires her with her need to create what consumers have requested is not always easy. “I really just follow my creativity and hope it all comes together.”
Katie’s Digital Designs | Katie’s digital scrapbooking products can be found at Designer Digitals. She typically releases 15 – 20 new products every Friday evening and all of her products can be found here. She also releases three free challenge products every Friday evening and those can be found in the Designer Digitals’ Challenge Gallery. Katie’s favorite types of products to create are papers and brushes. As she says, “Papers can become like works of art and the same with brushes.”
Katie’s Team | Besides the other very talented product designers at Designer Digitals, Katie currently has over 40 members on her creative team. There are no positions available immediately but when asked about how best to apply for a spot on the team, she advised: “Posting in the Designer Digitals gallery with our products is the best way to get noticed for a spot on the CT. Consistency, loyalty and length involved at Designer Digitals are all factors that are considered when adding to the Creative Team. We will likely add again later in the year.”
Fun Facts | Along with running her own business and designing digital products and artwork, Katie is a busy mom and wife. When she has down time, her favorite food is Mexican, specifically queso and chips because she “loves the casualness of it”. Her favorite color is sage green because it feels very calming and her favorite Friday night activity is watching the TV show, “Who Do You Think You Are?”, with her husband, Randy.
Where to find Katie | Besides Designer Digitals, you can find Katie at Facebook/Katie Pertiet and at Twitter/katiepertiet. She also designs art work for home decor and it is available at Art.com/KatiePertiet. For more information about Katie, her designs and her artwork, visit Katie’s blog.
I hope you’ve enjoyed meeting Katie Pertiet! If you’d like to suggest a designer for a future column, please let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave me a comment here.
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