Design Nut LLC
What, if anything, are you doing differently?
As a self-employed designer, I was used to working from home. But now my husband and 10-year-old son are also here — all day, every day. While it’s been nice having them around, it’s also been challenging for someone so used to such an abundance of solitude. As a result the main thing I’m doing differently is that I’m working a lot less. Not only have several event/deadline-based projects dried up, but I’m spending large chunks of my day organizing and assisting in my son’s “distance learning.” We’re just now starting to get into a bit of a groove, but there have been a lot of stops and starts and readjusting of expectations and attitudes — on both our parts.
Are you staying creatively active?
I’m trying my best! While work as an artistic outlet is down to a trickle, I’m finding the need to employ my creativity in other ways. Coming up with ideas to keep my son occupied, entertained and stimulated takes a lot of out-of-the-box thinking. That applies to things in my wheelhouse like crafts and word games, as well as just ways to get him away from the XBox and outside for a few minutes. I’ve also been using my creativity to reach out and connect with others. Under normal circumstances, I doodle a lunch note for my son every day, which I’ve been posting to Instagram for several years. ( Link to instagram.com/superlunchnotes ) Ever since the schools closed, I’ve instead been creating notes for my friends’ kids. It’s been fun for me to chat with friends and colleagues from all over the world, and to draw characters my son wouldn’t necessarily request. They’ve been sending me pics of the kids with their notes, which I love seeing — hoping that my talents are brightening the day of an otherwise cooped-up kid.
How are you sparking yourself creatively?
I’ve been trying to better curate who I follow on social media, exploring and discovering lots of creative folks out there I hadn’t yet seen. Not just other graphic designers and illustrators, but also chefs, dancers, architects, crafters, drag queens, fashion designers, tattoo artists — they all have something to offer in the way of inspiration and motivation. Long afternoon walks also help clear the mental cobwebs, and keep me from focusing on the stuff I can’t control.