As I’ve mentioned already in my first post, being brand-less was one of the big things keeping me from starting a public blog. But, my approach to life is sometimes to jump into the middle and then work outwards, so one of my new personal projects is to develop a brand, design a logo for myself, and redesign my web site, after already having started a new blog. I think it will be a longer process than I want it to be, but it should be rewarding.
I’m going into this as a complete amateur, without the benefit of a design degree, marketing classes, and the like. Thankfully, lots of smart people out there have written great articles that I can benefit from!
So, following Lea Alcantara’s suggestion to play amnesia, I shot off a quick email to a few friends and acquaintances, asking for the top three adjectives that they thought described me…
(Still inspired by Lea, here’s a table of responses so far… I may come back and add more as they trickle in.)
|Heather||Colleague – have worked closely for about the past 1-2 years but have never met in person||Bright
|Bethany||Newish friend – we like each other but haven’t really gotten to hang out much||Sweet
|Andrew||Great college friend – we keep in touch about twice a year, though we’ve now known each other for over ten years||Generous
Water-Buffalo-less (a silly reference to Veggie Tales)
|Liz||New friend - part of the same church small group for past 6 months, future housemate||Creative
|Angela||Older sister by 11 years – taught me how to type at age 5 and how to use Illustrator at age 13||Creative
|Rebecca||New friend – part of the same church small group for past 6 months||Genuine
|Paul||Great client for the past year and a half – online working relationship, never met in person||Subtle
|Gilda||Friend for a couple years and new coworker – convinced her to do some part-time work with PixelMill||Creative
|Lucy||Close friend for seven years||Industrious|
|Scott||Pastor at church||Faithful
|Jim||Pastor at church. Mostly task-oriented relationship, have created some fliers/brochures for him||Creative
|Rich||New friend – part of the same church small group for past 6 months, future housemate||Musical
|Paul J.||Another great client named Paul, have maintained his web site for the past year or so||Responsive
Good at problem-solving
I was surprised by how much “creative” came up, because it’s not a word I would have chosen to describe myself — maybe because I compare myself to other people who seem much more creative, or because I have this idea in my head that “creative” people make “real” art — paintings and the like. I’ve often explained to people that I feel more creative when I’m cooking, even when just following a recipe, than I do when I’m designing a web site. Perhaps that just means that I like to eat? In any case, this is forcing me to rethink what “creative” means to me, and why others would view me as “creative.”
So far feedback has been quite kind; I was hoping for at least a few challenging adjectives that I could wrestle with and work more with. (You may take this as your cue!)
Time to go to bed, so I will mull over this later!