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Chirps & Cricket Design Studio
Abigail started Chirps & Cricket Design Studio in 2015. They detail the beginnings of their company in their Starter Story interview: 
Q: How did you get started on Chirps & Cricket Design Studio?
In 2010, while living in Chicago, IL, I interviewed for a graphic design position at an international commercial real estate company located here in Denver.
After almost four years with the company I began growing restless with a desire to challenge myself creatively and to continue to grow both as an artist and as a person.
After several phone conversations and a Skype interview, I was offered the job. Craving adventure and a big change, I packed up a U-Haul and moved myself across the country to Denver to begin this new chapter in my life. I loved my new corporate job at first! Commercial real estate was a foreign language to me in the beginning, but made sense after some time, and of course what I loved was that I was able to apply my knowledge as a designer to my work. The bulk of my work at the time was spent designing marketing items, such as brochures, mailers, email marketing, etc. And every once in a while, I had the opportunity to design something very fun like a logo or a website.
I spent approximately the next five years at the company, and the amount of professional training was absolutely invaluable. I learned how important communication is and how to be successful at it, from writing and responding to emails, to conducting meetings with clients and brokers, to pitching ideas, explaining design decisions and how to properly take criticism and feedback and apply it appropriately to my work. I learned the importance of organization and how to set up file systems. I still use the same filing and naming system for my business as we used in the Marketing Department of that company. I also learned time management and prioritization, appropriately setting tasks and goals to ensure deadlines were met and clients were kept happy.
After almost four years with the company I began growing restless with a desire to challenge myself creatively and to continue to grow both as an artist and as a person. I have a strong background in fine arts and was missing artistic challenges. After almost a year of discussions with my husband about leaving the company to pursue some sort of artistic endeavor, I finally made up my mind to do it. I left the company to pursue my dream of becoming a freelance artist/graphic designer. My hope was to find work that would allow me to flex that creative muscle in a way that had been missing for several years. And from that spawned Chirps & Cricket Design Studio.
I got a job waiting on tables, to allow for flexibility with time and schedules, and began to develop my business. I knew I wanted to continue being a graphic designer, creating logos, websites, marketing items, etc., but I also wanted to create and sell stationery, specifically wedding stationery. The idea came from something simple: after creating my own stationery for my wedding as well as wedding stationery for a few friends of mine, I fell in love with the creativity of the process. I love working with color palettes, themes, typography, illustrating graphics, working with paper, and finding solutions to design “puzzles” that come up with any design project.
Contributors to this article:
- Pat Walls, Founder @ Starter Story
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