As a part of a new blog series, Talk Shop has been ‘talking shop’ with local movers and shakers. Today, we are profiling Sarita Mann of Sarita Mann Design Studio. Sarita recently designed an impressive large vinyl window display for Talk Shop seen below. View Sarita’s portfolio on her website: saritamann.com.
Photo cred: Rebecca McColgan.
What did you think you were going to be when you were a kid? When I was in grade 2, I wanted to be a shoe designer, no joke! At the time, my Father wasn’t very impressed with my adolescent choice for my future profession. You could often find doodles of clothes and shoes in almost all of my notebooks throughout my education. Anyone that knows me, can attest to the fact that I still have an ongoing love affair for shoes. Maybe one day, I’ll take up designing a pair, who knows. For now, I’m enjoying my current work in the graphic design and print world.
What do you do now? Currently I work for myself and I’m loving it. In November 2012, I started Sarita Mann Design Studio as a platform to showcase my point of view as a graphic designer. I provide graphic solutions from logo design, personalized stationery, packaging solutions, to specialty work. My most successful endeavor to date is my line of greeting cards which capture a youthful spirit paired with a simple aesethetic.
Describe a typical day in 50 words or less. You’ll find me glued to my Macbook Pro designing something! But I haven’t really started my day until I’ve posted something on Instagram. For me it’s important to engage with my online community. Anything from new designs to what’s happening right now. That way, I’m a reflection of my work!
What is your best design tip/piece of advice? As far as advice goes… make sure you cover all aspects of a new design project with a new client in your first meeting. Make sure to have a ‘major revision’ scheduled in your design agreement just in case. This way, your project won’t fall behind your final deadline keeping you the designer and your client happy. Happy client! Happy designer!
What is the best part of your job? I would have to say seeing the look on peoples faces when they see my work whether it’s a greeting card or something designed specifically for them. As corny as it sounds, I love when people laugh and smile after seeing my work because I put that expression on their face at that time. And that’s special!
What is the hardest part? Trying to do EVERYTHING! As a young entrepreneur and new to business, I’m having to learn the balance between the creative and the business side of things. I can’t stress how important social media is. You have to be your own PR to get people to notice you and your work. I know if I work hard now, it’ll pay off in a years time. So I’m often juggling my product design, client work, social media, emails, new leads, invoicing and events all by myself. I’m looking forward to hiring an intern in the near future. Exciting!
Where can we find you at 5:02 on a Friday? That’s a tough one because it’s different every week. Sometimes I’m wrapping up a design meeting or putting the finishing touches on a logo for someone. Fit Instagram posts! Other times I may be catching up on email correspondence or following up on new leads for stockists opportunities. I might even be drawing up someones wedding invitations! I love weddings!