Besotted Brand earned my loyalty years ago after winning a Pinterest contest where I was gifted the most beautiful piece of artwork that hangs proudly in my living room. Pinterest was still new and small, and the interactions between Blogs and fans were still genuine and intimate. Generally just great customer service and Pinterest contest experience. Winning things might do that to you though.
Besotted Blog writes about calligraphy (right at the point where calligraphy and hand writing became trendy/popular again), photography, typography, DIY tricks and other design resources.
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What clues did you have about your natural tendencies that led you do be a Designer?
I have always been extraordinarily curious + observant. I love all the details that come together to create the big picture. I think these skills would work equally well if I wanted to be a scientist, lol!
When did you decide to start your own business?
I started way too early (21), if I could go back in time I would have worked for a lot more companies + done a lot more internships, at least a good 5-10 years worth. You can always freelance at night when you have a FT job, it's so good to learn and build confidence (and a savings!) I would NOT recommend starting out like I did!
What was the best piece of advice you were given as you were starting out?
I wish someone gave me advice! The internet wasn't even around then, I was a sail boat bouncing out at sea! (See above though for my advice I would give!)
What do you do behind the scenes?
This should be what don't I do. When you work for yourself you unfortunately have to do everything and that includes awesome things like accounting/taxes and garbage removal.
What is your inspiration for your work?
I am inspired by life, nature and the concept that 'less is more'.
What is your goal during this your design process?
To keep it simple, beautiful + functional.
What are a few things people don’t know about you?
I was once a very sought after perfumer that created what Vogue & W. voted as one of the top 5 indie fragrances in the world.
What's next for Besotted in 2015 or beyond?
We have SO much planned for 2015 it's hard to know where to begin! We are currently releasing a set of Photoshop actions in the next couple weeks called Foto Rx to help assist with common (and annoying) photograph maladies. We want to make workflow quick + easy for anyone from pro photographers to the blogger with little editing experience, one click to better photographs! We have a few workshops being planned + prepped (we aren't releasing what they will be yet but there should be a lettering one of course). For my shop I plan to add more hand lettered stamps and offer some special services such as custom lettering for stationery and brands. And of course we are always working on smashing DIY's and finding + revealing creative resources on Besotted the blog!