Today, I am so pleased to introduce all of you to October Ink, one of my newest sponsors.
October Ink is a design studio comprised of the talented duo Morgan Rapp and Jayne Swallow. I was lucky enough to meet Jayne at a recent blogger meet up, and we totally hit it off. Once I got home and took a look at her and Morgan's work, I was floored by their talent. These two are the real deal.
Definitely go check out their portfolio! You don't want to miss it. They do branding, web design, and even custom wedding design, including invites, stamps, wedding websites, menus and more! I want to get married all over again just so that they can design it.
Let's get to know them a bit better! I have had the best time chatting with them. This is a spotlight you don't want to miss.
1. How did October Ink get started?
Morgan: October Ink was actually a lot of years in the making, now that I look back on it! Jayne and I grew up together, and even when we were little, we always loved being creative together. When we were kids, we would scrapbook in my parent's garage for house and talk about boys. We went to different colleges - Jayne pursued Graphic Design and I majored in Marketing and Art. When Jayne started designing wedding invitations in 2008, I started helping with the marketing side of things. Meanwhile, we were both freelancing separately with bigger projects, and then one day, we realized that we should combine our talents and October Ink was born!
2. October Ink is a partnership between two fabulous people - Morgan and Jayne. How did you two meet?
Jayne: We pretty much met in diapers. Morgan and I grew up down the street from each other. We went to the same schools, played soccer on the same teams, went to church together, and played in an awesome two-man band together.
Morgan: I can't remember a time when I didn't know her!
3. You both do a wide range of design work - branding, web design, wedding invitations, and more. Do you have a current favorite?
Jayne: I love it all, but if I had to choose one, I'd say branding is my favorite.
Morgan: Ooh, that is a tough one. I think right now, web design is my favorite. I think it is what has really helped our business grow and makes us unique in that we are designers who are also capable of implementing a client's online presence. It challenges me the most as there is always new things to learn. I love seeing the final product come together for the client, as well. Seeing their website launch really brings the project full circle.
4. What is your favorite thing about being graphic designers?
Jayne: I love being a graphic designer because it allows me a constant creative outlet. I also really enjoy the business and strategic aspect to design. You get to work both sides of your brain at once.
Morgan: I love interacting with clients and working with small business owners. Each client we have has a story behind their business and it is amazing to work with so many people who are just as passionate about their work as we are. I also love helping a client's vision come to life and seeing where the creative process take us with each project.
5. Where do you find inspiration for your work?
Jayne: I find it EVERYWHERE. In a pattern on a dress at the mall, vintage ephemera, blogs, pinterest, on packaging at the grocery store.
Morgan: So many places! One of my favorites would have to be Pinterest (of course), but lately, I have been feeling it is getting so over-saturated so I have been loving Dribbble.com even more. I also love to follow a few graphic designer blogs. A few of my favorites include Breanna Rose and DesignLoveFest.
6. When you're not working, what you do like to do? I see one of you is a self-described Downton Abbey addict.
Jayne: I think Morgan and I are both Downton Abbey addicts. I love my TV shows. Also, I love the outdoors. My husband and I love to snow ski, water ski, mountain bike, and road bike. I LOVE to travel. I love exploring new places and seeing the real culture, eating the real food, having a real adventure, etc. I think Scott and I wouldn't know what to do with ourselves if we went on a vacation and stayed in an all-inclusive resort. I think we'd get bored, and catch a cab to get some street food somewhere.
Morgan: My husband and I really enjoy dining at new and local places, as well as renting a good movie to unwind. We also love traveling, and trying new things when we can. I bought a DSLR camera last year, and love exploring photography.
7. Any exciting October Ink news coming up or on the horizon?
Jayne: Yes, we're launching our first wedding stationary line this month! Stay tuned for the new line on our website. We're also going to the National Stationary Show in New York City in a week! Super excited to mix and mingle with fellow stationers.
Morgan: We'll also be starting graphic design workshops in the Salt Lake area, and possible Denver this year, which we are excited about. Also, Jayne and I just happen to both be expecting our first babies in September, and we are excited about exploring that new chapter of our lives.
Visit their website for more information on their work and pricing, and catch them on Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram.