DISSECTION OF A PROJECT
There are a lot of creative couples out there doing amazing work—artists, musicians, designers, architects, etc., and I know our situation isn’t exactly unique, but people often ask how Patrick and I work together. My blog is typically about home and thrifting topics, but this seemed like the best place to write out a thoughtful answer about our process, so hang in there, I’ll try to keep it kind of brief.
Patrick and I have really been unofficially working together since design school. We would critique each other’s work, brainstorm together, and honestly, Patrick did most of the mock-up crafting work for my graduating portfolio. He has an amazing attention to detail and a very steady hand. After watching me butcher a printed piece with an x-acto knife and spray mount, I think he mostly stepped in to rescue me because my sloppiness drove him crazy.
I should clarify that we don’t work full-time together. Patrick still has a day job designing for other people, and I spend much of my day taking care of the kids and the household chores, but we spend a great deal of our evenings and spare time working on freelance projects together. I seriously dream of the day that we can work side-by-side in a larger capacity.
We each have our own styles, and our own strengths and weaknesses, so when a freelance job comes in, it’s typically pretty easy to determine which one of us will take the lead. Branding for yummy bakeries & ice cream will probably land in my court, while icon development, illustration, and the likes will probably be more Patrick. That said, there hasn’t been a a single project that didn’t involve both of us in some capacity.
Here’s a project as an example where we worked pretty evenly. This foldable card was created for Paper Built, a client that we helped brand last year.
Sarah from Paper Built designs fantastic foldable paper crafts, and she created the foldable template. Then I sketched up what to put on it:
After that, I did a quick vector illustration, but that is not really my expertise, so at that point I turned it over to Patrick.
He finessed my original and added all of the subtle details that made it so much better (see, he’s an obsessive detail guy).
In the end, this piece would have fallen much shorter of our standards if only one of us had been involved.