Notes from the Artist
Welcome to my blog and thank you for checking it out! Here, I discuss all things brand, marketing, and mental health and wellness—random, right? Although mental illness is part of my narrative, this is not a “Debbie Downer” kind of blog. My approach to life is very much, if you don’t laugh about it, you’ll cry about. If you like what you read and want to keep in touch, please subscribe to my blog and add me on social.
I have to point out, I’m not a mental health expert (I’m a brand marketing and design expert!) but have a lifetime of lived experiences in mind and body wellness. The things I talk about in my blog are not, and should not, constitute actual medical advice.
If you’re experiencing a mental health crisis, please call 911. If you’re not quite at a crisis but are feeling all kinds of discontent, please contact your primary care physician, or visit the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) HelpLine for information and resources on how to get help. It might feel really hopeless right now, but I swear, it gets better. Keep your head up and hold what ‘cha got.*
*This is Strine family wisdom imparted on me by my dad as we fixed fence posts in the pasture. In the literal sense, it meant stay alert and don’t drop the fence board you’re holding. In the metaphorical sense, it means stay positive and hang on with all the courage and strength you have in you. Do not give up!
Kelly (she / her)
Baltimore and D.C. metro areas of Maryland
Industry Titles: Creative director, brand manager, and marketing communications director
Experience: 13+ years working with nonprofits, small businesses, and global corporate brands
Undergraduate Degree: Bachelor of Science in Visual Communication Design from Stevenson University
Graduate Degree: Master of Science in Management with Marketing Specialization from the University of Maryland Global Campus
Favorite Industry Skills: Strategic branding, information design, brand communication strategy, visual communication design, copywriting, and building meaningful relationships with clients
Hobbies: Caring for horses (aka pony therapy), brainstorming with the best man I know (aka my husband), cuddling with the cat (aka Princess Mina), and working together to raise a good human (aka my stepdaughter)
Design Industry Posts
- Green Consumers: Shaping Good Habits in MillennialsThe Elusive Green Millennial Consumer Brands with a sustainable offering face a frustrating paradox. Millennial consumers “increasingly say they want brands that embrace purpose and sustainability,” (White, Hardisty, & Habib, 2019). However, studies reveal that those purchase intentions don’t equate to actual sales (White, Hardisty, & Habib, 2019), leading toContinue reading “Green Consumers: Shaping Good Habits in Millennials”
- Choosing Your Design RateSince hiring an in-house team of marketing communication and design specialists is not financially feasible, let’s take a look at what it would cost to hire one person. The Cost of Hiring One Let’s say that one in-house design person can expect to work about 6 productive hours per dayContinue reading “Choosing Your Design Rate”
- Top 3 Skills UX and UI Designers Need to KnowAuthor’s note: I had the honor and the privilege of penning this design blog post for AIGA Baltimore. The original post can be found here. The AIGA Baltimore community had the pleasure of sitting down with Fearless, a full-stack digital design services firm, this January to discuss current trends and skills userContinue reading “Top 3 Skills UX and UI Designers Need to Know”
- Good Work for Good PeopleThis blog has bad words in it. Yesterday was my weekly mental health day. Usually on Thursdays, I’ll do some reading or Left-brained Creative (LBC) work, or otherwise just chill before my volunteer shift at the Maryland Horse Rescue. Oftentimes I’ll hang out at my childhood park (aka “the duckContinue reading “Good Work for Good People”
- “I Deserve to be Paid for My Time.”A Mantra for Professionals Ay-yo! Your girl, Kelly, here. Let me tell ya about what I’m currently reading. It’s called, “How to do the Work,” by Dr. Nicole LePera (2021). I’m on chapter 6, “The Power of Belief,” and I have had a bit of a breakthrough I wanted toContinue reading ““I Deserve to be Paid for My Time.””