Slow Thought

I am going to evangelize a “slow thought” movement. The death of multi-tasking is nigh. You heard it here first-ish.


New Projects

I’ve been expanding my freelance services lately. Despite my previous post all about how “I am a writer” (and I am–I would rather be writing than doing anything else), a girl’s gotta pay the bills. So I’ve been leveraging my various skills and even learning a few new ones to meet the needs of a few local business people who are generous enough to hire me as their go-to girl. Earlier this week I did a fun “mini” photo-shoot with a local beauty business whose webpage I am redesigning to get a few shots of their top products. Here are a couple favorites from that morning:

I Am

I’ve been pondering a lot lately. What does it mean to “be yourself”? We start by identifying things we like. Even as young children we are proud to declare our preferences. “I like cookies!” or “I hate peas!” we shout. From there, our self-definition evolves to include what we do. When we meet new acquaintances, we tell them about our hobbies, mentioning skiing or knitting or the cinema, as if that could tell them who we are. Who am I?

“Who are you?” someone may ask. The simplest and most immediate answer that reaches my tongue is my name. I am Anne. Names are tricky, as immediate and essential as they may seem. I did not choose my name, at least, not at first. I recently chose to change my name. Even though the reason was a cultural standard- marriage -going to Social Security and making this legal move forever changed my answer to the question, “Who are you?”. It’s only been about a year since this switch, but I would have to say that any changes to “who I am” as a result of altering my surname are negligible.

A lot of people talk about their work or their job (these are not always the same thing) and let these things define them. I used to say, “I work in marketing” or “I work part time at Best Buy.” This is not who I am. Now I say, “I’m a writer.” I often go on to give a little detail about my wage-earning occupations because most people seem confused that “I am” something different than what I “do”, but I am a writer. I’m proud to say it.

So far I know: my name is Anne Dewvall, I like eating dessert, figure skating, and being creative. I am a writer.

More on this later, it’s a complicated topic.

Who are you?

Have you ever really thought about it?

I Made This!

I designed the annual report for NetWork Kansas (The Kansas Center for Entrepreneurship). We initially planned for this to be a budget-friendly printed piece, hence the black and white, but we decided it was ultimately even more budget friendly to allow readers to do their own printing! ¬†Layout design is one of my favorite job duties. I’ve enjoyed it since I was 11 or 12 and took an intro to InDesign course for my middle school yearbook staff. I started creating booklets full of information on my favorite figure skaters, peppering my own text with photos and quotes from the media. Since then I’ve created advertisements for newspapers, programs for musicians, postcards, brochures, invitations, menus, posters, and much more. I think designing for print can be extra satisfying because you get to touch your work. Sometimes the virtual nature of graphic and web design (and even digital photography) erects barriers between the artist and reality, but *print* has a magic that bridges that gap.