Design is art with a purpose. Find the purpose to find the design. I try to find out as much as I can about my client/subject before I make any preliminary sketches to have a clear vision of their needs. It’s important to pay attention to the details! They make it or break it!
I learned the value of a thank you note from my mother. Her simple recommendation to send a kind gesture resonated with me. Simple letters, cards, and thank you notes inspired me to return to design school to pursue my dream; create beautiful stationery. There I expanded my love of all graphic design. Ultimately I owe this new career to her.