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Exciting news

Hello Hello! I have some very exciting news to share. One of my illustrations created for my challenge has been chosen along with 19 others to feature in the next issue of Tickle the Imagination magazine! You may have heard my whoops and cheers from wherever you are when the illustration winners were announced. Here is my illustration:

Cocoon_smallThe challenge was to create an illustration around the word “Cocoon” which could represent home and security. Tickle the Imagination is a beautiful independently produced magazine with a focus on handmade, craft and design in Australia, and is full of projects and ideas to inspire creativity. I’ve been a reader of this magazine for some time which makes this even more exciting for me. The “Cocoon” issue will be out some time in June.

I’ve let myself get behind with my Illustration challenges somewhat over the last few weeks. I’ve been putting all my energy into building my graphic design business, updating this website and working on new logo design projects for existing clients, as well as progressing with some new invitation designs for my Etsy shop.

But before I say adieu here is my last illustration challenge (before I got behind), theme is “Whimsy”. That’s it for now folks 🙂

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Graphic design, Mookoo Design

Eek, a new chapter begins…

It is with a certain amount of trepidation that I write my post today. I have just taken the plunge and upgraded my WordPress blog, and my domain name is now www.mookoodesign.com. I have spent the last few weeks rebuilding my website in WordPress, after finally accepting that my old site just isn’t working for me anymore. I get lots of comments about how great it looks from people who have managed to find it. But, that’s the problem you see – not many people have actually been finding it. I’m not an expert when it comes to SEO, but I do know that if Google doesn’t like your site and its workings, you may as well be invisible. And if your site is not fully responsive you may as well forget it!

But, I’m a designer at heart, not a technician, and I did love my old site design so have tried my best to replicate it here on WordPress. I’ll have to keep a keen eye on its performance though!

So, here’s a brief history of my Mookoo website, and Mookoo Design beginnings in general. My business started quite suddenly in 2009, when I was a crossroads career-wise. My second baby had arrived and I was quite sure that the long working hours of an Advertising Agency were just not going to work for me and my little family. Terrified at the idea of starting my own business, and finding my own clients, I had considered working for myself, but that evil inner voice kept telling me that I just couldn’t do it!

Along came my beautiful friend, Jodie, with a proposition. She had completed her book “You Sexy Mother” and it was in the process of being published. Jodie needed a website design which reflected herself and motherhood, which would also be a platform for selling her books, as well as notifying customers of her upcoming speaking events. Jodie did me a HUGE favour by giving my baby brain a creative nudge in the right direction, and together we came up with a beautiful website, with lots of promotional materials to complement her book. Jodie was a wonderful advocate for my business promoting my business wherever she went, and my initial worry of finding my own clients was suddenly not an issue. I was inundated with work.

Here is the design I created for Jodie’s website:

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I quickly needed my own website, and business cards for Jodie to hand out at her events….

…and so this is how Mookoo looked back then:

Technology moved along yet again and my Flash built website just wasn’t cutting it anymore so it was updated to HTML in 2013 and can still be found at www.mookoodesign.com.au until mid-April (insert a certain amount of nail-biting here):

And so, eek! Here starts an exciting new chapter for Mookoo Design! I haven’t been a great blogger thus far, have been far too inconsistent, but I’m hoping that now that everything is in the same place I can get some sort of structure going to keep up with regular updates.