Somethings different on this blog and it’s super exciting.
I now have my very OWN LOGO!
I had this logo commissioned (more on the amazing artist a little later) because I wanted to continue to brand my blog and my subsequent accounts, and just visually have something that would make things more … me.
I asked my very good friend and exceptional graphic designer, Anissa Aguila to design a logo for me. Anissa and I go about 5 years back, when we were classmates in English in my first year of University. Then things took a turn for the best when we were in the same musical theater organization, we’ve worked on countless shows together and I can confidently say that Anissa is one of the best people I know. Anissa has been my classmate, friend, orgmate, punmaker, fellow broadway lover, boss, coworker, and confidant. She’s also one of the most talented artists I’ve had the pleasure of working with.
I asked and Anissa generously agreed, then we got straight to business. I had never worked with a graphic designer before and I know NOTHING about how to make visual art, so I was pretty lost. Anissa was a dream to work with, and guided me through the process. I sent her an entire Google Drive folder of style pegs, color samples, and aesthetics that I liked. From that, she made magic.
When Anissa sent me back first drafts of her designs, I knew I was in trouble. They were all so good I couldn’t even begin to decide! One of my tried and tested (and reluctantly accepted) character flaws is that I’m quite indecisive. It takes ages for me to decide where I want to have lunch, what more deciding on a logo that would brand me and all my projects?! After countless consultations with friends, screenshots shared for opinions, and revisions with Anissa; I decided finally on what I have below. I wanted something that was reflective of my personality and the content I publish. As you can see, I also wanted to incorporate my all-time favorite shade of pink into the design. I wanted something simple, clean, and cute looking and Anissa freakin’ nailed it.
“I like how the font is kind of gangster but the pink makes it cute and subtle not too much in your face, it’s very you.”
My good friend Bela said that to me during one of my crippling indecision spells, and that was that.
Also, I can’t stress enough how important it is to support your friends work. Especially your friends are in the art world or artists in general, never ask for work to be done for free or as a “favor because you are friends”. What I’ve learned the most going through this process is how hard it is to do design work, or create art in general. If you don’t know much about graphic design (like me), it’s always easy to assume that the work is easy or quick. Going through this process with Anissa, I’ve seen firsthand how much time, energy, and creative brainpower goes into the craft. I’ve gained a new perspective and renewed respect for designers who create art I could never even dream of creating. I’ve learned to never take things like that for granted. Support your artist friends, both emotionally and financially, show them that you value their work and craft just as much as you value their friendship.
I’m so so happy with the final product, and Anissa did such a phenomenal job. It feels great to finally have a logo and to have something that’s mine and reflects me and my brand. I hope you like it too, because you’re going to see this a lot in the future!
About the Artist:
Anissa Aguila has a BFA in Interior Design from the Ateneo de Manila University, where she met and befriended Jamie. Aside from being a talented Graphic Designer, Anissa also shares a love of Musical Theater and Matt Doyle. She spent most of her University years as the most sought after Head Stage Manager for musical theater productions, all while balancing her graphic design workload. At the tender age of 22, Anissa works as a freelance Stage Manager and as the resident Graphic Designer at Pineapple Lab, an arthouse in the local theater scene. She is definitely considered one to watch in the Philippine performing arts and visual arts world. Anissa is one talented girl.
Please check out her online portfolio here, and prepare to be stunned.