Wednesday, May 1, 2013

BlogView on...April Harris of Colorphire Studio - Part I

Look up. 
                       See it. 

In the blog header. The cartoon. That's me. 

I will be the first to admit, since starting this blog almost 2 months ago, I have learned quite a bit. Still a big learning curve, but one thing I knew starting out is that I wanted a cartoon depiction of myself. Vain, right? Nah, just wanted me in cartoon form, just looked like fun. 

I have tried using the free, online "cartoon me" tools. Just couldn't give me what I wanted. Accessing online tools like that also carry the risk of malware and all that other spy-type ware. 

My search led me to soliciting such help on Craigslist and Etsy. Craigslist wasn't much help, I had previously solicited photography services using Craigslist and found a wonderful student photographer. And, of course, I have met wonderful people and purchased special gifts from Etsy vendors. This is where/how I met April Harris of Colorphire Studio. April was able to depict me in cartoon form and capture the essence of this blog in the character*. April was wonderful to work with, understood my humble beginnings with this blog, and agreed to be my feature spotlight in this post. Without further ado, here's April...

How long have you been in business?
I have been in business for 3 years. I was a freelancer for 2 years and became a full-time studio last year. I have been working as a graphic designer for 12 years.

What services do you offer?
Logo Design
Social Media graphics
Vinyl graphics
Wordpress websites
Patterns/surface designs
Information graphics
T-shirt graphics
Vehicle wraps
Illustration (children’s, characters, mechanical/technical
Letterhead/envelope design
Business cards
Book covers
Etsy shop graphics
Product packaging
Annual reports
Blog design and graphics

What makes you most happy about what you do?
The majority of my clients are women/moms who have started their own business, Etsy shop or blog and are looking to expand and create something more professional with their online presence. Being able to help other women do something amazing, like have a blog or sell their crafts, is very rewarding and meaningful. It’s fun to meet new clients and see their business take off and grow. I love it when another person’s dreams ignite and I had something to do with that.

Any specific services available for bloggers?
I provide custom graphic design such as blog headers, backgrounds, blog post grahics and more. I have helped many people with their social networking graphics, too (facebook, etsy, twitter, etc), to keep everything streamlined for their customers/readers. It helps if your blog, Facebook and Etsy shop all look the same. It is one of the most important ways to brand yourself online. This way, your readers have confidence in you and your message. They will know that you mean business and are a reliable and trustworthy source.

Can you provide any tips on selecting a customized character to fit a blog? Like color schemes, etc?
Click back here next week to get April's tips!

*April created only the character, the rest of the blog design is me climbing this steep learning curve!!


  1. Hey there! Here from the Blog Hop! Just wanted to let you know I'm following you via GFC and bloglovin'! I'm also following you via Pinterest! Hope you'll get a chance to visit me :o) You can find me here:

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    1. Thanks, love the layout of your blog!!! I am now following you, looking forward to picking up some tips from you.

  2. Hello Tiffany! I stumbled upon your blog and love it! I am very new to the blogging scene so I am still figuring things out, but I have to say I wish I stumbled upon it sooner! I love your posts! I am already following you via bloglovin! Just found about that website today! Lol yes that is how new I am! :) Just had to comment to tell you my little adventure about finding your page. If you have time hope you could visit mine as well.


    Thank You! :)

    1. Hi Kae!!! Glad you stumbled on me and the blog. I have been right there where you are, not only new to blogging but to single parenthood. I just started blogging almost 2 months ago. Let me know if I can help, still learning a lot about blogging. Have a great day!

  3. Thanks a bunch for the follow backs :o) Hope you have a wonderful Thursday!

  4. Love your blog and love the theme! I am still fairly new as well, about 6 months.New bloglovin follower.
    Living F.A.B.ulously on Purpose

  5. I really like it. I had a mono colour depiction of my face first, and it wore thin pretty quick, but really love this.

  6. Visiting from the hop and now following via GFC.

    Would love to have you join my Bloglovin Blog Hop!

    Bloglovin Blog Hop

    Take care,
    Happy Kids, Inc