Home Office Rule No. 7: Show Your Work

My home office / new graphic design studio is officially open for business, so it’s fun to continue to share my home office rules, benefits, perks and incentives.

Home Office Rule No. 7: Show Your Work

Process is important in the design and illustration fields, so sketching is highly encouraged to show your thoughts and development of your concept. Get your ideas down on paper!

Here is a good example of how sketching can help you get ideas onto paper and explore more ideas as they evolve. I designed a logo and branding for an adventure camp. I wanted the logo to look like an achievement patch. So I sketched patch shapes and icons for the activities at the camp. I came up with a series of patches, but the primary logo for the camp ended up being a compilation of the icons arranged to look sort of like a compass.

Far Out Aventures logo sketches

Far Out Aventures logo sketches

Far Out Aventures final logo You don’t have to know how to draw or be an artist to be able to sketch out your ideas. One of my former marketing managers / art directors used to sketch out his ideas for me all the time. In particular, we designed a lot of signs for apartment complexes. He would often get out his legal notepad and sketch out a map of the property to show which signs for me to design and where they would be placed.

drawing a map for signs

drawing a map for signs

I am finishing my third collection of licensed art for Nancy’s Notions and Amazing Designs embroidery designs. The first part of my work is to sketch each design and share my sketches with my rep before moving to the digital part of the design process. It might seem like a lot of extra work, but it actually saves time because it allows me to explore ideas with pencil and paper before going to the computer with a pre-determined concept.

sketches for Nancy's Notions

ornament sketches for Nancy's Notions

christmas sketches for Nancy's Notions

Some offices have rules like hours, dress code, music, pets, contests and more, so I’m making a fun list of rules and benefits for my very own office, but more like concepts or an atmosphere that encourages creativity and individuality. I want the home office to be as creative environment as possible. Stay tuned for more fun rules and benefits!


Click here to see Rule No. 6: Learn something new each week.

Click here to see Rule No. 5: Music.

Click here to see Rule No. 4: Dress Code.

Click here to see Rule No. 3: Sketching Kits on the house, which is more of a benefit.

Click here to see Rule No. 2: Coffee on the house.

Click here to see Rule No. 1: Fresh cut flowers every week.


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