An interview with me. The interviewer is also me.
Who are you?
Jessica Jones. I live in Evanston, IL, a suburb attached to the north edge of Chicago. I work as a professional graphic designer, serving clients who need brand identities and print collateral. I also do a little textile and ribbon design, and in my spare time I write this blog.
What’s the blog about?
How About Orange features DIY tutorials, decorating ideas, printables, fonts, and design resources.
Huh. So why’s it called How About Orange?
I sat down to choose a blog name and looked around my office for inspiration. Maybe something to do with orange? My office has lots of orange stuff in it. My logo is orange. "How about orange?" I thought. Yeah. How about orange. It's a blog name and a suggestion all rolled into one.
Why do you like orange so much?
Because it's the best color. This should be apparent to anyone with eyeballs.
Why did you start writing a blog?
My plan was to become a millionaire by selling handmade things on Etsy.com, and this blog was going to be a self-promotion tool. Except I found it super tedious to make handmade things to sell on Etsy; you have to love it or you'll want to shoot yourself. So I closed the shop to prevent a tragedy. But it turns out I enjoyed blogging—who knew?
What's fun about blogging? Doesn't it eat up hours and hours of time?
You betcha. But even though it takes some time, it's fun to post things that might be helpful to people. I used to have Girls' Nights at my house weekly, and I'd invite non-arty buddies over and suggest some kind of project to make. I loved seeing how proud people were when they liked what they'd made. Everybody has creativity inside somewhere, and it's gratifying to help people tap into it—especially if they don't consider themselves artistic or creative. So I try to post simple projects that anyone could do, as well as useful tips or inspiring ideas or things that are delightful. Pretty much anything that's fun.
What's your favorite adjective?
Where do you find cool stuff to put on your blog?
Google searches, emailed submissions, or occasionally other blogs, in which case I state that the item is "via such-and-such site."
If I send you an email about my product or service, will you feature it?
Only if I really truly like it, find it kind of novel, or would use it or buy it myself if I had the money. So you're at the mercy of my taste. If I pass up the opportunity to write about your thing, you should conclude that I was not astute enough to recognize the beauty of it. It's me, not you. But I love submissions. Email me about your thing!
Do you mind if I litter your blog with spam comments?
Irrelevant comments with links promoting commercial sites will be deleted. That means you, Buy Viagra.
Do you make money from blogging?
Yes, sponsors compensate me for the ads you see in the right column. I manage ads myself instead of using an ad network, so you don't need to worry that Buy Viagra will slip in there, or other irrelevant companies and products. It's important to me that sponsors are related to the content of this site and would be of interest to readers. Other than that, there are no affiliate links or sponsored posts here. Occasionally a book publisher or manufacturer asks to send over a sample of a product, and most I turn down. If I do write about one of them here, I'll let you know that it was free.
Your photos of things sometimes turn out half-way decent. What kind of camera do you have?
I have a Canon Digital Rebel XSi and I love it very much. Then I bought a Canon 50mm f/1.8 lens for it, which I also love very much.
You're a designer so you must have an awesome printer. What do you use?
I have a decrepit HP 2210 all-in-one inkjet that is not awesome. The software needed to make it scan doesn't work with newer Mac operating systems, and I've never been terribly impressed with the print quality. I need to research new color printers but haven't gotten around to it yet. If you love yours, please tell me. I also have a Brother HL-5250DN laser printer which I like, and I'm quite pleased with my inexpensive Canon CanoScan LiDE 200 scanner.
What design software do you use?
I use Adobe InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator. I have QuarkXPress as well, but once I switched to InDesign there was no going back.
Will you write me a tutorial on how to use Photoshop?
Heck no. It's too complicated. They have manuals for that. Go to your local bookstore, browse Amazon.com, poke around Lynda.com (a great site filled with video tutorials), or best of all, sign up for classes. How did I learn? A university degree in graphic design, plus years of working as a designer.
I see you design fabric, too. How did you get started?
See this post about that. If you're asking because you, too, want to design fabric or other nice things, I don't know much about how other people typically get started. This post and the comments at Decor8 might give you some hints. You might also check out Lizzy House's e-book How to Enter the World of Textile Design, Kim Kight's A Field Guide to Fabric Design, or Alex Russel's The Fundamentals of Printed Textile Design.
What kind of conditioner do you use, and how often?
I buy a different brand every time in the hopes that the next one will make my hair sleek, gleaming, and TV-commercial worthy. And then I try to remember to use it every day, but sometimes I'm in a hurry so I skip it. I guess that's why my hair doesn't look like a Pantene ad yet.
Are you a dog or a cat person?(I'm actually going to guess you may be more of a bird person.)
Cats! Dogs are stinky and birds poop on you. I say this from experience. I grew up on a farm with batches and batches of kittens every year, and those wittle kitties were mah fwiends. I can't have kitties now because my husband is allergic, but I still love them.
If I email you an interesting question, will you add it to this FAQ list, even if it's not Frequently Asked?
Try it. Put FAQ in your subject line, and if I get some good ones, I'll answer them here.
An interview with me. The interviewer is also me.