Thanks for visiting my little home online. My name is Yvette. I grew up in a small town in Northeast Kansas – part farm girl, part city girl. And… well… the city girl won and I now reside in the Chicago area. I simply love coming home to this city. Seeing the skyline still puts a smile on my face every single time – cheesy, I know! I am forty-something, still looking for Mr. Right and have two cats, Lucy and Phoebe.
I am a graduate of the University of Kansas [ design ] and as a result am a huge college basketball fan. I have been to four Final Fours and was there in 2008 when my team, the Jayhawks, took the title. It was one of those moments I am positive I will never forget.
I am slightly obsessed with travel – European cities are my favorite destinations! I think maybe I was French in a past life. I am so thankful that my parents let me fly off to backpack through Europe while doing a little study abroad thing. It absolutely changed my life.
I am a designer and project manager for a small firm and have been with that same firm for 20 years. [ weird, I know!! ] It’s kind of hard to explain what exactly I do, but let me give it a go. I design signage and wayfinding systems. Think of an airport or hospital – you know all of those signs that tell you where to go, well I design those. I decide what they look like, what they say, where they are placed in the space, how they are made and connected to the architecture. Each project is a whole new set of challenges and thus my job is ever changing.
Good design inspires me. Interiors. Product. Print. Web. I love it all. I follow a ridiculous amount of RSS feeds – almost all design inspired – but don’t get to visit them nearly as often as I would like.
Oh and then there’s the photography. I do not consider myself a “photographer” but rather a photo enthusiast. Hobbiest? I don’t know exactly, but I LOVE to take pictures. I always have. I have had my photos published in a few books and most recently in an iPhone app! I have not ventured into selling my photos because I fear it will no longer be fun. It might become more work than pleasure and I work enough at the day job. 🙂
I have been blogging since 2004 – specifically photoblogging. I started this blog in 2006 [ on Vox, then Posterous, Blogger and now self-hosted WordPress ] and think of it as my online journal. I blog about what I like and what I do and it’s … simply my life.