Joselyn Dykgraaf is a writer for Think Crafts, the craft blog of CreateForLess the online retailer of craft supplies and accessories. The blog is the perfect hub for anyone that loves crafts, art, DIY creative design and scrapbooking. It is a unique place for people to share their passion and gives inspiration for individual projects. So we are proud to bring you the Designer Insights of Joselyn Dykgraaf.
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1) In your own words describe your unique style and creative aesthetic?
I love design that doesn’t take itself too seriously, and has a lot of function. I’m very conscious about every aspect that I add to design. It has to have a reason to be there, even if it’s just to make me smile.
2) When starting a new project, what is your creative process?
My projects usually come more out of necessity than anything else. I usually get inspired when I’m trying to fix a problem. I always try to come up with a DIY to solve something both to save money and because I love to make things I can use.
3) Out of the creative people you have worked with, who is it that you respect and admire the most?
I really admire the bloggers out there who seem to just ooze creativity. It’s really hard to feel inspired under the pressure of deadlines, sponsorship restrictions, and general life, but somehow these writers are completely able to set that aside and just create. You can tell how much time and effort goes into each and every one of those projects. And then they just pick up the next day and start over with something new and even more impressive.
4) When looking for inspiration is there a particular thing you do to get inspired?
It’s really easy to feel discouraged by amazing projects on the internet, so I try to go screen free to get inspired. Taking a walk or going window shopping can get the wheels turning.
5) What has brought you to this point in your career? And what is your advice for people looking to follow in your footsteps?
Experimentation is the only way that you can move forward. You need to constantly change and adapt with the world, and the only way you’ll learn what works is to try. Moving forward in any kind of creative career is all about taking chances and trying. You can really only succeed if you’re innovative and willing to take risks.