Your Favorite Designer, Crystal Odenkirk
Crystal Odenkirk:

Digital Sellsword

Graphic Designer. Web Developer.
Artist. Writer. Philologist.
All-around Geek For Hire

The short and sweet:

My full qualifications are available on my resume (html | pdf | plaintext)

The slightly longer answer:

I was born in a midwestern capital in the mid-seventies to a pair of musicians and then spent many of my formative years traveling around the country with them. I was graced with a family full of creatives who encouraged me from the start to explore and expand on my own passions and projects. Some of my earliest memories are of my grandfather expounding on design principles while he let me "help" him design displays for the store where he was employed.

Fast-forward thirty-odd years to today. I live in the East Bay near San Francisco, California, practically in the shadow of Mt. Diablo. I write; I draw. I came; I saw; I conque-- *ahem* I'm working on some stories for publication with another author, and have several art projects in the works, mainly new knotwork pieces. In what spare time that leaves me, I play MMOs like Star Wars The Old Republic and Black Desert Online and I am the guild leader of Seelund Trading Co.

Design Philosophy

Like Frank Lloyd Wright, I start from the axiom that form and function are one. Focusing on the function and letting the form follow as an afterthought frequently ends with a mess of incomprehensibile unusability. In my own work, I prefer to treat them as equals. It doesn't matter how well the program behind the screen works if users can't figure out what to do with it, and at the same time, it doesn't matter how inviting the form is if it doesn't meet the needs of the user. BOTH must be in balance.

Design should yield something that makes you want to touch, hold, or otherwise experience and interact with it.

Design should form organically as a conversation between function and reader/user, even if the final appearance isn't "organic."

And most importantly, all designs should communicate solutions, not obscure them. That means, for example, logos should be comprehensible, screens should help users complete their tasks, ads should convey a clear call to action.

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