Six years ago, around the 4th of July, I received a message from one of my best friend’s boyfriend. He and I never talked directly. The message was simple. Jacquie, my best friend since middle school, had died. At the time, my family and I were on a drive through rural Nebraska during a family reunion. Sadly, I had not actually seen Jacquie in years. Our last attempt to meet in person was 7 years prior during a layover on our way to our honeymoon.

So, what how does this connect to design? Jacquie was a talented artist and had her own design business, Enso Blue. I wasn’t anywhere near hobbyist designer I am now, but we did chat about it.

When I started my portfolio site, I dearly wished I could’ve sought her advice. In many cases, she comes to mind whenever I start a major project, especially those that take more artistic approaches.

If you’ve checked out the portfolio site, you’ll also find a small memorial message about Jacquie.

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