Hi! I'm Hannah, I’m a graphic and surface designer. I just have to say, thank you for coming to my page!! I’m so happy you found me and I hope as you view my work, you’re filled with the sense of joy I strive to pour into my work.
Check out my shop for products of my surface design collections. To learn more about me, read below for my background of becoming the designer I am today.
10 Facts About Me
1 | I’m a dreamer, planner, list maker, and goal maker.
2 | I love spending time with my husband and family.
3 | I enjoy spoiling my two pups, Millie and Milo, and have a big heart for every dog I meet.
4 | I’m a christian and proudly stand by my faith.
5 | I read a lot, watch movies, and binge watch tv shows for my me time.
6 | I’m a fan of wild flowers and floral patterned decor.
7 | I love filling my home with meaningful art.
8 | I enjoy going to estate sales and antique stores.
9 | My favorite time of year is October-December, particularly Christmas season.
10 | I’m one of those people that starts listening to Christmas music before Thanksgiving, and I absolutely love gift shopping, wrapping, and giving.
Childhood and Education
Growing up with an artistic mother who loves all things art, crafts were always a part of my childhood. Whether it was painting, making jewelry, coloring in coloring books, or attending art classes at our local art museum, my mother always made a point to make art fun and carefree. From an early age, I developed a love for art, but never new there was potential for me to make a career out of it.
It wasn’t until freshman year of high school when an inspiring teacher introduced me to Photoshop and InDesign, I knew design would be a part of my life in one way or another. Through my four years of high school, my love for design continued to flourish and I set my heart on becoming a graphic designer.
After graduating high school, I moved from my small East Texas town to San Marcos, TX and began college at Texas State University. I enrolled in communication design, joined a sorority, and set out on the life I had planned. I quickly learned South Texas and a big university weren’t for me. After my freshman year, I transferred to the Art Institute of Dallas, continuing my studies in graphic design. The next two-and-a-half years were filled with countless hours of projects, designing, and interning for inspiring designers.
Starting a Career in Design
Shortly after graduating, I started my first job as a professional graphic designer in June 2020. During that time of beginning my first job, I was also planning my wedding and helping plan my sister’s wedding. A few months later, I got a dog, married the love of my life, moved into our first home, and began focusing on my career. The following year was filled with learning to be an adult, work, spending time with family, friends and my pup, and figuring out the path I needed to take in my career.
Hannah Colleen Design Was Created
In the back of my mind I knew I wouldn’t stay at my first job forever. I learned a lot, had some great experiences, and worked on some neat projects. However, the projects were too corporate, and I felt like I wasn’t able to reach my creative potential.
Starting my own business was never in my plans or a dream of mine, it just happened to be one of God’s unexpected adventures for me. I was given the opportunity to work from home for a couple of months, and I learned I really love working from home in my own office. During that time, friends and family started turning to me for design help, and wondering if I would be open to freelancing. I learned I also love being my own boss. Then formed a new dream. Owning my own business designing the types of projects I was most interested in, and reflected my personal style.
Being surrounded by a family full of entrepreneurs, I turned to them for guidance on the steps I needed to take, and with the support of my loving husband and family, I’ve been able to turn my dream into a reality. A few short months later, I quit my job, and in December 2021, Hannah Colleen Design became my full-time business and career future. Since then, I’ve been able to work on the type of projects that led me to be a designer, and this new path has brought me a kind of joy I didn’t know was possible in a career. Along the way, as I set new goals and chase my dreams, I hope to be able to inspire others, as so many designers have done for me.
So How Do I Spend My Days?
Everyday looks different, and I absolutely love that. Some days I work on my own surface design collections, branding, product development, painting or drawing, and brainstorming and dreaming for my new projects. Some days I work on publication designs and marketing materials for SlyGirl Publishing House, some days I have meetings, and some days I work on various designs for miscellaneous clients.
As well as my design business, I work part time for 80 Acre Market. During the week, I help with the outside displays and setup, do a little bit of graphic design work, and on market weekends, I work inside wherever I’m needed most. This allows me to be surrounded by wonderful people while also stretching my creativity in other ways.
When I’m not busy working, you can find me hanging out with my husband, family and dogs, or curled up on the couch with a blanket and a book (this is where you will most likely find me).
My Design Experience
Hannah Colleen Design | 2021 Dec. - Current
Graphic and Surface Design LLC business.
80 Acre Market | 2022 June - Current
Part-time: During the week, when needed, responsibilities include helping with the exterior decor and display set-ups, and periodically working on graphic design projects. Weekend market responsibilities vary depending on where I’m needed most, whether it’s staging and restocking, helping customers, working the register, helping in the crafts tent, or doing various other tasks.
Encore Multimedia | 2020 June - 2021 Nov.
Graphic & Web Designer: Responsibilities included working with clients and project managers, and designing numerous projects such as logos, business cards, social media graphics, web banner ads, magazines, various other print materials, business websites, and city economic development websites. A large part of my position required great communication skills, strong teamwork abilities, time management, problem solving, multitasking, attention to detail, adaptability and creativity.
D Magazine Internship & Contract Work | 2019 Aug. - Dec.
Production & Web Assistant: Responsibilities remained the same, with an addition of contract work in the web department, transferring the print magazines to Word Press for the online articles, and designing files for social media posts.
D Magazine Internship | 2019 May - July
Production Assistant: Responsibilities included designing client advertisements for print and marketing projects, mounting posters for marketing events, and saving client profiles out for web monthly.
Cimone Key Creative Studio Internship | 2019 April - May
Responsibilities included designing numerous projects such as logos, business cards, brochures, book covers, and more.