Design Notes – Ria Ritchey

I’m often asked where I get my ideas from or what inspires me… Honestly, EVERYTHING!

From pictures online to a cloudy afternoon, everything around me gives me inspiration for new designs. But this post is about my new site and how it came to be.

First, I needed something that was more personal. I felt my old site had a more “designers group” vibe than a one woman show, which it’s only me behind these designs. I really needed a new name for myself and after months of nothingness, I gave in and went with MY name. It’s a good enough name *smile*.

Then came the design. I wanted something that spoke of the many elements I design, such as websites, printable graphics and (coming soon) invitations. The new site had to be fun while elegant. Not always an easy thing to mush together.

My first bit of inspiration came from looking at Mother’s Day cards. While strolling down the card isle I saw some general Thank You cards that came in packs of 10. A few of the designs were really great! I snapped a quick photo of the cards and went home with ideas in my head.

A few days later I decided to sit down and get busy. One problem, my image on my cell phone was kinda small and hard to see the details. Frustrated, I went in search of who made these cards. Low and behold, it’s a designer named Terri Conrad. And needless to say, I fell in love with her work.

But, as you can see, I didn’t design my site after the snapshot I took. Nope, I found something that inspired me even more.

I found this image on her website and was instantly hit with TONS of ideas of how I could work these colors. I loved the colors! They gave a contemporary feel and the flourishes could keep the elegance I wanted.

While I really do love Terri’s design, I had to make it my own. And I think I did.

Hope you like it as much as I do!

PS. I’m still adding links and tweaking things, so not everything is in its place. Expect to see more soon!

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