Jesse J. Shipe
I've been asked on numerous occasions, "Why did you become a designer?" My answer is always the same. "Design is as close to coloring for a living as I could get."
Ever since I was a little guy, I've been into art. I was drawn to it like a magnet. First it was drawing cars, then dinosaurs, then monsters. Before I knew it, I found my self studying design at Kutztown University's famous (infamous?) Communication Design program which is widely regarded as one of the best on the east coast. They honed my skills over the course of the next four years, and when I left, I felt really prepared to enter the design world.
Boy, was I wrong! Experience matters.
My first stint as a professional was as a graphic designer at Precision Design in Hazleton, PA. It was great working there. Every day was a learning experience. I had the opportunity to work on a wide variety of projects for a diverse group of clients. We turned out some great printed work, and even won a few awards along the way. Problem was, Hazleton is on top of a mountain. During the winter, it snows there almost every day. Eventually, the harsh winters caught up with me and I decided to head south to warmer climes.
I ended up in Delaware, where I worked as Art Director/Webmaster for Remline, a small public relations firm in Newark, DE. There I specialized in transforming complex and technical concepts (usually related to transportation projects) into brilliant designs that are easy for the public to understand. Working for government and engineering agencies is a unique challenge. Engineers and designers are about as far apart on the color wheel as you can get!
In 2010, I decided it was time to strike out on my own. I launched Shipe Design in January and worked on a part-time basis for the next two years. In March of 2012, I returned to Pennsylvania and took the business full-time. The move to self-employment has been a rich and rewarding experience.
None of this would be possible without the support of my small but dedicated group of clients. I owe them all many thanks. I would be delighted if you decided to become one of them!