Designer Spotlight: Isabella Harper of Brass Bell Design

We’ve decided to add a new kind of post to the mix here on the Bottle Your Brand blog. From time to time, we are going to be featuring a little behind-the-scenes look and Q&A  with our designers that come up with the lovely labels you all enjoy so much! We thought it might be interesting and fun for you guys to see how it all works.

Our first designer is one talented lady – she has been making awesome label and invitation sets for us for some time now, and we couldn’t be happier with her work. Isabella Harper of Brass Bell Design was actually the brains behind our logo re-design a few months ago, and her work is always fun, inspired and playful. Learn a little more about her…

BYB: We love the designs you come up with. Can you talk a little bit about your design process?

Why, thank you! My design process always starts with brainstorming.  I’ll take an idea and let it sit in my mind for a bit… Then I’ll sketch out a few different visuals, and scribble down some thoughts next to each. After that, I take it to the computer… I start drawing the graphics in the design program, play with a few different color palettes, choose my fonts, and create the overall layout.

BYB: How do you get inspired and stay motivated when it comes to new projects?

It’s easy to be inspired – I’m always inspired! I find inspiration in almost everything around me, and being in a pretty city like Charleston, SC, it’s even easier.  There are a lot of artists / art events here that keep me feeling creative, and there are beautiful buildings with uniquely designed interiors that always put me in a good design mood too.  Also, a lot of cool-looking event posters in doorways, and great music. All of the above, keep me motivated and hungry for more design.

BYB: Mac or PC?

Definitely a Mac! The design world revolves around Mac computers so they’ve always been the best in my mind.

BYB: Talk about two of your favorite designs you’ve done for Bottle Your Brand and why they are your favorites.

My two favorite designs are the Royal Celebration invite and the Cupcake invite. The Royal Celebration invite because of it’s simplicity – in the illustration and the pattern design. It reminds me of something printed on a letterpress. The Cupcake invite is my other favorite because I like the way the three little cupcake illustrations turned out… And I have a sweet tooth so that’s another big reason!
Princess Kids Birthday Party, From Bottle Your Brand
Cupcake Kids Birthday Party, From Bottle Your Brand
BYB: How did you get into the design business and how long have you been doing it?
I always liked art growing up and my sisters are all creative too, so it has always been around me.  I went to college for Digital Media, and took some courses in Graphic Design… I really liked it so that’s the area I focused on afterward. I’ve been working professionally for the last 5 or 6 years since graduating from school.

BYB: What do you love most about your job?

I love the freedom and creativity that’s involved in my line of work. It’s fun and inspiring to me.

BYB: What are you favorite types of things to design?

My favorite things to design are invitations, cute greeting cards, and small poster prints / wall art.  I really love typography and quotes so as long as one of two are involved in a design piece, I’ll enjoy it. Some other favorites are recipe cards, calendars, gift tags, and dessert labels.

Bridal Shower Label, from Bottle Your Brand

BYB: What do you like to do when you aren’t designing/working?

When I’m not designing, I’m usually checking out all the different art or music-related events around town. There are so many artists here and I really enjoy seeing other people’s artwork and supporting them.


One response to “Designer Spotlight: Isabella Harper of Brass Bell Design”

  1. amy121

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