I’m not entirely sure if I found Jo’s blog through Twitter or through her comments on this ol’ here blog, but I’ve been an avid reader of hers for a while now. I love the simplicity of her blog; the way that she combines old and new design inspirations. It’s clean and contemporary but her images always give me a sense of whimsy, of times gone by. It’s an endless source of inspiration for me.
Jo’s story is an amazing one. She’s lived in so many places from London to the Scottish Highlands, Toronto and Edinburgh, and it’s clear that she takes inspiration from all of these places in her work as a graphic designer. A couple of years ago, after working in TV production for 6 years, she bit the bullet, upped sticks with her Canadian husband Bill, moved to the seaside and established HEY JO! Design creating everything from wedding invites, logo design, branding, posters and more. As Jo says, her style is ‘clean, uncomplicated and modern with a firm nod to the olden days by using a simple vintage colour palette and muted tones’. She’s basically a design hero in my eyes and I couldn’t be more excited for the opening of her online shop (due in Autumn).
I’m so pleased to welcome Jo to the Creative Showcase this week to share her story. Without further pause, here’s Jo, her chosen item and the (wonderfully romantic) story behind it.
My husband proposed to me at the top of the Empire State Building, late at night one Christmas. The sky was full of snow and the winds were so high my cheeks ached. We reached the top and despite having been awake for nearly 24 hours it didn’t matter, as there I was in my element. Staring out over the city I loved so much wondering what was happening down there, each sparkle of light telling its own story. He called my name and when I turned to see him he was on one knee, half grinning, half grimacing with nerves. There we were: engaged, having been legally single only two minutes previously, gazing out over a land famous for its opportunities and dreams. It was one of those once in a lifetime, magical New York moments.
Thanks for being this weeks Creative Showcase Jo!