Hello, my name is Manda Szewczyk and I have worked in the design industry for over 17 years. In that time, I have worked as a print designer, a web designer, an illustrator, and an instructor. I currently run my small design studio, Hyper Pony Studio, where I spend most of my time on web design, and try to sneak in the occasional illustration job when I can.
Creative Opera is a blog for new designers, aspiring designers, and anyone who has a passion for design. I want Creative Opera to be full of useful information, creative inspiration, career and professional advice, and lively discussion. Because I used to teach, many of my posts are targeted toward students and new designers, but I love it when professional designers stop by to share their own experiences and advice.
Why did I decide to start a blog? Well, I think it’s mostly because I miss teaching. I used to teach college design classes, and it was a lot of fun to share new design sites that I found, help put together a portfolio or critique a resume, give career advice, and discuss design news. I loved knowing that I was doing something positive for other people. After I went back to design work full-time, I missed it. I’ve found that this way — with an online blog — I can be helpful in a different way. So far, I’m loving it! And, I can’t tell you how much I appreciate those of you who visit, comment, and come back for more.