Paper so Pretty
Paper so Pretty is a Houston-based company with paper products that include invitations, announcements and large variety of designer papers. I've been the lead designer and Creative Director at Paper so Pretty for the past ten years. I got into design because I found that I have an unusual love for all things fun, cute, and pretty (sounds funny coming from a grown man!). I always have, even at a young age I knew this. I'm always looking at things/products and trying to improve them or give them my own unique twist.
I worked as an Art Director for the first six years of my career designing baby products, but soon realized how limited I felt working in such a large company with so many "Chiefs" I saw an opportunity in stationery because of my love of paper. I found that I love designing products that make an emotional connection in peoples lives. I've always been bit of a nerd when it comes to technology, and being able to bridge that with my love for drawing just made it so much easier to bring my ideas life.
I grew up an Army brat and spent many of my childhood years living in Japan. Much of my love and influence for stationery had to have come from these years in my life. Watching the Japanese work ethic and attention to detail certainly made an impression on me. But, I think what made the biggest impact on me was the beautiful traditional Japanese art I saw on a school field trip. I can remember being amazed and in awe of color coming off the designs on the hand made rice paper. I knew then, "Art" would certainly be an influence in my career choice.