I am a small town girl from Ohio. Though my life I was always drawn to art. It was my favorite class in school and I discovered I not only loved it, but I was kind of talented. I didn’t know there were jobs out there where I could actually make money doing art. I always thought you had to be a “starving artist”. I know I didn’t want to do that because I like to eat. Plus they did things like cut off their ears and go mad. They weren’t famous till they were dead. Not that I wanted to be famous, but I didn’t want to starve mostly.
As I was graduation from high school my mother got a job at Denison University, a top-notch college near our home town. Her job afforded me a free tuition because she was an employee. What a life-changing blessing my mother gave me.
Denison is a small liberal arts college located in the pastoral settings of rural central Ohio. I majored in art and minored in education. I was taking all kinds of art classes, but none of them were career-oriented. Especially Art of India, where I did a theme paper on “Erotic Art of India”. That was fun.
I worked a lot of jobs on campus, and often designed covers and miscellaneous graphics for different jobs. I was even asked to do a mural in one of the athletic center classrooms. I wasn’t sure what I was doing, but I know I loved it. Graphic arts wasn’t part of the program at Denison, so my advisor (who painted a lot of pictures with cows and didn’t really like that I wanted to be a “commercial” artist) suggested I do an internship in NYC working for one of the biggest artist’s reps. So this small town girl headed to the big city as a lowly intern, making coffee, running errands, cleaning apartments and being home sick for my boyfriend. But through it all I discovered the wonderful world of graphic design and advertising.
As graduation loomed, I realized I wanted to “do art and make money”. While reading an Advertising Age magazine in the library I stumbled upon an ad for a school in Atlanta called The Portfolio Center. It was perfect So I packed my dad’s car and moved to Atlanta by myself. After two years at the Portfolio Center, I worked at a few advertising, direct mail and design firms – one of where I met my future husband, Jordan Louie. In 1993 Jordan and I started Designlogix in the side room of our upstairs bedroom. Since then we’ve had offices in different locations, but we have been in Dallas, Georgia for the last ten years, working, raising animals and enjoying life.
Although we sometimes work on projects together, we have our own separate projects and clients as well. This is the portfolio of my graphic design work: Jan Louie Design.
Although graphic design is my core focus, also featured is another portfolio of my work: Event Design. My first event was our own wedding in 1994. Since then, I’ve designed many weddings and parties for several of my friends and family. I looked at this work as a hobby or doing favors for friends, but I have realized that this type of work is a real passion of mine as well, so I decided to turn it into part of my business.
The biggest thrill I get in all I do is the satisfaction I get when I help people realize their vision and make it better than they could have imagined. And even though it takes a lot of time and work, and sometimes the pay isn’t so great (here on earth anyway) the words of gratitude and happiness I get from a client make it all worthwhile.
Whether you need professional graphic design solutions for your business, or you’d like your event to include uniquely designed printed pieces from the heart that match your custom designed event, then please contact me.