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Design Spotlight: Shelby Allison

February 6, 2014

Our Design Spotlight falls on Shelby Allison of Origami Prints – Some very cool cards from a very new artist who just joined GCU in December 2013.


My name is Shelby Allison and I fell in love with graphic design at a young age but didn’t entirely know it yet until years later. I used to play around and doodle on our computer and experiment with different art programs. In high school I took a basic web design class and that’s when I realized that all of those years playing around with Photoshop as a kid were beginning to pay off. Graphic design had started to become my passion.

After high school I obtained my associates degree in graphic design from our local community college. It wasn’t until I got engaged in 2010 that I began design cards, stationery, and invitations. I chose to design my own wedding invitations and spent weeks on end trying to decide on a design. I just had so much fun putting different ideas together that it was just too hard to choose just one. I realized then that I found my niche as an artist and that I would continue to design invites and other stationery items. I just loved it too much to stop and now, four years later, I’m still loving every minute of it!

Today, I mainly specialize in vector art for use on wedding invitations, holiday cards, baby showers, etc. I love experimenting with typography, discovering new fonts and trying out new mediums. Just recently, I’ve started practicing water color and hand drawing. So hopefully I’ll get to play around with incorporating that style into my card designs real soon. I think that continuing to test your skills as an artist and constantly learning new techniques is very important as a graphic designer.

The card I chose to share is a photo birth announcement that I designed for baby boys. I wanted the design to have sort of a “soft” and “peaceful” style so I chose shapes and patterns that reminded me of blankets and nurseries. I decided to compliment that style with “Garamond” as the main font. I just love designing cards for baby showers, birth announcements, etc because they’re so playful and cheery. They’re a lot of fun!

7 Comments leave one →
  1. February 6, 2014 3:39 pm

    Welcome to GCU Shelby! Your card designs are very warm and inviting. I wish you much success with your new store!

  2. February 6, 2014 5:17 pm

    Thank you so much Doreen!!! You’re designs are great! 🙂

  3. February 6, 2014 9:32 pm

    You have a great eye for style Shelby! Welcome to GCU and we’re overjoyed to have you here 🙂

  4. February 6, 2014 10:13 pm

    Hi Shelby, great read and very lovely card! Welcome to GCU, it’s great getting to know the newcomers. 🙂

  5. February 7, 2014 1:28 am

    Hi Shelby. Cute design you have selected to share in this featured spotlight. Super to meet you and best wishes to you here. Lj Maxx 🙂

  6. February 7, 2014 6:10 pm

    Welcome to GCU, Shelby! It’s good getting to know you a little bit; I love your design style. Best of luck!


  7. February 7, 2014 7:37 pm

    Shelby, your style is very fresh and fun. Welcome to GCU. Best of luck to you!

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