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Kirsten Norton, graphic designer/teacher

Kirsten Norton
Five Good Things
Ex-Sales & Marketing
(but I prefer to work for good rather than evil), crafter, newbie graphic designer, mum of two smalls, sometime sessional teacher of marketing at Monash Uni, (can my job title be 'wannabe Renaissance woman'?)

I'm very good at starting blogs but have a problem posting regularly....I was tumbling pretty regularly prior to the birth of Maggie: and I used to be an avid tweeter (again prior to the birth of Maggie...). I'm also on LinkedIn.

What is your professional or training background?
I have a BA in Communication (Journalism) from Charles Sturt University and a Graduate Diploma in Graphic Design from RMIT. I've done internships with Studio Round and Sputnik (which is a digital advertising agency). I also completed the Melbourne Art and Design Club Mentorship program which gave me an interesting insight into 'Madland' AKA the world of advertising.

What do you make, create or do?
I knit a bit, I also screenprint or rather I 'gocco'. I've just graduated from my graduate diploma in graphic design so I'd like to use these skills more.

I have worked in publicity/gallery management for The Narrows artspace - Warren is a great friend/person and this was an awesome job....something I'd like to do on a permanent basis.

I've also helped small businesses with marketing and new business development advice.

What other creative areas would you like to explore as a side-project to your current work, or move into full-time?
I would very much like to set up an online business for screenprinted good (particularly for, but not limited to, babies/children). Ideally this would led to an actual 'bricks and mortar' shop. This would involve sourcing handmade/crafted items. I live near Frankston and while this market is probably well and truly catered for in the inner city....we don't see it as much down on the Peninsula...maybe I'm a bit ahead of my time though? In my dream world this would involve buying trips to Japan and Europe ;-)

What skills do you have that help you run your business, or what skills would you like to develop?
I possess strong sales & marketing skills but I need to extend this to actually 'doing' something eg: making it happen instead of talking about it. I need to get over the 'fear factor'.

Skills I need to develop: managing finances/book-keeping, cash flow etc etc. Y'know, hardcore, practical business skills for entrepreneurs.

List five people, businesses or websites/blogs that keep you motivated and inspired, and why?
+ Warren Taylor at The Narrows is pretty awesome. He's insanely busy but he sets the benchmark for driven, motivated people. He's following his passion, he's a lovely person AND he's successful at what he does. I love it when genuinely lovely people succeed.

+ Can I mention my granny and my aunt? My granny was a pharmacist and had her own business in Scotland in a time when this was quite unusual. She was one of the few women to study pharmacy at the time.

+ My aunt had a shop in Bangalow - she has a 'great eye' and she thinks I can make it happen so that's nice.

+ Blogs: I always check out The Design Files, Garance Dore (great colours/light/fashion), Whip Up, Purl Bee, Recollection, Grain Edit, Design Sponge, Made by Heath Killen, SwissMiss, Mumbrella...101 Cookbooks, La Tartine Gourmande - both have great food photos.

Contact Kirsten via konorton /at/

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