Recently, we caught up with Kay Train who has been working with TouchNote for a number of years and has designed some of our favourite cards.
Recently, I’ve been working on many birthday card designs, I’ve just done Father’s Day, and I’m just now working on the Pride brief.
Generally, how I get inspired is basically by things around me, going to galleries, and I love a good thrift shop or vintage fair. I always come back with arms full of rubbish or what people might think, but I find it really inspiring. Or things like colour schemes will appear out of nowhere, I might see a scrunched up napkin on the table and think those colours look good together, and I’ll take a picture of it.
I’m lucky to live in Brighton for research for Pride, which is a very vibrant, diverse and creative city. It’s proud to host one of the largest Pride festivals every year, so there a lot of inspiration here. I’ve also got some friends in the community who I’ve spoken to and listened to their stories.
I often get the comments and feedback that my style is quite fun and provokes a feeling. I’ve tried to weave that into the Pride brief to bring out some joyful and celebratory feelings.
I’ll think, which sounds obvious, and then I’ll start listing down the ideas that come into my mind. Then I’ll slim down those and do some quick pencil sketches before discussing and collaborating with the TouchNote team. Finally, I illustrate and finalise the designs.
Pride means to be the celebration of true self and acceptance. I think it’s really important to stand together and show love for one another.
I think it’s really important to educate yourself and to listen. I also think it’s really important to correct any negativity you hear and celebrate local events around you.
Watch the full clip here when we caught up with Kay.
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