Hello and welcome to my online portfolio!
My name is Holly Young and I love designing! I have been utilizing different types of design my whole life.
When I was 11, I fell in love with interior design. I watched many episodes of Lynette Jennings and followed every word. However, I was not interested in pursuing an interior design career. I really enjoy it as a hobby. But then as the teen years approached, so did my fascination with fashion design. Being allowed to have a subscription to Seventeen magazine at the age of 15 really nurtured that interest.
In my early 20’s I worked as an offset printer for 6 years at Carlson Craft, a division of the Taylor Corporation, and I developed a passion for graphics. Being a printer strengthened my layout and design skills as I observed the work that came through on a daily basis. I saw how basic design elements, like lines, shapes and color, create beauty in the materials I printed. However, I didn’t like being unable to design and create as a printer. I became financially able to go back to school for my Graphic Communications degree after the passing of my father. At school I was a finalist in a competition with classmates to design the school’s car. (Second place!) Created, and still own, my WordPress site. Used for my online portfolio of school and some freelance projects. Created the winning design for the closed-circuit TVs throughout school to advertise our art show. Demonstrated maturity and leadership by guiding fellow students when in need. I also became Adobe Certified Associate for Photoshop in 2012.
It was at this time I learned I was a “Grapheme–color synesthete.” Which is someone who involuntarily visualizes a colored “aura” around letters. In my case, letters are “assigned” a color.