My life in 2014 was both enjoyable and productive. I progressed through a steady flow of web design projects, traveled to memorable destinations, and devoted energy to important personal pursuits.
My business successes included: launching three new WordPress sites for SE Works, Corabel Shofner, and Allyson Bourke; developing a landing page for IM Health; making improvements to existing WordPress sites for Enlighten Writing and Terrace Tower; and completing agency contract work for Engin and Upswell. I designed compelling print pieces for the real estate company, the Dawkins Group. These included custom letterhead, notecards, envelopes, and my favorite — a tri-fold business card featuring contact information and photos of all four employees.
I am currently in the early planning stages of redesigning my own website. In the meantime, I decided to enhance my existing website with client testimonials. Ten of my previous clients have graciously shared their thoughts on working with Bourke Design.
In the realm of personal pursuits, my favorite side project of the year has been starting a print-on-demand version of my mom’s short story collection, Kylie’s Ark. After designing the cover, I started editing the interior. The best book interiors, I realized, are ones where you don’t even notice the design. Through the production process, I’ve researched and learned about important book design principles, as well as how to self-publish with the Amazon subsidiary, CreateSpace. To generate enthusiasm for the impending release of Kylie’s Ark, I developed promo features for RitaWeltyBourke.com and a Facebook author page. This exciting project continues in 2015 and will include an e-book and marketing campaign.
Last year I enjoyed my own publishing achievements, including the release of the Website Redesign Planning Guide on my website and the publication of my article, “The 8-Hour Construct Reimagined,” in the online magazine The New Worker.
I’m always grateful for opportunities to travel. As usual, I attended WordCamp Seattle and discussed the ins and outs of the publishing platform with fellow designers and developers. Afterwards, I drove to North Bend and climbed the rather daunting Mount Si. Down from the mountain, I celebrated with cherry pie and coffee at Twede’s Cafe. By the way, I still can’t believe David Lynch and Mark Frost are working on a third season of Twin Peaks. As Agent Cooper would say, “This must be where pies go when they die.”
My trip of the year, or of several years, was an eight-day cruise with my parents and sister on the Danube River. We boarded our ship in Nuremberg, stopped at Regensburg, Passau, and Vienna along the way, and concluded in Budapest. Needless to say, I took dozens of photos, and the cruise was beyond memorable.
With these projects completed, breathtaking trips taken, and numerous lessons learned, I have so many things to be grateful for in 2014, as well as plenty to look forward to in 2015.