UFV’s Graphic + Digital Design students were privileged to tour Chestnut St. Pixel Foundry in Vancouver. Partners, Kelly Chen & Megan Seely shared insights and tips on starting their own design business. Two years after graduating design school, these two designers partnered and started Chestnut St. Pixel Foundry. Chestnut St. Pixel Foundry specializes in website design and development—with a large amount of their work focusing on non-profits. They also found a nice niche working primarily with agencies and designers—rolling out visual brand identity online.
Some insight and advice that was shared:
Quit your job. A job is like a safety net. Without a job you are going to work even harder to get what you want.
Learn WordPress. Learn basic code, so you can modify your sites.
This tour opened the students’ eyes to the large degree of career possibilities that are available to designers—and will perhaps inspire some of them to start their own businesses.