A fork stuck in the (design) road
I never set out to become a web designer. I've spent the bulk of my professional life as a reporter, editor and page designer in the newspaper business. But after 17 years of bylines and deadlines and headlines, I had come to the proverbial fork in the road. Keep on going or veer off to the left?
I decided it was time to veer.
I still wanted to stoke my creative bent — the fine art of making something where once there was a big, blank bunch of nothingness. Taking the skills I already had to the internet was the next natural step. So after a return to school to learn all about HTML and CSS and PHP and JS (via a degree in Web Design/Development), I've found that writing and designing for the web have opened up whole new stores of creativity — not to mention enthusiasm — in my soul.
Oh, the places we hope to go
In the newspaper industry, a large part of my job was presenting information that, quite frankly, wasn't always good news.
As a web designer and developer, I hope that I can help individuals, companies and organizations share their good news, their good products and services, their good deeds. And I hope that I can help them to grow and flourish by providing them with an informative and effective web site, or an eye-catching brochure, or the kind of quality copy writing that just somehow sticks with their audience.
My work philosophy is simple: Take the time to get to know my clients so that I can build an identity that actually works for them. That means complete solutions — whether through the web, through print or a combination of both — that bring results. That also means personal attention to the job from the conception of an idea to a completed, fully-functional project. And I'm not happy until you're happy.
— Misty Barnes, owner, Spotless Ink Design
What's in a name?
What exactly does Spotless Ink mean? When I started mulling ideas for a company name, I wanted something that represented a melding of my past life in the print world with my new life in the web world.
Spotless Ink kept popping up, and it just seemed to fit. I still use many of the skills I used when my designs and words manifested themselves in ink plastered onto paper. Now, though, there is no ink ... Spotless.
The design is there, the creative process is there, the writing is there, but now it's sent out into the digital world without expending so much as a drop of ink.
And so, a company began.