We had the good fortune of connecting with Madison Newman and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Madison, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
I love design, and I always have. As a child, I loved to scrapbook; I enjoyed thrifting and renovating furniture in college; I have a BFA in dance from UNT, and my husband and I are currently working on designing and renovating our home. Design and creativity have always been a part of my life, but I didn’t start learning graphic design until my mid-20’s. As an adult, I’ve had a hard time “choosing a career” because I had so many things that I enjoyed doing but never knew how to pursue them as an actual job. Graphic Design changed that. I’ve always seen my love of design and creating things as more of a hobby. Now, I get to do this for a living, and it’s incredible.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I feel like I’m on step one of 600 as a freelance artist. I haven’t been doing this for very long but I have learned a lot in a short time. I think the biggest challenges to overcome as an artist are quieting the fears and feeling of not being good enough or being an imposter and allowing yourself the time and space to hone your craft. I have a lot to learn and if I reframe that as an opportunity instead of a burden it becomes an exciting journey with tons of teachable moments.

As far as my art, I think I marry the use of the right and left brain well. I am creative but I can also be very clear-cut and systemized. This helps me to really define clients messaging to ensure they are communicating the details that bring their brand to life.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I would definitely start out at one of Denton’s incredible breakfast spots, probably Loco Cafe or Seven Mile Cafe. Then we’d head over to the square to check out The Dime Store, Recycled Books, and grab some coffee at West Oak Coffee Bar or Jupiter House. For lunch, we would grab some Bahn mi’s and V fries from Pickled Carrot and enjoy some drinks on the patio at East Side Draft House or Harvest House. …. So really a week-long itinerary would be more of a meal plan with coffee and drinks mixed in. But who wouldn’t enjoy that?

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My husband, Corey, and my best friend, Madison Beans, are a huge part of my success. My husband is the one who encouraged me to quit my full-time job and pursue a career as a graphic designer. He understands that creativity and design are a part of who I am, and he works really hard to allow me the opportunity to use this gifting. Madison is a fellow creative soul and has been an incredible mentor and teacher. I owe almost everything I’ve learned to her. It’s not often you find someone who truly shares your passions, personality, and even your name! I feel so blessed by her and our friendship.

Website: madisonnewmandesign.com

Instagram: @madisonnewmandesigns

Image Credits
Madison Beans

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