Specimen Design is my creative studio and small-press publishing company.
Owning a business is mostly lots of paperwork, emails, and errands. It's also about being there for customers and clients. But it's satisfying to know you're presenting yourself professionally and creating work with a sense of purpose.
Specimen started because I wanted to publish my own stories and games. I also needed a way to keep collaborations professional and my creations protected legally. Starting a small business was a daunting prospect, but with a little guidance I was off and running!
Since 2007 I've published two books, five game sets, numerous art prints, several maps, and most recently a zine. All of these creations are based on stories I imagine. They're produced in small batches and offered on my Etsy site while supplies last.
In addition to self-initiated projects, I also take on design and illustration commissions from time-to-time.