The person behind the designs
Nice to meet you! My name is Phoenix and I am the owner, self-trained designer, a geneticist, and big ASOIAF nerd.
I come from a very artistically oriented family, however being very traditional and practical, none of my family members had the luxury to pursue a career in arts. Following their footsteps I chose a career in science and worked as a genetics technologist for the last 10 years. But something always brings me back to graphic design. I guess you could say design has always been in my genes (wink)!
When I started dating the love of my life in 2010, his passion for SCUBA and photography sparked my interest in visual art again and I often edited his underwater photos to make them even more amazing. My first real 'gig' came about when I was organizing an event for my hospital and had to order gifts for 500 lab employees. I had a hard time finding something cute and unique. In the end I designed customized graphics for each department to go on mugs and other gifts, and people absolutely loved them!!
I finally started to seriously hone my graphic design skills by working on various requests for family and friends, and decided to share my designs with the Etsy community in late 2015. Beyond my wildest expectations, the shop made over 700 sales in just three months and garnered 100 five-star reviews! I was ecstatic, but I also knew that I have to expand beyond Etsy to reach more fans like you. So DesignGenes officially opened what you see here - it's very own online shop!
When I am not at the computer making new designs for you, I am traveling and searching for new inspirations. I am very excited about so many new projects coming up, and I would love to hear your comments and requests, so feel free comment or send me an email!
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