When I saw Monica Higgins website design, for the Australian restaurant Popla, my jaw dropped.
I look at a lot of websites (occupational hazard) and the minute I saw Monica’s work, I wanted to meet her.
The sole proprietor of Green Peas for Breakfast and I are oceans apart and our first meeting the recording was a little glitchy, so we connected for a second time, and this is the conversation I will share with you.
Monica and I spend a little time looking at a few of the beautiful websites she has designed. She also graciously shares a few of her sources for design elements (guess what folks, they are FREE!) and we discuss her squiggly career path which didn’t include anything to do with design until well after graduating from University.
We also discuss how you can stay true to yourself as a designer. It is often tempting (at least to me), to pitch every job that comes along, without really thinking about what your personal strengths are and if you are the right fit for the project. In my opinion Monica is super smart in many ways, particularly in that she works with clients that recognize her creative talents and encourage her to be as creative as possible.
I invite you to watch the conversation with this totally self taught web design powerhouse. I am certain that you will find Monica’s approach of deconstructing graphic elements through her digital collage skills and crafting them into web designs, to be as beautiful as I do.
One of the websites Monica and I discuss is one she created for Rococo Flowers in Surry Hills (Australia). What I am most appreciative of in this eCommerce design, is that you don’t need to see every available option the florist has to offer. Because of the web design, and the categories of items in the shop, you either know this is the place for you, or not. Sidebar, if anyone is sending me flowers from Australia, I know I will like anything from Rococo. On the same hand, by looking at the site, you may say, hey not for me. Either way, Monica didn’t need to put every floral design they have ever created in order for you to understand the type of floral designs Rococo produces.
To me, this is the sign of an awesome designer. Thank you for your time Monica!
And good news people, she works with clients from around the world 🙂
A few of the resources Monica shared: