I get asked quite a lot why I chose the name peanut designs.
Well the nut shell answer is that the term “peanut bladder” was often used in my life as a young child and I had many different encounters with all kinds of loos.
I actually don’t even like peanuts, my husband does, but I can’t even stand the smell.
This makes for a very odd reason for using the term ‘peanut’
I am also quite small and the peanut I refer to is the one, if you recall, used in Dumbo as Timothy Q. Mouse befriends Dumbo. As a kid watching this classic I always remembered that peanut, how small it was compared to Dumbo and especially the other bigger Elephants…and often I find myself feeling that small in a crowd…so Peanut it was…but this time I was hoping to make this Peanut stand out from the crowd and take an ordinary sounding word and turn it into something inspiring, creative and unique.
As time has gone on and my style and the essence of what I am building has changed Peanut Designs has taken on a few forms.
In my GCSE years I took the term ‘Peanut’ and produced a record label for my product design course work.
The logo above was done (originally) by a friend of mine who was a graphic designer and wanted to help me out with my course work so he took me to his house and we sat and drew some ideas and came up with this which he then took too the old desktop macs and used freehand to make it into a reality.
I sat and watched him do it, take my drawing and make it real.
From that moment I was hooked!
That was it….I knew I wanted to be a designer there and then.
I quickly got myself a mac and started to learn photoshop and then I found out how much fun designing could be. Previous to this I had used Microsoft Publisher…I spent hours on that thing designing random things I would print and cut out and stick on my wardrobe.
Hitting uni I sat on the name for a while, spending my bus journeys dreaming up logos and branding but I never got settled on anything (i’m not sure we’re ever satisfied as designers).
3 years of torture later and I had my degree…now peanut could fly.
With the help of friends I set Peanut Designs up, built my first website and began getting more and more work.
Peanut began it’s graphic design life like this:
but I quickly became unhappy with this so I merged it down to what in the end looked like a stamp
For a few years my little furry peanut kept me company as we set out on and adventure of exploring the design world and wetting our feet and establishing ourselves together. But my furry friend has now resigned his position and has gone off home to his freezing ice land…
A new era has begun!
Life has changed and as I personally have recently become a mother I found that lots of things around me need to change and as peanut designs is a big part of my life it too needed a fresh look.
This new design represents something significant to me. That a part of me has been taken and placed inside a new little human being, my son…I still live on and on the outside nothing much has changed, still got that lovely weight that new mums gain from carrying for 9 months, but there is still a little slither of me that has been taken…a little corner of my life that has a new bit of colour and life and newness about it….
so this new wave of colour and vibrance has arrived, peanut designs has been reborn in pink…ish
and that little slither in the corner, that belongs to my son Judah
my little sunshine
so….why peanut designs….
just because it’s me….it’s my journey….my ever changing journey.