Anne Pageau & Give Studios: Graphic Design with Soul

by Keira Havens September 06, 2010

[W]orking on Issue 17 has been an incredible experience. We've got a new logo, a new cover, and a new tagline, and there's no way we could have done it without Anne Pageau of Give Studio, our fantastic graphic designer. She has been with us from the very beginning and we think it's time she had her moment in the sun.
R:  Give Studio introduces itself with this quote:  "Someday you'll live in a box in the woods and make cards."  Tell us the story behind that line. AP:  When I was younger I used to spend hours at a time in my room at home, working away on random creative projects.  Most of them involved paper, naturally. Yes, it was anti-social, but I can get a little obsessive, especially when I'm feeling creative. One day my mom said to me, "someday you'll live in a box in the woods and make cards." We still laugh about it, because it sums up my personality nicely. If it weren't for my ridiculously social husband, there's a legitimate argument for the "box in the woods" as my reality. The transition from introvert to entrepreneur has not been smooth or easy, but somehow feels right. My husband is very comfortable in the world of business and systems, and has been enormously helpful and encouraging. I truly do not believe that I would have dared to attempt this craziness without him cheering me on – he really thinks I can do anything. I tend to balance his attitude with an incredibly stubborn and critical view toward my work – I am constantly researching, reading and considering design, completely aware that I have a lot of work to do in order to improve and grow. Sometimes it feels a little tortured, but I suppose it creates better work. And despite the torture, I am insanely thankful that I get to do what I do every day. R: You've been working with Ruminate for nearly 5 years. Your designs mark every one of the 60 pages in each issue and every quarter the magazine requires a completely new design. How did Brianna and the Ruminate staff convince you that this was a good use of your spare time and what has kept you from taking up a less strenuous hobby, like alligator wrestling? AP: I'm not entirely sure who convinced who – if memory serves, I may have been so excited about working with Brianna that she couldn't say no! Working for Ruminate has been such a gift; Brianna is an inspiring woman with incredible vision and passion. When things started formulating, Brian and I happened to be out visiting Jon and Brianna, and she started sharing her idea for the magazine. Looking back, it was a special time for us to be there and hear about her dream in person. Perhaps it was because we were also starting a business, and perhaps it was because we like to encourage people to try things, but we found ourselves completely taken by her ideas and wanted to join in the journey. There was (and is) a depth to Ruminate that was evident from the very beginning. It feels like a continued search for deep reality and an authentic life. These things drew me into the project, and keep me completely engaged. I get excited to bring each issue to life in an effort to grow and improve its aesthetic – working for Ruminate is a complete joy, and I'm really honored that they keep me around. R:  Finally, what was your favorite issue to work on? AP: To be totally honest, I think that the current issue I'm working on (Issue 17: Pilgrimage) has been my favorite. We've decided that after 16 issues it is time for some updating and rebranding, and I've never had more fun with it. It feels so good to give the whole thing a fresh look and take it to the next level. I'm hoping it feels more sophisticated and refined while still maintaining the personal and approachable feel that we started with. And of course, I'm hoping our readers will be pleased as well! Photo credit: En Vida Studio


Keira Havens
Keira Havens

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Keira Havens grew up in Hawaii where she was fascinated by flowers, bugs, and the ocean. After receiving her bachelor's in molecular biophysics and biochemistry from the Illinois Institute of Technology in 2004, she accepted a commission in the United States Air Force. She left active duty to pursue a degree in a synthetic biology laboratory and received her MS from Colorado State University in 2014. Along the way, she has volunteered and worked in nonprofit marketing and outreach. She joined Ruminate’s team in 2010 and currently serves as Ruminate's Marketing and Outreach Director.



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