Amanda Haslip, owner of Curious Creativ Media

Thanks for joining us on WhatcomWorkflow, Amanda! Tell us about your work with CuriousCreativ.

I recently left my 9-5 as a graphic designer to focus full-time on my side gig, Curious Creativ Media, to help businesses create and grow their presence online with brand development, web design, and social media management.

How long have you been doing what you’re doing?

I’ve been working in graphic design for quite a few years. Web design I have done here and there on the side, and marketing I just dove into this year. I was originally just going to focus on branding and web design with the new business, but while learning how to get myself out there online, I found I really love the digital marketing side of things, especially the social media side. I’ve been working for myself full-time now for just a couple of months.

What’s a unique word or phrase that describes how you work?

Hmm…weaving? I do have a tendency to weave back and forth between tasks.

Weaving is a unique way of describing your work! So what are you the best in the world at? Something that no one can take your crown away from you?

I’m really good at changing colors when I’m embarrassed. Not many people can reach the same shade of crimson that I can.

Crimson! Good answer. So let’s get down to technology workflow matters. Tell us about your desktop computer.

In front of me is a 2015 27″ Retina 5K iMac, 3.2 GHz Intel Core i5, 8 GB memory with 1 TB Fusion Drive. I’m not quite sure what most of that means, but that’s what it says. A VERY nice birthday gift.

To the left, my old main computer, a 2013 13″ Retina Mac Book Pro.

And to the right, my old 17″ Dell Studio laptop. It’s seen better days, but surprisingly still works.

And what software applications do you use to get your work done?

Some of these may be considered “apps” instead of software, but this is what I use on the daily:

Adobe Creative Cloud. Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop and Acrobat mostly. These are the essentials for any designer and I’ve been using them since day 1 so I’m comfortable with them. I know there’s a lot of free software out there now but I’m sticking with what I know. I dabble with Premiere Pro, Audition and Dreamweaver occasionally, and am currently teaching myself how to navigate Muse. I also use WordPress to build almost all of my websites.

I use Evernote to organize blog and social media posts, content ideas, proposals and other client related documents.

I use Trello, the ultimate to-do list app to organize my entire life, all of my projects, and to keep me on task. My favorite app of them all. I also combine it with Pomello (a Pomodoro timer that integrates with Trello to REALLY help get things done). As I said before, I have a tendency to weave between tasks…these have helped so much to stay focused on one task at a time.

Asana for project management.

Wave for accounting and invoicing.

Hubspot for CRM.

MailerLite for email campaigns.

Buffer for managing some social media posts for myself and clients.

What mobile phone and/or tablet do you own?

I have an iPhone 6S. No tablet.

What apps on your phone can’t you live without?

Safari, Mail, Facebook, Instagram, Buffer, OverDrive (connects to WCLS for eBooks), Calculator, and Maps.

Besides your phone and computer, what else (analog or digital) can’t you live without?

I used to be very attached to my FitBit until it started resetting itself in the middle of the day. Nothing else comes to mind.

What are some struggles you currently face with your technology?

Bugs and glitches. See above. And unwanted changes and updates to things that seemed were perfect the way they were. But change is good, I know…most of the time.

What music artists do you listen to while working, and what music source do you use?

Pandora. While it’s not typically the type of music I listen to, for some reason electro-swing like Parov Stelar and Caravan Palace get me in a really upbeat, focused mood for working. Other than that I’ll just have Pandora on shuffle. My list has artists from every genre…Country, rockabilly, oldies, hair bands, metal, 90’s alternative, classical, punk, pop…you name it, it’s probably there. Except rap. I don’t think I have any rap stations. Whatever gets my foot tappin’.

Describe for us your dream workspace and technology. No budget limitations. Sky is the limit!

Very white office with complimentary industrial furniture and fixtures. Drafting tables, craft stations and lots of storage. A height-adjustable desk that I can either turn into a walking treadmill desk or move down to accommodate a big comfy chair with back support that I can also cross my legs under. I know that’s terrible for ergonomics, but it’s really comfortable! Three vertical sliding window-walls (not sure what you call them…think glass garage doors) that turn the office into a patio. Sitting right off the beach, the lake, or a lush green lawn…with some sort of water view. A couple of iMacs and MacBooks, drawing tablets, a 3D printing machine and a letterpress.

Where is your favorite place to get work done in Whatcom County?

My home office, or front porch or backyard if it’s sunny. If I get stir-crazy, I’ll sometimes pack up the laptop and venture down to Boulevard Woods to take in the view and bustling atmosphere.

Where do you go to relax in Whatcom County?

We take the boat out to Lake Whatcom or out on the Bay. Anywhere in the water is my happy place.

In your opinion, what does Whatcom County need more of?

Hmmm..I saw someone else said this too…family-fun centers/arcades, something like a Dave & Buster’s, where you have a restaurant and bar, games and a bowling alley all in one place.

(Perhaps you were referring to Jennifer Freeman’s interview earlier on WhatcomWorkflow? Agreed that family fun venues are definitely needed for Whatcom County!)

So how about sharing with us your best time-saving shortcut or life hack?

To-do lists. Buffer for social media. Making templates of things I often re-use. And dry shampoo.

What books or magazines are you currently reading?

“Washington Real Estate Fundamentals”. Aside from running Curious Creativ, I’m also studying to get my broker’s license. Magazine-wise, my favorites are Real Simple, Women’s Health and Psychology Today.

What is the best advice you’ve ever received?

If you don’t build your dreams, someone will hire you to build theirs.

Fill in the blank: I think ____________ should be a featured professional on Whatcom Workflow.

Rowan Moore-Seifred of Double M Ranch Designs.

Thanks for the in-depth look at your technology and workflow, Amanda! Go check out Amanda Haslip’s work with Curious Creativ both on the web and on Facebook

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