I’m Daniella Attinella- a remote freelance designer from Minneapolis currently living in Azerbaijan.
I love connecting worlds whenever possible!
You may need help with:
Branding + Logo Design
Custom Icon design
…and I can help, having:
6+ years in professional FT design positions
10+ years freelance design experience
1 BS in Graphic Design from the U of Minnesota, Twin Cities
Won x3 design + illustration competitions
14 independent art shows
My own projects and products, understanding first hand the impact of solid branding
A curious, objective approach to design
The visual representation of your brand is how you grow from average to awesome. It transforms an idea you had into something totally legit. The high from creating this kind of value for people’s projects of passion continuously pulls me in. Design is pretty great!
At VOLT Studios, Minneapolis
I worked several years at the post-production shop VOLT Studios, where I wore the hats of Production Artist, Motion Graphics Assistant, Designer, & PA. Our small talented team collaborated with the most influential ad agencies in Minneapolis on high end video projects for top notch brands like General Mills, Cadillac, and Subaru. I was fortunate to have worked with such talented people to learn from. This experience taught me attentiveness to detail, professionalism, and how to balance it all with fun.
At Hubbard Broadcasting, Minneapolis
Then for several more years I was a FT Designer at Hubbard Broadcasting. Notable projects include: full identity system for the 2016 Cat Video Festival, (help with the) rebranding of the unique entertainment-focused talk radio station myTalk107.1, and social media graphic development for national and local businesses with our Social Media Management team. It was rewarding collaborating so closely with business owners and Program Directors in the quickly adaptive climate of media.
6 months working remote for Hubbard
In October 2016 I jetted off on a life goal trip around the world while working PT and remote for Hubbard Broadcasting. This experience has positively influenced my design consciousness- immersing in new cultures and ways of living has lead to sparking more creativity and further reinforcing the important role of good design on the human experience, no matter what language is spoken. There's crucial value in cross-cultural communication, which will only keep increasing as our wonderful world becomes more connected. Visual design (especially icon design!) is a wonderful tool for this. Many skills pertaining to design were gained from this experience such as being more open minded, less stuck on one idea, the curiosity to genuinely seek an objective solution rather than letting ego get in the way, and also further reinforcing my passion for using design as a tool to legitimized brands.
Passion for creating
For a little backstory, I've always been entrepreneurial throughout my life- whether it was coming up with a batch of ‘fat-free chocolates’ complete with labels printed and cut-out in Microsoft Paint at age 13, charging people to braid their hair at 14, or creating products to sell at handmade shops in the Twin Cities as an ‘adult’. There’s something about that high and excitement of having an idea and turning it into something legit to the world that is just so much fun! It makes sense I heading down the path of design, since it’s always something different and I get to work with people that are just as excited about their potential as I am. In the past I’ve managed a photo booth, started a design collective to counter street harassment, and always had some kind of side project going outside of my main job when I had one. My current projects include Hip My Trip and I am slowly building up my icon packs to sell. Little Eye is the develop and design shop of my partner and I where we can host, develop and help with your various web projects. Our first project together was a fun tab manger for Chrome we collaborated on called SplitUp!, also we can give websites a cosmetic and functional makeover such as what we did for my mom's food blog, Cooking On The Front Burner.
100% remote freelancer
After traveling and deciding to take a leap of faith (of love), I became a “Rome-ote” designer— meaning, a location independent designer primarily residing in Rome. Italy was wonderful and inspiring environment to be in as a designer! It taught me values in time and creating. Efficient use of time to me means being fully present and committed to projects when they exist opposed to being on the clock at a 9-5 with downtime throughout the day, and it was here I learned to love my current freelance lifestyle which allows me to best focus on improving as a designer and human.
Tea, create, repeat
That leap of faith (of love) turned into a commitment of faith (and love). Two weddings in two countries later, I’m currently residing in the Caucasian country of Azerbaijan (read my blog post about interesting facts, or better yet check out our informational travel website) with my partner. We just moved here a couple months ago and are enjoying family time, the fresh delicious foods and living along the Caspian Sea. One of my favorite thing to do at night is to take a seaside walk and stop at one of the many tea shops for a teapot and baklava. Here it is a great environment to focus on creating. The time zone is 2 hours more ahead than when we lived in Italy, but I haven’t found this difference to be any issue. Usually my clients will get a new email in the morning with the latest project, since I’m working while they are sleeping. :) If you have any questions about working with someone not physically in the same city as you, please don’t hesitate to ask!
The greatest (and most difficult) lesson I've learned about design is to be very conscious of how ego (say— being fixed on the initial idea tunnel vision) can be the greatest road block to coming up with the best objective solution. Design principles and listening should be leading the process, always. The goal is to build the best solution, not the first one.
The latest I'm up to on Instagram (@daniella_loop_and_laurel) —