Morgan Braaten is a Graphic Designer and Illustrator based in Portland, Oregon. She finds it very strange when people write their bios in the third person. Seriously. Everyone knows you're the one who wrote this. Knock it off, already.



I worked for 2 years as the Graphic Designer of Product at Nutcase Helmets where I illustrated and designed the product graphics for their 2017 and 2018 lines. This included everything from subtle graphics to solid colors to helmets that make kids look like their entire head just turned into a robot. I worked on the designs from their very first sketch until they were a final, marketable product. I learned a lot about color, working with manufacturers, how to market products, line planning, materials, finishes, and how to get illustrations from a computer onto a solid, curved object. This has helped me to create products in other areas, such as enamel pins. It made me comfortable creating production files and communicating with the people who can bring them to life.



Here is where I should say that I always knew I wanted to be a graphic designer, but that is just not the case. I hated computers. I didn't see myself as creative. I was forced to take a design course, and I was so bitter about it. It was incredibly hard for me to learn...and I think that's why I love it so much. It never came easily to me, so every time I saw myself progressing I was excited, proud, and driven to learn even more. Now I see design as my center. I can use it to incorporate my illustrations, or to put something on a product. I can create a poster, make wedding invitations, or design an ironic coffee cup. The options are limitless.



I love illustrating, and it's almost always in black and white. When I first started illustrating, I used color to cover up things that I wasn't sure about. To try and avoid that, I started using only black ink. When you're only using one color and that color is permanent, you have to really focus on what you're doing and be sure about every line.