As all new business owners know, launching your first business is simultaneously thrilling and terrifying. It is that thrill of conquering challenges and bringing innovative design concepts to reality which keeps me going. My first business, Cote Creative
, is a design business which focuses on bringing together the worlds of graphic design and art. And I cannot think of a better place to continue such a journey than in the community of Fargo, North Dakota. The community rallied behind me, support my business, my design and my dream.
That deep-rooted appreciation sparked another leap. At the beginning of 2017, I launched one of the biggest and most challenging projects yet tin my career as a designer. And at the time, I didn't even know it. It all started with this inkling of an idea, a desire to express my appreciation for Fargo in art form. I spent some time conceptualizing the idea in my sketchbook for a unique take on something familiar. All the classic icons of Fargo came to mind, and I eventually settled on incorporating the Bison; both a nod to the Dakota's prairie wilderness, and an iconic symbol of a football team's fame.
When design after design didn't work, I finally took to the framework of the Bison, and designed the word "Fargo" to fill the space. And boom. When I saw it, I got this feeling -- that gut feeling when you know you've hit something on the mark. I spent the next couple of weeks further refining and defining the design.
The bison design, christened "Dak" by a Facebook name contests, now needed a way to come to life. It was a steel-wood sign for local startup Tellwell that brought the Grain Designs team to mind.
Grain Designs is a local company that specializes in reclaimed wood furniture, home goods and art. Grant Koenig of the Grain Designs team said they have been recently looking to collaborate with local artists.
"This community has so much talent," Koenig said. "The more we can help get that out, the better."
When I approached them with the Dak the Bison design, they saw it as the perfect ode to Fargo. The challenge, then, was turning a 2-D design into a 3-D composition. I had to think of how to keep the look of the original design incorporated into a 3-D structure. With good teamwork, the piece eventually came together.