In November I received a message for a design. Being a designer, this isn't uncommon and I happily accept any request to help a friend. We bounced off ideas, got some of the basic technical components down and eventually he revealed what this design was for.

His sister had recently been diagnosed with non-hodgkin's lymphoma. Treatment was causing her to lose her hair and he wanted a specially designed beanie she could wear through her treatment. To say this as a special design would be an understatement and being the designer tasked with this challenge I wanted to be sure this would be both encouraging and respectful to the situation she faced.

The only requirements for this design were:

1. It has to work in a small format of a beanie

2. Incorporated a black and white butterfly

While butterfly designs have been done over and over I began to struggle with the idea of how to make this one unique. I began looking for inspiration looking at pictures, other designs, etc. and remembered a friend talking about a butterfly tattoo her sister had gotten to represent her medical difficulties as well.

Using this image as well as other point of inspiration I came to my first mockup.

While I'll spare you the countless hours spent on Illustrator to get to this point just know this was not created over night. I wanted to be sure each petal as placed and colored exactly how I wanted it, the two halved felt connected, and it felt true to the journey that created it.

From there a series of small edits, discussions, and more revisions as well as the discovery of her favorite flower formed the final design.

Thankful to have been apart of this journey.


Barbara Januszkiewicz 

"Creative thinking inspires ideas. Ideas inspire change."

Pablo Picasso

"The chief enemy of creativity is 'good' sense."


Yo-Yo Ma

"Passion is one great force that unleashes creativity, because if you're passionate about something, then you're more willing to take risks."