I’m Abi, a designer, writer, and publisher. I help others communicate effectively so that their messages go further and reach deeper.
I’ve always loved the way words, colours, images, and typography together communicate more effectively since making magazines as a child and collecting drinks cans as a teenager! With over fifteen years of experience in design and creative consultancy, I can help you with your design, brand and communications, blog post writing and social media management.
Publisher: iola magazine
iola – living life well magazine. If you love good design, creativity, reading, and music, – iola is for you. If you’ve ever wondered about how to manage all the things: family, meaningful work, creative pursuits and how not to lose your soul in the process, – iola is for you. If you have faith in God but at times might describe your relationship with him as complicated, – iola is for you.
Find out more about iola here.
If you are curious about the tools that I use as a publisher, writer, and designer, these are the tools I use and recommend here.
Abi’s story so far
I’ve been making magazines and books since I was a girl,
which led me to study English and Publishing at University, in the book-loving city of Oxford.
Whilst studying I also met my now husband and we have lived in the Oxfordshire area since (except for two years in Devon) and we have three children. I cultivated a passion for layout and typography in page design which led to founding a design agency.
We served the public sector with design and communication tools and information resources in Oxfordshire for nine years, building an agency team of five, before the financial crash in 2009. The business failed amongst drastic reductions in public services. We lost our business and home the week our third child was born leading me to a tumble into depression.
I discovered that being creative really did help me come alive, so I started running crafts events with a friend, decided packaging craft kits was not for me, but maybe writing, designing and running websites was.
I learned to create websites and combined my love of design and creativity online by writing tutorials and creating graphics, at a little website called making for living which morphed into abipartridge.com
I discovered I liked encouraging others in their creativity because I knew personally the benefits of living a creative life.
I learned to self-publish and published two craft tutorial books on Amazon,
which led to writing and publishing a creative devotional: Recreate.
I discovered that the writing life can be lonely which led to collaborating with writer friends from hope*writers
to create iola magazine.
Which has led me back to writing to you, here.
I write little letters to my email list weekly-ish sharing encouragement & resources for being creative from across the printed and digital media world. They are written just for you, get on the list here.
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When I’m not working you’ll mostly find me taking photos of flowers or the Cotswolds countryside I live in, reading a book or magazine with a cup of good coffee in my hand. I’d love to know more about you and what beauty you chase down.
You can always email me email@example.com