Choosing a winner in our Design Contest was not easy - and I certainly don't envy the task of our judges. We debuted the winning designs last month and now it's time for you to meet Kate Cain - our 2nd place winner!
Kate's retro design was super cute - perhaps perfect for a Mad Men themed party? So get ready to learn all about the girl behind this hoot-and-a-half invitation!
How did you get your start in design?
I designed the spreads for my yearbook back in high school (does anyone even remember PageMaker?) For the record - yes, we at IC totally remember it! and also did the layout design for my college magazine. After years of caring about trapped captions, I went looking for a glamorous career designing flashy magazine covers and glossy billboards. I can't say I found one, but I did get to design restaurant menus and newspaper ads (I know, TOTALLY not the same thing. But at least I got free food).
Is design a full-time career for you? Or do you consider it more of a hobby?
It's currently only a hobby. I've had graphic design jobs in the past, but I currently work in IT. After spending all day working with logic (and telling people to restart their computers), I like to come home and give my right brain a creative workout!
What inspired your winning design?
My husband! He's been wanting to host a fifties-inspired cocktail party, so I thought I would use that as inspiration. I guess it didn't hurt that while designing, I was also watching a Rock Hudson/Doris Day flick, drinking a gin martini, and waiting for my husband to get home from work so that I could serve him the pot roast that I had baking in the oven. (Just kidding. We had chinese. And I made him pick it up).
Is there anything else you’d like our readers to know about you?
I really do love Doris Day. I also love The Hills. And I love how these two things can happily coexist side-by-side in my Netflix queue.
Doris Day and Lauren Conrad? Ok - we're sold! When can we come over and have a Pillow Talk/"You know what you did!" viewing party?
PS: You can shop Kate's retro cocktail party invitation on our site!