|I am a graphic designer, photographer, artist, musician, writer and an environmental enthusiast. I am lucky to be able to combine my hobbies with my career. My hometown is Victoria, BC, but I currently live in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, doing graphic design and photography for Friends-International, an NGO dedicated to protecting marginalized children and youth.
I have been cursed with a constant desire to improve the appearance of things. This gets problematic when I’m walking down the street minding my own business, and I spot something that has been poorly designed. Since I have a hard time keeping my feelings to myself in such instances, I often make a public scene. Those who have lent an involuntary ear to my rant look upon me with pity and scorn, and they assume I am a crazy artist or perhaps a student of theatre.
In fact, I am a bit of a crazy artist (and I was a student of theatre), but I have honed my skills to suit the ever-changing, cut-throat world of commercial design, without losing my creative enthusiasm. I have a deep-rooted passion for all things beautiful and I find sheer pleasure in creating designs that are physically appealing and emotionally stimulating. I love fashion, architecture, photography, and writing.
And I have spunk, too.
I’ve Worked With:
Act Now BC
Why did I choose graphic design?
Good question! I’ve always had a natural knack for art. As a kid I’d be content painting for hours on end, and I went through more of those little watercolour pallets than you can imagine. When I got into school, art was my favourite subject, and not surprisingly math my least favourite.
Graduating from high school I was off to University where I began to study English and History. But I found this boring and skipped most of my first-year classes to spend time at my old high school designing and painting sets for a theatre production. The marks I received in classes I was neglecting proved my lack of interest, so I switched programs and went into theatre design at UVic.
The computers in our lab at school had state-of-the-art Macs, that I soon fell in love with. I also discovered Photoshop on one of these computers, and was fascinated by it. Suddenly I knew what it was I wanted to do! Using my gift for composition and passion for art, I began to design flyers and posters for our school productions. I was teaching myself how to use the software as I went, and flying by the seat of my pants a bit! By the time I graduated I had taught myself how to be a graphic designer. Over the next couple of years, I honed my talents and skills to meet the world of commercial design, and learned about the business of it.
With my sound knowledge and background in theatre design and art, my natural knack for composition, and the self-taught lessons in Adobe software I started up Penguin Graphic Design. I operated Penguin successfully for five years before deciding that I wanted to work under my own name so that I could broaden my site to include all of my interests.
CarolineMitic.com is dedicated it to all of the things I enjoy doing, which is why you’ll find my music available for free download, my blog which chronicles some of the more interesting things I do, my favourite things on the internet, and my graphic design portfolio. Enjoy!