Most of the artists I admire are designers. I have a pretty long laundry list of design-heros, but the designer I currently admire the most is probably Jessica Hische. She does really amazing work in every area of design from hand-done typography to web. I'm influenced by current design blogs. My usual morning routine involves waking up and clicking around on the internet to see what new design work has been posted. Some of my favorites are: Ffffound!, Grain Edit, Graphic Exchange and Type Everything.
My style varies from project to project, but I think one common thread is that I really like clean, well-set type. I also like to incorporate hand-done processes into my designs whenever I can. Whether it's just creating a texture to scan in and add to a logo or creating an image to be photographed for a layout, I like to design both on and off the computer.
The main influences for these designs were historical. I was looking at a lot of vintage packaging while creating these designs including old tins from the 1900's and air mail envelopes and stamps from the 40's and 50's.
I think the most difficult aspect is probably coming up with a strong concept for a design. I'm not sure what the easiest part would be, because I think it changes from project to project. On one design it might be hard to find the right typeface or choose the perfect colors, but on another design it might be a really simple decision.
I don't typically think too much about what I've done because I usually like to focus on what I'll do next. However, I'll be receiving my BFA degree in Graphic Design in December, so I guess that's pretty cool. I also just finished putting on a gallery show with a group of fellow designers that I think came together pretty well, so I'm pretty proud of that.
You can find out more about Shannon on her website.