A Brief History of the Cristyn Hypnar Behind Cristyn Hypnar Creative

I guess you could say that I started my journey with graphic design at a very young age. With an art teacher for a mother and an architect for a father, I was basically born creative. Whether it was gardening or making playdough with my mom, or building a deck or laying marble floors with my dad, throughout my childhood, I had a pretty idyllic childhood, chock full of DIY attitude.

Then college came along. And while at first I pursued my creative dreams, taking classes in drawing and darkroom photography, I quickly decided that I had better take up something more "practical." Something that would ensure me a job after college. I don't think I did a lot of research on this one because, I chose...(wait for it....) Art History. Don't get me wrong. I absolutely love art history, and in fact think that it has given me a very well-rounded foundation and much greater appreciation for the arts. It also helped me hone my communication and writing skills. I just don't think it really ended up being the practical solution I had hoped for. Flash forward 3 years later. Two years out of college, a Bachelor of the Arts from the University of Michigan in my proverbial pocket, and I remained a staple barista at a local coffeehouse in Ann Arbor, Michigan. As fun as this job was, I knew it wasn't going to lead me to a career. It was time for a big change! I packed up and headed to Chicago because, well I always wanted to live in a big city, which seemed a good enough reason at the time.

In Chicago, believe it or not, I tried to do a complete 180, and started taking Environmental Science classes at Loyola University. It was during an internship for one of these courses that the idea of being a graphic designer sort of fell upon me. I was working for an environmental awareness non-profit, cataloging their files and photographs. The work was tedious and boring, and I am pretty sure they were just making up tasks to keep me occupied for three hours every Wednesday. (This was my first exposure to the corporate tedium of a desk job, subsequent experiences sent me running to my freelance career!) Anyways, it was one of these fateful Wednesday afternoons when my boss said something to the effect of, "Hey, we need a logo for this new campaign. Your resume says you have photography and drawing experience, right? Why don't you take a stab at it?"

So I went to the school's Mac lab (because now I was a cool graphic designer and used things like Macs) and opened Photoshop and started messing around. I would love to say that I masterfully created a logo that was met with accolades and was branded across all of Chicago...but I really don't know what happened to that project. All I know is that one second I was using the Magic Wand tool in the library and the next second three hours had gone by. I'm not talking like Fight Club, I lost my mind type of losing three hours. I'm talking, I was so into what I was working on that I literally didn't realize time was passing by all around me. The last time I was so into something like that was when I was working in the darkroom during my photography classes. I realized that maybe there was something to this creative pursuit. I credit my BFF (thanks Erica!) for suggesting that I enroll in Loyola's graphic design classes. Turns out graphic design is both creative and (gasp!) can be quite lucrative.

The rest, as they say, is history. I have had the opportunity to work on many great brands, and with great people and wouldn't change a second of my convoluted entry into design. My journey has strengthened me as a designer and as a person; with my diverse background and experiences, I am convinced I am far more well-rounded and knowledgable than a traditionally educated designer. So. There you are. A brief history of Cristyn Hypnar Creative. Congratulations you made it to the end. Or should I say, to the present!