March 6th 2023
Meet Ciara Belt, Founder of Author Design and member of Department Leeds Dock.
To celebrate International Women’s Day on 8th March, we’ll be shining a spotlight on some of our own members making a difference in the creative, digital and tech industries. First up… Ciara Belt of Author Design, a freelance web, graphic and print designer based at Department Leeds Dock.
Well, I’ve always been super creative ever since I was kid. I really enjoyed crafting and working on little DIY projects growing up and if I’m honest, had no idea what I wanted to be when I grew up.
As I got older and when I got my first computer (let’s not mention the countless hours chatting on MSN, playing Solitaire and making ~stunning~ artwork in Paint), I became interested in technology and I found myself drawn to digital design. So I thought to myself, what job could I have that was both creative and in technology? Digital design! Whether it’s designing a website that’s easy to navigate or creating a logo that accurately represents a brand, I enjoy the challenge of problem-solving and the satisfaction of seeing my designs come to life. I have been fortunate enough to turn my passion into a career.
Coming from a self employed family with my parents owning a business together, it only felt natural to set up my own. After two years of freelancing, I recently established a limited company called Author Design. So it would be absolutely amazing to build a team of talented designers and create a studio that offers a wide range of design services that helps businesses meet their product design goals!
Honestly, taking the leap and quitting my full time job in May 2021 and setting up a business. It was a massive thing for me and now that I’m two years down the line I am so proud that I took the plunge and started my own business journey!
To find out more about Author Design or to get in touch with Ciara for any digital design requirements visit https://www.ciarabelt.co.uk
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