Wellington designer receives nod for 'killing it' in web development

Arnett runs a design business from her Mount Cook flat.
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Arnett runs a design business from her Mount Cook flat.

A Wellington designer who juggles university, a part-time job, and a business is "killing it" in the world of webdev.

Hollie Arnett, a freelance visual communication designer, spends her days studying for an honours degree, working on projects for her business Hollie Arnett Design, and volunteering as a designer at her church.

On top of that, she also runs a blog and a YouTube channel.

Now, after years of hard work and determination, she has been named as one of the "10 Women Killing It in the World of Webdev & Design".

"Being on that list was like a dream come true," Arnett said.

"It still feels surreal, but it's so great."

"I've worked so hard ever since my first design class in high school and I haven't stopped."

Webdev - or web development - is a large part of her business, in which she aims to create web and print solutions to reach her clients' target audiences.

She does a lot of work with branding, websites, applications and print collateral.

She officially launched Hollie Arnett Design in 2013, when she was just 18 years old.

"When I began, I was only young and I didn't really know who I was or where design would take me.

"At that point, I just enjoyed being creative and helping people I knew with their design needs," she said.

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"Now, being a designer means so much more to me than it did then as I've seen the power of good design.

"I've also come to realise that what I love more than design is seeing other people fall in love with creativity and pursuing their passions, so my business has expanded in that sense."

The trick to juggling her business, work and studies, as well as her personal life, was being passionate and organised, she said.

"I truly believe that the only reason that I get so many things achieved is because I just love design so much, plus I have a very understanding boyfriend who encourages me to follow my wild dreams.

"I want to spend most, if not all, of my time being creative, and helping other people do the same, so being driven helps me to achieve that."

However, with her business growing faster than expected, Arnett has had to turn down a few jobs.

"I spend so much of my time daydreaming about how I could be growing my business or doing some cool projects, but there isn't the time to do that at the moment, but other than that, it's great."

Her clients come to her through word of mouth, Arnett said.

"We work together to make something beautiful and then we get to enjoy the results.

"Seeing their businesses grow and their dreams become realities is amazing."

She hoped to expand Hollie Arnett Design, as well as start another creative business, launch some app and product ideas.

 - Stuff

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