Anne Bollman, started her own studio after a career as lead designer


Anne Bollman began her career in architecture and interiors, designing spaces for corporate clients. She went on to be a lead designer for a large gift and stationery manufacturer and had her designs sold in stores such as Barnes & Noble, Papyrus and Pier 1 Imports. With these ten years of diverse corporate experience, Anne brings an informed yet fresh perspective to product design. 

In 2014 Anne started her own studio, Anne Was Here, providing illustrations for products and publications with humor and style that are meant to make you smile.


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Anne chats to us about:

  • Her start in interior design

  • Going to night classes for digital design

  • How passion drove to a career restart

  • How her career background provided her business foundation

  • Her preparation for establishing her own business

  • Commercial art vs. fine art

  • The locked vs. open portfolio debate

  • Her approach to exposure vs. being copied

  • Licensing images you have already posted

  • Greeting card design - see Anne’s classes on Skillshare

  • If an agent is required for the greeting card industry

  • Life work balance of being a mom

  • Her inspirations

Courses mentioned:

  • “Art and Business of Surface Pattern Design” at Rachel Taylor’s Design School

  • “Make it in Design” at

  • “Make Art That Sells” with Lilla Rogers

You can find Anne at:

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