Introducing DevonLouiise Designs

Since the age I could write, I have loved stationery. Whenever my father would collect stationery product samples to show clients, I would eagerly wait weeks to months for them to be boxed up and placed in the garage. Then, a raid would begin. I would grab EVERYTHING, including pens, notepads, highlighters, staplers. If it was in the box, it was mine.

However, it wasn’t until I was a teenager studying for GCSEs that I actually had an occasion to use the stuff. I just loved to look at it, imagining the day when I would be a super organised adult with an office job.

When money entered the equation, I would BEG to go to shops like WHSmith and Paperchase. Just to buy a stack of notebooks and piles of pens and pencils that I would never use. There’s a magic in just owning stationery. A feeling that got a lot stronger when I discovered Etsy, and the treasure trove of independent stores selling cute notepads, post-its, letter writing supplies, and so much more. It was my personal Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory….and that’s coming from someone who LOVES chocolate.

Ever since, I have dreamt of joining that club. To become someone who designs and sells their own stationery.

Well, it’s happening!

Introducing DevonLouiise Designs.

The goal is to make simple, accessible designs for queer and disabled stationery lovers like myself.

As an autistic, I struggle with visual sensory issues that can sometimes impact my taste and aesthetic. With DevonLouiise Designs, I want to create stationery supplies and art prints that I can actually use. With a focus on cute, accessible designs that feature dyslexia friendly fonts and can be tailored to specific visual requirements (i.e larger text, high saturation, high contrast, black and white, etc).

What products will you sell?

Initially, I will be focusing on downloadable designs themed around Autumn, Halloween, and Self-Care. These will include:

  • Planners/To-do lists
  • Notepads
  • Postcards
  • Art Prints/Posters

By offering digital designs first, I am able to easily take customer requests for adjustments to designs. This will allow me to create more accessible designs tailored to an individual’s requirements and open up my products to a wider audience.

Then, if things go well, I would love to diversify the range by offering physical products, with a particular focus on notepads, postcards, and greeting cards. Although, I am aware that this may limit the accessibility as I will not be able to tailor physical designs once the products are printed. However, using feedback from digital sales, I hope to create a diverse range where I can offer a number of options, so people may choose what suits them best.

Where do you sell your products?

You can find everything on offer over on Etsy:

Once I establish the brand online and introduce physical products, I will be looking to sell a selection of stock at local retailers. Lancaster has a fantastic selection on independent galleries, cafes, and stationery stores that prioritise work by local artists. I would really love to see my designs on the shelf one day!

What other topics will you cover?

I’m hoping to expand the themes of current products by exploring the changing seasons, music, queer identity, disabled identity, and general floral tones.

Where can I stay up to date?

If you wish to stay up-to-date with what’s on offer, upcoming releases, and service changes, you can follow the store on Etsy for occasional announcements.

Or, on Instagram @DevonLouiiseDesigns.

I will also be sharing new products on Pinterest @DevonLouiiseDesigns so you can match new releases with specific aesthetics and room designs.

Who inspires you?

In case you cannot find the right product for you on my store, here’s a list of other awesome Etsy sellers! I am obsessed with these stores, so I’m sure you’ll love them too.

I look forward to sharing more designs with everyone and learning along the way. If you would like to get in touch, please drop me a message on Etsy or fill out the contact form on my homepage.

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