Mary Beth Cryan engineers a creative career

How fun is this? Mary Beth Cryan always has something unique up her sleeve. As an illustrator, paper engineer and product developer her creativity operates in overdrive. I remember standing in a funky shop in downtown Providence looking at a crazy math clock and I hear Marybeth say, “I designed that!” It turns out there is a fair amount of math involved in paper engineering! She makes me wish I had paid better attention in school! You simply must listen in to hear how she makes all this fun happen!

But what is really interesting is how Mary Beth has developed her business model over the last several years. She talks about it in depth in this interview. She does specifically targeted marketing, she develops concepts from beginning to finish for a client and she educates them on the time involved to execute the work. This way she makes sure she gets paid the right amount for her time and skill. I know this seems like a simple idea but again and again we have clients tell us what they pay instead of us educating them on what we need to earn. Let’s shift that!

You have to watch the interview to see all the products that she toted over to my studio! It all makes me feel like a kid!

Here are links to her books, Dinos and  Critters. Here is a link to the fun bobble heads! If you like the centerpiece idea, you can find it here. Her cards from the MoMA are here.

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