I am an animal lover and a long time, life learner who love art and design. My journey in Graphic Design began in high school, college, and continues today.
My name is Louise Isham, and I am the owner and designer here at Louise Isham Dot Com. I am an enrolled member of the Bois Forte Band of Chippewa Indians, and currently reside on the Nett Lake/Orr sector of the reservation. I grew up here until I was 15, at which time I relocated to Port Orchard, Washington, as my parents wanted me to broaden my horizons. It was attending South Kitsap High School that fanned my passion for Graphic and Print Design. I was lucky to have the program offered as an elective and took to it like a duck to water.
I returned to Minnesota my senior year and enrolled in college majoring in Graphic Design and Print Media. After graduation, I took my first graphic design job at Fortune Bay Resort Casino as a member of their marketing team. I really enjoyed working there and I learned a lot.
In the beginning of 2001, I became the Editor of the Bois Forte News. In this position I did the entire caboodle, design, reporting, graphics, editing, mailing, etc. I did this for approximately eight years. Around year five I also became the manager of special projects and the website. After the abolishment of the Communications Department, I worked as a general IT tech, sold shoes, and a was a store clerk. Within all this time, I did FREELANCE GRAPHIC and WEBSITE design.
Throughout my career, I was able to utilize various aspects of my graphic and print design skills to the jobs I took. In 2014, I was offered the Senior Executive Coordinator position for the Bois Forte Tribal Government. Again, I was able to keep my graphic and website design skills up and used frequently in this position. Later in 2018, I became the Editor of the Bois Forte News again along with being the Senior Executive Coordinator. Unfortunately, in 2020, COVID-19 struck, and everything changed. During this time, I was asked to be the Bois Forte Tribal Emergency Response Committee’s Public Information Officer. Again, I was able to put my skills to work – so in the end, I have been utilizing my Graphic, Print, and Website training thirty to ninety percent of the time.
After seven years in that position, I felt it was a time for a change. A time to focus on my aspirations and passions – primarily art – graphic and website design. I stepped away from the office setting and set up a new office in my home. I have been working on launching my business for some time, it always ended up being pushed to the side-line.
Now, I can focus 100% on my business and do something that I really love.
“If you do what you love, it is not a job.”
I am not sure who came up with that phrase, but it works. I am very excited, and a little nervous to get started, but I know I can do this. I know that I can design great things for people.
I look forward to working with you to bring beauty to the world one dot, one pixel at a time.