We had the good fortune of connecting with Taryn Haber and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Taryn, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
It was honestly a little out of spite. I have many friends with small businesses who can’t afford professional branding/logos because the larger companies will charge over $500 for a simple design. I’m proficient in the same tools and skills that they are. Why not help out my friends who need these things to grow their business? Sometimes I trade with them for their products or I take small payments until they can afford to pay me more for my services, but I’m often still undercharging according to big design companies. I’m happy doing it, though.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I love simple designs, classic straight lines or vintage vibes. I think it’s so clean and appealing to everyone. Honestly, though, I like to listen to what the customer or client wants. Their vibe is what sets the tone for the entire design or brand. I have a hot dog cart client who likes the 50’s barber shop vibe and a hair salon that goes for modern punk rock. It’s all about their spirit and energy that makes the design come to life.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I’d have to take them to Krog Street Market. I love Gu’s Dumplings, I can scarf down an ungodly amount of them. I love small restaurants like Nicola’s Restaurant, which is a traditional Lebanese place where the owner, a jolly older gentleman named Nicola, will dance for you with a bottle of wine on his head every night. My favorite place in Atlanta, though, is Yellow River Wildlife Sanctuary. They used to be a horrible game ranch, ala Tiger King, but the new owners completely redid the place and actually take care of their animals. They have private guided tours by the animal caretakers and you can get up close and personal with adorable furry creatures like lemurs, bison, and even a bear! The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My husband, Jason, does. He originally went to SCAD for graphic design and worked at a design company, before leaving for IT. When I first started playing around with graphic design, he gave me his login so I could learn Adobe products for free. It was through his encouragement and support during long nights struggling over a logo that I finally decided to make Errantry Design a reality.