For years, Ian Stewart has considered making his Big Mention a full-time business instead of a side venture.
“Big Mention has been kind of my creative outlet,” he says.
Stewart calls it “a branding agency with a focus on the creative edge of design.”
“I made money off it, but I didn’t need to … maintain a very large client base,” he says. “Now I’m trying to transition into more of a standard kind of creative agency.”
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Several things inspired him to try now, including a layoff, not getting a job he wanted and working for a company that he says taught him how he doesn’t want to do business.
“It seems like in the last two years, the universe was trying to lead me into this direction,” Stewart says.
“It would almost be silly for me to not try now,” he says. “I’m a firm believer in signs and seeing opportunity and taking advantage of it when you can.”
The easiest way to explain what Stewart does is graphic design.
“But I offer more than just standard graphic design,” he says. “I can do entire branding of a company or an event.”
Stewart offers photography, videography, sound design and coordination with other creative types for a range of services.
“It’s a lot of different things,” he says. “I jokingly said I would probably change your oil if you wanted me to.”
Stewart has been working out of an art studio in his home, but next month he’ll open an office at Clifton Square at 3700 E. Douglas.
He calls the move a natural progression, though he adds that with a wife and 8-year-old daughter, “It’s daunting.”
Stewart says he’s thought about a tagline for his business but so far hasn’t chosen one.
“I have done well with kind of just letting the name speak for itself,” he says. “Now I’m just trying to build on that.”