I've worked with dozens of clients over the past decade helping them with their design and marketing needs. But that's only part of my story.
Learn more about how January Creative came to be, my experiences and education, and my hobbies and interests in my official bio below.
- Carrie Smith Nicholson - formally of Careful Cents (Colorado Springs, Colorado)
- Tracy Petsch - Queen City College (Clarksville, Tennessee)
- Kimberly LeCroy - The Pearl Reserve (Spring Hill, Tennessee)
- LaNella Hooper Williams - President, Hooper-Williams Communications (Hillsborough Township, New Jersey)
- Charlotte Varcoe-Wolfson - Endometriosis Foundation of America (New York, New York)
- Mandy McEwen - Columbia Girls Fast Pitch (Columbia, Tennessee)
As a design and marketing student at Austin Peay State University, she left her part-time prepress technician job to start freelancing while pursuing her degrees.
Working with clients one-on-one during her college career allowed Amber to gain valuable experience that is often only afforded to design students through internships. With this experience, she decided to chase her dream of owning a design firm and transform her part-time freelancing into a full-time design firm January Creative in January 2012.
With her education and experiences in both design and marketing, she brings a unique approach and insight to her clients’ projects to help them solve both their design needs and marketing goals. She has worked with dozens of clients in a variety of different industries to create beautiful and effective designs that exceed her clients’ business needs and expectations.
In addition to working with clients on their design needs, she also helps other self-employed creatives and freelancers succeed in their professional lives. She’s written “Student Freelancing 101: A Start-to-Finish Course to Becoming a Student Freelancer,” a book written like a college course designed for students who are interested in freelancing and a future career as a self-employed creative.
The book has become popular at college campuses by students and professors alike and is even currently being used as a textbook for several college courses across the country. She’s also had the opportunity to write the college course around her book for Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design, a course still being taught with the materials she’s written and with her book as the required textbook.
Amber enjoys writing and sharing her experiences and expertise in design, marketing, branding, freelancing, and business, and does so frequently through several industry websites, including The Next Web, SitePoint, Tuts+ and on her own design firm website at January Creative LLC and her personal website at amberturner.com.
In her life outside of her design firm, Amber has wide-ranging interests, including being an advanced trained storm spotter, handmade candlemaker, and enjoying interests such as reading and spending time with family and friends.
She works closely with NWSNashville as a #tSpotter coordinator and real-time Twitter nowcaster for Hickman and Dickson Counties in Tennessee and has won a Distinguished Service Award from NWS in 2017 for her volunteer efforts. Amber enjoys her candlemaking hobby as a way to relax while also participating in roughly a dozen craft shows and handmade markets a year selling her handmade soy candles under the brand name Candleflare.
She has two professional degrees from Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tennessee, conferred in August 2012: a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Communications with a focus in Graphic Design, and a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing with a minor in Management, where she graduated with a near 4.0 combined GPA with summa cum laude (highest) honors.