5 on friday: meg summerfield

On Friday afternoons, we will be asking a fellow #girlboss five simple questions about business, the passion behind her brand and what motivates her to get out of bed in the morning.

We invite you today to meet one of our favorite Squarespace experts and fellow creatives, Meg Summerfield. At a young age, Meg was always designing brands - from neighborhood lemonade stands to fashion design brands. Today, armed with her MFA in graphic design from SCAD and loads of Squarespace knowledge, she runs her own studio Meg Summerfield Creative, as well as her food blog Summerfield Delight. She is also the founder and editor-in-chief of Square Design Guild, a membership group for designers who use the Squarespace platform.

Meg Summerfield

name | Meg Summerfield (Sheeley)

company | Meg Summerfield Studio and Square Design Guild

years in business | 4 years (1.5 full time)

1 | When did you consider yourself a success? As an artist and a perfectionist, I don’t think I have ever considered myself a “success”. I think the day I realized I could support myself was one step, the first piece of “fan mail” I received was another, and then when I realized I could make a positive impact on people by sharing my voice was a third.

2 | What motivates you to get out of bed in the morning? Creative freedom. It’s something I had a taste for early on in my career, and then went into multiple in-house jobs, which were very creatively restricting. The freedom to design for whom I choose and what I want is the best feeling that exists as a designer.

3 | What is a skill you’d like to learn and why?  I’d love to learn to teach even better. I’ve learned a lot over the years from my mother, from teaching in grad school, but I want to learn to slow down, and teach with confidence.

4 | How would your friends describe you? Passionate, constantly creative, a foodie - borderline food snob; oh and probably a little weird (I mean what creative entrepreneur isn’t a little odd).

5 | What is your favorite quote? “Promise me you'll always remember: You're braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” - AA Milne

I think AA Milne just hits the nail on the head when it comes to the answer to any hard question. I still to this day go back to my super torn up old AA Milne poems when I need a little bit of self-confidence and to quiet the uncertainty in my brain.

ding, ding, ding! bonus question | If you could witness any event of the past, present, or future, what would it be? I’d want to be there the day that women got the chance to vote, to stand in line with the courageous fighters for equal rights and be there to cast their vote for the first time. I think the power of a collective voice would have been incredible.