Sockabu Super Star!
Meet Dillon Romano!
Any chance I get, I try to engage in conversation and creative brainstorming with kids. Their colorful imaginations have no barriers and their ideas are always surprising -- often sparking innovative thoughts I never saw coming!
This is pretty much exactly what happened when I asked my niece and nephews to help me come up with ideas for my Sockabu character. I already had my logo, but I was trying to think of a fun way to bring that logo to life! We talked about the importance of color, movement, playfulness and the overall vibe -- kid-friendly and fun! Right away, they had ideas they wanted to explore. I gave them sketch pads and about 20 minutes later - MAGIC!
Kids and Creativity
Dillon and Coco both had the idea of turning the sock into an actual character. They gave him arms and legs and even a thought bubble so he could talk! The character captured the fun and friendly feeling we were going for -- and the colorful mohawk was the icing on top!
I asked Dillon to refine his drawing a little bit, and then I sent it to a professional graphic designer. Within days, the designer transformed Dillon's sketch into what is now our official Sockabu character! (Though he/she still needs a name!!) I made sure to ask the designer to keep all of the key characteristics from Dillon's sketch -- the eyes, the hair, the whimsical shape of the sock and toes!
As a family business, I love how my niece and nephews helped create the Sockabu character. It makes it that much more special to me. And I know it means a lot to Dillon too! (An 11-year-old entrepreneur in the making!)
Sockabu x Dillon Romano
Sockabu: How did you come up with your idea for the Sockabu character?
Dillon: I came up with the Sockabu character by making the character look like it is a real living sock. Also, with all of the colors and designs I thought it would look cool.
Sockabu: A sock that can talk?!! What made you think of that?
Dillon: The talking sock was an Idea that shows that the sock is your friend and not a mean person.
Sockabu: This was your first attempt at graphic design, how did you like it?
Dillon: It was fun to make up my own design for Sockabu. It was a fun experience.
Sockabu: Are you pleased with how the final design turned out?
Dillon: Yes. The final result looks tremendous. I loved how it turned out.
Sockabu: You are 11 years old, do you have any ideas about what you would like to be when you are older?
Dillon: When I grow up I want to be a MLB baseball player. That is all I think about.
Question: What is your advice to other kids who like to draw and create?
Dillon: My advice is to always be creative and never stop. Drawing and creating is very fun.
IF YOU KNOW AN ENTREPRENEURIAL, KID-IN-THE-MAKING, PLEASE LET US KNOW! WE WOULD LOVE TO MAKE HIM/HER OUR NEXT SOCKABU SUPER STAR!
EMAIL ME DIRECTLY: Abbie@Sockabu.com