The Neighborgoods started as a side hustle back in 2014 while I also ran a graphic design business where I worked on everything from fashion illustrations to corporate reports since 2006. But it was a love of designing packaging for cookies I made for my annual self-promotional giveaway that began the shift in my career towards focusing on designing for clients in the food industry. To make that switch, I needed some food-related work for my portfolio, so I began illustrating family recipes and produce from farmers markets to put on my website.
Since it was close to the holidays, and because I was itching to get away from the computer to make some homemade gifts, I thought these new illustrated recipes would make great gifts printed onto dish towels for family and friends. I never managed to get them ready for that holiday season, but I did sign up for a screen printing class, bought a bunch of dish towels, started printing, and the Neighborgoods was born.
Since then we have added lots more designs and products! Each product is designed by me and hand-packaged with love by our small but mighty team in our DC home studio.
We hope our products bring some joy to your everyday life.