Absence makes the heart grow fonder.

Hello friends!

So I've been super, super busy this past week (which is why I haven't been around).  I'm working on a HUGE project and as the deadline is fast approaching, I have been finding less and less time for personal ventures.  But that being said, I really missed blogging!  It was something I looked forward to every day, and was sort of a challenge - which is a good thing for me!  So here I am, back for more.  

I think today I am going to take some time to work on uploading my portfolio.  It's something that has needed to happen for a really long time (over a year now), and I've just accumulated SO MUCH WORK.  How do you guys stay on top of keeping your portfolio fresh?  I'm thinking I might try saving web-ready files, and uploading as soon as I complete a project so that I'm never in a situation like this, where it's such a daunting task, again.  I really want to put everything up, because I have worked on so many projects that I am proud of.. But I feel like this relaunch is a chance for me to really edit my portfolio down to projects that really display my strengths, and the kind of clients that I want to attract.  So that's what I am up to today.  Sifting through my projects and figuring out how to organize them in a way that represents me, my work, and the clients that I want to work with.

Should be an interesting afternoon I guess!



Why hello there, welcome to POLKA DOTTED PIXELS! My name is Alex, and I want to thank you for visiting my little corner of the internet.  Parts of the site are still under construction (mainly my portfolio, and I plan on setting up a shop as well), but I REALLY wanted to start posting.  I've been planning this launch forever - and the 1st of April sounded perfect (a new week, a new month, a new season - it seemed like a great time to start something fresh and wonderful) !

So I guess I will start by introducing POLKA DOTTED PIXELS, the blog, the studio, and of course the lady behind it all - ME!


Alexandra K. Pettinato has had a passion for images, letters and polka dots for as long as she can remember.  She probably has more rolls of unprocessed film than you, and feels really, really bad about it.  Alex received a BFA from York University in Visual Arts (Photography), and studied Graphic Design at Humber College.  She calls Toronto home, and works as a graphic designer from her studio in The Junction.  She can usually be found with her puppy, Rudie, making cute things.  Alex feels weird about talking about herself in the third person, but loves DIY, design, photography, polka dots, pastels, punk rock, and traveling.


POLKA DOTTED PIXELS is a lifestyle + graphic design + DIY blog. It started, because Alex needed an awesome place to share her ideas and inspirations.  So what will you find here, you ask?  Well, DOTS + DESIGN + DIY of course!  You can expect daily posts about graphic design, photography, creative inspiration, DIY projects, and a mess of popular culture musings.  Most of all, POLKA DOTTED PIXELS just wants to make your screens a little cuter!


POLKA DOTTED PIXELS is the design studio of Alexandra K. Pettinato.  Launched in 2011, Alex offers a variety of graphic + web design, illustration and photographic services.  She collaborates with many clients in The Junction, the Greater Toronto Area, and worldwide.  Alex is always looking to collaborate on new projects!  If you would like to inquire about her process, rates, or just want to chat, shoot her an email at alex@polkadottedpixels.com.


I've blogged before, but this time, I swear it's different.  I've been carefully planning posts and features, reading, commenting, keeping active on social media, taking classes, doing research - all to create content that you'll love and will keep us all interested and entertained.  I am really excited about this venture, and excited to share with you all!

So that's it!  The ever-daunting first post complete!  Stay tuned for the complete website, and for daily features and inspiration.

Love and polka dots,