If you’ve been following Thinker over the past year, you’ve probably noticed several new clients coming on board as more companies find out about the services we offer and the way we work.

A core strength of the company is the outstanding design work of Aaron Johnson. There’s only one Aaron though and we got to the point where we needed more help. Fortunately, Rockford’s own Bailey Balentyne became available.

Bailey is a 2012 Rockford Boylan graduate who earned her degree in graphic design this spring from Northern Illinois University. She started at Thinker June 1 as a designer, helping us produce Fit815 magazine, produce marketing materials and work with clients on the look they present to the public, among other things.

So when you come by Thinker’s new space at 317 W. Jefferson Street, make sure to say hello to Bailey. Here’s a little more about her:

What do you do for fun?

Any outdoor activities, travel, cook, spend time with family and friends, and bust out some sweet jams on karaoke. 

What’s your favorite place in Illinois?

Starved Rock State Park! The area has some beautiful views, interesting history, and some nice little waterfalls.

What’s your favorite place in the world?

So far, it would have to be Colorado. I went on a skii trip right outside of Denver earlier this year and saw a mountain for the first time and they are INSANE. You can also see every star in the universe up there at night. 

What is something people are surprised to learn about you?

On some weekends, I help out my friend’s business by dressing up as Disney princesses for children’s birthday parties and special events.  

What is the best advice you have received?

“When you ride the bus, imagine that you are looking at everything from the point of view of someone else on the ride.”

If you could take two weeks off from all your responsibilities, where would you go and what would you do?

I would backpack across Europe for sure! I’ve always wanted to visit Ireland. 

What distinguishes you from everyone else?

I go out of the way to make everyone feel welcome in any social situation. When everyone around me is comfortable, I’m comfortable. 

Your biggest challenge:

Pushing through a project when it isn’t going my way, whether it be at home or at work. It’s tough to keep going, but sometimes you have to fight through until the end and the results may be much greater than expected. 

What did you want to be when you grew up?

An astronaut! But after seeing the movie Gravity starring Sandra Bullock, that killed any dream I had of being in space.