HANNIBAL, Mo. -- Josh Stealey was halfway through high school when he was faced with a choice: Drop out or be expelled. Rather than have a black mark on his school record, he voluntarily left.
Stealey, then 16, started experimenting with computers and web design in his spare time.
"Working with computers was kind of new. Growing up, nobody had computers, so I got the nickname, ‘Digital One,' " he said. "I got tired of looking for graphic designers for the websites I was doing, so I got into graphic design that way."
His future graphic design career got a jump start at 18 when Stealey applied for enrollment at a community college in Alton, Ill. He showed the college's art director his web designs and graphics, and instead of enrollment, the art director offered him a job.
Today, Stealey's graphics, decals and signs can be seen throughout downtown Hannibal and across the city. He does the design work under the business name Do1ne Designs, a nod to his nickname.
"I've kept it as a hobby until more recently," Stealey said. "I've gathered enough of a clientele to try and get this as a full-blown brick-and-mortar business this year instead of just working on it in my house."
Stealey's graphic design work includes the logos for Pedal'rs, America's Hometown Essentials, Crazy J's Smoke Shop, VFW Post 2446 and The Big Muddy Soap Shoppe. He said a client usually will have an idea of what they want their logo to look like, but if the client doesn't, Stealey helps brainstorm creative possibilities. He then draws the graphic in Photoshop or by hand.
"If I get a description of their vision, then I can work with it," Stealey said.
Although Stealey is the creative force behind Do1ne Designs, he said it's a family business because of the help he has received from family members.
"I'm thankful that my mom has always been supportive of my creativity growing up and helped to foster that in me," he said. "And my wife and children currently help out with my business, and for that I'm appreciative. I couldn't do this without them."
More information about Stealey's graphic design business can be found at facebook.com/Do1ne.Designs. He also can be reached at 573-719-3211.