Wanissa Somsuphangsri | Designer Spotlight
Wanissa Somsuphangsri | Designer Spotlight

Wanissa Talks Pet Bandanas, Teaching and Starting a Small Business with Frankie Magazine!

June 17, 2021

By Lily Sarafian


Beloved LCI Melbourne graphic and digital design mentor, Wanissa Somsuphangsri, was featured in the latest Frankie Magazine edition, speaking about the small business she launched during lockdown in 2020.

Wanissa is the creative and passionate owner and designer of Dapper Pupper, a playful line of bandanas and pet portraits of dogs and cats. In Frankie Magazine, Wanissa shares her insights on starting a small business and how she manages the different aspects of her work.

“The fulfilling feeling of seeing my hand-painted pieces on such cute, furry beings is precisely what drove me to do more with the idea. I knew I wanted to design my own brand.”

- Wanissa (Frankie Magazine)


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Wanissa Somsuphangsri


Dapper Pupper is a one-woman show, with Wanissa running everything herself from conceptualisation to design, branding, marketing, packaging and the list goes on. She even draws the pet portraits and hand makes the bandanas from scratch too!


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Phoebe Powell


Wanissa takes a break from her home studio a few times a week to come and teach at LCI Melbourne’s Collingwood campus. Between teaching classes at LCI Melbourne and running Dapper Pupper, Wanissa keeps cool, calm and collected by prioritising self-care and time with loved ones.

“Remember to be kind to yourself when things don’t go according to plan. We learn a lot when things go wrong.”

- Wanissa (Frankie Magazine)

Read Frankie Magazine’s full interview with Wanissa here.


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Wanissa Somsuphangsri


More About Wanissa

Wanissa Somsuphangsri is a graphic designer with a love for handcrafted letterforms and a passion for design education. She is based out of her Melbourne CBD home studio, where she juggles between freelance design work and teaching with LCI Melbourne.

Wanissa strives to creative social impact through lettering and design. Her freelance work is fuelled by her multicultural background in combination with her fascination with botanical art.

“Teaching keeps me curious and inspired, I'm incredibly proud to be part of LCI Melbourne's creative community.”

- Wanissa 

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