Tuesday, October 23, 2012

ArtPrize Entry

ArtPrize Entry 2012
Venue: Vitamin D Tanning
Website: http://www.artprize.org/amanda-cruickshank/2012/porthole-of-scottish-identity

Client Work: YEGA

Client: YEGA
Contract: A. Cruickshank Design 

Client Work: Palette PR

Client: Palette PR
Contract: A. Cruickshank Design

Client Work: Keweenaw Krayons

Client: Keweenaw Krayons
Contract: A. Cruickshank Design
Website: http://www.facebook.com/KeweenawKrayons

Client Work: Kiltie Marching Band

Client: Kiltie Marching Band (Alma College, Alma Michigan)
Medium: Photography
Contracted Through: A. Cruickshank Designs

Client Work: Lookout Guardians

Client: Lookout Guardians
Contracted Through: Tau Seven Solutions

Client Work: Tau Seven Solutions

Client: Tau Seven Solutions
Contracted Through: A. Cruickshank Design Elements
Website: http://www.tauseven.com/

Client Work: Midwest Chemical

Client: Midwest Chemical Safety
Contracted through: Tau Seven Solutions

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Critical Look at Graphic Design Resumes

Recently I've started revamping my resume.  As a graphic designer I feel like in the realm of resume building and maintaining I've struggled with what the 'normal resume' looks like and what I feel my resume should look like.

Like many others in my generation, I googled it.  The results were as I suspected: graphic designers as many artists do break the mold for resume building.  Swirly images and vector graphics, they look amazing!  I understand what you want your portfolio online and your image online has to be consistent with all the fonts and colors.  Honestly, that concept comes from a yearbook class in high school.  As there is one thing to be said about being consistent an graphic designer really has to wonder:

How much is too much?

Has it been the economy that has prevented me from attaining the dream graphic design job or has it been my artfully constructed resume?  To some argue that the answer to that question is common sense.  "Artistic liberties with your resume is a bad idea.  Traditional methods are always the way to go!"

The other side of that spectrum argues that: If your thing is children illustration, make sure that as soon as they see your resume, people can realize what your specialty is without having to read a single word. If you want to inform that you’re really good at making infographics, then why not making your resume as a nice infographic?  Be creative and harness your abilities.

Some really struggle with the guidelines for resume creation in the art department and then having the resume critique center look at it.  It seems as though there was no common ground, the art department wanted to you be as creative as possible but the resume center said any creative process was distracting.

What is the eliminating factor?  Maybe generic file name? Sending a non-print quality file?  Is it a good idea to make multiples of your resume? Although you should not going to use graphic designer resume when applying for a administrative assistant job.  As always with graphic design you have to keep your audience in mind and as of late when submitting resumes, you have to feel confident that your resume will represent you.  

Have any insight on the topic? 

Monday, April 30, 2012

Writers Block: Conquered!


Writers block is a thing of the past, my new children's book will be called:
(Drum Roll Please)

An Interview with a Peanut.

This story will be based on an interview I will conduct with a young girl who has just become a big sister.  She will be asking her newborn brother a series of questions, this will make up the content of the book.

Possible medium considerations are: digital, lithograph, or watercolor.

Parents have always worried about how their children will adjust to a new edition to the family.  It should be a great coping mechanism for growing families.  I feel a strong connection to this book because there has always been an age gap between my younger siblings and myself.

Please leave comments below and let me know your thoughts!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Brand-o-Rama: Exciting Opportunities

First off I have to say that when good things happen, they happen all at once!

Not one, not two, but three design projects all in the same two weeks.  I'm excited to get started, they are all in different stages of production with fast approaching deadlines.  Not to mention three different kinds of companies.

The first being a special events & public relations consultant group called Palette.  As a result of even shorter deadlines, this has already been sent to print, as in business cards and other digital uses.  The colors chosen are light, feathery, and have an airy quality.  For this I used many colors in a swatch collection called 'beach.'  I assume it refers to sea foam, water colors, and the warm soft peachy colors of shells.  For the font I didn't want the style to be distracting so I went with more plain and clean to go with the airy effects of the colors.

The second being a cupcake company called Lucky Duck Cupcakes.  I'm working with a young lady and her mom on developing a brand for her newly designed company making cupcakes.  The logo here is a fun-loving, eclectic, and animated.  The color palette chosen is a cool and saturated blues, purples, red purple, and titanium white.  I want this logo to speak about this young lady and her cupcake driven ambition.  The medium this will be printed on will be stickers, possibly digital use (blog/facebook/twitter/pintrest), and basic business card stock.

The third being an electronic music DJ known as YEGA.  This project I hope to experiment more with different printing surfaces and a symbolic quality to the logo, with that said, more on this particular project at a later date.

Lastly and not least, I've picked today as the day to announce the creation of a new children's book.  The title and details will be released next week but I am quiet enthusiastic about getting back to writing and illustrating books again.  I'm hoping to have it to print by next week (short deadline I know but you'll know why later).

I'd like to take this opportunity to ask my readers to help me expand my reading audience.  It's quiet small, my follower's group and I'd like you help to expand that.  So, if you could kindly re-post the link and spread the word I would greatly appreciate it!

Monday, February 6, 2012

Pin Project

Since being in a term of service with AmeriCorps I've been looking for something else to take up the time of my day.  I'm used to doing so much all day long that I've found that I most evening free.  I've found this a perfect opportunity to network and get myself out into a artistic side of Lansing/East Lansing.

Last week I designed and painted themed bowling pins to be given away as prizes.  I've called it the Pin Project.  The theme for the bowling event was 80s.  Six pins were donated.  These fun prizes were a great addition and added excitement for the teams participating.  Pictures to follow!

Back at the Ranch:
I've been looking to do design projects on the side to improve my portfolio.  So far I have one client who's having me design his business cards for his DJ business.  On the account of the kind of music he produces I'm looking to do some wild ideas and experiment with textures/printing on those surface.

This link has examples of the box I'm trying to break out of.

As for music I've been on a steady IV drip of groovy blues, mellow electronic, and this amazing artist called Gotye.  Just working on loosing up my hands to start drawing, sketching, and feeling what it's like to create again.  Getting my ears listening to tunes should help the juices flow.  Hopefully it'll get me in the mood to start creating a cartoon a week.

Coming Soon: cartoons!