Early on during school, at a Grand Valley State University, I started doing a ton of freelance design and illustration and was able to build connections and work with/for large companies; from the likes of Mountain Dew, Bubblicious and Warner Bros to large agencies like Ogilvy & Mather, Y&R and Leo Burnett. When graduation came, I already had a huge jumpstart to my creative career and have continued that momentum doing design, illustration, and for the past 5 years TONS of mural work. Upon building my creative studio MAKE, I already had a solid client roster and experience, which was a giant part of being able to continue to grow as a creative company.
I run MAKE & Co., an artful creative company that specializes in branding, creative direction and mural design. I also do art, design and illustration and have been told I have a knack for creating murals people love. Or so they say ;)
Internships can be super valuable; it is usually a young designer's first exposure to real world design - not the clean, curated and simplified version you first see in most educational programs. At MAKE we usually take on a couple interns per year. And are actually currently in search of someone to come in and lend a hand with design and mural projects. Drop me a message at [email protected] to inquire!
I have always enjoyed creating detailed, line-work based drawings, and have explored how that can work within a design that is considered, yet bold aesthetically. This illustration style has been super influenced by my design principles and process, and utilizes components of both practices — but really it has just been developed through a natural and consistent exploration. I would suggest the same for others, keep exploring things that feel right to you, and eventually you’ll develop something all you own. And try not to be swayed too much by outside sources, like something you saw on instagram or pinterest. Trends are supposed to come and go, true style is timeless.
My advice would be to develop real world skills, like how to meet new people, how to be personable, and how to have fun working really, really hard.
At the studio, we just hired a full time designer and she is kicking ass! We have a slew of brand projects in the works. And there are also a few super fun mural projects we are working on for next year. We are also looking to find another kick-ass designer to join the team, so reach out [email protected] if you’ve got the goods.