Hello! I’m Amanda. It’s a pleasure to meet you.
I love design. I’m one of those lucky people who really love what they do. My goal is to create design solutions that are outstanding in form and in function, while being efficient with resources, and to do it all with a smile. Please feel free to contact me if you have a project that needs some creative attention. Thank you for taking the time to learn more about me and about my work!
P H I L O S O P H Y
Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.
Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.
Always give a little more than you promise.
Be nice. The world is a small town.
Good people bring out the good in other people.
E D U C A T I O N
05.2003 | Bachelor of Graphic Design
College of Design at North Carolina State University
Courses included 8 Professional Design Studios, 4 Typography Courses, 3 Digital Imaging Courses, Photography, Graphic Design Theory & Practice, History of Graphic Design
E X P E R I E N C E
01.2003 – present | Freelance Graphic Designer
02.2005 – present | Graphic Designer for the NC Dept. of Agriculture & Consumer Services
Responsibilities include design from concept to completion, with a working understanding of layout, type and color. Manage production for printing, web graphics and signage. Projects range from publications and multimedia to exhibit design. Clients include divisions, such as the NC State Fair, as well as cooperators like the USDA (both headquarters and other states), universities, agricultural groups and non-profit organizations.
P R O J E C T S
Publications, Brochures, Corporate Identity, Logo Development, Business Collateral, Business Cards, Envelopes, Letterhead, Exhibit Signage, Trade Show Signage, Print & Web Advertising, Promotional Materials, Billboards, Banners, Event Programs, Announcements, Invitations, Maps, Reports, Charts & Graphs, Newsletters, Forms, Website Layout, Web & Multimedia Graphics
S K I L L S
Adobe InDesign, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Acrobat Pro, Microsoft Office, PC & Mac Platforms, Production & Prepress, Typography, Photography, Photo Editing, Fine Arts, Color Theory, Project Organization
T R A I N I N G
07.2006 | InDesign Level 1
08.2006 | InDesign Level 2
11.2006 | Dreamweaver MX Level 1
05.2008 | Conference for Adobe Creative Suite Users
05.2015 | Basic DSLR Photography
07.2016 | A Truthful Art: Effective Communication with Charts, Maps and Infographics Webinar
A W A R D S
10.2005 | IAFE Award of Excellence for County Fairs Handbook Design
10.2006 | USDA NASS Spot Award for Book Design
12.2006 | NCDA&CS Employee of the Month
10.2007 | IAFE Communications Award for Newspaper Ad Design
10.2007 | IAFE Communications Award for State Fair Daily Schedule Design
12.2007 | USDA NASS Spot Award for Report Design
08.2009 | USDA NASS Spot Award for Book Design
01.2010 | IAFE Communications Award for State Fair Web Design
11.2010 | USDA NASS National Cooperator of the Year Award
10.2011 | USDA NASS Circle Award of Excellence for Exhibit Signage
12.2011 | IAFE Communications Award for County Fairs Brochure Design
09.2013 | Top 100 College Website by My College Options® 14th Annual Enrollment Power Index® Program for Mid-Atlantic Christian University Website Design (Team Award with Sugar Maple Interactive, LLC)
07.2014 | ESRI Carto SIG Map Award for USDA MyPlate Poster Design
11.2014 | IAFE Communications Award for State Fair Daily Schedule Design
11.2014 | IAFE Communications Award for State Fair Note Pad Design
11.2014 | IAFE Communications Award for State Fair N&O NIE (Newspapers in Education) Supplement Section Design
11.2014 | IAFE Communications Award for State Fair Coloring Book & Mobile App Display Design
11.2014 | IAFE Communications Award for State Fair Billboard Design
11.2014 | USDA NASS Circle Award of Excellence for Ag Census Design
07.2015 | Golden ARC Award for 2012 Census of Agriculture Design Team
08.2015 | USDA NASS Spot Award for Ag Census Social Media Design
12.2016 | USDA NASS Circle Award for Career Path Guide Series Design
P E R S O N A L
I’m a proud wife and mom. My husband, Chris, can always make me laugh. Our son, Calvin, was born in January 2012, and he has made our lives far better than we ever thought possible. We live in Fuquay Varina, North Carolina with our awesome dogs, Tucker and David Puddy.
I love reading, art, crafts, photography, Mexican food, cross-stitch, Motown music, antiques, card games and anything silly. I’m a Martha Stewart wannabe, and I’m most happy in pajamas. I collect world globes and old sign letters. I have a knack for seeing the best in people. I believe in the power of positive thinking and that laughter is the best medicine.
Find me on social media!
Facebook | amanda.meares
Twitter | @almeares
Instagram | amandammo