"A choose-your-own-recipe letterpress poster for Gumbo! This classic NOLA dish is a great example of the mixture of cultures in the city." Amanda Buck, project creator/designer.
"Featuring classic metal type, this letterpress poster shows a list of fruits and vegetables rendered in the colors nature made them." Amanda Buck, project creator/designer.
"PieLab Cookbook: The Dollop Report, a pocket-sized cookbook featuring favorite recipes from PieLab and its 2010 Bake-Off." Elliot Knight, photographer; Amanda Buck, designer; Scout Books, publisher; PieLab, client.
"This spread, printed in the January 2011 issue of The Atlantic, illustrates the many disruptions in national life of the Great Recession of the past two years." Jason Treat, art director; The Atlantic, client.
"Made possible by a Design Ignites Change grant, our goal was to teach youth how to create a profitable business using a plentiful local resource—pecans." Worldstudio, Design Ignites Change, consultant; Amanda Buck/Robin Mooty/YouthBuild Students, designers.
"Identity for Mockingbird Farm, a start-up family farm that plants and sells seasonal fruits and vegetables in Uniontown, Alabama." Amanda Buck, designer; Mockingbird Farm, client.
"Identity for a community-driven, educational nonprofit whose goal is to use a bamboo garden to boost awareness of the Black Belt region's suitability for large-scale cultivation." Amanda Buck/Megan Deal/Naomi Shadix, designers; Black Belt Bamboost, client.
"Informational handout about PieLab, printed on newsprint and folded into a booklet. The slogan, a Q&A, and mind map is revealed as it's unfolded." Amanda Buck/Megan Deal, designers; PieLab, client.
Duration: Since 2008.
Staff: The Office of Amanda Buck is just me. However, every project involves collaboration with clients, other designers, writers, art directors, studios and/or printers.
Education: I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in design with a focus on visual communication from Ohio State University in 2008. I spent one semester studying design at Hochschule Darmstadt in Germany.
Cultural Influences: Impressionists Renoir and Degas; Cubism and Picasso; Dadaist Duchamp; the De Stijl movement; artists from the Bauhaus (Albers, Itten’s work on color, etc.); Ray & Charles Eames; Rivera’s murals; Surrealism; Walker Evans’s photographs of the Deep South; Pop Art and Andy Warhol; Outsider Art; films by Wes Anderson; Gaudi’s architecture; letterpress printers at Hatch Show Print; music, literature and theater; Paula Scher’s hand-drawn maps; romantic languages; antiques found in old flea markets; nature; food and cooking.
Environment: I recently moved from rural Alabama to the city of Chicago. Partly due to the recession, I’ve found myself in temporary positions and locations over the last few years. That situation has actually become my preferred method of practice—it’s made me nomadic, taught me to be mobile and adaptable and allowed me the opportunity to meet a lot of amazing people. I work from home, coffee shops, libraries and occasionally from studios that I am collaborating with.
Philosophy: Be both a big-picture and a detail-oriented thinker. Remember that design is about people, relationships, culture and place.
Work hard, be honest and stay optimistic!