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About

I’m Amanda Buck, a designer, educator, and maker. I specialize in web design, publication design, and design systems. 

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My favorite projects involve distilling complex ideas into beautiful, intelligent, and easy-to-use solutions. I believe in taking a collaborative and human-centered approach to my work. I’m an advocate for design and its power to create positive social impact—and I enjoy sharing that passion with my students. 

I also love creative hobbies, learning new things, and the history and craft of letterpress printing. On the weekends, you can usually find me baking, taking a class (yoga, floral design, improv, sewing...), or making things at a print studio.

I’m currently a Senior Designer at Ashton Design and an adjunct professor at Maryland Institute College of Art, where I teach design and typography. 

I hold an MFA in Graphic Design from Maryland Institute College of Art and a BS in Visual Communication Design from The Ohio State University. I live in a painted lady in Baltimore with my husband, Will.

mandabuck@gmail.com

Photo by Heather Broadhead at Ashton Design
 

Experience

Ashton Design
Senior Designer
2016–current

Happy Cog
Designer
2015–2016

NPR
UX / Visual Design Intern
2014

Obama for America & Organizing for Action (OFA) 
Senior Designer
2012–2013
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Independent Freelance Designer
2009–current
Past clients: 
Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP), MICA Graduate Studies, Theaster Gates’ Rebuild Foundation, Baltimore Museum of Art, IDEO, The Atlantic, The Wall Street Journal, GOOD.

PieLab
Designer, Co-founder, Baker, Event Planner, Facilitator
2009–2010
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Ologie
Designer
2008

 

 

Teaching

Adjunct Professor, Maryland Institute College of Art
— Post-Baccalaureate Graphic Design Workshop  Spring 2017
— Typography I   Fall 2014 & Fall 2015

Adjunct Professor, Stevenson University
— Typography II  Spring 2016

Teaching Assistant, Maryland Institute College of Art
— Social Design Practice-Based Studio in collaboration with the Baltimore City Health Department  Fall 2016
— Graphic Design II  Spring 2015
— Typography II  Spring 2014
— Poster Design & Print  Fall 2013

Visiting Critic, Maryland Institute College of Art
— Senior Final Projects, Graphic Design Spring 2016 & 2017
— Post Baccalaureate Capstone Projects, Graphic Design Spring 2016

Other
—Teaching Assistant Artist in Printmaking, Graffiti Typography, and Drawing at Marwen, a visual arts nonprofit educating under-served 6th–12th graders
—Advisor for Field:Work, a weekend design workshop at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

 
 

Lectures

— Information Design, Tulane City Center 2016
—Political Branding, Maryland Institute College of Art  2013, 2014, 2015
—Social Design, EPIC Chicago 2013
—Design & Community Engagement, Archeworks 2013
—Distinguished Alumni, The Ohio State University 2012

 

writing

C-H-E-E-R-S!
The best laid schemes for house and screens 
Distributed yet synchronized

 

publications featuring
my work

—“Graphic Design: The New Basics” by Ellen Lupton & Jennifer Cole Phillips
—“Understanding the World, The Atlas of Infographics” by Sandra Rendgen and Julius Wiedemann
—“Cause and Effect: Visualizing Sustainability,” edited by Robert Klanten, Sven Ehmann, and Stephan Bohle
—“Visual Storytelling: Inspiring a New Visual Language,” edited by Robert Klanten, Sven Ehmann, and F. Schulze
—“Designing for Social Change,” curated by Andrew Shea