PSU GD GRAD 2007 : Andrew Bolton, Murmur Creative

Posted on Jul 23rd, 2009 by Command Save

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When did you graduate? Spring 2007

Please tell us a about your studio?  Murmur Creative is basically a two man shop, it consists of me, the designer, and Daniel Gonzalez, a web programmer. We rent an office in the Olympic Mills Commerce Center in the Industrial South East, The building is great, and there are a ton of other design firms and creative professionals including Parliment, Wilderness, Fullblast Creative, Grow, Needmore, etc. The list goes on. The work we do ranges from websites and branding to signage and advertising. Our clients include: Laughing Planet Cafe, Ekistics Developments, CD Baby, Cherry Sprout Produce, Missing Link Toys, Blue Sky Gallery, The Bus Project, Tell-a-Guest Publishing, The Opposable Thumb, and Citizen Coffee. We also do freelance design for a number of the other larger firms in our building.

What projects are you working on?  Currently I am designing the new Grand Central Bakery website for Fullblast Creative. We just finished up a website and ID for k4 Court, a real estate development on 30th and Killingsworth. www.k4court.com

What do you like best about running your own studio? What I like best about my position is the flexibility. I enjoy the convenience of being able to set my own hours. That said, I do have to be self-motivating so that the work gets finishedand my clients stay happy.

Please share with us how the PSU-GD program prepared you to work professionally? I could probably write a book about how PSU-GD prepared me for my career, but I will just say that I can't think of a class I took that was not critical to everything I have done in design so far. I also think I gained a lot of confidence from the professors who encouraged me and believed in me.

Please share with us how PSU-GD could improve?  The thing that I felt the least prepared for when I started working was the business end of things. I can't totally blame PSU-GD for that since many of my professors encouraged me to do a business minor or at least to take a business class or two. This, at the time, was really intimidating to me so I never took their advice. Instead , I took a crash course once I started working and learned a lot of lessons the hard way. I guess the suggestion I'd make would be to incorporate more of the business skills into the design courses, or maybe just offer a business for designers class.

What additional advice would you offer current students? The most useful advise I ever got about working in the industry was never to say you can't do something or you don't know how; rather to say yes, and then either figure it out or find someone who can do it for you. In addition, a phrase that was coined a by one of the designers in our building is "You're not charging enough!". When bidding on projects, don't undersell yourself. Projects always take longer than you think, and the hours get eaten up by meetings, emails and research so mach sure you build in a cushion.

Is there a book you would recommend to current students?
http://www.amazon.com/Graphic-Designer-Without-Losing-Your/dp/1568985592

Please share your work with us.  www.murmurcreative.com