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MeganBouwkamp

Graphic and Web Designer

A young graphic and web designer's short story

Hi! As you have already figured out my name is Megan Bouwkamp. It's pronounced Bocamp in case you were curious. I am a graphic and web designer based in the upstate of beautiful South Carolina. I have a degree in Graphic and Web design from Greenville Technical College.

My journey to the graphics world really started when Myspace was a thing. I was so intrigued with designing my own theme that I taught myself some very basic html code. From there I found I loved more of the graphic design side when I took three years of a graphic communications class at my high school. Which then lead me to Greenville Technical College and their amazing staff.

I really enjoy a very clean, minimalistic style. I also love a combination of organic and geometric style. I try to grow my skill everyday. I enjoy learning new things as much as I can. Goodness knows that isn't hard right now seeing as I'm still a young and eager designer.

Projects I can offer

Ideas

Brainstorming is the heart of any design process, so I like to spend time on that.

Web Design

I'm able to read and understand CSS and HTML5.

Image Restoration

I absolutly love restoring old photos and seeing the happy faces of customers.

Print Media

I can do a single page ad, mulit-page cd booklet and anyting in between.

Resume

- Education -

  • Greenville Technical College

    Assoicates of Arts

    2010-2013

    I studied many different eras of art and graphic design history, along side taking some fine art classes that helped improve how I view design. I also studied general education classes.

  • Greenville Technical College

    Graphic and Web Design Certificates

    2010-2015

    I learned about layers, layer mask, duotones, photo resotration, curves, optimizing photos for the web, prepress flight, type design, package design, multi-page layouts, html hand coding, css, and responsive site design.

  • BJ Skelton Career Center

    Graphic Communications

    2007-2010

    Here I learned about color seperation, how to burn, clean and coat screens, how to screen print on clothing, how to run and print full color on a simple one color printing press, and we also touched based on some video editing.

  • Easley High School

    Diploma

    2006-2010

- Employment -

  • Servpro Of Pickens and South Greenville County

    Media, Marketing and Admin Support

    May 2015 - Present

    I manage all the different social media profiles and the websites. I helped redsign a flooring website and flooring business cards. I also help answer the phones, fill out paper and anything else that the office needs.

  • Ravx

    Cylindrical Screenprinter

    July 2014-August 2014

    I flamed and rubbed down the bottles. I burned, cleaned and coated screens. I ran the cylindra press for the bottles.

  • Pickens County Career Center

    Long-term Graphic Communications Sub

    January 2014- March 2014

    I taught the third quater of this class for sophomores, juniors, and seniors. I was given a general outline of where the students should be and I was to make lesson plans around that using my knowledge of the graphics world.

  • QuikTrip

    Assistant Manager

    July 2013-May 2015

    I rang up customers in a fast and friendly manner, I helped keep the store clean through out the shift, helped finish tasks for that shift and helped manage and train clerks.

  • Fratellis

    Waitress/Hostest

    Jan 2012-Dec 2013

    I took customers orders, helped make the salads, served them their food, bread, and drinks. I also helped with seating the customers, cleaning the store front, the kitchen, and rolled the silverware.

  • Ingles

    Cashier/Gas Station Clerk

    April 2009-July 2013

    I worked at the cash register checking people out, I ran the u-scan and helped with some customer service issues. I also was resposonsible for attending to the gas station and keeping the inventory in there up to date.

Portfolio

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The Departed Poster

I designed this poster in Adobe Photoshop. I added a soft outter glow to the title so it wouldn't seem so harsh on the grunge background. I pulled the yellow from the background of the image so it would unify the title and image. I chose GillSansMT for the quote font because I felt it complimented Impact Regular, which was used for the title.

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Photo Restoration

I did a few photos for this family. The mother came to me wanting to know if I could remove this yellow tint a student photographer put on her images. She loved everything but the tint. I went into Adobe Photoshop to use the color balance in image adjustments.

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Photo Restoration

I was challanged by a teacher to find a very damaged photo, repair and colorize it. So I tore one of my photos of my grandmother, taped it back together and scanned it in at 600 ppi. I then used a combination of layers, layer masks, clone stamp, and spot healing tool to repair it. I then used multiple layers to colorize the photo.

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Hand Drawn Type Design

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Hand Drawn Type

We were given the task to choose four expression from a long list. Then we needed to create fonts that reflected the expression. I used a combination of a black pen, markers and color pencils.

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So Fine White Wine

I was told to try to imagin my type deigns on a package and what would they be for. I looked at the words "So Fine" and thought that would make for a great wine name. I created this using Illustrator and Photoshop. I scanned the type design in at 600 ppi and then traced it in Iullustrator. I then brought the traced font into Photoshop and used the transfor tool too make it fit the bottle. I used the transform tool on all of the text images as well. I kept the design clean and simple to have a modern look.

Double Trouble Board Game

Double Trouble Board Game

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Double Trouble Board Game

I was told to try to imagin my type deigns on a package and what would they be for. I always thought of the daring games me and my brother would play with our friends when I read the words "Double Trouble". So I figured what a fun sounding game this could be. I created it using Illustrator and Photoshop. After scanning in the type design image at 600 ppi, I traced it in Illustrator and brought it over into Photoshop. I chose to use pink and blue to show that boys and girls can vs off as teams. I wanted to have two martini glasses on there to reiterate the double trouble aspect of the game and to also show that it is meant for 21 and over. Like most games, I also added how many player can play, about how long it will take, and what age range can play.

Shock Pop Billboard Mock Up

Shock Pop Mock Billboard

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Shock Pop Mock Billboard

I was given the task of inventing a new iceream and drawing up a billboard for it. I invetned Shock Pop as Pet's new flavor. It is a cola flavored icream with pop rocks in it. My brother, our friends, and I would always do this as kids. So I figured kids haven't changed that much and would still love it but now in icecream. The colors rocks flying off the icecream help show that it is the same as when you drink cola and eat pop rocks. Since most drivers only have 6 seconds to look at a billboard I wanted to keep the words under 6 and keep the large. The bright colors will attract attention of both parents and childern while the warm background will make them think of summer days.

Shock Pop Billboard Mock Up

Shock Pop Billboard

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Shock Pop Billboard

I was given the task of inventing a new iceream and drawing up a billboard for it. I invetned Shock Pop as Pet's new flavor. It is a cola flavored icream with pop rocks in it. My brother, our friends, and I would always do this as kids. So I figured kids haven't changed that much and would still love it but now in icecream. The colors rocks flying off the icecream help show that it is the same as when you drink cola and eat pop rocks. Since most drivers only have 6 seconds to look at a billboard I wanted to keep the words under 6 and keep the large. The bright colors will attract attention of both parents and childern while the warm background will make them think of summer days. I scanned the image in at 600 ppi and traced it Illustrator. I then brought it into Photoshop to place onto the billboard.

Soap Box Design Layout for Camper

Camper Soap Box Design

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Camper Soap Box Design

We were tasked with inventing a new soap and how the package would appear. I was inspired by my brother and his friends to create Camper. The soap that repels bugs while keeping you clean without smelling like bug spray. I created this using a combination of Photoshop and Illustrator. I layed out the die cut in Illustrator. I then cut each piece and placed it into Photoshop to make the images confrom to a box shape. I also added the word camper to the bar of soap and made sure the reflections were the same as what was on the box. I chose green as the box color since most people relate a deep green to woods and outdoor activites. I pulled an orange from the fire in the picture to use on the words so that it all tied in together. The font I chose, campbel, just reminded of something you would see on a campgrounds sign so I felt it was fitting.

One Page Bank Ad

One Page Bank Ad

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One Page Bank Ad

The idea behind this one page ad was to get people to come into the bank. Most people switch banks, credit cards, etc for the fact of either a higher intrest rate for return or a lower interest rate for paying. This bank was offering a deal of double the interest rate on returns. The two glasses play on the old addage is the glass half empty or half full. Well this bank offers you a full glass so you don't have to see it in any other way. The headline plays on that as well saying to Fill the Need for Greed. Come fill up your half full glass, the glass being the greed that every person is proned to feeling. I kept the font very serious and clean along with black and white theme bc banks are a very serious place of business.

Two Page iPhone Ad

Two Page iPhone Ad

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Two Page iPhone Ad

The objective was to make a two page magazine spread for an iPhone ad.

Zoo Brochure

Greenville Zoo Mock Brochure

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Greenville Zoo Mock Brochure

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Open Zoo Brochure

Greenville Zoo Mock Brochure Open

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Greenivlle Zoo Mock Brochure Open

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Family Forawrd Project Logo

Family Forward Project Logo

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Family Forward Project Logo

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Grandparents Right of South Carolina Logo

Blue Moon Flooring Solutions Logo

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Blue Moon Flooring Solutions Logo

Blue Moon Flooring Solutions is a company that just starting out and requested for a clean, simple, modern website. They wanted it to be appleaing to someone with high end taste all the to someone who has a tight budget. I started with a simple html template from Dreamweaver and built and expanded the website from there.

DozoSushi Hibachi

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Dozo Sushi Hibachi

Dozo is locally owned by two brothers. They set out to open a resturant in a small town that offered great sushi and hibachi. I have been eating there for years when they came to me about setting up a website for them so their customers can know where their new location was. They also liked the idea of new people being able to see what is on the menu before coming to the resturant.

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Grandparents' Rights Association Website

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Grandparents' Rights Assoication of SC Mock Website

In one of my classes we had to pick a nonprofit organization to rebuild their website. This organization is trying to help pass laws that allows kids to be places with grandparents, aunts, uncles etc instead of going into foster care. The ogranization has gone nation wide. The request was something that would hold a lot of information but would be easy for older people to use. I started with a very basic outline that Dreamweaver provids and from there I built the rest of the site.

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Fratelli's Mock Website

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Fratelli's Mock Website

This website used a number of my skills. I had to use my knowledge of photography of to take all the pictures you see in the website. I then when into Photoshop to make slight adjustments to the tone, color and contrast. I used Dreamweaver to create the site. I bought and modified a template to fit the resturants needs. To make the mock up image you see here, I use Photoshop again. I hope you enjoy the site as your browse through it.

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Self Portrait

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Self Portrait

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Cucumbers Drawn in Charcoal and Prisma

Cucumbers Still Life

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Cucumber Still Life

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8 Different Textures Drawn in Charcoal and crayon

Multi-Texture Study

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Multi-Texture Study

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Self Portarit in Charcoal

Line Quality Study

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Line Quality Study

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Positive Negative Photogram of My Hair

Inverse Photograms

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Inverse Photogram

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Inside of a Truck with a Pinhole Camera

Pinhole of a Truck

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Pinhole of a Truck

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Stop Motion Muay Thai Teep

Muay Thai Teep Stop Motion

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Muay Thai Teep Stop Motion

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Self Portarit in Charcoal

Speed Bag Stop Motion

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Speed Bag Stop Motion

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Stop Motion of Matthew Jump Roping

Jump Rope Stop Motion

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Jump Rope Stop Motion

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Self Portarit in Charcoal

Water Fountain Stop Motion

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Water Fountain Stop Motion

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In Motion Hurdle Jump

Hurdle Jump In Motion

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Hurdle Jump In Motion

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In Motion of an Ultimate Frisbe

Ultimate Frisbe Pan Action

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Ultamite Frisbe Pan Action

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Selective Focus of a Solar Lamp

Solar Lamp Seletive Focus

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Solar Lamp Selective Focus

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Light and Shadow of a swing

Light and Shadow Study

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Light and Shadow Study

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Metaphor Grass is Always Greener on the Other Side

Metaphor Grass Is Always Greener

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Metaphor Grass is Always Greener

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Metaphor I have an Idea

Metaphor I Have an Idea

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Metaphor I Have an Idea

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