Amanda Perez

  • Exhibits
  • Graphics
  • Digital
  • Photography

About Me

Senior Exhibit & Graphic Designer
The National Archives in Washington, DC

August 2009–Present

Pet Peeve:
"Can you make this look pretty?"

Exhibit Design

Programs I Use: CAD Tools 9, Vector Works 2013, Sketch Up

  • Conceptualizes and develops overall look and feel for exhibition spaces; incorporating audio, video, artifacts
  • Produces CAD drawings of floor plans, elevations and interactives for fabrication bid packages and traveling exhibits
  • Produces biddable fabrication documents for production of exhibition graphics, signage and interactives
  • Prepares RFPs, Scopes of Work and detailed exhibit fabrication specifications for permanent and traveling exhibition projects
  • Manages project contracting as a COTR for graphic production, exhibit fabrication and installation
  • Reviews fabrication drawing packages for quality and conformance to design specifications
  • Selects and art directed illustrators, photographers and sculptors creating artwork for graphics, interactives and exhibit areas
  • Creates exhibit prototypes for audience testing and contracting fabrication

Graphic Design

Programs I Use: Adobe Illustrator CC, Adobe In Design CC, Adobe Photoshop CC, Typekit

  • Designs 2D exhibition graphics (exhibit logos, interpretive graphics, multimedia, promotional marketing materials, outdoor banners)
  • Develops exhibit color palettes, typefaces and graphic hierarchies for permanent, traveling exhibitions and client presentations
  • Creates color boards, graphic and material specs for all exhibit projects
  • Creates and finalizes all graphic production files based on vendor specifications and proofs final graphics
  • Creates and manages exhibit graphic schedules through each phases of production to meet deadlines and budget requirements
  • Researched content, images and artwork for exhibitions to determine appropriate design solutions within budget
  • Designs and produces project proposal documents and deliverables packages for clients
  • Creates production, graphics schedules and cost estimates for fabrication bid packages

Digital Design

Programs I Use: HTML, CCS, Sublime Text, Adobe Dreamweaver CC, Adobe InDesign CC, iBooks Author, Typekit, In the process of learning JavaScript/JQuery: Coming Soon!

  • Create digital media concepts for 3D and 2D exhibits components and multimedia interactives
  • Design and developed eBook and ePubs for exhibitions
  • Build websites in HTML and CSS

Photography

Programs I Use: Adobe Photoshop CC, Adobe Bridge, DSLR, Lightroom, Aperture, Pixelmator

  • Photographer for exhibit content, 3D theatrical structures and exhibits
  • Research photos for exhibit content and obtain usage rights for images
  • Maintain project photo archive for graphic development and final production
  • Edit project photos and select all final photos for final graphic layouts
  • Art directed photo shoots, research photos, obtain rights and archive images for use in exhibits

Where I was a Starving Art Student:

University of the Arts Philadelphia, PA
MFA Museum Exhibition Planning and Design, 2003

Parsons School of Design New York, NY
BFA Photography, 1997

Places I've Worked:

Quatrefoil Associates, Inc., Laurel, MD
Exhibit Designer
June 2008–August 2009

Smithsonian Institution, National Zoological Park, Washington, DC
Exhibit/Graphic Designer & Project Art Director
October 2003–May 2008

Design Internships

Ralph Appelbaum Associates, New York, NY

The Franklin Institute, Philadelphia, PA

Newseum, Arlington, VA

Bass Museum of Art, Miami Beach, FL

Honors I've Received:

2014 Museum Peer Award for Achievements in Innovation at the National Archives

2014 Archivist’s Award for Outstanding Teamwork at the National Archives

2013 Award of Distinction in Publications Design American Graphic Design & Advertising, What's Cooking, Uncle Sam? Exhibition Catalog

2012 HOW In-HOWse Design Award, Nonprofit Institutions, Organizations &Associations, HOW Design Magazine, What's Cooking, Uncle Sam? Exhibition Catalog

2012 PGAMA Excellence in Print Award, PGAMA, What's Cooking, Uncle Sam? Exhibition Catalog

2011 Archivist’s Award for Outstanding Achievement at the National Archives, What's Cooking, Uncle Sam? Exhibition

2007 Association of Zoos & Aquariums Exhibit Award, Significant Honor: Asia Trail

2007 American Alliance of Museums Excellence in Exhibits, Honorable Mention: Asia Trail

2006 The Meerkat Award, Excellence in Team Work, Asia Trail Team, Smithsonian National Zoological Park Peer Recognition Awards