Hi. I'm Amanda Buck, a visual designer and letterpress artist from Ohio. I'm currently living in Baltimore, Maryland, where I am in my last semester as a student in the MFA in Graphic Design program at Maryland Institute College of Art.

Since graduating from Ohio State in 2008 with a BS in Visual Communication Design, I have been exploring the field of design. I've worked in Ohio, rural Alabama, and the great city of Chicago. I've experienced many different approaches, work environments, and types of design — from social design, to branding for corporate clients, to communication and product design for nonprofits, and everything in between.

Through it all, my biggest personal discovery is simple: I just want to do good work with good people. I love being in a work environment that challenges me to continually grow as a designer. 

Work Experience

—UX / Visual Design Intern at NPR, Summer 2014
—Senior Designer at OFA (Obama for America & Organizing for Action), 2012–2013
—Independent Freelance Designer, 2009–present
—Designer, Co-founder, Baker, Event Planner/Facilitator at PieLab, 2009–2010
—Designer at Ologie, 2008

Teaching Experience

—Adjunct Faculty at MICA. Typography 1, Fall 2014
—Graduate Teaching Intern at MICA. Typography 2, Spring 2014. Poster Design & Print, Fall 2013
—Teaching Artist Assistant at Marwen. 2011–2013
—Advisor, Field:Work Design Workshop at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 2013

Select Clients

—Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP)
—Maryland Institute College of Art, Graduate Studies

—Baltimore Museum of Art
Enterprise Community Partners
—Theaster Gates' Rebuild Foundation
The Atlantic
—Wall Street Journal

—Design Studios IDEO, Kym Abrams Design, Column Five Media


—Work featured in “Understanding the World, The Atlas of Infographics,” published by Taschen.
—Honorable Mention, Records for Life Contest, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Design Feast
—Communication Arts: Fresh Online
—Work from Obama campaign featured and parodied on Jon Stewart’s The Daily Show
—GOOD's list of 25 Female Designers and illustrators We Love
Quite Strong Lust List
—Work published in “Visual Storytelling: Inspiring a New Visual Language” and “Cause and Effect: Visualizing Sustainability,” by the international design and art book publisher, Gestalten
—Work published in “Designing for Social Change,” curated by Andrew Shea and published by Princeton Architectural Press
Columbus Society of Communicating Arts: Creative Award of Excellence


—Ellen Lupton’s Theory & Practice classes: experience working on the Obama campaign
EPIC: the realm of social design 
—Ohio State University's Distinguished Alumni Lecture Series
—Archeworks panel: design and community engagement
—Portland State University’s Show and Tell