Amanda Perez

Senior Exhibit & Graphic Designer

Washington, DC, USA

Work Experience

The National Archives

Senior Exhibit, Graphic & Publications Designer

Responsibilities:
• Designs 2D exhibition graphics (exhibit logos, interpretive graphics, multimedia, promotional materials, outdoor banners)
• Designs 3D exhibition elements (exhibit plans, artifact case layouts)
• Develops exhibit color palettes, typefaces and graphic hierarchies for permanent and traveling exhibitions
• 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
• Creates and finalizes all graphic production files based on vendor specifications and proofs final graphics
• Specifies light fixtures, produce lighting, power & data plans for design documents and fabrication packages
• Produces CAD drawings of floor plans, elevations and interactives for fabrication bid packages and traveling exhibits
• Reviews fabrication drawing packages for quality and conformance to design specifications
• Creates and manages exhibit graphic schedules through each phases of production to meet deadlines and budget requirements
• Maintains existing exhibits (lighting, interactives) and recommends modifications of existing exhibits

Projects:
• The Charters of Freedom Rotunda Exhibition featuring the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights
• What’s Cooking Uncle Sam? Exhibition

Awards:
What’s Cooking Uncle Sam? Exhibition; 2011 Archivist Award for Outstanding Achievement
What’s Cooking Uncle Sam? Exhibit Catalog PGAMA Excellence in Print Award, 2012
What’s Cooking Uncle Sam? Exhibit Catalog HOW In-HOWse Design Award, Nonprofit Institutions, Organizations & Associations, 2012
August 2009 - Washington, District of Columbia, United States

Quatrefoil Associates, Inc.

Exhibit Designer

Responsibilities:
• Designed exhibition graphics, exhibit logos, multimedia interfaces and marketing materials
• Developed exhibit color palettes, typefaces and graphic hierarchies for exhibition projects and client presentations
• Researched content, images and artwork for exhibitions to determine appropriate design solutions within budget
• Conceptualized and develop overall look and feel for exhibit spaces while incorporating audio, video, artifacts
• Designed and produced project proposal documents and deliverables packages for clients
• Created and finalized all graphic production files based on vendor specifications and proof final graphics
• Communicated with vendors to specify design materials for client presentation boards and exhibit fabrication
• Specified light fixtures, produce lighting, power & data plans for design documents and fabrication packages
• Created models and drawings of 3D exhibit elements, environmental graphics and interactives
• Produced CAD drawings of floor plans, elevations and interactives for design review and fabrication packages

Projects:
• Fantastic Frogs Exhibition, Discovery Place, Charlotte, NC
• Project Build Exhibition, Discovery Place, Charlotte, NC
• Photographs of the 2009 Presidential Inauguration Exhibition, National Museum of American History, Washington, D.C.
• Quatrefoil Associates, Inc. Marketing and Promotional Materials
May 2008 - August 2009 Washington, District of Columbia, United States

Smithsonian Inst. National Zoo

Exhibit/Graphic Designer & Project Art Director

Responsibilities:
• Designed exhibition interpretive graphics, exhibit logos, banners, multimedia interfaces and interactive 3D exhibit elements
• Produced, design and project manage exhibits, outdoor banners, posters, brochures and flyers
• Developed exhibition plans & created spacial solutions for outdoor exhibitions
• Created color boards, graphic and material specs for all exhibit projects
• Developed drawings & specifications for production signage and exhibit components
• Created 3D & 2D concepts for exhibits components and multimedia interactives
• Produced interactive & graphic mock ups for team discussion and project development
• Researched & purchased dimension exhibit artifacts and finalized case layouts
• Art directed photo shoots, research photos, obtain rights and archive images for use in exhibits
• Photographer for Asia Trail exhibit content and the plaza theatrical structures
• Selected sculptors, project managed and art directed sculptures for exhibitions
• Selected illustrators, project managed and art directed illustrations for graphics & interactives
• Produced biddable fabrication documents for exhibition graphics and interactives
• Created production & graphics schedules and cost estimates
• Managed the production of exhibit fabrication bids, selection and installation
• Created exhibit prototypes for audience testing & contracting fabrication
• On-site supervision of exhibit installation
• Developed and archived graphics specification packages and in-house manuals for all completed exhibits
• Documented & completed on-going condition reports for maintenance of all completed exhibits
• Maintained integrity of existing exhibits by designing, specifying and ordering modification solutions

Projects:
• Elephant Trails
• Asia Trail
• Kori Bustard Exhibit
• The Zoo in Your Backyard
• The Butterfly Garden
• Urban Nature Trail
• In-house graphic design for departmental projects

Awards:
Exhibit Award, Significant Honor: Asia Trail Association of Zoos & Aquariums, 2007
Excellence in Exhibits, Honorable Mention: Asia Trail American Association of Museums, 2007
The Meerkat Award, Excellence in Team Work, Asia Trail Team National Zooological Park Peer Recognition Awards, 2007
October 2003 - May 2008 Washington, District of Columbia, United States

Education

Parsons The New School For Design

BFA Photography

August 1993 - May 1997 New York, United States

University Of The Arts

MFA Museum Exhibition Planning and Design

August 2001 - May 2003 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

Awards

National Archives

The 2014 Archivist's Award for Outstanding Teamwork

2014

American Graphic Design & Advertising

Award of Distinction in Publications Design

2013

HOW Design Magazine

HOW In-HOWse Design Award, Nonprofit Institutions, Organizations & Associations

2012

PGAMA

Excellence in Print Award

2012

National Archives

The 2011 Archivist's Award for Outstanding Achievement

2011

Association Of Zoos & Aquariums

Exhibit Award, Significant Honor: Asia Trail

2007

American Alliance Of Musuems

Excellence in Exhibits, Honorable Mention: Asia Trail

2007

Smithsonian National Zoological Park

The Meerkat Award, Excellence in Team Work, Asia Trail Team, National Zooological Park Peer Recognition Awards

2007

Smithsonian Institution Staff Photography Contest

1st Place, Professional Objects

2006

Smithsonian Institution Staff Photography Contest

2nd Place, Professional Place

2006

Skills

Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Photoshop, Art Direction, Exhibition Design, Photography, CadTools, Environmental Graphics, Publication Design,