We are excited to announce that Miranda Bouck has been promoted to Art Director.
It’s been a joy to watch Miranda grow professionally by refining her skills in design, illustration, and development. She is a huge asset to the G&M team, and we’re excited for the amazing things she’ll accomplish as Art Director!
-Eric, Mike, Kristin
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In the fall of 2011, I reached out to the newly established Grain & Mortar to see if I could do an afternoon job shadow. They had just set up shop and and were still kicking it at CAMP Coworking. I was ready and excited to learn, but wasn’t sure what to expect from this new design studio, just that they had an affinity for mustaches.
Like all big milestones in life, I had no idea that walking into CAMP that day would mark the beginning of my next big adventure.
It was clear from the beginning my style and G&M’s complimented each other. I was honored when Kristin asked me to be their intern a month later and I was eager to experience design life at a studio. It was a completely different world from my (then) full-time job as an in-house designer for a recreational vehicle aftermarket company.
Time progressed, and G&M hired me on as a part-time designer. I honed my design skills, and quickly realized I wanted to learn how to code. Learning HTML / CSS, and fully engrossing myself in responsive design was a welcome challenge. Mike and Eric were consistently passing on their expertise to me: working with Illustrator shortcuts, writing cleaner code, and how to design for web. At the same time, Kristin was showing me the ropes in client relations, the art of pushing back, and how to communicate clearly and effectively.
In July of 2012, I accepted a full-time position as a designer and developer and I finally left my other in-house job of eight years. It was a risk, but the benefits outweighed the costs. As I transitioned into my new role, Eric, Mike, and Kristin sat down with me to outline expectations of my new responsibilities, define checkpoints, and guide me as I helped G&M continue to push out fantastic work. Collaboration is a huge part of our process, and I began to work with the team to bring our creative visions to life. For the first time, I had the freedom to express my creativity and just “go for it.” I got to try some crazy things: parallax scrolling, wicked color palettes, and they put me on my own first project, Maud Boutique.
Now, two years later, I move on to my next journey at G&M: Art Director. I would never have been ready for this position if I hadn’t relied so heavily on the advice and leadership from the Grain & Mortar team. The important skills I’ve learned over the last three years have built a solid foundation for me to grow from. I couldn’t be more excited or grateful for this opportunity. The trust and faith Eric, Mike, and Kristin have had in me as I have grown as a person and as a leader is so humbling. It’s that time again…to go for it!
- Miranda Bouck