If you're a graphic designer you have many decisions to take. One is about specialization. Are you a book designer? Or a graphic and interaction designer? Do you like to work in an advertising agency? One of the best things seem to be just a good designer, with a visual handwriting which is present in every thing you produce. During the last weeks I stumble upon the work of Mel Nguyen, a designer and sometimes artist, which is not specialized in one discipline, but owns a very special style, which is characterized by a bold use of colors, analog and digital effects.
The Minneapolis based designer and artist creates visual striking work, which offers questions about fiction and reality. Her portfolio contains work ranging from sculptures, to illustration, to graphic design, book covers, objects, jewelry and more. Mel got's an amazing visual language and is able to transform this language in all kind of media. She moves in one project easily between the different elements and express one idea in many different visualizations.
For example she creates some interesting interpretations of a desktop for Objet Boutique, a boutique which hosts a selection of utilitarian objects made by contemporary artists or designs some striking collages for the German Furniture label New Tendency, create necklaces from mundane everyday objects or built up her beautiful sculpture series Grids and Frames.
Mel studied at the Bauhaus Universität-Weimar, the Cooper Union in New York, take a Class-in-Residence at Walker Art Center and work after her final graduation from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design as an intern at Hot Sundae in Minneapolis and New Tendency in Berlin, Germany. After that experiences she works as poster designer and gallery assistant at the MCAD in Minneapolis and set up her own studio. Find Mel's full portfolio here.
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