Giraffic Media proprietor Andrea Engebretson’s web site designs are incessantly influenced by means of native artwork – InForum

Giraffic Media proprietor Andrea Engebretson’s web site designs are incessantly influenced by means of native artwork – InForum

FARGO — Artist Andrea Engebretson sits at the back of the pc in her domestic place of business the place the partitions and furnishings are vibrant and blank. Smartly arranged stacks of paper are interspersed with multi-colored post-it notes whilst {a photograph} of a giraffe blowing bubbles appears to be like on.

Her massive track shows the just lately redesigned

web site for The Arts Partnership

, certainly one of Engebretson’s newest design creations as a part of her industry, Giraffic Media. She’s been a member of The Arts Partnership since 2019, and whilst designers don’t seem to be at all times regarded as artists, Engebretson undoubtedly considers herself an artist first and gleans inspiration from many regional artists.

Engebretson places her inventive abilities to excellent use as a emblem dressmaker and industry trainer.

“After I paintings with a consumer and they’re so enthusiastic about what they do, I simply get impressed by means of their enthusiasm. Colour, strains and pictures pop into my head whilst they’re sharing. Then it’s the problem of placing the ones issues at the display screen in some way that truly displays the tale the buyer is telling, and engages the consumer with that tale. It’s a kind of collaborative artwork,” she stated. “Web sites must by no means be passive.”

Whilst Engebretson is helping established companies refocus and realign what they do and create motion plans for reflecting that, as a TAP spouse herself she discovered The Arts Partnership web site to be a novel problem.

“It’s so thrilling for me to look it come in combination,” says Andrea, her smile reflecting her enthusiasm. “I am hoping folks to find it more uncomplicated to make use of, more uncomplicated to become involved, more uncomplicated to search out the tips they’re searching for, and more uncomplicated to fortify native artwork.”

The brand new TAP web site sports activities cleaner strains, brighter colours, and simplified menus which might be more uncomplicated to navigate. Along with the Arts Hub, it’s now more uncomplicated to spot Donors and Companions, discover TAP spouse artists (and type them by means of the kind of artwork they devise), and put up neighborhood occasions to the calendar.

Right here’s extra from Andrea Engebretson.

Q. Did you at all times know you sought after to enter design?

A. I had no thought. I believed I used to be going to be a musician. I really like tune, I performed the flute, and I used to be truly excellent at it. So it used to be a wonder once I regarded deeper to comprehend that I didn’t in truth need to know that a lot about tune. That sounds humorous when stated out loud, however occasionally when you are interested in one thing, and also you get started digging in to grasp extra, you understand that you’ll love one thing with out in need of to grasp the entire main points. This is the way it used to be for me and tune. I noticed I don’t care what the chords are known as, I simply suppose they’re lovely and need to play them. So majoring in tune didn’t truly figure out.

Q. What led you into design?

A. I used to be a stay-at-home mother for a very long time, and I might do issues at the laptop. Like chore charts or ‘what does a blank room seem like?’ posters. I used to be simply the usage of ClipArt, however I favored organizing issues at the web page and discovering other fonts that suited what I used to be placing in combination. I used to be doing that during Microsoft Phrase and it is truly loopy taking a look again and understanding one of the vital issues that I used to be ready to do in Phrase—now I will be able to’t consider how!—and I at all times tinkered with HTML development web pages within the 90s. After I began searching for a task I may just do from domestic, as a result of I used to be dedicated to staying domestic with my youngsters, I noticed I have been concerned about graphic design for a very long time – even supposing I hadn’t recognized it that method. So I went again to university for it, however after I were given there I noticed I really like this. I truly love this. I really like the precision this is imaginable, and I really like organizing knowledge on a web page in some way that makes it simple to ingest. I believe for this reason internet design works for me; it may be exact.

Q. What position does artwork play for your lifestyles?

A. I have at all times been lovely ingenious. I performed a large number of fake and make consider as a child. Each day in the summertime a chum and I might play get dressed up and make up tales. After that I performed the cello and the flute and the piano. I truly were given into the flute when I used to be in highschool.

It took me a protracted, very long time to comprehend that I will be able to pull myself out of a few of my depressive slumps simply because I want to create one thing with my palms. Even supposing it is simply drawing strains with a ruler on paper, it’s an outlet for my nervousness, despair, or happiness and pleasure. Now that I’ve figured that out, I can get antsy. My legs will soar and my middle races with the want to do one thing ingenious. Whilst I really like my laptop paintings, when I am getting in that state I’ve to immerse myself in artwork by means of doing one thing extra hands-on.

Q. What different artwork do you do?

A. I fight to search out the best angles, however I love pictures. I really like movie modifying, which used to be a whole wonder to me. Every so often I can draw or do calligraphy. But if I need to be extra hands-on and do the messy stuff, I do printing and papermaking. I like to play with textures and come with seeds, vegetation, and different herbal parts within the paper, and I’m running on a undertaking that comes to printing without delay onto my selfmade paper for additonal measurement. I’d additionally like to begin making books and journals with my paper, in order that’s every other a laugh factor to be informed and paintings towards.


When graphic artist and internet desginer Andrea Engebretson needs to do one thing extra hands-on, she enjoys printing and papermaking.

Contributed / The Arts Partnership

Q. What’s the greatest false impression you face along with your purchasers? 

A. I most commonly paintings with mothers who’ve established companies and are in a position to degree up however want assist working out the place to move from right here. So I do an in-depth interview that is virtually like emblem treatment. We dig deep into their industry so I will be able to determine what they do higher than somebody else and the place they want some assist, after which we get a hold of transparent subsequent steps to take. However a large number of folks suppose they’re now not in a position to paintings with a dressmaker like me. They believe their industry is just too messy, and their ideas are far and wide, so they are trying to mend it prior to they arrive to me – like cleansing your own home prior to a certified organizer comes over. However, the entire explanation why folks rent me is that they are suffering. I want to see the entire mess so we will establish what they’re doing proper and flawed and alternatives they could be lacking. It is about getting to grasp them, the place they’re, the place they have got been, and the place they need to pass, so I will be able to lead them to a perfect emblem and a perfect plan that is helping them shine.

In regards to the creator

TAP spouse and neighborhood content material contributor Brandi Malarkey is a multimedia storyteller, artist, administrator, and coffee scorching mess. She is a collector of useless insects and excellent books and believes that strange miracles and small kindnesses have the facility to modify the arena. Be told extra about her and her industry at


This text is a part of a content material partnership with The Arts Partnership, a nonprofit group cultivating the humanities in Fargo, Moorhead and West Fargo. For more info, talk over with theartspartnership.internet.

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