Graphic Design & Illustration

Areanna Egleston

I grew up between the muddy Illinois river and placid Lake Huron, raised on making things from scratch (thank you, Mom) and deep dives into how stuff works (thanks, Dad). I studied creative writing & Spanish in the train capitol of the Midwest, then worked in education & event planning before returning to school for design & illustration. I believe in citing your sources, waking up after the sun, podcasts, Oxford commas, and working toward a more beautiful and more just world.

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LinkCat: a library app

Since the early 1970s, the South Central Library System of Wisconsin has been connecting communities with resources by supporting public libraries. Forty-seven of those libraries share their combined catalogs of nearly 3 million items via LinkCat. With an eye to engaging younger library patrons, used to slick on-demand services, I designed a fresh interface that helps users find what they're looking for and discover whole new worlds.

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Ever since discovering WordArt and the work of calligrapher Tim Botts in elementary school, I've loved making illustrative type. I began practicing calligraphy in early 2017 and continue to pursue the tedious arts of drawing letters (analog and digital) whenever I can.

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Mentor Handbook

What began as a project of integrating resources for peer mentors in one college program grew to incorporate four programs and multiple types of mentor across Madison College. I wove together all our content into a clean, easy-to-navigate booklet, while maximizing page use to keep each program’s printing costs as low as possible.

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Lecture Promo

Condensing the complexities of astrophysics and planetary science into one image took rounds of ideating and sketching. Ultimately, the type-driven concept plays on the iterative nature of space exploration: Earth, this pale blue dot, has been able to support life, but each exoplanet discovered outside our solar system has been a strike—so far.

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We take raw elements like light & shadow, 0’s & 1’s,
time & sound, line & color, and make them communicate.
We create, we transform.
We make people feel, learn, think, sit up, and pay attention.
We are brilliant, talented, and skilled.
We are alchemists.

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