My Story

When I was 12 years old my grandparents gifted me my first computer, an Apple II. I was hooked once I learned how to create my own printed materials and graphics. Upon enrolling at the Savannah College of Art and Design, and completing courses in photography, design, and book arts I discovered graphic design was the perfect fusion of these interests. I’ve been reveling in images, typography and colors ever since. And from designing collateral, to art directing photo shoots, to creating my own artist books, communication has always been my work.

Always curious, I look widely for inspiration by learning about architecture, photographing nature, perusing tiny art (like my stamp collection) and reading lots of books.

I work with budding entrepreneurs, universities and motivated artisans helping them bring new ideas to life on the web and in print. Ultimately, all of my work is about helping people communicate their ideas to the world.

My Skills

Adobe Creative Cloud

70%

Logo Design

90%

Typography

90%

Bookbinding

75%

HTML, CSS & WordPress

60%

I believe design has the power to change the world.

About Janet

Janet Guertin is a designer, book artist and maker. From Carolina to California (and back again) her experience is drawn from a combination of large corporations, small design studios and her own freelance practice. Equally comfortable with paper and pixels she embraces the advantages and constraints of both digital and analog.

As an artist, Janet creates one-of-a-kind artists’ books and paper creations for sale and exhibitions. Long drawn to the book form as a vehicle for self-expression she combines modern design influences with collage, drawing, typography, and folding to form a tactile aesthetic.

Janet lives in Cary, North Carolina with her amazingly talented husband, Dave, and their two cats Griffin and Sabine.

Experience

Freelance Design

2008-present

Designer & Book Artist

Branding
Artists’ Books
Web Design

Kaiser Permanente

2003-2008

Senior Graphic Designer

Branding
Collateral Design
Photo Shoots

Amgen

2002-2003

Graphic Designer

Branding
Collateral Design
Production

CMG Design

2000-2001

Graphic Designer

Annual Report Design
Collateral Design
Production

Education

Art Center College of Design
Digital Retouching, 2006

Savannah College of Art and Design
BFA Graphic Design, 1998
Cum Laude

Exhibits

The Tiny Book Show
Traveling exhibition by The Creativity Caravan
U.S.A.
2016

Upcycle!
Faulkner Gallery at Joyner Library, East Carolina University
Greenville, NC
2015

About This Site

This site is an attempt to produce a comprehensive collection of past work, works-in-progress and new discoveries. While I enjoy many aspects of social networks, and use them often, the organizer in me seeks to carve out this spot in a way that will be interesting to explore and offer an in-depth view of my work, thoughtful commentary and influences.

Thanks

A very special thank you goes out to Dave for your constant support and encouragement. Your time and generosity has meant the world to me. Also, without your tech support, this site would not be possible. Thank you.

Also, thanks to Bruce, Shannon, Ana, Craig, Lew, Shane, Jude, Ami, and David for being awesome people to work with and talk to throughout the years. Your influence has made me a better designer.

And to you, thanks for checking out the site and reading here!