Stories on whereabouts and happenings to Andrew Colin Beck. Check back for frequent updates, or see his Instagram feed for more wanderings.
It's been amazing to work with all of the amazing publications and brands I have had the privillege of working for over the last two years!
I am excited to add The Huffington Post to my list of friends and clients. In the coming weeks we will be working
on a series of info-graphics together. Heres to starting out 2016 strong!
It has been an amazing year. Taking risks, going out on a limbs, traveling the world, getting an agent,
and landing my first big jobs. 2015 has been an surprising, and incredible year - I want to thank everyone who supported and helped me along the way. I couldn‘t have done it without you.
Heres to an amazing 2016!
I am very flattered to have had my work featured by Adobe this month. They put up three separate posts about my portrait work
characterizing it as "Shadows and Shapes".
I am excited to work with some really exciting organizations in the last few months! New projects soon.
I was invited to meet with the fine folks in the pinterest in their mind-altering office in San Fransisco.
Their office is pretty much out of controll cool: serial bar, gluten-free chocolate chip cookies, themed rooms. Awesome people/great product. Gotta love the Pin dynasty.
I am excited to share that I have 4 spot illustrations in this month‘s issue of Men‘s Health Magazine! I worked with Art director Michael Schnaidt to create 4 little skele-dudes showing off different aspects of a super hard-core work out.
Enjoy the full project here.
After 9 months of globe-trotting, seeing 11 countries and 3 continents, we're finally back in the motherland for a little R and R. It has been a completely transformative and awesome experience. It has been amazing to see different peoples and cultures and languages and customs and realize how very laughably small my ideologies are in the face of all there is and all there has been on this vast planet.
Please enjoy this slideshow/video I put together to remember some of our favorite photographs and moments:
It was awesome to do an icon project with Pentagram in NYC! The icons were featured on the IconUtopia site. It’s always nice to be recognized. :)
I worked with Art Director Craig Mangum on the set for a tech company called Cobalt.
Exciting new projects that I am really pleased to announce. I have had the privillege of working with some great art directors and publications in these last few months. Full project updates coming soon!
It is my great privillege to announce that I am now represented in the United States and Australia by the incredible
illustration agent, Marlena Agency.
I am so excited to be included among great artists, such as Olimpia Zagnoli, Serge Bloch, and Martin Leon Barretto. Marlena has 25 plus years of working with art directors in New York City and working with the top publications. Now I am like a pencil in the grass, ready to strike!
So excited for what the future will bring.
I am excited to announce that my artwork has been selected by the curators on fab.com.
My portraits of inspiring people, as well as other pieces are now available on their webiste.
I am super excited to be interviewed among some really cool creative people in the launch of "Chronology", a project the chronicles the daily
lives of creative people. Each of us give a time-stamped description of what we do during one particular day:
Read about my day.
The site is beautiful: an awesome initiative by awesome designer, Hugo Walsh. His middle name is probably "awesome". I loved reading about the other creative peoples days. Go check out the full choronolgy site!
I am very excited to share my work for the briefing pages of the most recent issue of Monocle Magazine.
I had a great time working with Art Director Jay Leo to working one of my very favorite publications in existence.
The magazine definitely has the most dense editorial material I have ever waded through as a creative person, but I am super happy about how things turned out.
See the full project here.
Traveling the world continues to be an amazing and inspiring experience. Here's where we've been since leaving my job:
2. Marrakech, Morocco
3. Essauira, Morocco
4. Chefchauoen, Morocco
5. Cútar, Spain
6. Granada, Spain
7. Barcelona, Spain
8. Palermo, Italy
9. Cefalú, Italy
10. Rome, Italy
11. Athens, Greece
12. Santorini, Greece
It has been an inexplicably grand experience so far. See more of our adventure on my instagram account.
Some really nice mentions from a couple of cool curated sites on the web. See the feature by bldngwlf.
I was named awesome designer #65 at 365Designers, a curated collection of talent who features one artist a day all year.
I am out-of-my-mind excited to share that I have recieved illustration comissions from two amazing publications: The Boston Globe and Monocle Magazine.
This past month I had worked almost exclusively on the launch of a new, illustration focused, portofolio, and on sending it out to publications that I love and aspired to work for. These two assignments represent an amazing pay-off for the work that I put in. I couldn’t be happier.
Here is a link to the online PDF I sent out to art directors and publishers.
Well, I guess this should be no surprise, but traveling the world is the most amazing thing ever. I recomend it to all humans and subhumans who read this news update. After leaving Amsterdam on a plane, we have been to two countries and five cities:
1. Marakech, Morocco.
2. Essaouira, Morocco.
3. Chefchauoen, Morocco.
4. Cútar, Spain.
5. Granada, Spain
I feel the culture of each place saturating my brain with ideas, colors, forms, stories and excitement. Here is a little smorgasbord of photographs from our travels:
For more of our travels, you can find me on instagram. Currently we are enjoying Granada-next up, Barcelona.
It is very exciting to announce the reemergence of my website. Aside from addding a huge amount of new work, the major purpose of the overhaul is to
create a dedicated space inside my website where my illustration work can stand on its own.
Now the site is siloed off into two hemispheres: Illustration, and Graphic Design:
I find my work continually diverging down these two parallel (but different) roads, and I wanted to create a unique space in my website that catered to the type of clientele that would be searching for one or the other. This change is reflected in the site’s revised navigation and overall structuring.
I hope you enjoy the new projects!
My family and I have decided to pack our bags, leave my job at Edenspiekermann, and take off into the unknown world of traveling the planet and full-time freelancing.
We are pretty excited about this endeavor and we believe that an unimaginable experience awaits us as we cross the globe, and put ourselves into the hands of uncertainty.
Of course we will greatly miss our friends and beautiful surroundings here in Holland and at Edenspiekermann.
My wife has written a more extensive treatise on where me might go, and how we see life going in a blog post that I illustrated if you are interested in more information. We plan to start in Morocco, and take our time slowly carving out a path along the globe, staying in place for up to a month, and filling our minds with inspiration and our journals with stories.
My plan is to continue working on jobs that I love—with a new special emphasis on illustration. I find that illustration brings me a joy and satisfaction I can find nowhere else. This past year I have been on a personal quest to search for my own voice as an illustrator . . . and now that I feel it is beginning to come together, I hope to find lots of exciting work to involve myself in.
Where will we be in a year? I have no idea.
That’s the beauty of it.
This September I got the chance to go and visit Insignia Worldwide in their offices in Dubai.
A short plane ride took me into a world of the most OZ-like architecture I have ever seen. All around was gorgeous Arabic typography, (even the word
"school bus" looked amazing) and people from all over the globe. My hotel room came complete with a prayer rug and sunscreen.
Insignia focuses on hospitality branding and are working with lots of the coolest hotels in Dubai, SF, and all over the world. I got to meet with their creative directors, and lots of the designers in the team. It was great seeing how they work, how they think, and where they get their inspiration from.
While I was there I saw the tallest building on planet earth, an indoor ski slope, the persian gulf, the world's most impressive water fountain, and lots of other crazy/awesome sites. ’Twas a good visit, Dubai. Goodbai for now.
It has been an awesome thing to have my illustrations glaring down from the walls of the legendary Stadsschouwburg City Theatre in Utrecht.
It was an honor to work on posters, brochures and a social media campaign for such a cool contemporary organization. The project was done internally at Edenspiekermann,
with my colleague Marieke acting as an art director.
View the whole project here.
What an honor to be featured along side the likes of Tuesday Bassen, Trevor Rodgers,
Ricky Linn, Pablo Pintachan and other amazing artists. I was contacted
by the innovative new sketchbook company, Baron Fig, and asked to create a design for a limited edition, silk-screened poster featuring the sage words of Joseph Campbell.
Check out the entire series of awesome posters at the Baron Fig Shop.
The poster I created, featuring the phrase "The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek." really meant a lot to me personally. I strove to create an image that showed that the journey to conquer fear is an introspective one.
You can grab a poster for yourself and your mom here, while supplies last!
Well, I finally made it back to the land of canals, and bikes, and typography, and hagelslag. Amsterdam is such a beautiful and inspiring place to work. Currently,
my family and I are staying in a quaint little place on Kerkstraat and enjoying buying bread, chocolate and cheese from local markets.
I am very honored to have rejoined the team at Edenspiekermann as a visual designer. As soon as I stepped off the plane, they threw me into an awesome poster design project for a performing arts theatre, and since then it has been full speed ahead and great times! Icons, logos, illustrations, infograhpics â€“ It has been really fun to be part of a team again. Lunching on our 2nd floor studio, brainstorming crazy stuff and getting beat at foosball over the canals of historic Amsterdam—I missed this place!
Here's me with living typography legend, Mr. Erik Spiekermann himself.
Recently I was interviewed by a student ad agency comprised of advertisers, designers, journalists, and business majors from the
University of New Mexico. I was contacted by their leading lady, Samantha Hewitt. I got to talk to her and her class mates about
getting a designer carreer off the ground, how to know what to charge, where to go after you graduate and lots of other questions on the mind of soon to graduate
creative professionals. It was great to get to know them a little bit and be able to share what little I have learned so far in my short design life.
Go get em lobos!
This past month I have been featured by a gamut of some of the greatest graphic design sites across the web
- many of which I myself have drawn lots of inspiration from. It has been a great honor to be recognized among the great designers and great projects that have been featured on these websites. Many of the articles center around my branding for
Idlewild Bookstore, and Aurora Florence.
I am pleased to exclaim my official graduation with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design from Brigham Young University
in Provo, Utah. Design school was an amazing experience and I am honestly grateful for everyone who had an influence in shaping my understanding of the principals of design. Without them I would probably still be just drawing wizards (which I still do in moderation).
I am amazed at how short school felt, and how fast it passed. I wish I could do it again. But now the doors are open to my future, and I am excited to step through and see what greets me.
Other notable grads from my program include: Keenan Cummings, Kevin Cantrell, Tiffany Wardle de Sousa, Chris Mann, Jake Sergeant among many others.
"Considering the ear-splitting bedlam you'll find there, it's hard to believe that the sprawling concrete grotesquerie of New York' s JFK Airport was originally named after an idyllic circle of trees visited by the characters of Anne of Green Gables: Idlewild . . . Thanks to a gorgeous brand redesign by designer Andrew Colin Beck, Idlewild Books is now wearing a fusion of this combined literary and tourist legacy on the sleeve of every book they sell."
↑ A short excerpt from Fast Co's John Brownlee's kind review of my Idlewild Book Store rebrand. I was so happy to be recognized and featured by a smart and design concious company like Fast Co.
Read their full article here.
I was contacted by and interviewed by John in August. It was quite an exciting surprise. Since I posted the Idlewild project on my website I have been overwhelmed with the positive response I have received.
You can see my full design project here.
I was honered to be asked by the amazing Holstee team (of Holstee Manifesto fame) to create 4 letter-pressed cards. Holstee has a beautiful mantra of mindful living,
and I was very happy to be able to add to their artist collection. Holstee asked me to do an artist video, describing my mentaliy.
I worked with the talented Kyle Wayne Benson to create video below.
You can see more about the cards and buy them at the holstee shop. See the full portolio project here.
I was honered to win the prestigous Student Copper Ingot at the AIGA 100 Show in Salt Lake City. The award
specifically honored my "Patron Saints of Radio" ad campaign for Serious XM Radio. I was very pleased to be honored amongst a large body of great design work by other designers in Utah.
The Gala was held at the Leonardo, a cool modern art/design museum in Downtown Salt Lake. We mingled, ate, drank, made merriment and looked at a pile of awesome design work.
The show was jurored by some amazing national talent in the design field: Jenny Lam - Jackson Fish Market, Michael Carabetta - Chronicle Books , and Robynne Raye - Modern Dog.
This month I was honored to be invited by Fort Hays University's Student AIGA chapter to do a Q&A with their students.
We had a lively conversation about networking in the design world, how to start getting your name out there, how to jump start your freelance career
and other topics. I enjoyed being able to share any ideas I have gained so far in my young design life. I graduate from design school this
semester so I fealt I could really identify with their questions and concerns.
The students were bright, funny and fun to talk to. I got to tell them stories about my internship with Edenspiekermann, and experiences in New York with meeting clients, designers and other artists. Thanks for the cool experience boys and girls of Fort Hays!
At the end of last year I was very honored to be published in a compendium of icon design entitled "PICTOS" by Index Book. The Barcelona-based publishing house had seen
my icon work and was very interested in including it in their publication about pictographic communication. I was so flattered to be invovled.
The book is a beautiful design and a great resource. Available on the Index Book
My icons appear in the video below at 00:08.
I have been privileged with the opportunity to travel to Amsterdam, in the Netherlands, and intern with the amazing Edenspiekermann team. It has been an utter treat to get to know these people and spend time brain
storming, designing, and lunching with them in their cool office in Amsterdam. Pictures here.
We have worked on the new website for Kröller Müller and presentations to Rijkswaterstaat, the department of interior structure.
The holiday season with them was wonderful. I helped create their Christmas cards, and got to spend some time with them partying! It is great seeing how they function, and learning from their cumulative knowledge!
Exploring Amsterdam with my wife has been very interesting and exciting. We live near the city center, and enjoy finding crazy things and
trying to understand how to shop for groceries in Dutch. Please enjoy this short film I created narating my internship experience.
I had the great opportunity to intern with a small agency in the Chelsea District of Grand Old New York this summer, called
Wonder. At Wonder I got to work on the development of a new brand, web design for some medical clients, and Wonders internal website among other things. It was a great experience. I got to see first hand how a studio survives in the hustle and bustle. >
Loved NYC! I would love to go back there and work/live sometime soon. The city was beautiful and magical. We lived in a little apartment in Harlem, shared with actors and illustrators alike.
Very pleased to announce that my silk screened fleet foxes gig poster won the award of merit at the AIGA 100 show. The piece was showcased at the show in Salt Lake City in Utah at the Grand Masonic Temple, and published in the 100 show book.
The poster was created through a process called BiSociation, where you brainstorm two seemingly unrelated lists of visuals and mash them together. It was a great honor to be recognized by the AIGA.