Nick Manning ‘14 BFA / Graphic Design Concentration
My Caldwell University experience is one that I will hold near and dear to my heart. As a Fine Arts major pursuing a B.F.A. in Graphic Design, I loved the small campus atmosphere; it gave me the ability to build close, one-on-one relationships with my professors which I still maintain today. The professors in the Art Department really care about your work, and the “Semester-End Critiques” were a true game-changer for my development within the program. The feedback that students receive during the critiques is priceless and something that few schools in the area offer. After I graduated from Caldwell with my B.F.A. degree, I felt prepared to take that next big step in my professional career. I have been working successfully as a self-employed freelance Graphic Designer since graduation, and have yet to come across a task that I’ve felt unprepared to tackle. I have Caldwell University and Art Department to thank for this, and I always will.
Recollections: I remember Professor Judith Croce covering my eyes with a blindfold and taping my paintbrush to the end of a long stick. I kept leaving the top left corner of my paintings blank and she said to just paint that section blindfolded. That part of the painting ended up looking the most beautifully imperfect. Gestural drawings of models in 10 seconds, color theory, drawing my first curve in Illustrator, the smell of dark room chemicals, long hours carving clay, woodblock printings, internships, class critiques, museum outings…every class and experience laid the foundation for the artist that I have become. I truly am grateful for such a solid art foundation from Caldwell University.
I earned my BFA with a concentration in Graphic Design at Caldwell in 1998 while finishing up a for-credit internship at MSNBC in the On-Air Graphics Dept. Subsequently, I immersed myself into the broadcast graphic design world for 15 years. With tight deadlines in award winning departments for networks such as MTV, CNBC, NBC and Fox Business from 1998-2012., I learned a few tricks for my design toolbox. Currently I work as a freelance graphic designer and tutor. The clientele of my commissioned work varies from ice skating teams to tree care companies to charities.
The logos that I am presenting for the Alumni Exhibition range from 2011-2014 and were created on the computer in Adobe Illustrator. “Precisely Right” was just commissioned this past summer for a synchronized ice skating team in NJ. “Chance For Change” is a Bloomfield, NJ based charity helping to provide higher education to young women in the West African country of Burkina Faso. I am Vice President of this charity and am happy to donate my time and creativity to this great cause. “Fencing For The Edge” is a documentary currently in the works by Holly Buechel, my cousin. “Professional Tree Care, Inc.” is my parent’s business in Fairfield, NJ that I gave a fresh new look. “Block Party” is a design partnership with conceptual artist Evan Azcuy from Tappan, NY. I created these logo variations for our upcoming t-shirt company.