Fresh Meat Friday: Claire Marrinan


By rizeabove / / Get ready, we’re about to share another one of the top young creatives in the Twin Cities. If you, or a youngin’ you know, have roughly between 0-5 years of professional experience and a fantastic book. For all the glory send the info to: [email protected] Our fresh cut this week is a copywriter, photographer, AIGA MN Portfolio 1-on-1 scholarship winner, jewelry buyer, and graphic designer. Twin Cities meet Claire Marrinan, a design intern at Franke+Fiorella. Like many of us in the creative field, Claire started on a path quite different from design before she landed where she is today. Claire told us, “I graduated from St. Catherine University with a BA in English and studies in Japanese (including a year abroad at Nanzan University in Nagoya, Japan) before working for a number of years in retail as an assistant Jewelry buyer for the Bibelot Shops. My position with Bibelot also involved product copywriting and photography for the company website and designing in-store jewelry displays. Eventually I realized design offered me the opportunity to combine my writing background for a whole new form of storytelling.” From there Claire studied Graphic Design and was part of the final graduating class from the now closed College of Visual Arts. If Claire sounds familiar to you it may be because we wrote about her in May when she received a scholarship and subsequent internship from local design shop Franke+Fiorella through AIGA MN’s Portfolio 1-on-1 scholarship program. Claire recalled, “The internship with Franke+Fiorella is turning out to be an incredible experience that I don’t know that I would have gotten without Portfolio 1-on-1. But beyond that opportunity, the actual event was a great chance to test out my book on a fresh audience who hadn’t seen how I’d worked through process of my projects and to see if I was communicating the voice I was striving for. It was a great confidence booster.” She continued, “Absolutely [students] should attend. My junior year experience gave me a lot of inside information. And since I didn’t have the pressure of graduation at that time, I still had a chance to take what I’d learned and apply it to my senior year’s work.” Very cool. What made us want to feature Claire this week is that, although she is well versed in all forms of design, she obviously has passion and talent for digital design which we don’t see as often in our submissions. And with everything from a digital tablet form of Shakespeare to a sleek, dark branding system for a coffee & wine bar to a smartphone lecture series in her book, she has tackled quite a bit of variety and has showcased a nice range of styles. Yet, Claire perhaps summarized her breadth of work best when she told us in closing, “I love design that tells a story.” Check out more of Claire’s work after the jump. Also check out our last two features: Beth Sicheneder, a design intern at Orangeseed and Coleman Iverson, a freelance designer. Maple House Coffee and Wine Bar Maple House is a coffee and wine bar inspired by a blend of traditional warmth and a classic modern aesthetic and is named for the atmosphere of the momiji trees and ryokan inns of Japan. The branding for this cafe draws from the principles of visual storytelling and imagines the setting as that of a European writer nestled away in Kyoto on a fall retreat filled with these rich colors, textures, and smells. Visual Shakespeare: The Tragedy of Macbeth This interactive application serves as a solution for facilitating accessibility to the text of Macbeth. The visual narrative sits side-by-side with the written text to provide contextual grounding for the story as well as offering access to additional layers of support material such as terminology, historical and political references, and character profile information. Pen Pals Lecture Series Pen Pals is an author lecture series hosted by the Friends of the Hennepin County Library. These promotional design pieces are intended to provide the series with a visually thematic face that both captures the spirit of the writing community as well as underlying international theme of the proposed season. Wordplay Language Learning WordPlay is a social cause branding solution focused on multilingualism and second language learning. The brand works to foster language and cultural diversity by introducing the exploration and discovery of new languages to young children. Sidewalk blocks that function as flashcards position a single English phrase alongside its translation in either Spanish, Hmong, Somali, or Cantonese, the main languages spoken in Saint Paul Public Schools. The brand is rooted in a playful, childlike style, and the woodland animal characters found in both the sidewalk blocks and supplementary handheld flashcards are each tied to one of the five languages.