Hello, I am Amanda DeGraffenreid of DeGraf Design LLC. I hold a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Design and have been working as a professional graphic designer since 1998. In the early part of my career, I worked for several creative agencies in St. Louis, Missouri. While working at these agencies, I created a wide array of pieces ranging from annual reports for Maytag and Energizer to pet food packaging for Purina. 

In 2007, I began working as a full-time freelance graphic designer in the beautiful Lake of the Ozarks area. My first project as a freelancer was the creation of L•O PROFILE Magazine's brand and look. I have designed the editorial content for more than 50 issues of the magazine, now in its 9th year of production. L•O PROFILE Magazine features the hottest homes, newest trends and the interesting people of the Lake of the Ozarks. 

I am also currently working with many other exciting clients in the Midwest with products ranging from home decor to training manuals. I have a passion for design and love learning and helping my clients grow their businesses! I feel fortunate everyday to have a job I love. 

Specialties: Print Design, Editorial Design, Identity and Branding, Typography, Layout, Ad Design, Logo Development, Creative Brainstorming and Print Production.

 

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Amanda has an amazing talent for making your vision or ideas become a reality. She really listens to you, so she can learn the most she can about your brand and your objectives. She always over delivers, and it will make it hard for you to choose which creative pieces to move forward with. I’ve always been thoroughly satisfied with Amanda’s work, and I appreciate the time and effort she goes to, to make me feel like I’m her only client every time she works with me.

—Libby Leone Davidson
Asst. Marketing Manager at Nestlé Purina North America

 

“I love working with her!”

In more than 30 years in the publishing industry, Amanda is the most organized, efficient and "editor-friendly" designer with whom I have ever worked. She is constantly evolving fresh designs for our publication and gives our covers that WOW factor that make them jump off the newsracks. I love working with her!

— Kathy Roberts
Editor at L•O PROFILE Magazine and Owner, CopyKat, Ink.

“…strong thinker, a problem solver, a passionate artist…

We ask our creatives to solve our clients’ business problem or help them achieve their business objectives. This can’t happen if the designer can only execute a beautiful piece. It can only be accomplished by a strong thinker, a problem solver, a passionate artist and an organized professional. Amanda is all of those things. She was also a pleasure to work with, both a team player and a leader - inspiring those around her by her work and example.

— Reid Thompson
Group Creative Director CheckMark Communications

 

“Amanda is not only talented, but has extreme common sense and her attention to detail is top notch.”

In 20 years of working directly with designers, Amanda is definitely in the top percentage. Amanda is not only talented, but has extreme common sense and her attention to detail is top notch. Her files are always ready for immediate production and as she does complex projects, she asks the correct questions BEFORE finalizing her design. I highly recommend her for ANY project.

— Bill Gorman
Vice President at The Advertisers Printing Co., Inc.

“Thanks for everything, Amanda!”

When I started my law office, I wanted to make sure my brand mark was something that would leave a lasting impression on my clients.I was referred to Amanda DeGraffenreid by a friend with a successful business and I couldn't be happier with the professionalism I found.  She pays great attention to detail, she is punctual and available for her clients, and the product she delivers is of the highest quality.  If anyone asks me where to start branding a new business, I don't hesitate to refer that company to DeGraf Design.  Thanks for everything, Amanda!

— Mark A. Webb
Law Office of Mark A. Webb, LLC

 

“I am always amazed at her creativity and ability to translate that into her work.”

I have had the pleasure to work with Amanda DeGraffenreid with DeGraf Designs on a number of projects with L•O PROFILE, Lake Area Chamber of Commerce and Heart of the Ozarks Professional & Business Women and I am always amazed at her creativity and ability to translate that into her work. She approaches every project with enthusiasm and professionalism offering many options to choose from, making what can often times be a tedious process, easy & and enjoyable. 

— Michelle Cook
FaceLift Marketing

“…fresh, accessible and functional.”

Amanda has so much enthusiasm for what she does—and it really shows in her design work. Working with her is so easy, and she always comes up with solutions that are fresh, accessible and functional. She is a fantastic resource for us when we need extra help.

— Kristy Banks
Senior Graphic Designer, Unigroup Inc


 

Education

Southwest Missouri State University
Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.)
August 1995 – May 2000
Springfield, Missouri, United States

 

Recent Awards

Graphic Design USA
American Graphic Design Award
2011

The Communicator Awards
Gold Award of Excellence for
Overall Consumer Magazine
200-2016

Ranly Award
Best Cover
2010

 

 

 

Work Experience

DeGraf Design LLC | Owner, Freelance Designer
April 2007 – Present Lake Ozark, Missouri, United States

L•O PROFILE Magazine | Art Director (as an Independent Contractor)
April 2007 – Present Lake Ozark, Missouri, United States

Nestlé Purina PetCare (CheckMark Communications)
Senior Designer
March 2004 – June 2007 St. Louis, Missouri, United States

University Of Missouri St. Louis | Adjunct Professor, Graphic Design III
January 2005 – May 2006 St. Louis, Missouri, United States

Falk Harrison Creative | Graphic Designer
March 2001 – March 2004 St. Louis, Missouri, United States