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Honey Bunny:
A composer of sweet and wild design.

I am a multi-disciplinary graphic designer born and raised in the heart of the Midwest. My job as a visual communicator is to find the balance between sweet and wild — something that delights, yet excites. To do this, I believe in alternative practices, methods, and expectations of graphic design.

I am an advocate for happy mistakes that can only be achieved through experimenting. Physically or mentally, individually or with a team, it is my job to solve the problems that are put in front of me. I live by my own words, "There is no such thing as over-achieving, you can only exceed expectations."

Thinking greater. Creating simply.

 


Sarah Van Berkum:
Dogs
Tacos
Denim Jackets
Bloody Marys
Amazon Prime
Hulu
Brunch
 


Education

Iowa State University
BFA in Graphic Design, Advertising Minor

Los Angeles Field Study, Spring 2016

New York Field Study, Fall 2015


Experience

Times10
Graphic Designer, January 2017—Present

Push Branding & Design
Graphic Designer, June 2016—December 2016
Graphic Design Intern, Summer 2015

Engineering Student Services, Iowa State University
Graphic Designer, Fall 2015–Spring 2016

Senior Portfolio Night, Iowa State University
Art Director, Spring 2016

DATUM Architecture Journal
Creative Director, Spring 2015

The Fashion Show, Iowa State University
Art Director, Fall 2015–Spring 2016

GDSA (Graphic Design Student Association)
Vice President, Fall 2014–Spring 2015
Communications Manager, Spring 2013

Trend Magazine
Design Director, Fall 2014
Design Assistant, Spring 2014

Blink Marketing
Graphic Design Intern, Summer 2013 & Summer 2014

Creative Spirits
Artist, Summer 2013–Summer 2016

Freelance
Graphic Designer, 2013–Present

Recognition

Janice Peterson Anderson Award
Nominated, Spring 2016
: Nominated by Iowa State faculty based on scholarship, creative ability, motivation, and productivity.

ADAI Design Exhibition
Award of Excellence, 2016
: Veranda, Identity System

Award of Excellence, 2015
: History of Women in the Olympics, Print Infographic
: Burning Man, Print Collateral
: Engineers’ Week Logo, Identity Mark
: FACETS Magazine, Interactive Media (DPS)

Harry K. Watts Scholarship
Recipient, Spring 2015
: Nominated by Iowa State faculty based on portfolio and performance.

Studies in Creativity
Honorary Mention, Fall 2015
: DATUM, Publication

34th Art & Design Annual
Juried Exhibition, Fall 2014
: MUSE All-Purpose Pill, Packaging

Program Night Representative
College of Design, Fall 2013 and Spring 2014
: Selected by Iowa State faculty to represent the College of Design at Program Night by showing design work.

Academic
Cardinal Key Honor Society, Inducted 2016
: Iowa State's highest honor society. Selection is based on scholarship, leadership, service, and character.

Phi Kappa Phi Academic Fraternity, Inducted 2014
: Top 10% of Junior class at Iowa State University

Top 2% Design Class, Spring 2016, 2015, 2014

Dean’s List, 8 consecutive semesters