I am Kelly Ann Raver from Upstate New York (think cows, not sky scrapers.) I have experience and skills in a lot of areas in the design and marketing industry. I went to undergrad at Sage College of Albany for my BFA in Graphic and Media Design and to Southern New Hampshire University for my Masters in Marketing. Currently, I am in Adobe VIP Experience Boot Camp for Premiere Pro, and I WILL NEVER STOP LEARNING.
My portfolio has a lot of creative things. I borrow a lot from Art History and nature and have a good eye for color and detail.
I hate the term "clean design" because no one can really explain exactly what that means. I prefer to say that I create designs to effectively communicate on a visual and emotional level and will be aesthetically pleasing.
In 2021, I got my Catskill Cat poster/ postcard series in many stores in the Catskill Region and ran (and still run) a successful Etsy shop (Link in footer). I was nominated for an ADDY Award and was featured in articles in both Entrepreneur Magazine and Start Ups Magazine:
It is now the end of January 2022, and I have already entered two of my illustration pieces in the World Illustration Awards. You have to swim with big fish sometimes if you ever want to be caught.
I am on the Autism Spectrum. What does that mean to you? Absolutely Freaking Nothing. I could not do all of the things above and in the portfolio pages if I wasn't a rock star designer. I just think differently than others and that is a very good thing!
Favorite Artists: Mucha, van Gogh, Toulouse-Lautrec, Beardsley
Favorite Designers: Luba Lukova, Milton Glaser, Seymour Chwast, Aaron Draplin
Favorite Pet: my Siamese cat named Willow (but I will never tell my other pets that.)
Current Favorite Band: Måneskin
Things I hate: Milk, Micromanagers, Loud Noises (But do not mind crowds), passive aggressiveness, people that do not accept that others are different from them, and cold weather.
Five qualities that describe me: