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Micah Bowers

Micah Bowers

Vancouver, WA, United States
Member since January 3, 2016
Micah is a freelance illustrator and brand designer who believes that design should tell a story. At its best, design identifies a need, stirs a desire for change, and sheds light on a path that is uniquely helpful, hopeful, and human.
Micah is now available for hire
  • Illustrator
    2017 - PRESENT
    • Created high-impact posters to promote an ongoing speaker series hosted by Google's Empathy Lab.
    • Designed a psychedelic, 60's inspired alphabet to visually distinguish the poster text in a clean, modern environment.
    • Illustrated a wide array of animals and characters to highlight the fun, inquisitive nature of the Empathy Lab.
    • Helped the client re-envision the project scope and deliverables to meet the budget and tight deadlines.
    Technologies: Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator
  • Illustrator | Designer
    Micah Bowers Design
    2015 - PRESENT
    • Developed brand identities by creating engaging visuals and stories that help companies communicate the unique value that they offer to customers.
    • Specialized in creating custom illustrations that support a company's brand messaging and bring life and energy to written content.
    • Created bright and cheerful animations that explain the usefulness of digital products in an easy-to-understand way.
    • Crafted one-of-a-kind words and letters for logos, websites, and advertisements.
    • Provided art-direction to companies in order to reach customers by outlining and implementing a specific mood at the start of each project.
    Technologies: Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe After Effects, Adobe InDesign
Other Experience
  • Design News – Innovation from Around the Globe (Publication)
    The inaugural issue of Toptal Design World News. Every month, we bring you riveting design news and inspiring content focused on design.
  • Presentation Design and the Art of Visual Storytelling (Publication)
    Discover a practical approach to designing results-oriented presentations and learn the importance of crafting a compelling narrative.
  • Design the Future: The Tools and Products That Await Us (Publication)
    New design tools are emerging at an incredible rate, but the future promises a vast array of astonishing tools that will forever change the way designers think and work.
  • Brand Illustration 101: Visualizing the Narrative (Publication)
    A brand is a promise. This article outlines how illustrations are being used to express brand value and how businesses are investing substantial time and resources into extensive brand illustration systems.
  • How to Create Custom Fonts: 7 Steps and 3 Case Studies (Publication)
    Learn to turn Comic Sans and other hated fonts into beautiful logotypes in seven easy steps.
  • Design Constraints: Why Saying "No" is so Effective (Publication)
    We can harness the power of constraints by consciously choosing to place strict limits on design options, and we needn’t look beyond our own smartphones to find compelling examples of how this works.
  • Don't Underestimate the Power of Your Brand Story (Publication)
    A brand story is a powerful tool, but trial-and-error is required to use it well. If persistent, you’ll develop a unique voice, and your work will be infused with unexpected strands of meaning and purpose that thrill clients and the people they’re trying to reach. In this article, Toptal Designer Micah Bowers walks us through one of his own branding projects to show us how to develop an effective brand story. Most of us might know a good story when we see one, but how do we write an engaging one ourselves?
  • Master of Fine Arts degree in Electronic Time-based Arts
    Purdue University - West Lafayette, IN, USA
    2008 - 2011
  • Bachelor's degree in Industrial Design
    Purdue University - West Lafayette, IN, USA
    2004 - 2008
  • Drawing15 years
  • Adobe Photoshop10 years
  • Adobe Illustrator10 years
  • Design10 years
  • Illustration10 years
  • Logotype4 years
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Adobe Illustrator
Vancouver, WA, United States
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