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About John Gerber
Mostly, I like to let my work speak for itself, but of course my experience and story tells a lot about who you will be working with.
So, here is a little about me. The story is a lot longer... but you can ask me for the rest.
I have a fine art degree from the University of MN and have 20 years of extensive freelance and advertising agency experience including Campbell Mithun in Minneapolis. My logo design and fine art is all over the country and I am extremely pleased and blessed to have clients and collectors far and wide. I have tried to keep both areas of my life balanced (fine art and commercial design) to bring a uniqueness to both areas.
In addition, my 20 years of being an entrepreneur allows a different perspective on problem solving, budgeting and scheduling.
My love for good design, as well as having had fine art exhibitions in fantastic galleries, and many, many recommendations you can read on LinkedIn, assures you I have the experience and creativity to get you something special. If we don't fit, I can help find you the people that will. I want your end result to be perfect whether I have the honor of doing it myself or not.
Art is personal it reaches from the realm of simple decor to the political or commercial. They all have their rightful place and there are many areas where they cross over. Deciphering what is right for a given situation is an area where I excel and can create or guide you to the piece that fits not only your space... but YOU as well.
A work of art is above all an adventure of the mind.
The scope of my graphic work reaches as far as the eye can see. Literally. From signage, corporate identity or advertising, it is everywhere. On cars, buildings, social media, print and tv, and that is just the short list. I can help you create the image you need or will find the partners that can get it done with me.
Available Fine Art.
Gustave Courbet said "Fine art is knowledge made visible." To some degree in every piece of fine are there is something to be learned, or felt. Surrounding ourselves with original fine art captures not only the visual statement, but also a moment in time given to you, a performance only you get to fully experience any time you desire. I think this spirit and essence flows from originals that no mechanical reproduction can quite provide. I sincerely hope my art speaks to you and one of my works could be a living part of your environment.
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Imagery needs to connect. Whether it is art above a sofa, a sign, or a business card.
Creative without strategy is called 'art.' Creative with strategy is called 'advertising.'
-Jef I. Edwards
So true. I think if we combine great design, photography, art and writing and mix it with a clear goal... we have successful advertising.
My advertising experience includes a large spectrum. I have large agency experience all the way to working with small t-shirt shops. This has given me not only a vast array of experience, but also connections to vendors that can make or print anything we come up with. I may be one person, but I am surrounded by talented printers, writers and tech people who can bring their toolbox to our project as well. We can be nimble and original and have fun doing it.
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"Nothing astonishes men (and women) so much as common sense and plain dealing"
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
My design rates are generally below industry averages. I charge $95/hr for graphic design and advertising work / $110/hr for client-side creative direction consulting. I can also bid the project cost with built-in parameters for changes etc. In either case I require 50% at agreement to begin the job and the full balance upon completion. Alternative installment terms can be arranged after a relationship is established.
Meetings: First one hour meeting is pro-bono. Meetings beyond the initial hour are billable at $50/hr. in my office. $75/hr off-site.
For non-profits and charity work, please contact me as I do have a set number of projects a year I like to donate or offer at very reduced rates.
Please see my LinkedIn page for words from clients about my attentiveness and efficiency. Those two things make for a smaller bill and a bigger smile.
My May, 2015 Art Show at the Griffin Gallery in Edina MN was a huge success. Great attendance and great conversation and many went home with a new piece of original art.
If you would like to see my art in person, contact ME. 612.998.3717
You may also contact Griffin Gallery:
5222 West 78th Street Edina, Minnesota 55435
When we work together. It is a joint effort. Our successes feed off of one another. I will always be honest and work with you on finding the best solution, affordably. My hope is that we become friends along the way and can share in each other's journey.
One eye sees,
the other feels.
The link between art and design is intimate.
Mastering both brings improvement to each. I like to think my practice of each brings a uniqueness to your art or project.