In a culture of mass production, the impact generated by the handmade can be transformative. From a child’s perspective, exposure to handmade objects introduces the idea that anything is possible, imagination is king. The bond that comes from sharing in the activity of creating is one that leaves a lasting imprint. In design, the collaborative process can trace roots back to the success of cooperative craft as a community-building tool and bring together disparate viewpoints at an early stage to allow a deeper study of needs and a broader consideration of approaches.

Formally, society’s value of craft is in constant flux. However, cross-disciplinary engagement can prove to be a benefit to problem solving and innovation. I am interested in learning through this type of engagement and my thoughts around this process and its roots have in large part, shaped my thoughts and approaches to art and design.


b. in Great Falls, MT; lives and works in Manchester By The Sea, MA

Amy Rizzico attended The Maryland Institute, College of Art in Baltimore, MD [BFA]; and Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, MI [MFA]. Currently she works as an Information Architect/Designer for The Big Studio, a Cambridge, MA design firm. She has shown her painting in Boston, MA, as well as in Detroit, MI, Washington D.C. and Baltimore, MD. Amy's work is in multiple personal collections as well as the corporate collection of New England Biolabs.

[Abbreviated Resume]

2013 Zume, Charlestown, MA
2013 Art Focus, Jurried solo show, New England Biolabs, Ipswitch, MA
2012 Mingo, Beverly, MA
2012 Harmon Gallery, Wellfleet, MA
2011 Zume, Charlestown, MA
2011 Harmon Gallery, Wellfleet, MA
2011 Bird By Bird, Cambridge, MA [solo]
2011 Cafenation, Brighton, MA [solo]
2010 Zume, Charlestown, MA [solo]
1998-99 The Gallery at Harrison & Troxell, Boston, MA



Fidelity Investments - Consultant, Information Architect
• Lead Design on customer facing, forms based applications. Work includes responsive design for mobile web.

2005 – 2011

The Big Studio, Cambridge, MA - Information Architect/Designer.
The Big Studio creates transformative design and business solutions.
• Concept development and design for iPad applications.
• Develop moderator guides and run moderator sessions with research groups.
• Create concepts and vision documents including wireframes, storyboards and sketches.
• Aid in visual design of concepts.
• Created original artwork for Blingfactor web site. Designed Blingfactor’s business card.
• Freelance web designer responsible for designing multiple web sites and template creation.
• Freelance web designer. Visual design for Mailwise web site.
• Created original artwork for Neueon client.

BrandIntent, Natick, MA
January 2004 – 2005 Senior Designer
BrandIntent (formerly Encompass Communications) develops and implements all aspects of strategic branding initiatives for a diverse clientele, including legal, high-tech, food industry, healthcare and pharmaceutical industries.
• Develop design concepts for branding initiatives
• Develop web concepts and information architecture
• Design and develop user interface solutions
• Develop and create collateral for branding initiatives including interactive, print and packaging
• Develop design standards and style guides for collateral, web sites and client applications
• Visually integrate and enhance pre-existing web site architecture and user interfaces
• All aspects of project production

Inforonics Business Technology Solutions, Littleton, MA
April 2001 – Jan.2004   Lead Designer
Inforonics BTS designs and builds technology solutions to fit clients’ strategic business needs in a variety of industries.
• Acting Design Sales Representative for multiple businesses
• Develop, write and implement multiple proposals and project plans
• Architect and document design group methodology and process
• Project Design Lead on multiple projects for multiple generations
• Manage design group and all projects
• Train production designers
• Design corporate identity for multiple businesses
• Develop design standards and style guides for web sites and applications
• Re-architect/design/develop corporate intra web
• Design trade show booth graphics for multiple businesses
• Design and create flash enabled sales tool web sites
• Designed and created functional prototypes

Harrison & Troxell, Inc., Boston, MA
1998-2001 Senior Web Designer
Harrison & Troxell, Inc. designed and developed business technology solutions for clients’ in a variety of Industries. Responsibilities included Concept Development and Art Direction for multiple clients’ projects, for multiple generations.
• Designed and implemented prototypes, web sites, intranets, applications, user interface designs, online animations and corporate identity development for multiple clients.

Proficient in the use of the following:
Adobe: PhotoShop, Illustrator, Acrobat, Fireworks, Dreamweaver, Flash
Microsoft: Office
Experience in the use of the following:
Project, Visio, QuarkXPress
Interface Development Languages:
Proficient in: HTML
Experienced in: JavaScript, XML/XSL, DHTML, CSS, ActionScript


Teaching Experience:
2011 Instructor, Collaborative Art, Art Haven, Gloucester, MA
2011 Visiting Artist, Art Haven, Gloucester, MA
1996 Visiting Artist and Lecturer, Prescott College, MA Program, Prescott, AZ

Revolution, A Gallery Project, Detroit, MI 1994-95 Gallery Intern,
Laguna Gloria Art Museum, Exhibitions Office, Austin, TX 1994 Museum Curator Intern, Women and Their Work Gallery, Austin, TX 1994 Gallery Intern