My name is Ariela Baranov. I’m a multimedia graphic designer and photo retoucher based in New York City.
What I Do
I’m an artist. I draw, paint, sculpt, all that hands-on stuff, but my primary focus is in graphics. I have over a decade of experience with Photoshop (and the rest of the Adobe Suite), HTML, and designing for both web and print. I do all sorts of projects for clients: brochures and fliers, branding, logos, web/Flash advertisements, websites, etc. It’s a demanding sort of field, but I’m good at what I do. On the side, I do photo retouching. I love it, which is really what matters. I wouldn’t mind landing an in-house retouching job at a magazine or something one day.
I’m currently working on an M.A. in Web and Multimedia Design.
I’m project-oriented. I like lists (and I like ticking things off lists). I keep notes. I organize. If you’ll notice the links at the top of my blog, one is for 101 Things in 1001 Days, which is a massive project I’m working on that spans almost 3 years. It’s really just a big personal to-do list and collection of other projects I want to complete, which is quite handy.
What I Like
My “geekdoms” include:
- The English Language: Etymology, grammar, absurdly long words, wordplay, alliteration, linguistics, copyediting, betareading. I adore games like Scrabble, Words With Friends (my sn is aristarry), Text Twist, and crosswords. I even make my own crosswords, NYT-style. Who the heck does that? :p
- Psychology: Human behavior, interpreting body language, reading people, “friend therapy”, the psychology of advertising, Semiotics, animal psychology, the learning process
- Video Gaming: Skyrim, World of Warcraft, Aion, Portal, Star Trek Online, Diablo 1 & 2, Starcraft, Warcraft III, Fable, DDR
- Other Gaming: Dungeons & Dragons, Apples to Apples (I even made a custom version), Scattergories, Pictionary (or Draw Something), Dominion, Carcassonne,
- Hobbies/Interests: Building computers, random/useless trivia, watching Star Trek, yelling answers at Jeopardy, meticulously critiquing movies, learning, reading science magazines, reading scifi/fantasy
Less Geeky Hobbies/Interests: Zumba, biking, ballroom dancing, writing Yelp reviews, and organization..
I’ve got a lab-ridgeback mix named Sydney and a leopard gecko named Ajax. Sydney has her own Twitter. Ajax just mopes around and eats crickets. What a hard life.
Check out the “Find Me On” widgit on the sidebar, if you’re looking to friend or follow me on any social networking sites. Some of my pages are friend-locked though, so please let me know who you are if you send a friend request. Otherwise it will just be ignored and deleted.