"Your imagination is the hood ornament on the car of creativity." - Gary Busey, actor
A B O U T
G L E A U X a r t • p h o t o • design
ERIKA RHEIN GIVENS : After graduating in 1999 from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, Ca., the San Francisco Bay Area-born artist and designer Erika Rhein Givens began working as a Senior Designer at the Nokia Design Center, responsible for everything from branding, identity, exhibit, and package design, to category development, multimedia art direction, and technical team management. Her work in production, art direction, and copywriting at Nokia Design won an award at the New York International Film Festival, and was recognized in I.D. Magazine and several publications around the world. She later moved to other creative pursuits, taking on a variety of challenging projects at Bluemint Associates, SMWM Inc., Smart Design LLC, and Phillipe Becker Design.
In 2004, Erika launched Gleaux (pronounced glow), a San Francisco-based graphic design studio. Her work at Gleaux has been widely acknowledged in print, television and online media, such as the San Francisco Chronicle Magazine, Oakland Tribune, InStyle Magazine, San Francisco Magazine, 7x7 Magazine, and NBC's Today Show to name a few. After contributing design collections to online retailers such as Minted.com and TinyPrints/Shutterfly, Gleaux received 1st place in Minted's 2009 Holiday Card Design Challenge, as well as, two Editor's Choice Awards in the 2013 Minted/West Elm Art Challenge. Gleaux original artwork is seasonally on sale at West Elm online.
After relocating to San Diego in 2012 with her husband and three children, Erika launched GLEAUX Art • Photo • Design, a colorful little *makery* in sunny San Diego. As master-maker, she creates fresh and original artwork, decor, hand-drawn illustrations, graphic design, and photography because…. well… she can't stop herself! She likes to keep a window open so that color, light, inspiration, and magic can drift in on the sea breeze.