Welcome! Sit back, get comfy and enjoy the adventure that started back in 2014 when Brenda’s desire to become an entrepreneur materialized. tions. With all her years experience, she was able to offer assistance, and voila! Just like that the agency Brenda Manley Designs was fluidly formed. Brenda was, and still is, a natural conduit for connecting artists and their artwork with manufacturers. In retrospect, becoming an agent was a natural extension of the work she was doing while employed. Today, Brenda boasts about how lucky she is to represent a roster of 7 immensely talented artists, as well as a handful of potential BMD artists, and creates a few pieces of her own. Together, this small but mighty group produces a varied range of stunning artwork for commercial use. Serving the editorial, publishing, apparel, home furnishings and gift/stationery markets, our portfolio consists of placement art, repeat patterns, coordinates, collections, custom hand
Brenda Manley was formerly employed by a paper party goods manufacturer. Over a 16 year period she had various roles such as catalog layout, artist, senior designer, design manager, buyer, and trend development. As a buyer/licensee, she cheerfully attended trade shows like Surtex and Printsource for 12+ years. While employed, she gained knowledge of the challenges manufacturers experience to get final product on shelves. It was also here that Brenda had the fortunate opportunity to reach out and share trend direction with select outside artists/agencies she met as a result of attending shows. Being an artist first (received her BFA in Graphic Design from Ball State University), Brenda was able to communicate and art direct with ease, pitch artwork to internal marketing and sales teams, and upon design selection, she had the pleasure of informing the artist and providing the terms/contracts to proceed. Upon embarking in her new role as an independent, Brenda’s intentions were to simply freelance on her own, however, along the way she met emerging talent who started asking ques-
lettering, and illustrations available for licensing or sale. The artists are happy to take on commissions and would love to partner with you to create work custom-made to suit your project. Brenda is always eager to showcase the work of her amazing artists and has several ways to accommodate: • Trade Shows – Brenda would love to schedule an appointment with you. • Digital Portfolio – Brenda can connect you to the entire BMD portfolio located on Dropbox. Art is available to view in 3 ways: New, by Artist, and by Category. • Submissions – Brenda can pull and submit accordingly. • Studio Visit – Brenda is happy to come to your location to present to you and your team members.