cynthia bauzon arre

I’m Cynthia and I’m a graphic designer and illustrator. I graduated from the University of the Philippines College of Fine Arts in 1992 and worked immediately in the advertising industry where I worked my way up from Visualizer to Art Director and eventually, Associate Creative Director over the course¬†of 9 years. I earned a few awards during my stint in the biz. ūüėČ On my 7th year in the industry though, I took a break and hied off to New York City¬†where I¬†enrolled for a term¬†at¬†Parsons The New School for¬†Design.

fruitcake eraserheads cynthia bauzon arre

In 1995, I reconnected with college friends¬†—¬†members of¬†popular Filipino rock band¬†Eraserheads and¬†became one of their go-to artists.¬†My work for them includes illustrations for their 4th album /¬†children’s book “Fruitcake,” graphic design and layout for two issues of their fanzine “Pillbox,” and album¬†sleeve¬†designs for their subsequent releases “Aloha Milkyway,” “Natin99,” and “Carbon Stereoxide” ¬†as well as¬†“Wanted:¬†Bedspacer” (Ely Buendia’s solo album), and “Inkjet” (Raymund Marasigan’s side project Squid9’s 1st album). My ties¬†with them led to numerous collaborations with other rock bands like Sandwich, the Itchyworms, Imago, and more. You can see most of my music¬†packaging work in my old site.

In 2000 I met my husband¬†Arnold Arre who happens to be a talented artist, graphic novelist, and animator. ūüôā ¬†Of course I wanted to spend more time with him so I left my advertising job and went freelance (best decision¬†ever!). We got married in 2003 and I wrote a little bit about our wedding here.

wedding essentials magazineIn 2004, fellow U.P. grad & ad industry survivor Marbee Shing-Go called on me to start a magazine called “Wedding Essentials” from the ground up, with her as Editor-in-Chief and me as Design Director.¬†We were a very tiny team and¬†I’m proud to say that it¬†eventually became one of the country’s premiere publications.¬†ūüôā ¬†I stayed on for five¬†fun years and in 2009, I stepped down to fulfill my dream of working from home full time.

In 2010, I conquered my fear of public speaking and gave a talk along with Arnold at Graphika Manila. Here’s our opening video in case you want to see it.

arncynweddingMy husband & I have a home studio in Quezon City where we are kept company by a sweet marmalade tabby cat who is a constant source of joy and inspiration.

I’ve kept¬†this blog since 2001 so if you backtrack and browse¬†the archives, including the posts in my ancient¬†Greymatter-powered site,¬†I think you’ll¬†get a good enough¬†glimpse of my life, likes, and loves. ūüôā

Thank you for reading this far down. If you’d like to discuss a possible¬†project, or maybe just say hi, please do so on this page.

All the best,

Even more about me:
* My design heroes — part 1 / part 2
* Interviews and other pressy stuff