Atuzzi Creative was founded in 1999 by graphic designer and artist Andrea McKoy. Born in Maryland and raised in North Florida, Andrea now resides near the Space Center and Central Florida beaches.
Andrea’s art career started unconventionally at an early age by drawing on anything she could find including her bedroom walls. She won her first art award in a County School Show, first place for a 2D print and later another, Best in Show for a sculpture in college and she hasn’t looked back since.
She was inspired to enter the graphic design field after years of working with other designer’s graphics as a Visual Display & Merchandising Manager for Burdines Department Stores. She was most inspired by the luxurious fragrance collateral and knew she could create compelling graphics herself.
While in school her first digital design was selected by SIGGRAPH to tour internationally, she had no prior computer experience at this time. She also landed a paid internship with Heavy Duty Graphics and contributes her excellent design habits to the guidance and training of one of the best local design houses.
After leaving HDG, she spent six years in the homebuilding industry managing print schedules and then overseeing the website overhaul at the corporate level—supporting locations in six states. Just prior to the homebuilding industry collapsing she had returned to school to obtain her BS in Visual Communications and managed to graduate in two years while nurturing her start-up. Once the industry died, she left to start Atuzzi Creative as a full-time endeavor.
With Atuzzi she has designed Addy Award winning graphics for clients in a wide range of industries. These clients have and do include: Universal Studios-FL, Anheuser-Busch, Universal Survey-NY, SurveyHealthCare-NY, Navigo Logistics and Distribution Consulting-CA, ITD Food Safety—FL and more.
Not just satisfied with creating digitally for others, she took an inspiration she had in 2011 for a pool toy and made it a reality. By 2016 the first NoodlePetz Animal Pool Toys were available for purchase. The second design was introduced for sale in 2018. She has always had ideas for new products, and likens the product development process to producing print media only on a larger scale.
In addition to her graphic design work she can be found in the art studio working on an oil painting or digging in the garden.