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MY APOLOGIES TO THE BREAKFAST CLUB...
I'm a nerd, a philosopher, an explorer, a foodie, a filmie, a west
coast boy turned Brooklynite, a small town country boy turned urbanite, a
classic Gemini, a designer, an artist, I try to be kind to mother
earth, because she is kind to me, and a cat lover amongst other things. I guess if I had to define it in a few words I would say that I’m a collector of experiences.
When I look back on the last 30 years of my life, I would have
to say that my experiences are the biggest definer of who I am, I’ve
seen many things, known many people and lived in many places that have
all left little bits and pieces behind in my pysche that have help
developed who I am, not only as a person but as a designer.
Back when I was in school, an instructor of mine told me that if you
didn’t learn something from every project your not trying hard enough.
This work philiosophy has sorta seeped into a life philosophy since that
moment. I try to learn something from everything I do and 50 years from
now when I’m old and grey... well bald probably; I hope I’m still
experiencing new things and learning from them.
Over the last 5 years or so I’ve meant some very nice people
and companies that agreed to pay me real money in return for my ideas
and services. These people and companies are, but not limited to:
Callaway Digital Arts
At CDA, I played a significant leadership role in the conception and creation of five iOS app titles. All of which ascended to #1 in the Book category of the App Store, including Angelina Ballerina’s New Teacher, Sesame Street’s The Monster at the End of the Book and The Great Cookie Thief. My responsibilities included leading, developing and maintaining the art direction and app architecture of a project while working closely with a team of producers, designers, animators and developers to create unique and engaging user experiences.
At Happy, I was given the task of establishing the brand foundations for this iOS development start-up. My responsibilities included concepting the look and feel of the brand, art directing the execution of the direction as well as designing a number of multidisciplinary pieces for the company. Additional responsibilities included managing vendors and third-party talent.
The O Group
While my tenure at The O Group was technically on a freelance
basis. The 5-6 months that I was employed as a designer there made it
seem like I was a true member of the team. Some notable client accounts
that I was a part of during my stay at The O Group included Golfnow.com,
Lacoste, Belvedere Vodka, Rémy Martin and Ferragamo.
3rd Edge Communications
Starting as a Junior Designer, this is where I began learning the
ropes of agency life and over a three year span I worked my way to a
Senior Designer title, where I was responsible for many things including
the conception and execution of design solutions to their completion.
They even trusted me enough to mentor and art direct the junior
designers that were on staff... Awesome!
I also have gathered a rather nice collection of freelance
gigs where I learned many things about being a designer both from the
creative end and the business end. Some of my past clients have been
LucasArts where I had the joy of working projects for two of my
childhood obsessions; StarWars and Indiana Jones; Jeff Fassnacht Design
where I worked on projects for Actual Films, O’Reilly Publishing and
Breakthrough Collaborative amongst others. Some of my independant
clients include BAR Bakery, Highlife Music, RGH Lighting, Scheimpflug
Digital and Element Tattoo.
When I not working on client work, I’m usually working on the
development of 00one, where I create and sell my personal creative work
which include letterpress prints screen-prints and paintings.
I have a AA and a BFA in Graphic Design, from the Art
Institute of Seattle and The Academy of Art San Francisco... and I have
the bills to prove it.
I have production experience in both the real world and the
digital world. I know how to screen print and letterpress. My comping
skills are pretty top-notch when I have the right tools. I have
knowledge in many programs, to varying degrees, that help me execute my
ideas, these programs include of course the Adobe Suite. Particularly
Illustrator, InDesign and Photoshop. I have some experience in
Dreamweaver, HTML and CSS. UI and UX is also a part of my repertoire.
Anything else I may need I am willing and able to learn, because
learning is cool. I’m pretty good at cooking to boot.