My Career

So, what do I call myself, exactly? I’ve been asking this question for years. I have a degree in graphic design and started out as a general designer who mostly worked on printed posters, booklets, infographics and sales sheets for IT channel vendors like HP or Cisco. As my career progressed, I realized that designing for brand and printed materials would not be enough. I would need to understand how to design and eventually develop digital experiences.

Now, on any given day, you can find me writing frontend code, designing a website. laying out a booklet, art directing a photoshoot, directing a freelance designer or even editing a video.

See what I mean?

A willingness to continuously learn has driven a “Swiss army knife” approach to my career. And in doing so, bridging the gap between design and development, and brand and marketing have proven to be my career strengths.

01

Experience

Founder & Creative Director

Iris Creative Co. • 2014 – present

Founded and managed boutique creative studio that serves wide range of clients. Projects included small businesses looking to modernize their brand and web presences, designing, developing and delivering custom email campaigns for National Psoriasis Foundation, developing CraftCMS websites for the award-winning agency, Langrand, and maintenance and development support for Scale Computing’s global website.

Creative Manager

WestconComstor • 2011 – 2015

Managed creative conception and design for industry-leading IT clients like Avaya, Cisco, etc. for events and marketing campaigns aimed at IT resellers. I oversaw brand consistency for creative assets for North America. Creative assets included marketing web sites, emails, event collateral, etc. Instituted use of responsive design across web sites and html emails. Managed delivery of email marketing campaigns.

Junior Art Director

Tech Data Corporation • 2007 – 2011

Worked closely with a Fortune 500 brand initiative at Tech Data by helping to redesign the brand and familiarize our company with our efforts. Worked with industry-leading clients such as HP and Cisco by designing physical and digital campaign deliverables for IT channel marketing.

02

skills & Software

Tools

Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe After Effects, Adobe XD, Adobe Lightroom, Figma, Sketch, MS Office, various time tracking and project management software

Web

CraftCMS, JQuery, Vue, Javascript, Twig, Git, Bitbucket, Node, Nuxt, HTML, CSS, Webflow

Other

Email marketing, art direction, prepress,

03

Education

BFA, Graphic Design

Eastern Kentucky University, 2006

Develop creative talents and technical skills to become a graphic designer in advertising agencies, design firms, in-house art departments of magazines and newspapers, book publishers, commercial printing firms, freelance and open opportunities for admission to graduate school and other creative venues.

“Words cannot express how grateful we are to Brandon and his team. Our experience was an amazing start to finish. We will be clients for life!”

Megan Thomson, Paramount Salon

"Brandon was super straightforward to work with. He understood what we wanted and was able to deliver on the ideas we discussed with very little back and forth.”

Laura Koch, Vibrant Village Foundation
My wife and daughter.
My son has wild hair.
From our home.
Hiking in the Columbia River Gorge.

My Life

I live in Portland, Oregon with my beatiful wife and kids. On most weekends and evenings you can catch us watching college football, going on a hike or checking out a new brewery. Pre-COVID, we travelled often, mostly to Ohio and Florida and hope to return to that. Until then, Oregon’s beautiful coast, mountains or wineries will have to do.

My other interests include weight lifting, and listening to a good podcast or audiobook.

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