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 has proven to be my career strengths.sdfasdfd
Founder & Creative DirectorIris 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 ManagerWestconComstor • 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 DirectorTech 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.
skills & Software
Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe After Effects, Adobe XD, Adobe Lightroom, Figma, Sketch, MS Office, various time tracking and project management software
Email marketing, art direction, prepress,
BFA, Graphic DesignEastern 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.
I live in Portland, Oregon with my amazing 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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