Let me introduce myself.
My curiosity and passion for design has driven me to pursue knowledge early and often, from reading design publications as a child to mastering the Adobe Creative Suite while serving in the Marine Corps. Re-entering civilian life, Seattle Central Creative Academy provided the formal education I needed to confidently dive into an exciting career in the creative industry.
With nearly a decade of professional experience, I have grown to understand, embrace, and successfully implement the power of brand strategy and the many facets of design that support it.
Outside of work, I love being a husband and father of four. We have a 6-year-old daughter, a 4-year-old son, and custody of my 17-year-old brother and 13-year-old sister. We also have 2 chocolate labs!
We all love the outdoors, which is where I find the inspiration for my artwork that I frequently post to my Instagram account.
UX Designer, Graphic Designer, & Illustrator
It’s been a fun and challenging adventure working as a freelance designer and illustrator. I transitioned to doing it full-time at the start of 2017 and I’ve been balancing my time between design and fine art. I’ve enjoyed the flexibility, as well as being able to work directly with my clients. However, I have really missed being a part of a collaborative design team. As effective as I am as a solo designer, I produce my best work when part of a team. I continue my freelance work with passion and gratitude, but I am looking for the right opportunity to dive back into a more collaboritive environment.
Vertetude, Aug 2012–Feb 2017
As part of the Vertetude team, I had the privelage of working on some really exciting projects while working collaboratively and independently to effectively fulfill client needs. In addition to the design work, I led multiple simultaneous projects, including direction of creative concepts, delegation of roles and tasks, and scheduling to meet deadlines. Additionally, I established standards for internal and external quality control and provided training and professional development to enhance team effectiveness.
Seattle Central Creative Academy
Graphic Design (2011–2012)
Publishing Arts (2010–2011)
Brand Strategy & Identity, UX Web & Mobile, Social Media, Print Design, Packaging, Illustration.
Creative Cloud (InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, After Effects), Sketch, InVision, WordPress, HTML/CSS, After Effects, Tumult Hype