December 2016 – Present
I manage the design department of VOLTAGE and work with some of the world’s biggest brands like Adidas, Reebok, Chipotle, and Footjoy. My responsibilities include leading all design projects, critiquing designers’ work, training and developing designers, collaborating with the development department, forecasting / estimating projects, establishing company workflows and processes, working directly with clients, and advancing the VOLTAGE brand.
Interactive Art Director, UI / UX Designer, Front-End Developer
July 2014 – December 2016
I directed all front-end design work for clients’ websites and interactive applications. I handled the entire creative process from wireframes, to full designs, to front-end development. I also led the UI/UX direction, influence / engineered the HTML/SASS structure, and worked closely with back-end developers to put the sites into production.
Senior Designer / Art Director, Web Developer, Photographer
August 2006 – Present
Worked with businesses, non-profits, churches, start-ups, restaurants, authors, schools, nationally-known bands, and other clients to produce websites, promotional materials, catalogs, logos, book covers, music packaging and more.
Senior Designer, Web Developer
April 2014 – July 2014
Designed and developed websites, brand standards, print campaigns, collateral, motion graphics and more as the lead designer of a small creative team.
Graphic Designer, Design / Marketing Researcher
June 2012 – February 2013
Designed magazines, workshops, infographics, presentations, and other print and digital work for internal and external use in Fortune 100 companies and large corporations.
June 2012 – February 2013
Designed the front and back ends of multiple desktop and mobile websites. Created numerous print pieces including brochures, books, and mailers. Designed print and web pieces for multiple events and conferences.
Senior Designer, Production Manager
August 2010 – May 2012
Worked on staff for an award-winning literary journal. Designed layouts, supplements, display faces, posters, websites, and more. Managed the print production and numerous other projects.
Design / Art Direction Intern
Visually directed and designed integrated marketing campaigns. Designed for print, web, video, presentations, and social media.
August 2008 – Present
Produced logos, branding, books, e-books, flyers, t-shirts, websites, posters, and more for churches around the world.
BFA in Graphic Design
August 2008 – May 2012
GPA: 3.83 / 4.00
James Scholar Honors Student
Dean’s List x8
Numerous honors groups, design activities and awards received.
Guest writer on the Launchism Medium channel, writing about the design, development, and launch of Lisstr.
2016 BMA AWARDS
Three projects I worked (either as the Art Director or a primary developer) were given awards at the BMA Award Ceremony in April of 2016.
Regularly contribute my time to counsel and mentor young designers via video-chats.
TRACKDUCK GUEST WRITER
Wrote an editorial piece titled, “Don’t Settle: Doing Design Work That Aligns With Who You Are,” which recieved over 63,000 unique readers.
Drafted by Dribbble staff. Offer critique to other designers, discuss my work and theirs. Share in-progress design work.
Featured in The Type Director’s Club “Typography” annual, which showcases the best published typography of each year.
PRINT MAGAZINE’S DESIGN ANNUAL
Featured in the magazine’s yearly design round-up in 2012.
TYPE DIRECTORS CLUB AWARD
For Ninth Letter Vol 7.2
Helped design and run a conference about “the design of everything.”
THE JAMES AND DOROTHY SHIPLEY AWARD
Named the best Graphic Design graduate of 2012.
AFTER SCHOOL TYPE ALLIANCE
Started a group of experimental type designers.
Featured in HOW Magazine for my work with Ninth Letter.
n TO WATCH 2011
Participated in a curated gallery series normally reserved for graduate students at UIUC.
UIUC BFA SHOW
Shown in an exhibition of graduating seniors.
WORK + SHOP = WORKSHOP
Collaborated with visiting designers on an exhibition about engagement with classified ads
CERTIFICATE OF TYPOGRAPHIC EXCELLENCE
Awarded by the Type Directors Club for Ninth Letter, Vol. 8 No. 2.
Designed infographic displays for an exhibition about the state of the paper industry.
FIGURE ONE EDITIONS
Designed materials for an exhibition and sale.
Took part in a display of hand-crafted letter forms.
Planned, designed, and installed shows at an off-campus UIUC exhibition space.
KRANNERT ART MUSEUM
Planned events, gave tours, and did freelance work.
UIUC GRAPHIC DESIGN MENTOR
Mentored Graphic Design students at UIUC
AIGA CHICAGO, BOSTON, & COLORADO
Member of the AIGA
GRAPHIC DESIGN TEACHER’S ASSISTANT
Led, critiqued, and organized students.
Adobe Creative Suite
Google Web Designer
Vinyl Cutting / Install
SASS / SCSS / LESS
Grunt / Gulp
Bourbon / Neat
Wordpress / ACF
UI / UX
Here are some of the amazing people I’ve worked with in my career.
This is certainly not a comprehensive list, but it’s some of the more recognizable companies I’ve had the great pleasure of working with (either as a freelancer or with one of my past employers).