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Fireant Studio

Interactive Art Director, UI / UX Designer, Front-End Developer
July 2014 – Present

I direct all front-end design work for our clients’ websites and interactive applications. I handle the entire creative process from wireframes, to full designs, to front-end development. I also lead the UI/UX direction, influence and engineer the HTML/SASS structure, and work closely with back-end developers to put the sites into production.

FREELANCE

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.

TOOL STUDIOS

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.

NOW WHAT

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.

SMBOLIC

Graphic Designer
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.

NINTH LETTER

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.

HB AGENCY

Design / Art Direction Intern
Summer 2011

Visually directed and designed integrated marketing campaigns. Designed for print, web, video, presentations, and social media.

INTERNATIONAL CHURCHES OF CHRIST / DISCIPLES TODAY

Graphic Designer
August 2008 – Present

Produced logos, branding, books, e-books, flyers, t-shirts, websites, posters, and more for churches around the world.

Education

UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS AT URBANA-CHAMPAIGN (UIUC)

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.

ACTIVITIES, EXHIBITIONS, & AWARDS

THE LAUNCHISM
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.

OFFICEHOURS
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.

DRIBBBLE
Drafted by Dribbble staff. Offer critique to other designers, discuss my work and theirs. Share in-progress design work.

TYPOGRAPHY 33
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

CUSP CONFERENCE
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.

HOW MAGAZINE
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.

PULP
Designed infographic displays for an exhibition about the state of the paper industry.

FIGURE ONE EDITIONS
Designed materials for an exhibition and sale.

ABCU SHOW
Took part in a display of hand-crafted letter forms.

FIGURE ONE
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.

Skills

DESIGN EXPERIENCE:

Adobe Creative Suite
Sketch
Invision
After Effects
Google Web Designer
Digital Photography
Screen Printing
Vinyl Cutting / Install

DEVELOPMENT SKILLS

HTML 5
CSS 3
SASS / SCSS / LESS
Grunt / Gulp
Bourbon / Neat
Wordpress / ACF
Responsive Styling
jQuery

App Experience:
Sublime Text
Espresso
MAMP Pro
iTerm

Design Disciplines

Web Design
UI / UX
Product Design
Print
Branding
Event Design
Infographics

LIFE SKILLS

Being Happy
Collaboration
Gaming
Dirt Biking
Snowmobiling
Marriage

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Client List

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).

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