Driven by quality and design strategy

Hello,

I have been an artist since I was 11 years old. I grew up in the country as a boy. I learned to work hard, be respectful, be honest, be creative and to always take pride in my work. Very little of my childhood was spent in front of a television. Instead of playing video games I ran free outdoors. I expanded my imagination playing with LEGOs and scrap electronics. I developed an eye for detail as I created illustrations and dreamed of becoming a comic book artist.

Now I have been a designer and illustrator for over 11 years. I have worked for clients large and small and continue to gain valuable knowledge every day.

Skills

Professional Skills

Graphic Design
Front-end Web Development
Illustration
Search Engine Optimization
User Experience Design
Animation

Personal Skills

Creativity
Innovation
Independence
Teamwork
Communication
Marketing Strategy
Organization

Technical Skills

Adobe Photoshop
Adobe Illustrator
Adobe InDesign
Adobe Illustrator
Adobe AfterEffects
Microsoft Office
Sublime Text
CSS (SASS, LESS)
HTML
Javascript
PHP
WordPress
Joomla

Experience

Over the years I have lived in many places. I grew up in the beautiful Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. However, shortly before I started college my family made a bold move to Hilo, Hawaii. Most of the time I attended college I worked at a local art supply store where I began my career as graphic designer. Before graduating from my first college I dove headfirst into a layout editor position at the University of Hawaii, beginning my experience creating printed publication layouts.

I then continued my education in Lincoln, Nebraska. At Union College I was overwhelmed by the number of design opportunities I received, allowing me to expand my experience. I worked for school clubs, the student government, non-profit organizations, and for AdventSource. This resulted in a healthy graduate portfolio that was free of design class projects.

Prior to my final graduation I was hired to work in-house for a prestigious international science company. I can not overstate how valuable my experience has been working for LI-COR. I have learned to work closely in teams of professional people with highly technical backgrounds in science, engineering, and development. I’ve been thrilled to work on highly accurate scientific illustrations, user interface design, and advanced responsive web styling.

Illustrator
4
Years
Designer
3
Years
Developer
2
Years
Over
4
Happy Clients
Communications Director

MYGEN Church is a new Seventh-day Adventist church plant in New York city. It’s unique in that it is specifically designed to be different from traditional churches, with a reimagined format that caters to young adults. Part of the big difference is that the leaders of MYGEN Church appreciate the importance of strong communications. For this reason I was recruited to design the brand for this new church, create their web site, and join leadership as director of communications.

December 2016 – Present
Creative Director

My passion for design has translated into a steady flow of freelance design projects, even when I was a busy student or working full time as an in-house designer. I pounce on any appealing opportunity to create a great design piece to boost the success of a business or product.

September 2005 – Present
Web Developer

I was hired on a six month contract to redesign www.blindstogo.com, improve user experience, and optimize for search engines.

January 2016 – July 2016
Graphic Designer II

LI-COR is an amazing place to work. This international company has grown to be the most innovative creator of instruments for scientific research. I designed a wide variety of digital and print materials for LI-COR including e-mails, trade show displays, web pages, web applications, and application user interfaces.

December 2011 – August 2015
Graphic Designer

Designed a variety of large print and web projects including published books and educational materials. This was the true beginning of my rapid development in web design skills as I mentored under the talented Liv Jacobson.

May 2009 – November 2012
Student Web & Social Leader

As an elected officer of the Union College Associated Student Body I designed and managed the Associated Student Body web site, Facebook profile, and Twitter.

August 2010 – May 2011
Student Marketing Leader

As an elected officer of the Union College Associated Student Body I created print pieces promoting events for students on the Union College campus.

January 2010 – May 2010
Computer Lab Administrator

Union College Macintosh Lab
Administrated the Macintosh Lab at Union College. I was responsible for managing the schedules of all lab assistants during open hours, technical support for computers, network storage, printers, and licensed design software.

August 2008 – May 2011
Web Master

Union College Career Center
Managed Career Center portion of the Union College web site.

August 2008 – May 2009
Layout Editor

Designed weekly issues of the University of Hawaii student newspaper.

August 2007 – May 2008
Sales Associate / Graphic Designer
  • Designed and printed calendars, business cards, posters and sale labels.
  • Greeted each customer with a smile and assisted them in locating or purchasing products.
August 2005 – February 2008

Education

Graphic Design, Bachelor’s of Science
August 2008 – May 2012
Digital Media Arts, Certificate of Completion
August 2005 – May 2008
Liberal Arts, Associate’s of Arts
  • A member of the Phi Theta Kappa student honor society
  • Graduated Double Honors
August 2005 – May 2008

Awards

1st Place

Greater New York Conference Adventist Youth Ministries Theme Design Competition

2017

1st Place

Project Impact T-Shirt Design Competition

2009

Opportunities

Friday Night Live

Volunteer poster designs for local comedy show at Union College.

August 2009 – May 2011
  • Connector.

    American Advertising Federation’s Meet the Pros

    Attended annual convention in Omaha, NE. February 2009 – May 2011

  • Connector.

    Associated Press College Media Convention

    Convention for young people entering the world of publishing. November 2007