I’ve been an artist pretty much my whole life, and a working designer since 1997 or so. I started out doing illustrations, branding, and book design for IMAGINE Role Playing, a game company in Atlanta, in the ’90s. I moved to Los Angeles in 1997 and worked as a graphic designer for entertainment marketing with Peter Green Design in Burbank (clients included Fox Kids Magazine and Disney), doing magazine production, poster design, and producing digital assets while apprenticing with the master designers there. Since then I’ve worked in just about every kind of print design there is, branding and identity, publications, etc.
I’ve also been designing for web sites since 1997, with a focus on visual design for UX/UI, web applications, and responsive sites. Recent experience includes re-designing a comic publishing platform with 100,000 users, designing responsive product launch sites for tech startups, and working as a Senior UI Designer working on Norton products at Symantec.
Aside from general graphic and web design, I have also created illustration work for various projects, including the IMAGINE role playing game, HALO-related artwork for Penny Arcade’s Child’s Play Charity events, and designing identity elements and game concepts for Aethercast.
GRAPHIC AND VISUAL DESIGNER (Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign)
21 years of print and general graphic design and production experience
logos and branding
entertainment marketing design
corporate identity and collateral
large format event, booth, and counter graphics
book and publication design
Photoshop compositing and photo-bashing
WEB AND UI DESIGNER (Illustrator, Photoshop, Adobe XD)
21 years of web design, including visual design for responsive sites
wireframes, low- and high-fidelity designs in Illustrator and Photoshop
interactive prototyping in Adobe XD and InVision
GAME AND ENTERTAINMENT DESIGNER
promotional posters and postcards
social media headers and other graphics
key art compositing and illustration
game world development and character design
merchandise and shirt design
I'm into nerdy things, art and illustration, design nerdery, typography, cartoons, etc. Grew up on Simonson's Thor, Layton's Iron Man, and Byrne & Claremont's X-Men.
After high school, I spent a lot of time in Athens, Georgia, getting into the music scene and the wonderful graphics and drawings that went into the band flyers and gig posters that wallpapered the town. My friends and I would actually scour the campus and downtown collecting the best ones. Sort of my first foray into researching graphic design. I also did my first cartoons and designs here, promoting parties and events, and a set of logos for Wuxtry Comics (which they did not use — ah well, it's valuable to get used to rejection in this line of work, too).
Currently I find I'm swinging back around to my first love of artwork, and concentrating on combining type and graphic design with illustrative visuals. This is showing up as design work for game companies and even concept art and character design. It's fascinating figuring out ways to apply my whole skillset to new forms and expressions.
Always a new horizon.