Concerning my experience as a design professional, I graduated from the School of Advertising Art in the Spring of 2009 and have been working in the industry full-time ever since. After a brief and bizarre stint at an ill-fated bridal and formalwear company (thank you Craigslist), I began working at EarlyExpress, a mail-focuses marketing company, where I remained until I accepted my current position with the Dayton Business Journal at the end of 2013. I take pride in being an efficient, versatile designer who is easy to work with.
Beyond the 9-to-5, I have always left room in my schedule for freelance work, which has allowed me to partner with fascinating entrepreneurs from my community and around the globe – ranging from the music and entertainment industry, app developers, hairstylists, professional athletes, and many more somewhere in between.
I believe effective design starts with a firm, fundamental understanding of your audience, and enjoy the challenge of identifying and relating my clients’ message in a way which will resonate with consumers.
A few non-design facts about me: I actively train and compete in jiu-jitsu, which is a way of saying I know a lot of ways to choke a person, for whenever that’s handy. I am also a retired competitive facial hair grower, having been featured on the IFC reality show Whisker Wars. I even placed 4th at the World Beard and Moustache Championship in Stuttgart, Germany in 2013, where I also came in second-to-last in the very first (and probably only) International Cabbage Hoisting Championships. My communication skills are not limited simply to pixels and paths, as I am also fluent in basic front-end HTML & CSS, and have a background as a television and radio host, as well as voiceover talent. Oh, and I worked in customer service for Time Warner Cable for 3 years, so I can fix your TV blindfolded and I have the patience of a monk.
Currently, I live in my hometown of Dayton, Ohio, in a beautiful community with my beautiful family. I like to tell stories, and will employ whatever means necessary to do so as effectively as possible.