Let's collaborate— What's *your* story?
Illustration - custom icon, character, mockups
2D VFX/ photo retouching
Creative Problem Solving
Custom font design
6+ years in professional FT design positions
7+ years of freelance
1 Bachelor of Science in Graphic Design from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities
Won x2 design/illustration competitions
Had 14 independent art shows
My own companies and products, understanding first hand the importance of solid branding
A curious, objective approach to design
The visual representation of your brand is how you grow from average to spectacular. It's what builds credibility, and in our ever-visual world, it's how people may listen to your story. Good design is both function and aesthetics, intention and beauty, and I enjoy legitimizing brands with clever and creative solutions.
I worked several years at the post-production shop VOLT Studios, where I wore the hats of Production Artist, Motion Graphics Assistant, Designer, & PA. Our small talented team collaborated with the most influential ad agencies in Minneapolis on high end video projects for top notch brands like General Mills, Cadillac, and Subaru. I was fortunate to have worked with such talented people to learn from. This experience taught me attentiveness to detail, professionalism, and how to balance it all with fun.
Then for several more years I was a FT Designer at Hubbard Broadcasting. Notable projects include: full identity system for the 2016 Cat Video Festival held at the St. Paul Saint's Stadium, rebranding of the unique entertainment-focused talk radio station myTalk107.1, and social media graphic development for national and local businesses with our Social Media Management team. It was rewarding collaborating so closely with business owners and Program Directors in the quickly adaptive climate of media. The last 5 months of this job was 100% remote as I traveled around the world (see below).
In October 2016 I left for a life goal trip around the world. This experience has positively influenced my design consciousness. Immersing in new cultures and ways of living has lead to sparking more creativity and further reinforcing the important role of good design on the human experience. There's crucial value in cross-cultural communication, which will only keep increasing as our wonderful world becomes more connected. Visual design (especially icon design!) is a wonderful tool for this.
Many skills pertaining to design were gained from this experience such as being more open minded, less stuck on one idea, the curiosity to genuinely seek an objective solution rather than letting ego get in the way, and also further reinforcing my passion for using design as a tool to legitimized brands.
I've always been entrepreneurial throughout my life, so I understand the position of my design clients since I legit am in their shoes too. My current larger digital projects that I work on with my (computer engineer) partner are currently underway so I'll update this bio when they are live. For now you can see a fun tab manger for Chrome we collaborated on called SplitUp!, also we can give websites a cosmetic and functional makeover such as what we did for my mom's food blog, Cooking On The Front Burner.
My dream is to be comfortably conversational in another language, for now I can just say I'm actively learning Italian and Azerbaijani, and have studied French, Spanish, and a bit of Russian and a lesser bit of Swahili. Wish me luck, I'm at least in a good environment to learn.
Meaning, a location independent designer primarily residing in Rome. My time is split between freelance design projects (firstname.lastname@example.org) and managing my newest venture, Hip My Trip, creating unique custom wall art from significant trips and places. Efficient use of time to me means being fully present and committed to projects when they exist opposed to being on the clock at a 9-5 with downtime throughout the day, so I love my current freelance lifestyle which allows me to best focus on improving as a designer and human. If you have any questions about working with someone in a different location than you, don't hesitate to ask!
The greatest (and most difficult) lesson I've learned about design is to be very conscious of how ego (say— being fixed on the initial idea tunnel vision) can be the greatest road block to coming up with the best objective solution. Design principles and listening should be leading the process, always. The goal is to build the best solution, not the first one.
I look forward to hearing about your needs if you feel our values align. Let's build great things together!
Oh, and thanks for making it this far down the page. ^_^
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