With boundless imagination and a deep understanding of the applied arts, my work demonstrates design excellence, including problem solving, design strategy, quality of creative craft, innovation within creative teams, and impact of final design solutions. I have ensured and maintained cross-discipline expertise by mentoring creative generalists and specialists alike. I champion the value of design while supporting and leading creative management in staff development, performance appraisal, and general staffing challenges.

Experience

DESIGN DIRECTOR
ART DIRECTOR
SENIOR STAFF DESIGNER

Marlin
Springfield, Missouri
August 2005 – Present

PARTNER
DESIGN DIRECTOR

WCD&D
Bakersfield, California
August 1999 – September 2004

CREATIVE MANAGER
& VARIOUS POSITIONS

The Bakersfield Californian
Bakersfield, California
September 1992 – July 1999

SKILLSETS

MANAGEMENT SKILLS

Recruiting & Staff Appraisal
Design Mentoring
Process Leadership
Creative Strategy Planning
Client Presentations
Client Relationships

CREATIVE SKILLS

Art Direction
Design & Illustration
UX/UI & Web Design
Brand Development
Master Typographer

TECHNICAL SKILLS

Adobe Creative Cloud Suite
Microsoft Office
Apple iWork
Suitcase Fusion & FontExplorer
Slack · InVision · WebFlow
Asana · Jira

EDUCATION

SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY

Syracuse, New York
Coursework Completed
M.A. in Advertising Design
July 2003 – August 2005

CALIFORNIA POLYTECHNIC

San Luis Obispo, California
B.S. in Applied Art & Design
June 1991

CUESTA COLLEGE

San Luis Obispo, California
A.A. in General Eductaion
December 1987

My work has been recognized through various industry awards and publications, including Communication Arts, The Dieline, LogoLounge, The Addys, The Bennys, Editor & Publisher, International Newspaper Marketing Association,  and the Kern County Arts Council.