WORK HISTORY

GRAPHIC DESIGNER
FORGE GRAPHIC WORKS   2014 - CURRENT

Presently, I design graphics and displays for retail platforms and special events. I'm responsible for photo-realistic 3D modeling, creating in-store graphics, banners, wayfinding signs, retail displays, swag, etc. I also generate prepress ready mechanicals.

 

GRAPHIC DESIGNER II
PHOTOCRAFT (VECTRA VISUAL)   2012 - 2014

My main roles at Photocraft are what you would expect of a graphic designer -- doing creative take-downs of retail initiatives, generating imagery for various projects, laying out retail signage -- as well that of a 3D modeler. In that capacity, I depict what 3D graphic elements will look like in real life, going as far as calling out some construction materials or possible construction methods.

I also virtually model up new fixtures, as well as generating virtual store environments. Other tasks have included laying out directives, worked on architectural projects recreating window elevations and done copious amounts of research. 

 

GRAPHIC DESIGNER 
IVE PERFORMANCE MARKETINGY   2008 - 2012

I tackled a broad array of projects at Ivey, ranging from creative to the day-in day-out work of retail initiatives. Concept to execution was their thing, and we very much lived that as the designers touched many parts of projects before they went out the door. I was tasked with creating logos, brochures, retail graphics, laying out displays, brand identity, press checks, 3D models, project management here and there... acting more or less as a human Swiss army knife.

Ivey liked me enough to transfer me from Milwaukee, WI to Milwaukie, OR. Work frequently involved the Swoosh, a myriad of retail clients and Krispy Kreme -- a client that I did phenomenal work for, and was paid handsomely for doing so by way of a doughnut emblazoned bicycling jacket for my commuting needs.

 

GRAPHIC DESIGNER
DESIGN INTERCHANGE    2007 - 2008

This gig was fantastic. I was really able to stretch out and apply my talents to many different projects.

I did everything from create logos to photo retouching, web UI design, layout catalog pages, design direct mail pieces for use with variable data fields, create packaging artwork, generate industrial design, retouch photographs and lay out product manuals.

 

GRAPHIC ARTIST
BREW CITY BRAND   2004 - 2007

Designing for Brew City enabled me to recognize a vast array of fonts and quickly bang out logos for a plethora of logos and artwork use in apparel. My job would involve using my illustrative capabilities, designing for imagine or real companies, brand research, creating sell sheets (a system which I overhauled and drastically improved), product photography, retouching, film separations and calling out garments/Pantone colors/printing techniques.

Of particular interest was mining old ads, books, magazines and company archives for imagery we could use to create authentic retro and "distressed" goods for the Miller Brewing Company. During my tenure, Brew City went from selling wacky t-shirts primarily in it's local brick and mortar stores to being picked up by wholesale clients, such as Kohl's, Wal-Mart, Spencer's and Urban Outfitters.

 

PRODUCTION ARTIST
HEALY AWARDS   2003 - 2004   

Ahhh... my first foray into the 9-5 design world. It all started here, working in the fast-paced design department and finding new ways to beat old speed records. I'd convert logos to vector, typeset, make screen separations, design "vivid color" plaques and basically try to improve the quality of the products. 


EDUCATION

UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN, MADISON
Bachelor of Science in Art; 1998-2002

SKILLS

Adobe Illustrator
Adobe InDesign
Adobe Photoshop
Maxon Cinema 4D
3D modeling
illustration
Microsoft Office Suite
basic web skills


BRANDS

adidas
Brooks Sports
Champs Sports
Chicago Blues Festival
CollegeHumor
Columbia Sportswear
ConocoPhilips
EAA
Foot Locker
Kohl's Department Store
Miller Brewing Company
Krispy Kreme
The North Face
Puma
Reebok
Sol Republic
Spencer's Gifts
Nike
Urban Outfitters
Wendy's


DEDICATION


PORTLAND NEIGHBORHOOD EMERGENCY TEAMS   Current
Trained by the Bureau of Emergency Management and Portland Fire and Rescue in disaster relief, field first aid and light search and rescue. 

IIGNW    2012-202014
Applying the scientific method and skepticism to extraordinary claims.

RIVERWEST NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION    2008-2009
Board Member on the neighborhood association. I didn't even run for this position -- I was recommended and subsequently elected. It was quite the trip. I interfaced with Police District 5 and to find ways to address neighborhood crime and generally improve Riverwest.

MILWAUKEE CITIZEN POLICE ACADEMY   2008
Graduate. Learning how the police department in my former rust belt town worked.


RIVERWEST CURRENTS     2008-Current
Comics Editor/Paper Layout for a monthly neighborhood news publication. 

COUNTER-PRODUCTIVE    2001-2009
Illustrator and co-writer for a comic strip carried by the Badger Herald, Advance-Titan and Shepherd Express.

CHECK POINT    2007-2009
Illustrator for a comic strip carried monthly by Vital Source Magazine. 

ALCOHOLMANAC     2008-2009
Page layout and design for Tea Krulos's infamous "Boozehound" column.

UNDERCURRENTS    2006
Spot Illustrator for the short-lived edgy Riverwest Currents spin-off.

ALT-MAGAZINE    2008
Spot Illustrator.