Professional Stuff

Professional Stuff

If I had to boil it down, I am a interactive designer, art director and chronically curious individual. I am 5+ years in at this point, and only think about getting out twice a day, which is above industry standards I think. I am blessed/cursed with the task of ‘creating’ on a daily basis. I am passionate and competent. I am a slave to strategy and think about research as a tool, not a creative killer.

As should be expected, I’m proficient in Adobe Creative Suite, and am functional in Adobe After Effect for motion graphics. Actually I am generally curious and competent in most software except Excel (which has brought me to tears on multiple occasions). I have a lot of experience art directing digital projects including Flash, HTML, CSS and Mobile. I love writing scripts, and am extremely broadcast savvy.

Need more pontification or buzzwords? Ask me anything:

Personal Stuff

I have wife that is way smarter and better looking than me, a fact either she hasn’t realized yet or keeps bottled-up inside. I live in Downtown St. Louis, and between the sound of gunfire and smell of spent grains from the brewery, its a little slice of mid-western heaven. I brew strong/dark beer, like eating Mexican food and my dog is a Cairn terrier (12 lbs. of ferocity). I try to eat locally, and love finding new and unique restaurants (I’m constantly on the look out). I am a music lover, but my attention span lasts all of two days. Then I have to find a new artist, album or song. I have great friends who support and challenge me to be a better person.

I am very fast.

Fun work

Martin Luther King Tribute

I wanted to attempt this style  in February, and being Black History Month I chose the Rev. as my muse.

His face is made up of the words of his epic Lincoln Memorial “I have a dream…” speech.

Take a look. I am having it framed as I type.

Smoking Goat Branding

I like beer.

Beer high in flavor, alcohol and price. I brew at home, but wouldn’t consider myself very good at this point. I’m working on it.

We have friends in Louisiana who I would consider really good. I designed some branding for their forthcoming brewery down there.

The Smoking Goat will hopefully be amazing, especially if I get some good beer out of the deal.

Have a look. Then drink a beer and have a look again. Continue this process until the logo looks awesome.

New Poster

This is a poster I made for my buddy Dustin.

A classic quote from him as we drove by Effingham, IL’s infamous and huge cross.

I thought it would look good in his new apartment.

Sheltered Perceptions

I recently got the chance to work on a project for the Humane Society. Given the fact that every time I walk into an animal shelter I have to be talked down from taking home every animal in the place, I was happy to help in anyway I could.

With the majority of pet buying in the United States coming from breeders, mall pet shops and unfortunately mills, animal shelters (specifically the Humane Society) are left overflowing with pets that need loving homes. They are running into a perception problem however, and many misconceptions about shelter pets are accepted as fact, and often repeated as such.

To get past this, we decided to take the problem head on, and address the most common misconceptions individually.

Here is where we landed:

Humane Society - Misconceptions"Mutt"

Humane Society - Misconceptions - "Bark"

Lauren and Dan sit’n in a tree…

My good friend Lauren is getting married in July, and though I am extremely jealous of her fiance Dan (don’t tell my wife), I made their save the date cards.

I use VistaPrint to print these types of things. Though the quality suffers, and the rumor is that they are destroying local community printers nationwide, for the price they can’t be beat. Check them out next time you want to customize your own holiday card or invitation.

Here’s how Lauren’s STDs turned out: