Lead Graphic Designer, Interactive Art Director, Sept 2009 - Current
Visual designer, Mar 2008 - Feb 2009
Art Director: Ryan Frank, rfrank at hugeinc dot com
(Entrepreneurial spin off of DivX, Inc.)
Co-founder, web designer, UI designer, brand manager/architect
July 2007 - Jan 2008
CEO: Darrius Thompson, darriust at gmail dot com
Graphic designer, web designer, Oct 2006 - July 2007
Marketing Communications Manager: Jim Styn,
jstyn at divxcorp dot com
MARKETING & UNIVERSITY COMMUNICATIONS
University of the Pacific
Junior graphic designer, Sept 2005 - May 2006
Senior Designer: Karri Johnson, kjohnson2 at pacific dot edu
WALLRICH LANDI MARKETING COMMUNICATIONS
Freelance graphic designer, Dec 2005 - Jan 2006
Graphic design intern, June 2005 - Aug 2005
Creative Director: Lila Wallrich, lila at wallrichlandi dot com
Brand/identity development and strategy
User interface design
Client interaction and presentation
Production for web
Production for print
Graduated 2006, Summa Cum Laude
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design
University of the Pacific - 3601 Pacific Avenue Stockton, Ca 95211
Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, Lightroom and InDesign - Very high level
Macintosh OS - High level
Microsoft Office - High level
Keynote - High level
CSS and HTML - Moderate level
Actionscript - Low to moderate level
Interactive and visual design for 100% Cork Campaign, Winner IAC Best Advocacy Integrated Campaign, 2011
Aided in re-design and production of FXnetworks.com, which more than doubled its users and page views, and nearly tripled the time they spent on the site, 2008
Aided in re-design and production of the online presence of the number-one-rated show in the United States (American Idol), 2008
Main design resource for (Stage6.com) 15 mil. unique visitors/mo., Alexa top 100 ranked site, 2007
Founding member of media/web spin off company, 2007
2x recipient DivX Gold Star Award, 2006
Outstanding Senior in graphic design, 2006
Department of Visual Arts Award, 2006
Cancer Prevention Institute of California
Catholic Healthcare West
El Capitan Theatre
FOX Broadcasting Co.
The Heinz Endowments
Playing for Change Foundation
Rock the Vote
WWF (World Wildlife Fund)
I grew up in the small, rural town of Oakdale, California where my family raised cattle and horses. Living in the country, I had a lot of experience being creative to entertain myself and loved the outdoors and sports, partly due to the fact that we had no cable television or internet.
As a young person influenced by the "do what makes you happy" mantra, I went to study graphic design at the University of the Pacific. During my time in college, I had a variety of design jobs and internships ranging from a professional sports team to a Sacramento marketing firm. I further developed my passion for mediums such as drawing, painting, print-making and photography. I also discovered a love for art history and the impact of art as a window into the culture of the times.
I see design as a creative but calculated response to a problem. That problem is most often effectively communicating a message or experience. What determines a design to be powerful, relaxing, professional, healthy, etc. is a personal experience of associations with the sensual elements of life. In order to be the best designer, and hence the best communicator of the message, one must be constantly taking in and cataloguing their experiences. Having a narrow view on what constitutes 'good' design limits this experience. However, there is a line between design and decoration. A decoration cannot be described with a purpose, and therefore cannot communicate accurately.
I see design as a way to make change. The growth and influence of commercial art can and does make an impact beyond the realm of business. The same methods that we use to mark and market for recognition and perpetuating a message can be used to crusade for positive social and political change. And I think we are at a time when designers are integral in re-thinking not just marketing materials, but entire infrastructures, products, and processes. The world is in need of things like sustainable products and environments, and simply improving on old ways is not going to be the change we need. We need to change the way we think about them altogether, which is a designer's specialty.
I love traveling, museums, music, camping, animals, making food, drinking wine, going to shows, playing basketball, finding discarded furniture, and visiting my family.
I like to listen to Band of Horses, The Album Leaf, Stars, Trail of Dead, Two Gallants, Built to Spill, Spoon, William Elliot Whitmore, Explosions in the Sky, Antony & the Johnsons, Kings of Leon, Embrace, Chris Mills, Neko Case, Mayday, Johnny Cash, Depeche Mode and Tool.
I like to watch Flight of the Conchords, Battlestar Galactica, 30 Rock, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Arrested Development, the Daily Show and Breaking Bad.