Graphic Design has the power to communicate complicated notions within a brief presentation. It's a form of visual poetry. The use of typography, color, texture, image and copy blend together to communicate to the viewer like no other device. Good graphic design is simple, elegant, and engaging.
I began the track of being a graphic designer while in high school. Success in math, art, drawing and photography classes led me to the University of Kansas where I studied and earned my degree in Graphic Design at the School of Fine Arts in 1991. Throughout school I worked for offshoots of the profession - with a prepress film house and with a design studio. Working for the prepress department taught me what the end process required for accurate printing results and has served me well in understanding the complete production process.
After graduating, I worked for a couple of advertising agencies in Kansas City. These agencies mainly focused on the aircraft industry and I prepared logos, brochures and other printed collateral. In 1996 I moved Salt Lake City where I worked for a design agency and then managed the art department at a magazine publishing house.
In 2000 I started my freelance career, working directly with my clients. This direct link allows for quick understanding of the intent for each project.
I moved to Santa Barbara, California in the spring of 2002 and taught paragliding for a couple of years as I built up a network of graphic design contacts. In 2005 I began working with Asylum Research, manufactures of atomic force microscopes. My projects include design and production of various brochures, data sheets, web pages, trade show booths, product photography, and marketing materials. I have continued to work with a variety of freelance clientele throughout the years which continues to be a very rewarding experience.
I design on a Mac with the help of Adobe's design software including Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, Flash and Dreamweaver.