About Me

僕は

Biography

僕の伝記

I'm driven to consistently produce work that is organized, focused, and good for the user. Over the years, I've become an experienced design director, product designer, UI / UX designer, and front-end web developer. I provide my clients and employers with memorable and award-winning design, backed by user testing, design research, and empathetic decision making. In leadership roles, I'm passionate about helping my employees grow and developing company processes. I'm striving to continually learn, be challenged, and make work an enjoyable experience.

Originally from Chicago, I now happily reside in Denver with my amazing wife, dog, and a lot of electronic devices. In the 6 years I've lived in Colorado, I've become an established member of the Boulder / Denver design scene. I am currently working as the Director of UI/UX at Brandzooka. In previous roles I was the Director of Design at Voltage and the Art Director at Fireant, and more (see below).

In my free time, I am an avid learner of Japanese and play a lot of video games.

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EXPERIENCE

僕の経歴

Brandzooka
01 / 19 – Present
Director of UI / UX Design

I lead the visual direction, UI, and UX for Brandzooka's software and web applications. My primary role is to roll out a new look and feel for each component of the Brandzooka product while improving the user experience. This includes data driven decisions using UI / UX research, user testing, and following trends. I work closely with the development team, creating detailed specs and doing extensive QA, to get my designs into production and into user's hands. I then monitor and test user behavior to continue iterating.

Voltage
12 / 16 – 01 / 19
Design Director, Department Manager

I managed the design department of Voltage and worked with some of the world’s biggest brands like Adidas, Reebok, Chipotle, and Footjoy. My responsibilities included leading all design projects, critiquing designers’ work, training and developing designers, collaborating with the development department, forecasting / estimating projects, establishing company workflows and processes, working directly with clients, and advancing the Voltage brand.

Fireant Studio
7 / 14 – 12 / 16
Interactive Art Director, UI / UX Designer, Front-End Developer

I directed all front-end design work for clients’ websites and interactive applications. I handled the entire creative process from wireframes, to full designs, to front-end development. I also led the UI/UX direction, influence / engineered the HTML/SASS structure, and worked closely with back-end developers to put the sites into production.

Tool Studios
4 / 14 – 7 / 14
Senior Designer, Web Developer

Designed and developed websites, brand standards, print campaigns, collateral, motion graphics and more as the lead designer of a small creative team.

Now What
2 / 13 – 4 / 14
Graphic Designer, Design / Marketing Researcher

Designed magazines, workshops, infographics, presentations, and other print and digital work for internal and external use in Fortune 100 companies and large corporations.

smbolic
6 / 12 – 2 / 13
Graphic Designer

Designed the front and back ends of multiple desktop and mobile websites. Created numerous print pieces including brochures, books, and mailers. Designed print and web pieces for multiple events and conferences.

Education

僕の教育

University of Illinois
(UIUC)
8 / 08 – 5 / 12
BFA in Graphic Design, GPA: 3.83 / 4.00

James Scholar Honors Student, Dean’s List x8, numerous honors groups, design activities and awards received.

Activities, Exhibitions, & Awards

僕のアワード

2018 SoDA Adobe Creative Jam Winner

Team captain for the winning team of the Adobe Creative Jam, competing against the best agencies from around the world to design the best app.

2018 Muse Creative Awards

Awarded Rose Gold Honors for my work with clients Trimble and Sunrun.

2018 AVA Digital Awards

Awarded a Gold Medal and an Honorable Mention for my work with clients Diono and Trimble.

2017 W3 Awards

Awarded Silver Medals for my work with Adidas and Footjoy.

2017 Rocky Mountain Hackathon Winner

Awarded "Best Project Started At The Hackathon" for an app I designed and developed in one weekend.

Typography 33

Featured in The Type Director’s Club “Typography” annual, which showcases the best published typography of each year.

2016 BMA Awards

Recieved Awards of Excellence for my work with clients IBM, Denver Day of Rock, and eFowl.

How Magazine Design Award

Featured in HOW for my work with Ninth Letter.

Print Magazine's Design Annual

Featured in HOW for my work with Ninth Letter.

Cusp Conference

Helped design and run a conference about "the design of everything."

Certificate of Typographic Excellence

Awarded by the Type Directors Club for my work with Ninth Letter, Vol. 8 No. 2.

The James And Dorothy Shipley Award

Named the best Graphic Design graduate at UIUC.

Writing

僕の文書

Stop Trying To Avoid Returns, Learn To Embrace Them

(Ghostwriter)
Published by Forbes

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Don’t Settle: Doing Design Work That Aligns With Who You Are

Wrote an editorial piece for Trackduck which received over 75,000 unique readers. (Trackduck has since been acquired and their blog is no more.

Learnings From Designing, Developing, Testing, and Launching A Site In A Month

Published by Launchism

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Notable Clients

めぼしい依頼人

Disney
Kraft
Sunrun
Chevrolet
Footjoy
Lowes
adidas
MTV
Landscape Forms
Black Diamond
Bedell Guitars
Purina
Reebok
TDA Ameritrade
Verizon Fios
EMC
Cusp Conference
IBM
Chipotle
eFowl
LiveWell Colorado
Arrow Electronics
Chase Private Client
Starbucks

Hobbies

僕の趣味

Gaming
Learning Japanese
Marriage
The Bible
iOS Jailbreaking
Fitness
TV / Movies
Cereal

Current
Interests

僕は多趣味です

Learning

Japanese, Webflow, After Effects

Playing

Super Smash Bros Ultimate, Danganronpa V3, Beat Saber, Wargroove, Dark Souls: Remastered, Overcooked 2

Watching

Killing Eve, One Punch Man, What We Do In The Shadows, Veep, Barry, Castlevania, Kim's Convenience

Reading

The Tangible Kingdom, 1 Peter, Dragon Ball Super

Listening

L'indecis, Konteks, Vampire Weekend, Kinda Funny Games Daily

Eating

Cinnamon Toast Crunch: Churros