I'm a design thinker. Good design is not only about making something aesthetically pleasing, it's about solving a problem.

Work Samples

  • Position-Tech

  • Black Spectacles

  • Concentrated.tv

Work History

  • Creative Director

    • Bright Bright Great
    • Jan 2008 - Present (6 years 10 months)

    Bright Bright Great is a full-service strategic creative interactive agency located in the Avondale neighborhood of Chicago, IL looking to rock your creative world. BBG strives for creative success through good design, usability, functionality and based on data-driven results.

    From interactive, video and photography, interface design, applications & mobile web to copywriting, information architecture, user experience design and identity work, we got you covered.

    Now that we’ve piqued your interest, check out our work.

    http://www.brightbrightgreat.com
    http://www.twitter.com/bbg

  • Instructor, Interaction Design

    • Chicago Portfolio School
    • Oct 2011 - Aug 2012 (10 months)

    Spring 2012 Courses Taught:

    Sketching For Interactive

    A class dedicated to rapid ideation, creating engaging wireframes and generally anything around pulling ideas from students heads and getting them to paper.

    Interaction Design - Web

    A class focused on cultivating start-up like mentality to develop concepts for web, mobile web and applications.

    Interaction Design Web is being taught through creative tasks and lectures from various Chicago Interaction Designers.

    Class structure based exclusively on the OWL Design Collective, a creative collective started by Derek Moore (Simplfy Advance), Eric Boyer (We Are Mammoth) and myself in Fall 2011, with an implicit goal of "Make awesome things."

  • Marketing & Creative Direction

    • Chicago Design Museum
    • Dec 2011 - Jun 2012 (6 months)

    The Chicago Design Museum hosts limited engagement exhibitions, focusing on design excellence adapting curated collections of design for right environment.

    The formality of a traditional museum is still found within the high standards of the curated work. However, because the Chicago Design Museum changes location annually, we are free to experiment with new exhibitions and systems.

    http://www.chidm.com

  • Interactive Designer

    • One Design Company
    • Jun 2010 - Oct 2011 (1 year 4 months)

    Bright Bright Great collaborated with One Design Company on a variety of creative projects handling AD/CD, as One Design Company focused on development.

    Collaborations included application interfaces, websites, marketing materials and digital strategy planning. Launched interactive experiences for commercial agencies, law firms, toy stores and for a diverse range of clientele.

    http://www.onedesigncompany.com

    A sample of collaborative work can be seen on http://www.brightbrightgreat.com/projects/

  • Director, Creative Services

    • Norvax
    • Feb 2007 - Feb 2010 (3 years)

    Creative Director, oversee Creative Services team consisting of graphic designers, web-developers, SEO/SEM manager, project manager and copywriters.

    Brand manager and creative lead for all internal brands including Norvax, ProspectZone, Annuiquote, Leadbot, ASAP Quotes, Norvax University & GoHealth VMO.

    Inc. 500’s #10 Fastest Growing technology company in America 2007 & 2008

  • Interactive Designer

    • CableMatrix Technologies, Inc.
    • Nov 2004 - Mar 2007 (2 years 4 months)

    Developing 4G internet 8 years before the world first got a glimpse.

    Internal brand identity manager and interactive designer. Developed all internal company websites, newsletters, email communications and corporate materials.

    Interface design and development of demonstration portals for high-profile telecom clients such as Time Warner Cable, Comcast, and Cablevision Mexico.

Education

  • Rapid Pulse Performance Art Festival

    • Certificate of Course Completion – R. Kelly: A Critical Appreciation R. Kelly
    • 2013 - 2013

    R. KELLY: A CRITICAL APPRECIATION is a performative lecture based upon ongoing scholarly research into the dense conceptual output of one of Chicago’s most misunderstood artist. The lecture attempts to shed a more thoughtful light on Kelly and to engender a richer understanding of his complicated, and often contradictory, oeuvre.

  • University of Kansas

    • MFA Industrial Design
    • 2002 - 2004

    Master's Thesis - Design Education and Awareness in Elementary Education

  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

    • BFA Industrial Design
    • 1997 - 2001

Specialties

Affiliations

AIGA

Awards

2013 07 Awwwards – Site of The Day (The Secret Handshake). 2013 06 Under Consideration FPO Award Winnner (Bright Bright Great, Brand Identity). 2013 04 Custom Content Conference – Featured Speaker. 2012 11 SEEK Conference, DeKalb, IL – Featured Speaker.

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