It was August of 2009. My family was making our annual pilgrimmage to another far reaching corner of the National Park Service, this time to within a couple hundred miles of the Arctic Circle at Denali National Park and Preserve. I avidly watched as a park ranger demonstrated the ins and outs of dog sledding, calling out commands that were met with excitement and enthusiasm from her furry companions. She took a few minutes to talk about each of the dogs and what role they played in pulling the sled. Lead dogs in front, swing dogs behind. And at the back of the pack, the wheel dog.
"Lastly, the wheel dogs need to be strong and can't be rattled. They're accountable and always pull at least their share of the weight," she explained to the crowd. "So what type of dog would you be?"
Simple. I was a wheel dog. From web to digital to print to fine art and design, every project gets done and it gets done well. It was a perfect analogy of my work style. My ability to excel in a team environment and my love of the outdoors were only icing on the cake.
And of course, I like dogs too. Who doesn't?
Designer. The formal definition is right there. But what exactly does it entail?
It probably depends on whom you ask. Graphic. Print. Game. Fashion. Architectural. Web. Industrial. Furniture. Landscape. To someone outside of the profession, they're all neatly tied up and packaged together as forms of artistic expression. And there's certainly some truth to that - but being a designer requires an appreciation for all things both aesthetic and functional. Dig deeper and you'll find that design isn't all about pretty pictures. It's about solving problems creatively using a process that constantly questions what is "good" and what is "right," which can sometimes seem downright impossible in an occupation that can be so subjective.
I specialize in Graphic and Front-End Web Design, but my areas of expertise expand to reaches beyond those. It only makes sense considering the circuitous path I've taken to get to where I am today. I started as a Fine Arts major in college, transferred and graduated with a degree in Architecture, picked up freelance work as an artist and graphic designer, and eventually got a Masters in Web Design. My portfolio pieces below demonstrate the range of projects I've undertaken. Enjoy!