strong design studios, Owner and designer
I currently work as the founder and lead designer at Strong Design Studios. At Strong Design, we help small organizations harness the power of design for their advantage. We work with small businesses, startups and agencies to help them develop a meaningful brand image and useful web presence. I live to champion the dreams of small organizations and individuals by guiding them through clarifying who they are and telling their story to the world.
Forty, Design strategist
Up until December of 2012, I was a Design Strategist at Forty. As a design strategist, I helped our clients revolutionize their brand experience through design. My job went way further than logos and websites. I designed meaningful customer experiences by tying all of a brand's elements together—the identity, website, collateral, interior design, and more—striving to communicate their personality through every touchpoint. I have always had a passion for creating harmony between aesthetics and usability, and while working for Forty, I got to do that every day!
united printing & mailing, Graphic designer
Worked as part of a small in-house design team to produce direct mail materials for clients, as well as all internal branding, print and web collateral. Tasks often included not only design but also copywriting. Clients included: Subaru of America, Advecor, MasterWorks, and other local and national clients.
buse printing & packaging, Graphic designer
Worked as a graphic designer to design print collateral and prepare it for commercial printing.
crossroad bible institute, Graphic designer
Worked directly with the organization President as an in-house design team of one to produce all print and web collateral needed to marketing the organization. Additional responsibilities included mangaging projects to meet deadlines, procuring vendor estimates, and in-house production of materials.
invision creative, Graphic design intern
Provided design and organizational support to a small boutique design agency.
2016 Phoenix Design Week, Creative Director
Currently in the process of planning the 2016 iteration of Phoenix Design Week. Responsibilities include development of the graphic theme for the event, curation and leadership of design team, design of deliverables and working with vendors, convention center staff and the entire PHXDW team to bring the event to fruition.
2015 Phoenix Design Week, Design chair
Chaired the design planning and execution for the 2015 Phoenix Design Week. Responsibilities included design of all printed materials based on the creative vision of the event chairs and working with print vendors and convention center staff to coordinate delivery of the design materials.
Phoenix Ironworks Meetup, Creator and co-chair
Developed monthly breakfast called Ironworks meetup designed to bring together the freelance creative community in Phoenix.
Lumi Phoenix Meetup, Organizer
Organized an interactive meetup designed to teach attendees about how to use the Lumi line of photo-sensitive inks.
Gangplank Design Mentor
As a Design Mentor at Gangplank, I volunteered a few hours each month to meet with local startups and small business owners to help them navigate the branding, website or service design process.
2010 Phoenix Design Week, Exhibits co-chair
Co-chaired the planning, curating and implementation of three separate art exhibit locations for the 2010 Phoenix Design Week. Responsibilities included promoting calls for entries, working with submitting artists, organizing submissions and setting up the exhibits.
2009 Phoenix Design Week, Committee volunteer
Volunteered on the Spaces, Finance, and Admin committees to help launch the inagural Phoenix Design Week. Responsibilities included locating space options, evangelizing sponsors and attendees, helping organize tasks, and writing occasional bits of copy.
commpose, Education director
Worked with the group President to plan monthly meetups. Responsibilities included brainstorming topics and reaching out to and booking speakers.
Current samples of my work are viewable at strongdesign.co
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