Hello!

I'm an optimist, realist, and ally. I help people and organizations leverage ecosystems of engagement

I am a Design Leader

What's shown here is mostly graphic and interactive design. However, the bulk of my work in the last few years has been digital strategy and user experience design. This work has guided me to move beyond the surface application of marketing and advertising tactics, and work toward a more customer- and product-oriented focus. Continually retooling, optimizing, and improving the customer experience so that the consumer/user's needs are addressed. In this way, the work becomes both meaningful and measurably effective.
I use design thinking methodologies to help solve business and customer problems. I place a high value on clear communication and collaboration, and my ideation, pitch-work, and design-savvy have led me to success in industries ranging from entertainment to finance. 
In the late '90s to late 2000s, I owned an Orlando, Florida-based design shop—called Juicy Temples—which specialized in image and interactive design for arts and entertainment brands. There, I worked with and managed a handful of incredibly talented young creatives and business people. That lil’ design shop did some great work over the course of a 13-year run. 
As a team leader in the advertising industry, I’ve led and collaborated with talented groups of brand planners, strategists, designers, technicians, and I’ve managed relationships with clients and their decision-makers. My work is best illustrated by case study examples of design and direction for global brand campaigns such as Nasdaq’s “Ignite Your Ambition”,  Audi’s “Art of the Heist”, and HP/Dreamwork’s “Hedge Games” microsite.

I’m also a musician and songwriter. 

I’ve played in several bands (Giant Man, Killing Everything, Digginlilies, Gasganno), toured minimally, played original sets opening for national bands like the Lemonheads, Yo La Tengo, Death Cab for Cutie, and Cursive.

I’ve played some cool gigs—like back in 1996 when I wrote an original score for a modern dance piece, titled "Full Circle"—in collaboration with the German choreographer, Marc Bogarts—for the Southern Ballet. My bandmates John and Danny and I played live, on stage with the dancers in front of sold-out crowds at the Bob Carr Auditorium in Orlando.

And on a really fun note, I used up 7 seconds of fame when I wrote the only song heard in the feature indie film, “The Blair Witch Project.” Nowadays, I write a bit, but it's still only an occasional hobby.
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LISTEN TO MY 2021 SONG:
"ONE HIT WANDERER"
 

You'll find it on most of the popular streaming services.
(just click that image 👉)
Public Speaker
I have spoken on the topic of design at AIGA and Ad-Fed events, performed live interactive review/critiques at WordCamp Miami, and have judged numerous design and advertising competitions. Some say that I am an inspiring and motivating speaker. I’ve spoken to audiences of students and professionals, with a focus on the important role that design plays in improving communications, and the powerful role that process plays in a successful, creative business environment. I have spent years “reconciling creative artistry with the practical realities of the business world,” and that is a story I never mind sharing with those willing to listen.
Recognized
My work has been recognized by leading industry publications and has also been honored with numerous awards:

INDUSTRY AWARDS:
Gold at the Financial Communications Society (FCS) Awards for the State Street Global Advisors Tablet Ad “Vending Machine” – 2015
Gold at the Financial Communications Society (FCS) Awards for the SSGA Tablet Ad “Newspaper”
Silver at the FCS Awards for the SSGA Integrated Campaign
Silver at the FCS Awards for the Nasdaq Microsite
Bronze at the FCS Awards
Silver at the FCS Awards
CLIO “Short List”
Bronze Lion at Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival
Gold at the New York Book Show (School Publishing Category
The Marketing and Interactive Excellence (MIXX) Awards
American Advertising Federation’s Art Director of the Year, Central FL
Award of Excellence in 4 categories, at the CASE Awards (Council for Advancement and Support of Education)

PUBLICATION CREDITS:
HOW Magazine
HOW Magazine’s International Design Annual
STEP’s “Top 100 Designs” Issue
Communication Arts Interactive Annual
Rockport Publisher’s “1,000 Type Treatments”
STEP’s “Top 100 Interactive Designs”
PRINT Regional Design Annual
Rockport Publisher’s “1,000 Greetings: Creative Correspondence Designed for All Occasions”
Rockport Publisher’s “Great Graphic$ on a Budget”
Family Man
None of the above would be possible if it weren’t for my most-amazing wife, Lisa. She’s supported me through it all, and what's even cooler is that we’ve worked so well together over the years. She’s an experienced traffic manager who has worked in publishing and for a handful of agencies. She helped me run the studio back in the day at Juicy Temples.
Lisa and I have dedicated our lives to the raising, feeding, and education of another sentient being, our daughter, Finley. She’s way smarter than I am and has the moral compass of her mom, so she’s destined to do great things. It's such an eye-opener to watch a kid blossom. Like little sponges. 
Everything I do moving forward is for the purpose of making a better future for my girls. My aim is to make it rich with travel and cultural experiences, learning, and laughter!


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