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Visual designers provide the liquor that causes the message and the audience to make out in the parking lot on the way to their car.

Versatile, adaptable, and willing to try new things: these are not only the qualities you want in a romantic and/or financial partner but also what you should expect from your designer.

A designer's life is a harrowing ride choked with obligations, expectations and judgments both external and internal. Pulled in one direction by the ceaseless droning of stimulus and influence, pulled in another by target markets and the obligation of benefactors. The price of continued employment is constant attention combined with the ability to shift gears like a substitute teacher on skates.

Above all, you want a listener. Beware the designer that seeks to distract you with sparklers, thick rolls of fondant, and turtle-necked industry buzz-words like printer or invoice. What's needed is a thinker, not a stylist. Surely your projects deserve something more than a slick exterior!


An experienced designer understands that projects often come with expectations and goals from multiple sources like business, editorial, sales, advertisers, U/X and audience and that one of the key challenges is creating something that serves all of those needs equally (or at least fairly).

I mix a confident understanding of design tools with an intuitive feel for typography, color and composition. A natural curiosity keeps me exploring and learning new mediums so I'm comfortable in print, web or mobile environments and can easily adapt to new situations.

I'm grateful for the luck I've had so far and would like to continue my good fortune of working with interesting people on interesting projects. Got something in mind? Let's talk. In NYC? Let's have a drink.

08.12 - present
Amplify Learning - New York, NY
SENIOR ART DIRECTOR - Contribute UI, UX, and visual design to a variety of education-based applications and websites. Recruit and manage staff, apply Lean UX methodologies, collaborate with stakeholders, curriculum writers, and directors.

06.11 - 8.12
Rick Martin Design - New York, NY
VISUAL DESIGNER - Rebranded and re-energized Nerve.com's editorial and dating properites, produced a package design for an upcoming confection and provided website and UI design for mobile/tablet client projects.

06.05 to 06.11
The Onion/The A.V. Club - New York, NY
ART DIRECTOR - Work directly with editorial, development and sales departments to provide design, production and strategy for a national satirical/entertainment publication. Projects include websites, newspapers, books, mobile apps, advertising, merchandise, e-commerce, posters, press kits …and much more!

09.08 to 09.11
Pratt Institute - New York, NY go
VISITING INSTRUCTOR - Taught Design Procedures 1 & 2, classes that familiarize students with creative software (with an emphasis on production) and show them how to apply those tools to real-world projects.

06.04 - 06.05
Stream 57 - New York, NY
DESIGNER - Provided design services for a start-up streaming media company. Projects included U/I for live web-broadcasting of corporate presentations and promotions for diverse national clients like Serino-Coyne, Merck and Diageo.

04.02 - 06.04
Bigger Picture - Austin, TX
DESIGNER - Assisted in the development of a cause marketing firm and provided design and project management services to clients like United Way and Family Crisis Center.

08.99 - 01.03
Design Edge - Austin, TX go
DESIGNER - Helped develop a graphic design department for a national industrial design firm. Provided web, print and multimedia solutions for a variety clients from local (Chuy’s, The Continental Club) to international (Compaq, Dell, AMD).

12.98 - 08.99
Rick Martin Design - Austin, TX
DESIGNER - Worked with a variety of local design studios and small businesses in and around Austin during the Great Internet Gold Rush.

10.95 - 12.98
Cox Interactive Media - San Antonio, TX
DESIGNER - Provided in-house web, print and multimedia solutions for three San Antonio-based radio stations (KISS, KSMG and KLUP)

10.94 - 10.95
Steve Jackson Games - Austin, TX go
PRODUCTION - Projects included digital coloring of illustrations, book and magazine layout/production, package design and corporate newsletter production.

1994 - Associate Degree of Applied Arts in Visual Communications
The Art Institute Of Houston - Houston, TX


time magazine
Onion Sports Network included in Time Magzine's '50 Best Websites of 2011'.

2006 - 2011
Webby Award for The Onion "Best Comedy Website"

American Graphic Design Award for the Visual Snack identity

American Graphic Design Award for the Visual Snack business cards

Gold Addy/Best in Show: New Media for the Chuy’s.com website

Gold Addy/Regional Addy for the Chuy’s.com Invitation CD-ROM

Silver Addy/Regional Addy for the Continental Club website

Design Edge Animated Christmas Card
Silicon Valley Web Guild Award “Best Corporate Site”
Dallas Society of Visual Communications - Installed Exhibit
Featured in ‘Creativity 30’ Design Annual

Pratt Institute
Guest critiquer for Scott Meadow's Digital Imaging Class

2003- 2004
The Art Institute of New York City
Instructor: Thedra Cullar-Ledford

2002- 2003
The University of Texas
Instructor: Ana Boa-Ventura


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