chasing your design solutions
problem solving is fun!
I have always loved to create things – unusual, one-of-a-kind things – like handmade books, airbrushed T-shirts, sketches of homes we visit. I also love to help clients solve their unique design problems – from business branding to logo design, from wedding invitations to Christmas cards, from calendars to menus.
It’s been a lifelong dream of mine to use artisanal processes to create beautiful things. That dream inspired me to create my Christ Book – a combination of silk screen, letterpress, canvas, and folded paper. It drove me to express my emotions about September 11, 2001. In 2014 – after collecting metal type & letterpress blocks for 30 years, that dream showed up in my basement in the form of a 1928 Chandler & Price New Style 8"x12" Platen Press which my wife affectionately refers to as C-3PO.
When I began studying graphic design at Indiana University everything was created by hand - sketches to concept boards to the final layout on the paste-up board. We used rubber cement, wax, and X-acto knives; markers and Rapidigraph pens; vellum and rubylith. Then the Apple's Macintosh computer arrived and brought digital design to the masses; there were no limits to what could be created. Graphic software made production faster and cleaner, but the proven creative processes didn't change. Ideas and concepts still need to be thought up, sketched out, then critiqued and refined in order to find the best solution for the client.
I combine the best of old & new processes as I work with clients to understand their design problems, carefully consider their needs and develop creative solutions.
After growing up in Indiana, and living in Oklahoma for a spell, I now live in the rolling hills of southern Virginia, a mere 30 minutes from Virginia International Raceway (I race a vintage go-kart). I have been married to the same wonderful woman for nearly 21 years. The rest of my pack consists of 3 cats & 1 dog.
sketches of me... by my art students... grades 4-8.