Background and Design Practice
I have spent over 14 years using state of the art software to design and execute projects. However, I still practice “pencil-to-paper” design when starting a new project. I grew up in rural Tennessee and in high school, served as Yearbook Editor. Rather than use computers to put together the publication, we used grid paper, pica rulers, typeface books, and cropped photos by hand. My first art class was the first day of college and my art program emphasized craftsmanship, a solid fine arts foundation, and conceptual and analytical thinking. I learned to apply technological tools after the heavy lifting of conceptual thinking. I am skilled in all Adobe Creative Suite applications, as well as WordPress and Microsoft Office applications.
Education & Experience
After graduating in 2004 with my Bachelor of Fine Art in Graphic Design from Middle Tennessee State University, I worked in a variety of corporate environments. I learned stationery and web design along with social media marketing through working for small start-ups. I also gained experience in working with such major accounts as Walmart, Costco, Michael’s, QVC, and Target. Through these experiences, I have developed a deep love for entrepreneurship, branding, stationery design, and social media. My most recent in-house position has given me more corporate-level experience in the engineering and construction industry where I managed a global brand and provided graphic design support for the energy and buildings division of a publicly-traded, multi-million dollar corporation.
How Can I Help You?
I am first and foremost interested in you: the small business owner on a budget who needs help getting started on Facebook, the non-profit that does not have the resources for an in-house designer, or the busy art director who just needs a reliable helping hand without hiring another full-time employee. I am a great designer not only because of my years of experience but also because I love people and I thrive on helping others. I bring my education, experience, and passion for design to assist in solving problems creatively and collaboratively.