I worked several years at the post-production shop VOLT Studios, where I wore the hats of Production Artist, Motion Graphics Assistant, Designer, & PA. Our small talented team collaborated with the most influential ad agencies in Minneapolis on high end video projects for top notch brands like General Mills, Cadillac, and Subaru. I was fortunate to have worked with such talented people to learn from. This experience taught me attentiveness to detail, professionalism, and how to balance it all with fun.
Then for several more years I was a FT Designer at Hubbard Broadcasting. Notable projects include: full identity system for the 2016 Cat Video Festival held at the St. Paul Saint's Stadium, rebranding of the unique entertainment-focused talk radio station myTalk107.1, and social media graphic development for national and local businesses with our Social Media Management team. It was rewarding collaborating so closely with business owners and Program Directors in the quickly adaptive climate of media. The last 5 months of this job was 100% remote as I traveled around the world (see below).
In October 2016 I left for a life goal trip around the world. This experience has positively influenced my design consciousness. Immersing in new cultures and ways of living has lead to sparking more creativity and further reinforcing the important role of good design on the human experience. I was able to collaborate on several international design projects in exchange for room and board, which was a fun experience as well. There's real value in connecting with another culture, and it is the future to have fluid cross-cultural communication. Visual design is a wonderful tool for this, so I'm enjoying and looking forward to projects that help with this mission. The trip has taught me humility as well, and how much that plays into good design.
My dream is to be comfortably conversational in another language, for now I can just say I'm actively learning Italian and Azerbaijani, and have studied French, Spanish, and a bit of Russian and a lesser bit of Swahili. Wish me luck, I'm at least in a good environment to learn.
Currently I am a "Rome-ote" Designer (100% Remote Designer residing in Rome) where my time is split between freelance design projects (firstname.lastname@example.org) and managing my newest venture, Hip My Trip, creating unique custom wall art from significant trips and places. Efficient use of time to me means being fully present and committed to projects when they exist opposed to being on the clock at a 9-5 with downtime throughout the day, so I love my current freelance lifestyle which allows me to best focus on improving as a designer and human. If you have any questions about working with someone in a different location than you, don't hesitate to ask!
There's always room to grow and learn, I hope to keep strengthening this skill. Thanks for visiting my portfolio.