Hello.


I'm a freelance creative director, art director, and graphic designer. You could toss a “senior” a “junior” or an “associate” in front of some of those at one point or another.

Titles are ridiculous, aren’t they?

My job is thinking up big ideas and
making great work. The things other creatives wish they made—stuff people talk about when it’s happening and remember afterward.

I work with ad agencies in Minneapolis, Seattle, and Atlanta selling cereal, snacks, meats, windows, sticky stuff, and other goods and services. We occasionally make some pretty interesting stuff. 

Before that, I sold cartoons.

I spent 10+ years in Atlanta, working for Cartoon Network. No, I didn’t draw the cartoons. I was a part of an internal agency working on content and promotions for the networks and shows. I had a hand in the launch of every show that launched on Cartoon from 2005 to 2015.
My work has been published in Communication Arts, Print, and HOW Design, and recognized by Little Black Book, AdFed, AIGA, PromaxBDA, and others. Oh, an app I worked on won an Emmy. Apps can win those now, I guess.

I'm passionate about great creative work and its potential to entertain and inform audiences, change minds, and grow businesses.  Whether it's in print, on television, or on your phone, what we do is communication—getting someone to understand and care about what you or your client have to say. Your audience should know what you want them to do, and know how to do it.

As our industry continues to change, I look forward to new technologies and audiences. We catch up to tech and consumer trends, eventually. And sometimes we actually get to create them.

A smart strategy and unique creative executions will always be the best solution to problems, no matter what comes next.



What else?


There are times when I’m not at work. Those times, I also like to make stuff. 




Some creative friends and I used to get together on Mondays to play collaborative drawing games. There may have been beer involved. Sometimes we turned sketches into screen prints, but usually they just ended up here.


I play in rock bands. I call it art rock, but my bandmates use descriptors that have more than one hyphen. You get the idea. I play the guitar.

lada (c. 2011–2013)
Choose Your Battles (c. 2007–2008)




Travel


When I can, I get out of my comfort zone and over to places that are more interesting—India most recently. I’m collecting my thoughts and writing about my time. I’ll share them in some format sometime soon. I could write page after page about the temples, the typography, or the food—just the colors are hard to convey even with pictures.

In the meantime here are some iPhone 7 snapshots. India is—for lack of a better phrase—a lot.