Let's see, I was born and raised in a rural area of Indiana. You could probably say I have been a creative all of my life - I was always making something - be it a story, skit, song or art. Although I didn't realize it was an actual thing at the time, I got into graphic design in my early teens - creating album covers for my own mix CDs and bootleg recordings of my favorite artists. In high school, I had dreams of making a living designing album covers and producing music videos for rock bands. But then the 90's died, and my enthusiasm for popular music did as well.
After trying my hand at a couple different colleges in Indiana, I was ready to get serious about design and transferred to Ringling College of Art + Design in 2002. I mostly focused on print design - although I didn't really love reading books, I sure did love to design and bind them. Even though my most favorite assignments weren't usually digital, they were definitely an interactive experience, full of carefully planned details.
I moved to Austin, TX after graduating college in 2006, for no other reason than my brother living there at the time. My first design job was pretty pedestrian, but I eventually made my way to an interactive marketing agency that would ignite my passion for digital experiences and design. After several years of making spam, I finally found my niche in interactive and ux design. While I do love crafting pixels in my 9-to-5, in my spare time I try to create away from my computer as much as possible. My weekends are usually spent experimenting with some diy project or spending time outside.
B.F.A., Graphic + Interactive Communication
2002 – 2006
Studied Visual Communications Design
2001 – 2002
Studied Fine Arts
2000 – 2001