I use my design and illustration skills to create digital artifacts that bring characters, stories, and products to life.
I design clear and memorable brands and identity systems that distinguish businesses from their competitors.
From web sites to iOS and Android apps, I strive to create meaningful and memorable user experiences.
I leverage years of design research to help determine the best solutions for your user experience problems.
I spent the first ten years of my career designing innovative web sites and compelling multimedia packages for two of America's largest news organizations. Since transitioning out of journalism, I have held key design positions at startups and established companies in Silicon Valley, and have also led design projects for independent clients around the world.
If you're interested in my fine art, you can find samples and links to my shop here.
News Artist, Web Designer
I started off creating spot graphics and illustrations for daily news stories. Eventually I got to create larger, more complex, feature illustrations and infographics. In 1996 I started teaching myself HTML and helped design and build the first version of Caller.com, the Caller-Times web site.
Web Designer, Design Manager
In 1998 I landed web designer position at the Sun-Sentinel in Fort Lauderdale. I was promoted to Design Manager the following year where I led the user interface and visual design of Sun-Sentinel.com, and several other news and entertainment web sites.
I left sunny south Florida in 2000 to join the new Tribune Interactive team in Chicago. In my role as Lead Designer I helped define the framework and style for all of Tribune’s web sites. I also contributed to the creation of Tribune's first home-grown Content Management System (CMS).
In addition to my work at the Trib, I also instructed labs for new media classes at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.
Director, User Experience
In 2004 I became Creative Director for Knight-Ridder Digital in San Jose, California. Similar to my work with Tribune Interactive, I was responsible for defining the layout and visual design for the entire Knight-Ridder newspaper and media web site family.
When Hurricane Katrina slammed into the gulf coast in 2005, I worked with colleagues across Knight-Ridder to ensure we published before, during, and after the devastating storm. The combined print and online coverage won the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service Journalism, as well as an Editor & Publisher Award for Best Special Feature.
Director, User Experience
In 2006 I left Knight-Ridder to join Topix, a small news and technology startup in nearby Palo Alto. My initial redesign of the Topix web site garnered praise from around the net, including this headline from TechCrunch: “Topix.net finally usable after relaunch.” I was part of the core team that helped grow Topix from an unknown news aggregator, to a top ten news and community web site by 2008 (comScore).
Sr Director, User Experience
In 2009 I became Senior Director of User Experience Design at BlackArrow, where I took on the task of redesigning the interface for BlackArrow's enterprise suite of ad management and trafficking applications.
Keepsy was my quintissential Silicon Valley startup experience. There were four of us in a tiny office in Menlo Park, and I was responsible for every aspect of creative and product design for Keepsy.com, and the Keepsy iOS app. I also played a key role in product development and marketing strategy.
As Simply Hired's principal designer I provided creative direction for all web, email and mobile application design. I helped lead the company through a brand redesign in June 2013, which also necessitated me defining and creating a completely new visual language that was reflected in a comprehensive corporate style guide. My other responsibilities included user testing, application design, data visualization, and management of designers, product managers, and engineers.
I am opening my books for new clients in 2017. If you're interested in working together, contact me.