I am a graphic designer, writer, editor, video editor and illustrator. During my career, I have worked for several trade associations, helping produce their magazines, newsletters, brochures, convention-related materials, booth displays, logos, email newsletters and promotions, websites, videos and more. In addition, my freelance design projects have included CDs and DVDs, as well as video production and editing.
Upon graduating with a degree in magazine journalism from the University of Missouri School of Journalism, I decided that I wanted to be a graphic designer, but with no formal education in graphic design, my choice of jobs in that field was limited at first. Fortunately, I landed a job at a printing company that specialized in the production of magazines, and there I learned how to design the old-fashioned way, with wax, a stat camera and an X-Acto knife—not a desktop-publishing computer in sight. In addition to honing graphic design skills, I learned the printing process through and through.
After five years at the printing company, I moved on to work on my first magazine, Food & Service, at the Texas Restaurant Association. Throughout my career as an art director, I've maintained a keen sense of the importance that printing plays in graphic design. After all, what is a well-designed piece if it’s not properly printed?
But that’s enough blabber from me. I design, write, edit and draw. I designed this website. I'm a whiz with Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, Dreamweaver and Final Cut Pro. And, these paragraphs aside, I am fairly modest. Thanks for taking the time to visit this site.
Now, I also take pride in creating quality digital designs—pixel-perfect graphics that look great on screen and communicate effectively. I’ve used Photoshop almost every working day for years and have taken advanced classes to improve my skills.
Along the way, I’ve made use of my journalism degree, writing and editing on the publications for which my primary responsibility was graphic design. From 2008 until 2017, I was the primary magazine editor and a frequent writer—in addition to being art director—for RTOHQ: The Magazine.