[where i've been]
From agency to in-house to somewhere in between, I've had a chance to be part of some very diverse Creative teams over the last 15+ years.
Creative Director, Cambria
Eden Prairie, MN · April 2013 – Present
Lately, I've been spending my time overseeing the brand tone, campaign work, and projects of a Creative team that includes designers, writers, video staff, project managers, and a bevy of freelance support. Mostly, I steer the ship, make sure the path is clear, and motivate the team to do what they do best.
And drink coffee.
Graphic Designer, PureRED
Minnetonka, MN · September 2011 – April 2013
I primarily created and reviewed work for the SuperValu client and their six sub-brands focused on printed ad circular marketing, which sounds horribly boring…but I actually had a fair amount of opportunities to explore reinventing the layout and strategy behind how to leverage the circular in an ever digitally focused market place. That boiled down to a lot of research and a lot of design exploration, which just happen to be some of my favorite things about being a designer.
Graphic/Digital Design Supervisor, Lifetouch Portrait Studios
Eden Prairie, MN · July 2007 – August 2011
Within the portrait studios division I worked on all of the various store brands Lifetouch owned; JCPenney Portraits, Target Portrait Studio, Flash Digital Portraits and Cilento Photography. There were a lot of really main stream projects, but my favorite thing about working here were the random ‘big dreaming’ projects including concept stores, new products, and go-to-market strategy pitches to executive staff.
Art Director, Coalesce Marketing & Design, Inc.
Appleton, WI · January 2005 – June 2007
I was the fourth staff member at this little start-up, which, at the point I was at in my career, could not have been a more perfect experience for me. We were two designers, a writer and an account manager building a business. I was getting to design, concept, and be in new business pitches. I got to experiment in web design and video work, experience the stress of things going wrong and the joy of everything falling into place. This little start up is still going strong today and I take pride in being there at the start.
Graphic Design/Pre-Press, Documation LLC
Eau Claire, WI · May 2002 – January 2005
There was a little bit of design and a little bit of production, but a whole lot of stressing out about making the 4pm FedEx proof shipment deadline.
Graphic Designer, Student Life Promotions
University of Wisconsin – Stout · April 2001 – December 2001
This was a great job to finish off the last portion of my senior year. As a student designer, I created brochures and materials all focused on student life on campus.
[i've been schooled]
BFA, University of Wisconsin-Stout
Menomonie, WI · 1998 – 2001
BFA – Graphic Design Concentration
Magna Cum Laude
President – Alpha Psi Omega – Tulgeywood Players Chapter
Waverly, IA · 1997 – 1998
Presidential Scholarship Winner