I am an art director, designer, and manager with extensive experience in designing (and leading design) for interactive media: web, mobile, and application interface. My work involves extending existing brands digitally as well as building new identities and experiences. My passion is for creating solutions that inform, facilitate and inspire.

For teams I manage, I enjoy creating an environment where team members deliver meaningful user-experiences as smoothly as possible. Whether in a global design group or boutique firm, great design is a result of talented, motivated people working with solid direction and limited distraction.

Serving customers such as Caterpillar, Allied, Steelcase, Walgreens and USA Funds, my designs have improved corporate communications, provided services and information to new and existing customers and aided in the education of college students on their loans. As a Design Manager in Motorola's Consumer eXperience Design Group, I lead a team of designers, illustrators, and animators in the creation of next generation mobile interfaces. Some of the resulting work can be experienced on the MOTOROKR™ E8, a phone that was honored by CNET in 2008.

As a designer and manager, I believe that:

  • Strategy must come before design
  • Design is a creative problem-solving process
  • Inspiration, passion, and a focus on the challenge yield the strongest concepts
  • Collaboration and feedback hone the concept
  • Clean design expressions are optimal
  • Aesthetics and usability must be balanced
  • Designing means rolling up your sleeves and delivering a completed product

My current design focus is on mobile and touch-interface product design and rich web experiences. Whether it be a corporate mobile site, a consumer product with a touch interface, or a traditional site integrating video and community tools, I strive to deliver a compelling, functional solution.

Aside from design work, I explore other creative outlets. I enjoy drawing as well as illustration with mixed-media. I also have a passion for movies and music. As a student of process, I'm fascinated by the craft of actors, directors and musicians and take inspiration from their approach.

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