I’m not sure how else to say it without sounding cliché, but my design philosophy is quite simple. Love what you do. I didn’t get into design to get rich; I got into design because I loved it. I love learning, and I am always trying new techniques to help broaden my skill set. I often tell my students that good graphic designers will be some of the smartest people they will ever meet because through researching and analyzing every new project, a good designer will ultimately know a lot of things about a lot of things. Every new project is an opportunity to research and to learn about something new.
For me, design is design is design. It doesn’t matter if it’s a logo for a tattoo parlor, an annual review for a law ﬁrm or a promotional piece for a national brand. I treat each project as a learning experience and strive to give every client the best possible solution for their particular needs.
Faculty, Graphic Design & Interactive Media / Flashpoint College, Chicago IL
02/2014 - Present
Teach Graphic Design & Interactive Media courses. Guide, mentor, and advise students (advisor to 35+ students in the GDIM program). Mentor and help on-board new adjunct faculty talent. Helped develop the curriculum for the GDIM AAS and BAS programs. Spearheaded “Inclusive” Project Based Learning, Portfolio Focused curriculum initiative that incorporates both traditional and emerging technologies into every core design course. Responsible for guiding and mentoring students in the portfolio development and organizing final portfolio reviews by outside professionals.
Graphic Design Program Director / Fox College, Bedford Park IL
07/2008 - 08/2013
Launched an accelerated Graphic Design Associate’s Degree Program. Responsible for developing the syllabi and curriculum for almost 20 classes. Served as the students’ lead instructor, taught all core professional courses, served as externship coordinator, and mentored portfolio development. Member of the Professional Education Committee, the Institutional Effectiveness Planning Committee, and was involved in helping Fox College become re-accredited through the Higher Learning Commission.
Lead Creative & Founder / diversedesign, inc. Chicago IL
10/2000 - Present
Lead the creative team full-time, providing design and creative consulting services for clients in industries such as transportation, health care, legal, environmental, public relations, media relations, food and education. Responsible for client logo development and branding, design and development of marketing and media materials such as brochures, direct mail, posters, annual reports, P.O.S. and web sites. In addition to the creative aspect of the job, I'm also responsible for all client/vendor contact, project management, print brokering and talent supervision.
Mentor / AIGA, Chicago
2013 - Present
For the past several years, I have been volunteering with the AIGA to act as a mentor to other designers. My focus has been on helping other professionals, and recent grads, develop their portfolios (both print and digital) and presentation skills.
Founding Member / design co/op, Chicago IL
07/2017 - Present
Design Co/Op is a design think-tank/agency focused on disrupting the norm in the world of design/creative agencies. Our focus is on helping to bridge the gap between design education and the professional community for folks that are historically underrepresented; women, people of color, members of the LGBTQ community… Part agency, part mentor program, part school… our goal is to help build a more diverse, inclusive, design and tech industry, not only here in Chicago but on a global scale.
Harrington College of Design, Chicago IL
MFA Communication Design
University of Illinois at Chicago
BFA Graphic Design
BFA Industrial Design
Nominated for the VP of Education position of the Chicago Chapter of the AIGA
Alpha Beta Kappa National Honor Society
Graduated with High Honors from Harrington College of Design
Harrington Service & Leadership Scholarship for Academic Excellence
Adobe Certified Instructor
Web Development and Multimedia Certifications - Mac University