BIOGRAPHY

As a Design Director, I bring two decades of experience in visual design, branding, creative strategy, and education. 

Through leading my own design studio, directing in-house design teams, teaching, developing curricula, coaching, and performing strategic & design-driven research, I have developed a versatile breadth and depth of skills.

Throughout my varied career, I have worked with everyone from non-profits & universities to corporate clients like Coca-Cola and Viacom in branding, advertising, and creative strategy. I have created everything from logos, products, and services to digital and experience designs. Additionally, I have had the opportunity to reimagine design education in a variety of roles at elite universities.

Design, management, and leadership, as well as thoughtful creative strategy and research, make up the core of my commercial & academic work, which has won accolades, been published, and exhibited. I believe this success is due to my deep curiosity beyond a project brief.

For me, the term “Designer” is much more than a professional label—it is an orientation. I believe that design has the power to change the way we work, live, and interact with the world. No matter what the project, I hold this power with the utmost intention, care, and thoughtfulness for the consumer, organization, employee, or student.

EDUCATION

New York University, Gallatin School of Individualized Study | MA in Culture and Communication, 2016

Pratt Institute, Communication Design Department | BFA in Visual Communication Design, 2001

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Director of Design and Creativity | the Hive (The Sontag Center for Collaborative Creativity) at the Claremont Colleges, 2017-Present

Design Coaching | d.school (Hasso Plattner Institute of Design) at Stanford University, 2016-Present

Teaching Fellow | d.school (Hasso Plattner Institute of Design) at Stanford University, 2016-2017

Art Director of Live-Action Series and Movies | Nickelodeon, 2011-2013

Partner & Creative Director | Dimitrious II, 2006-2012

Design Director | Studio Red at Rockwell Group, 2004-2006

Art Director | USA Network, 2002-2004

Designer | Radical Media, 2001

Jr. Art Director | Deutsch Inc, 2000

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Clinical Professor of Visual Communication Design | Harvey Mudd College, 2017-2019

Lecture | Stanford University’s d.school, 2016-2017

Visiting Instructor | Pratt Institute, 2006-2013

EXHIBITIONS + PUBLICATIONS

Exhibition, “Campus Mail Art: The Claremont Colleges” Art Studio HalI | Pomona College, 2019

Essay,  “Portraits of Obama: Media, Fidelity and the 44th President” | Dialectic, the journal of the AIGA Design Educators Community, 2018

Interview | Prattfolio Spring, Summer 2018, Leadership, 2018

Exhibition, “Portraits of Obama” | Jerry H. Labowitz Theatre at NYU, 2014

Exhibition, “Portraits of Obama” | Lorimoto Gallery in Brooklyn, NY, 2014

Contributor | “Guide to Graphic Design”, 2013

Exhibition, Various works | The Puck “Art & Design” Show, 2000

INVITED PRESENTATIONS

Speaker, AIGA San Deigo | Y24 Conference, 2019

Speaker, AIGA Cal Poly Pomona | Careers in Design, 2019

Panelist, San Francisco Design Week | SYPartners, 2018

Speaker, Identity Intersections | Office of Inclusivity and Diversity, Harvey Mudd, 2018

Panelist, Re-Imagining the University Through the Arts Series | Claremont Graduate University, 2016-17

Panelist, San Francisco Design Week | SYPartners, 2017

FELLOWSHIPS + AWARDS

Award, Design Incubator, Educators Communication Design Awards 2017, Scholarship Creative Work | 2017

Fellowship, Stanford University, d.school "Teaching Fellow" | 2016-17

Award, Gallatin Special Service Award | 2016

Fellowship, NYU’s Global Research Initiative (Shanghai, China) | 2015

Fellowship, Gallatin-Newington-Cropsey Foundation “In-Residence” | 2014

Award, Gallatin Dean’s Scholarship | 2013-15

Award, Graphics System contributes to the clients Environmental Quality Award | 2010

Award, Event Design Magazine, Best Outdoor Consumer Exhibit Environment | 2006

Award, Gold Broadcast Design Award, Special Events Promo | 2004

Award, Gold Broadcast Design Award, Topical Promo Campaign | 2004

Award, Gold Broadcast Design Award, Out-of-Home Campaign | 2003

Award, Silver Broadcast Design Award, Bound Piece | 2003

Award, Pratt Outstanding Merit In Communication Design | 2001

Grant, Advertising Club Of New York | 1999