Although this video profile is on a specific project, it still contains tons of cool things about me and my process and inspiration.
I don't even know 'er!"
"I believe in universally accessible, clearly communicated, and emotionally evocative design that provides ethical inclusivity and stability of experience for all users, executed through beauty and simplicity."
I like designing things that provide people with access to resources they need. But I tend to be a bit of jokester when it comes to myself. Because I'm selling myself here, however, and not someone else's campaign vision, here's five neat things about me:
I'm inspired by The New York School of abstract expressionism, Marvel comics, the artwork of Stephen Gammell and Yoshitaka Amano, the design work of David Carson, Michael Beirut, Ellen Lupton and Irma Boom ( among others!). My favorite modes of working is to bridge the visual and the emotional, to pair the beautiful and the jarringly ugly, and to combine the disciplines of digital and traditional mediums.
I love digital engagement through storytelling. I've grown a community-focused Twitter following of over 10K by sharing honest stories and experiences from my life. The internet connects people to information they need and want, and I love it for that.
I came into my career as a designer out of necessity and passion, not by education. As a teenager, I was in a band, so I had to make flyers and album covers. I made book covers for friends, websites for associates of my parents, business cards for local businesses. Before I knew it, I had a portfolio (WOOF, it was bad!) and I landed my first job as a designer, and here I am 16 years later!
I didn't have access to a lot of information that I really needed when I was younger. As such, I love working on projects which highlight and help youth and marginalized communities who often have restricted access to knowledge and resources they need. As a gay and transgender kid, if I had just known that people like me existed, I would have been much better off. Give me a project that provides information and representation for people who need it most, and I'm there. Those are my people, and I'm always proud to be able to connect them to community and to themselves through my work.
When people ask me, "What do you do?" I tell them, "I make people feel connected to something larger through media. Whether I make things for print, or I make them digitally, I always try to make them beautiful."