Almost 20 years ago, I got my hands on a copy of Paint Shop Pro, and started making my first pieces of digital art. Soon after, I began teaching myself HTML and making websites to connect with others who shared my interests; at the time, it never occurred to me that graphic design would eventually become my career path!
As an industry professional for over a decade, I try to always maintain that curiosity and passion from when I was a teenager — I’m constantly on the lookout for a new design approach, creative technique, or way of communicating. I enjoy collaborating with team members and sharing ideas; to me the best environment is one in which creative people can benefit from each other’s strengths, and support each other’s shortcomings, in order to develop the best solution possible.
Visual design is a field that is constantly moving and evolving in symbiosis with changing technology and society’s expectations. I have thrived in this fast-paced environment, seeing projects from the initial brainstorming sessions, all the way through to the digital launch or final press-check on a finished piece. The majority of my expertise has been focused in the fields of marketing/advertising and product design, and lately my interests have shifted into user experience design as well.
In my free time, I’m likely training for a marathon or doing some off-road “adventure” running. When I have the chance, I also love to travel. I think that stepping outside the comfort of my boundaries — whether it’s what I perceive as my physical limitations, or the literal boundary of a country’s geographic border — is extremely important to my overall creative process.