I’m a mid-level designer and developer approaching the end of a year-long sabbatical. (“As you can imagine,” Stefan Sagmeister says, “it is a lovely and very energetic time.”) I am now looking for work at a creative firm in Chicago, Portland, and/or New York.
Like most designers my age, I grew up drawing, and then we got a computer. But my father worked in advertising, so I also grew up with press-and-peel Letraset, stock art catalogs, and rides to drop off camera-ready art at trade journals. When my friends were playing with Microsoft Paint, I was trapping colors in Illustrator. When they took jobs bagging groceries, I was making print ads and maintaining the website of an award-winning weekly newspaper.
The professional advantages of my early years left me free to explore whatever interested me in college. The degrees I chose laid the groundwork for a return to school, six years later, right as the long-rumored recession settled in. I left a good job to chase down a few theories about technology and creative culture and how they change the ways we see ourselves.
With the front-end as a focus, I’m happy jumping in wherever there’s need, from graphic and UI design to LAMP and Rails development. I’m intuitive and have a knack for translating technical concepts to clients.