Multidisciplinary art director, design educator, graphic designer, idealist, problem-solver, never-bored. Lover of exclamation points, passport stamps, and unlikely animal friendships. Fueled by endless curiosity and (too much) coffee.
I want: to collaborate with you on projects that effect positive social change—whether commercial, not-for-profit/humanitarian, or triple bottom line social enterprises and B Corps.
I don’t want: to sell people things they don’t need.
More About Me
I was a graphic designer before I ever knew it was a real life job. (Original childhood aspiration: jet-setter.)
In middle school, I made custom stationery for friends by cut/paste/copy-ing from Tiger Beat on to sheets of loose-leaf paper. Pop was replaced by punk and politics, and the cut/paste/copy-ing developed into write/design/copy-ing of ’zines. (Including such classics as Jersey Grrrl.)
I discovered Graphic Design (capital G, capital D) as an art history major in college, falling in love with the original practical optimists of Modernism. Inspired by work being done at the intersection of design and activism, I went on to complete an MFA in Graphic Design from Yale.
My process evolved from that old school cut/paste/copy–ing, and in the years since, I’ve worked at both small design studios and large corporations; learned to collaborate early and often with my printers, and then my developers.
I see now that my early inspirations had common qualities that stay with me, and continue to influence my work: bold, optimistic, straightforward, engaging, honest in form and function.
Trends and technology change, but design driven by critical thinking and purpose never goes out of style.
Inspirations & Influences
B Lab + Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP) + Thomas Frank + Tibor Kalman + Margaret Kilgallen + Sheila Levrant de Bretteville + Ezio Manzini + Jacqueline Novogratz + Stephen Powers + Cameron Sinclair + Varvara Stepanova + Scott Stowell + Joe Strummer + Muhammad Yunus