About

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About Me

I grew up in central New Jersey, where I was involved in the local skate and punk scenes during the late 80’s and early 90’s. Interested in drawing from an early age, I worked on music fanzines and fliers during high school and college, which were influenced by the punk aesthetic and skateboard graphics of my youth. I graduated from Skidmore College with a fine art degree in 1996. Since then, I have been a working graphic designer and art director, employed by various companies in upstate New York, Denver and NYC. In both 2012 and 2016 I won Best-in-Category at the New England Book Show for art direction on Milady Standard Cosmetology, which is the industry standard textbook for cosmetology education. I live in upstate New York with my wife and 2 kids, and am pursuing an MFA in graphic design from Academy of Art University in San Francisco. I teach full-time in the Digital Media department of Hudson Valley Community College, and part-time at the Arts Center of the Capital Region. I continue to skateboard, make art and manage a busy freelance design career.

Teaching philosophy

I learned the art of design through experience and the guidance of some incredible mentors in my life. I believe that connecting students to real-world scenarios is one of the best ways for them to develop the skills needed to be successful artists and digital media professionals. Showing process, step-by-step iteration, and collaboration are all important parts of any creative project development, and I strive to apply these principles to my students' projects and instill habits in them that are based in fine art practice and extend beyond simply mastering software.

Skillz

  • Design Education and Curriculum Development
  • Adobe Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, Lightroom, Dreamweaver, Premiere Pro
  • HTML + CSS + JQuery
  • Microsoft Office
  • Art Direction and Concept Development
  • Branding and Identity
  • Project Management
  • Not Matching My Socks
  • Losing Hair