I have, really, just over 10 years of experience in the design industry. I started right out of high school in 2006 where I interned for a small marketing agency. I continued doing design projects through my college career where I earned a Bachelor of Fine Art with a Graphic Design emphasis. The journey took me to yet another, more formal, internship in Arizona as part of the degree fulfillment.
Now I've lived in Washington since 2012 and have worked for companies large and small in different industries. The result is my experience and continued growth as a versatile designer that is able to keep pace with the changes in technology and practices as well as design trends...does that mean I'm full stack??
DIGITAL DESIGN / STORYBOARD / PRODUCT LAUNCH / PRESENTATION
It was the opportunity prepubescent teenage boys dream of, a video game job. Thankfully I was mature by the time came to collaborate with a highly skilled team on creating the visual presentation behind Marc Whitten's reveal of the new XBOX One console. The secrecy there puts the Federal Government to shame.
BRANDING / WEB DESIGN / ECOMMERCE / PRINT / UI / UX
I was attracted to this opportunity as a chance to work on a brand that had plenty of room to make an impact in addition to increase my smarts on health (I'm an herbalist). The first task, the website was ancient. We're talking 2006 era in 2015. A normal designer would have had a heart attack, luckily I had some supplements. From there constant improvements would be made gradually, just because doctors can be super particular.
Lots of work here.
BRANDING / DIGITAL MEDIA / EMAIL / SOCIAL
Starting in early 2013 I joined the Creative Services department at the Seattle headquarters as a contractor where I collaborated with the awesome team there and worked production on seasonal campaigns and promotions. It was all print and web work, until I was hired full-time. Then it was all web. Email specifically.
WEB / MOBILE / APP / VISUAL DESIGN / PROTOTYPE
Here we have examples that get us into the realm of usability. One of the best qualities of being a designer is that we have the ability to create great work no matter the medium or platform. By using the principles and elements of design we are able to tackle any project. So with job titles aside, here are some examples.
BRANDING / WEB DESIGN / PRINT
Kimberly is a riot to work with, she's also a gem of a client. With her real estate business growing she was in need of a fresh look to distinguish herself from the rest in a highly competitive industry. What she got was a jazzed up website that reflected branding efforts that represent her business and communicates with the people she will represent on in the market.
Ready thine eyes.
LOGO DEVELOPMENT / TYPOGRAPHY / ICONOGRAPHY
This section is dedicated to the collection of logos I've created over the years. It's also continuously growing, plus I need to find many other on my ancient hard drive. Just know this is not all. We do have some additional icons to pair with the logos! Does that make up for it?
Poke this sentence.
LAYOUT / ICONOGRAPHY / INFO ARCHITECTURE / DATA VISUALIZATION
Definitely some older work, but good to illustrate the thought behind the organization and relationships between information, text and imagery. It also incorporates design principles and elements (there's that thing again). We even get to represent data, which I gathered all myself on one of them. Guess which, I dare ya.
Wrap your head around these.
PITCH, SALES DECK / POWERPOINT
It is very much less exciting than it looks. That's not to say that presentations are bad. They DO tend to feel like you're rushing to escape a raging inferno that lays waste to all in its path, I digress. Presentations are great for honing in on messages and communicating concisely. Design comes in to make the information absorbable more quickly.
Have a cushion ready.
SOCIAL / DESIGN / MISC
Rather than constantly updating this site with new content every few months I like to take to Dribbble for posting design work I'm engaged with. For you, it's a good place to see things that don't necessarily fit in the formal portfolio, e.g. the fun side stuff. And trust me, there lies some variety in styles which I soo need. #NIXminimalist
Bring a rag.