I've been doing this for a while and have leveraged my experience to provide proven creative solutions for some of the best-known brands including Discovery Channel, National Geographic, Rosetta Stone and America Online, as well as many other firms who are developing revolutionary products and services. The versatility of my experience is shown in the range of my work encompassing strategic consulting, user experience, interactive media, print design and branding.
I’m a hands-on creative, analytic and strategic designer, who can direct and inspire others, preferring to get my hands dirty on the whiteboard and believe the best creative results come from a direct partnership with the client.
Located outside of DC in a small town known for it’s distinctive antique and boutique shops is my studio that I enjoy working out of. When needed, I will gladly embed myself in the work environment of the client or other creative teams.
I’m always seeking new challenging engagements and roles on creative and user-centered projects.
So, ready to kick-start your startup, ship a new product, or need design leadership on your team? Lets talk.
A little History
Beyond my early years in print design, my interest in interactive media began with the first innovations and earliest explorations in interactive TV, Web/PC hybrid products and cable modem internet services. From 1994-1996 I worked at Tele-TV with a multi-faceted team of designers, user interface specialists and programmers for one of the first deployments of an interactive-tv and video-on-demand application trials in the United States. During that time I developed and designed Tele-TV’s broadcast identity system, and the interface and interactive models for their MMDS service.
I was at the forefront of the internet, designing interfaces and interactive prototypes for Stargazer PC, an online service that was comprised of various partnerships with regional and national newspapers, such as the Washington Post and the New York Times. I also worked with the Young Astronauts, a division of NASA that was geared towards kids, to form an interactive module for inclusion on interactive services. During this time, I became adept at digital video editing and special effects using high-end SGI workstations and FLAME software.
In 1996, I formed CO2 Media, Inc. with my business partner Jeff Wilt. We created award winning applications for a broad range of clients. I designed the user interface designs for one of the first WebTV boxes offered by Philips/Magnovox, one of the first broadcast–internet companion websites for PBS's "In the Footsteps of Alexander the Great" and eStart, a single online destination for ethnic communities with in-language content, culturally-relevant news and information.
One of the highlights of my time with CO2 Media was working with The Discovery Channel. Within a turnaround of three months and working with the senior management team at Discovery, I was responsible for the strategy, site design, coordination and implementation of a successful redesign effort. The success of the redesign effort forged a strong, long-term relationship and DCOL next looked to my services to assist in the strategy, creation and launch of over a dozen other online content sites. This included Discovery Adventures, Discovery Pictures, Discovery International, Discovery Travel, the Discovery Channel Global Education Fund, Crocodile Hunter for Animal Planet, and Trauma: Life in the ER for TLC.
In 2001 I joined AOL to help form and later become the Director of Design for AOL's Experience Prototyping Lab (XPL). The team provided research, rapid-fire creative brainstorming, design and iterative prototyping. We visualized solutions that inspired the organization to innovate upon all aspects of the service.
After a 5 year stint with AOL, I left and worked independently for 3 years under mtwentythree. During this time I had the opportunity to work on a wide variety of projects including designing the UX for Hearst Publishing’s large format digital E-ink reader which was awarded “Most Innovative Product” at its CES launch. In 2008 I evolved the independent business to form a partnership with John Stewart and started Black Mercury, a creative micro-agency specializing in strategic consulting, user experience and design.
Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my family and Australian Cattle Dog, Moxie. Whenever possible, you’ll find me backpacking, camping or riding my jeep or motorcycle into remote places, giving me the opportunity to reconnect with nature and recharge my creative batteries.
Check out some of my moto adventures here on my Tumblr site.
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