“A firm believer of the importance of words and ideas in design, I strive to create illustration that is strongly rooted in concept rather than just trend or technique. My daily side project “Wordless News” grew out of this philosophy and has become a way to connect to the broadest audiences possible, while exploring craft and content as part of a very disciplined routine. Visually translating a national or international headline each day allows me to engage an audience, in an unexpected way, about a subject that’s likely fresh on their minds.
The paintings of Wayne Thiebaud and Lucian Frued have long sustained my affection for the relationship between form and material. I find that keeping an arsenal of physical ephemera provides education and inspiration from the past. My short list of the master of my profession it would certainly be: Paul Rand, Charlie Harper, Michael Bierut and Saul Bass.”
“My process always starts in a sketchbook with an idea and then transitions to the computer once the foundation is in place for execution. I love to work by hand, scan things in and use digital tools to enhance color or correct lines when I’m creating an illustration. With branding and logo development I still start with a sketch but I often find that cutting up paper to find the right shapes or marriage of form is the best place to start for something unique.”