I am a results-driven designer specializing in an assortment of situations from large-scale wall murals to hand-held UX apps. I hope to offer a fresh perspective through research and high-quality design. I create visual impact and improve company culture with environmental graphics, experiential design, museum-quality displays, brand development, screen-printed apparel and more.
Metro-Detroit born and bred Designer. Much of my experience has been through trial and error, self-taught with an occasional course to keep things fresh.
My talent is more than a few measureables and program knowledge, below is a snapshot. I would like to give myself 100% for each of the items - however it goes without saying, there is always more to learn.
A few words from satisifed clients.
Carolyn Geck • Project Manager, Detroit Opera House • Bravo Bravo Fundraiser
Jackie Barry • Senior Manager, Events Wasserman Media Group
Lisa Dancsok • Vice President, Rock Ventures • Detroit Jazz Festival
Lyn Hock • Corporate Events Manager, Michelin
Connie Klajda • Brand Manager, Creative Services Detroit Lions
Joe Esposito • Chief Operating Officer, Fathead
I am an experienced Art Director and Designer.
March 2017 - Present
Lead Designer on projects for a wide assortment of events, exhibits, corporations, colleges & universities. Displays, wall graphics, timelines, signage and displays are necessary to showcase history, tradition and accomplishments.
March 2007 - Present
I do it all. A one-time wedding-photographer, I changed focus toward design with the knowledge and experience of photoshop for post-production. Now, for freelance projects I focus on brand development, logo creation and event & environmental graphic design. Need a logo, no problem. I design and screen print t-shirts, posters and invitations on occasion, as well.
June 2012 - March 2017
Beginning as a Graphic Designer, promoted to Lead Graphic Designer, then to Custom Design Manager for the 'Fathead Pro' team. I managed both the Production Design and Creative Design teams at the same time. I held the role of Senior Art Director and then Creative Director for the company, leading the design team. I was involved in production work, custom orders, custom large-scale installations and product design. Management of the workflow for 16 designers in addition to occasional freelancers. Continuous improvement of processes, design concepts, experience design, ideation and more.
January 2014 - August 2014
Instructor of students in Adobe Photoshop and Digital Photography.
March 2010 - December 2011
I was a Graphic Designer for the Large Truck and Performance Car Studios at the General Motors Design Center. I developed presentations, signage, badging and more. I was also a member of the Design Center Enviromental Action Team.
Course to refresh my knowledge and understanding of the science and process of User Experience and User Interaction.
Course discussing business acumen, business pitch to help clarify client offerings and value proposition.
I graduated Magna Cum Laude, earning a degree in Mass Communications. I focused on current media trends, both digital and traditional. I have a minor in Graphic Design and a Marketing concentration.
Coursework included design instruction on the Adobe Creative Suite, motion graphics, website design and portfolio development. When completed, I had earned a Diploma in Media Design.
Knowing I wanted to be creative, I attended courses in Journalism, Photography, Graphic Design, Drafting and more which resulted in a general studies degree.
Banners, Displays, Posters, Logos, Timelines, Fliers, Signs, Post Cards, Photography and More!
Team Meeting Rooms
Individuals, families, weddings and more.
From initial discussions, sketches through the final product. CryoSpa Detroit can be found at 2 locations in Metro Detroit.
One of many graphic posters I created for the Design Studios while at GM.
I created a gritty, inspirational theme throughout the football facilities giving an otherwise drab area some much needed life.
Logo & packaging design
Hand-pulled tee shirts, hoodies, posters, fliers and more. The use of water-based and plastisol inks and an assortment of screen meshes depending on the product.
The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page
A new presentation of an already recognizable brand
Sky high design
Capturing happiness one smile at a time
3D concepts for a year-round farmers market
For tees & things
Floral graphics for the dance floor and other areas
The entire entranceway and hall of the Oakland University Athletic Facility was designed to showcase history, accomplishments, past and present athletes.
A moment in time
Design and execution of silk-screened apparel
Tell your story, one accomplishment at a time
Early mornings, late nights and everything in between
Posters & more
Build corporate culture with meeting room graphics
Make your mark
Restroom signage and drink menus are a few of the small things that complete a well-planned event
T-shirts, sweatshirts, hoodies and more
App design for the Michigan craft beer enthusiast. Michigan ranks 5th in Micro Breweries with over 350 state-wide and growing. Now you can find them all with one swipe. To see the case study, click below.
A 5-day trek along the Incan Trail provided a plethora of beauty and memories.
Multiple pickup trucks were wrapped in a hunting and fishing theme
A dimensional sign and background themed for all things Detroit
Mens Basketball Championship Plaques
Developed themed newsletter templates for each month
Outdoor work sneaker start-up tees and hoodies
Endzone banners for Ford Field
Design for Robb Report during the North American International Autoshow
Locker room nameplates for the team
Large, heat-treated installation for Detroit Lions sponsors
Anheuser-Busch branded sponsor graphics for Super Bowl 53 in Atlanta
Troy School District marketing for the new preschool
This portfolio is only a fraction of what I have accomplished through teamwork or solo. Design is my passion. Large-Scale Exhibits, User Experience (UX), Marketing, Photography and Screen Printing are each in my wheel-house.
Interior and exterior wall graphics, way-finding, environmental graphics and decals improve atmosphere and culture within business, sports and at events. Wall graphics can be permanent or temporary, while showcasing your companies story and beliefs. I have 10 years experience creating and designing murals and advertisements for corporate clients, sports franchises and events of all sizes.
Determining the purpose while developing a plan for an exhibit is step one. Depending on the size, subject matter and the end user of an exhibit are key to creating an effective, engaging display that will both inform and inspire the viewer. I have worked with architects, fabricators, installers, audiovisual and lighting professionals to build out and design exhibits large and small.
Advertising design is key to a successful marketing campaign. It encompasses everything from the company logo, branded collateral and identity. The public perceives your company, its products and its services through the proper use of advertising. Advertising design will define your company through print and digital collateral, from highway billboards to social media.
Event signage is useful and necessary. Through the use of consistent design for directional signage, branded posters, apparel, vehicle decals, advertisements the event will become a powerful and impressive for all who attend. Event design becomes more than just design, it becomes an experience.
I have always loved taking pictures which led to my interest in photography. There is no better way to build your personal brand, to discover the beauty of a new destination or to cherish a significant life event than through photography. I have been shooting both film and digitally for nearly 20 years.
Silk screen printing is the process of pushing ink through mesh within a frame. The design is applied to the mesh, allowing the ink to pass through in a determined thickness. Screen printing is much more of an art form and process compared that of digital printing. I have extensive experience printing on both flat stock and apparel, tees are my area of expertise.
I'm always interested in the opportunity to collaborate.
Farmington Hills, MI