The last decade

What have I been doing the last decade? I've been problem solving for some of the biggest companies on earth. Now I'm helping make the world a better place by building successful brands for inspiring startups that I care about to help make the world a better place.
Maker Creature 2008 – current
Branding, UX, product design, web design, and print design, illustration, production, content creation, art direction, and creative direction for companies such as Zenoti, Five Four Ventures, Madé's Banana Flour Co, Chateau Ste Michelle Winery, Spacecraft Clothing, Superbig Creative, Evil Bikes, Hill Country Film Festival, & King County Public Heath.
GeneSavvy (Part time employee) 7.2020 – 3.2022
GeneSavvy is a genetics startup specializing in rare and chronic diseases. I did brand strategy, creative direction, UX & visual design and worked in a small team with the CEO, one engineer, and one sales manager. Some individual projects were a brand audit, brand guidelines, press kit, UX for a new doctor- and client-portal for collaboration and billing, technical genetics report designs and redesigns, marketing and technical illustration resources, social media guidance and resources, collateral for clinician's offices, content including the bones of a featured article, gradual brand refresh, demographic research, presentation docs for GeneSavvy and a sister company, client and stakeholder interviews, and a web refresh.
Microsoft (Full time employee for Excel) 1.2017 – 12.2019
In 2016 I joined the Excel design team to work on data visualization, AI and ML explorations, cross-product tools, and data user-journey research. Native Excel projects included Power BI grid interactions and charting tools improvements. Excel Online projects including charting UX and data visualization tool development for the online platform, AI and ML opportunities, cross-product office tool integration, and user-journey research for data visualization creation. For Excel Online projects I worked directly with the PM and engineering team in Israel.
Microsoft (Full time employee for Azure, Power Apps, Stream) 5.2012 – 9.2016 
UX Designer, Visual Designer: While on the Azure team 2012–2015 I was responsible for the majority of the layout and content rules for the customizable live tiles in the Microsoft Azure Portal. I designed the intrinsic data visualizations for the portal (charting tools), helped onboarding partners and other designers with content needs and customization, and then consulted with other product teams as they started developing their own tile-based dashboards (Skype, Delve). I worked with the Microsoft Design Language team to coordinate data-visualization guidance and best-practices through the company. I also worked on internal event branding and collateral, Power Apps templates, UX for the first release of Microsoft Stream, and I coordinated between marketing and branding teams on the style guide for the Cloud + Enterprise division. 
Amazon (On-site contract for Create Space, Disc on Demand) 8.2011 – 1.2012
Visual Designer, Production Artist: Contract on site. Meticulous quality control and heavy artwork alteration, utilizing strong software and organization skills to turn-around high quantities of digital art very quickly.


Restaurants Unlimited, Inc (twenty brands, forty-eight locations) 1.2010 – 6.2011
Visual Designer, Art Director, Brand Manager, Sole in-house creative: Battle-paced, in-house design work: heavy output on tight deadlines. I juggled an incredible project list, managed internal and external relationships with design studios and production vendors, put in place internal processes, and designed a huge quantity and variation of materials and resources.
Rosanna Inc (lifestyle brand, tableware) 7.2009 – 1.2010
Visual Designer: I created style proposals, marketing materials, trade show collateral, original artwork, and production files for factories. I designed and produced the Spring/Summer 2010 catalog and art directed the product photoshoot for the collection (requiring photo-editing magic since we hadn’t received all the product for the shoot). 
Koryn Rolstad Studios (international commercial artist) 11.2008 – 6.2009
Visual Designer: Contract on site. I helped with RFP's, project pitch ideas, mocks, and production files for 2 and 3-D projects using materials like acrylic, Sintra, metal, textiles, lighting, wallpaper, and resin. I built project-process-books, designed and coded simple e-mails, and designed event invitations. I assisted with construction installations of way-finding signage and a memorial art piece on a naval base. 
Superbig Creative (brand development & design firm) 7.2008 – 9.2008
Visual Designer: Contract on site. I worked primarily on packaging and branding for Jones Soda, illustrations, photo correction, and the dealer book for Evil Bikes.
Positive Action, Inc (educational curriculum) 10.2003 – 11.2008
Visual Designer: I helped develop and integrate a cohesive style throughout hundreds of products for a wide spectrum of end-customer ages, and I designed marketing campaigns and collateral targeting government agencies and school administrators. I worked with both in-house pressmen and outside printers to achieve creative solutions and high quality within budget. I did resource purchasing and management, product photography, production, illustration, website design proposals, and the design and production of two catalogs.
Desktop by Design (small design and print studio) 1.2002 – 10.2003
Visual Designer: I supplied on-demand design services to a wide range of walk-in clients (as in, designing logos and collateral for people while they sat there watching me.)
Other work prior to 2003
Cornish College of the Arts Design Services Intern. Web design and marketing collateral freelance projects. Muralist for coffeeshops, wineries, and private home owners. 

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