I won't bore you with my life story, that comes later. For now, here are the essentials:
As a Web Designer for CrowdRise, I am responsible for turning the basic "shell" fundraising pages into customized microsites for our charities and organizations to raise as much money as possible and change the world. Through the use of custom-made graphics and front-end development, I work to save lives. These are only a few examples, but check out CrowdRise and you're guaranteed to stumble across many more.
I was asked to help Astrid create both a personal website for herself, as well as a marketing hub for her upcoming poetry book release. The site emphasizes her modeling photos, and simultaneously previews her book and directs users to purchase on Amazon.
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This Tumblr project was a bit different- the client wanted the blog to look and function similar to an app. To accomplish this, I went with a simple, flat design, as well as a continuous loading sequence. Combined with a responsive design and alternating color backgrounds, continuously scrolling through the site on a mobile device emulates an app quite well (You can resize your browser window to get the full effect).
CrowdRise was preparing to launch their first unsponsored Challenge, and wanted a creative way to market it. With very little direction and much creative freedom, I created a flat website design with many interactive, parallax effects. The whole site contains overviews of the challenge, past challenges, a calendar, tips, downloadable PDF's, and more. The whole point was to make this pitch site visually appealing and enjoyable to navigate.
CrowdRise Holiday Challenge
After speaking with TruTV's Impractical Jokers about their improv group (The Tenderloins), we agreed that I would mockup a few new logos for them. The logo below was their favorite, although never implemented due to a crazy schedule on their end. So, let's call it the official unofficial logo for The Tenderloins.
Deep down, I still have the pipe-dream of creating a line of t-shirts. I really enjoy creating my own shirts to wear, and I do it for almost every event I attend. Below, you'll find illustrations of Outkast, as well as Uncle Johnny from the Elvis Duran & The Morning Show. I've displayed them side by side with their real life versions for you to draw a comparison. The third image is a photo of me wearing a shirt I designed for a Big Boi concert, taken by Big Boi himself.
As a personal project, I set out to display my typography skills and print a poster featuring a quote from the book Choke, written by Chuck Palahniuk.
TJ Taormina, host of The TJ Show on Boston's 103.3 AMP Radio, looked to me to create the official radio show logo for the show's launch. Knowing his style from a prior project we worked together on, I was able to create multiple versions of a logo that he and CBS Radio agreed upon to use.
1991. The story begins.
2001. Publicly declare my career aspirations.
2003. Acquire Photoshop 7.
2004. Get denied from Advanced Art Class in middle school.
2006. Begin my career by "interning" for countless companies.
2013. Land a Web Design/Marketing job with CrowdRise.
2013 cont. Freelance career takes off.
2014. Work with you on your next project.
2015. Win some highly-accredited design award.
1. I love dogs more than anything.
2. When I was a toddler I almost drowned in a bucket.
3. I wanted to create a TV cartoon when I grew up.
4. I share a birthday with Halle Berry, Tim Tebow, Magic Johnson, Mila Kunis, Steve Martin, and my nephew.
5. I can do the Macarena faster than anybody.
"You don’t need to have a 100-person company to develop that idea."
“Others have seen what is and asked why. I have seen what could be and asked why not.”
"If you don’t love something, you’re not going to go the extra mile, work the extra weekend, challenge the status quo as much."
In today's world, virtual meetings are becoming the norm. With the internet being such a huge asset, especially in my line of work, you need to know how to utilize it to connect with others. Through years of work, I have become accustomed to working remotely with clients all over the country, and have never once had a problem. With lightning-fast email responses, video conferences and phone-calls, it will feel like we're working in the same room. So whether you're in Alaska, Miami, Pittsburgh, Canada, or Guam, we'll make a great team together.
While my specialty is Web Design, my skill-set extends way beyond that. Before diving into designing for the web, I was designing countless logos and illustrations, along with print products such as business cards and fliers. No matter what your next project may be, I truly believe I have the skills to help. If you're unsure if I'm a good fit, it never hurts to ask.
I like to say I'm in the business of helping people. True, I work for money, but it goes way deeper than that. I love Web Design because it's a way of taking someone's thoughts and dreams and bringing them to life. In many cases, your website IS your business. Since I love to help people, I offer everybody and anybody free web consultations. Whether you're launching a new site or have one that is already well-established, I would love to connect with you and give you my 100% honest feedback and tips on how to improve your user experience. I will never say anything just to try to get you to buy my services- I offer this completely free as a way to help the world in every little bit that I can.
If you're a nonprofit, you'll get my services at a discount. While my prices vary per project and there are no set rates, I can guarantee lower, more affordable options for nonprofits. You're doing everything you can to make the world a better place and I truly respect that. You deserve to have somebody help you, too.