ABOUT ME

Art isn’t Everything, but Everything is Art

I am a full-time User Experience Designer born and raised in Louisiana and now living in Northwest Arkansas. To me,  design is a way for me to realize the concepts in my mind. The texture of daily life and all the things I see everyday inspire me to create something new, something fresh.

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RECENT WORK

User experience is how you feel about every interaction you have with what’s in front of you in the moment you’re using it.

Mobile
Wireframes
Personas
Process Flows
Web Design

EXCELLENT OUTCOME

“You can have an art experience in front of a Rembrandt… or in front of a piece of graphic design.”

Stefan Sagmeister

EXCEPTIONAL DESIGN

“The public is more familiar with bad design than good design. It is, in effect, conditioned to prefer bad design, because that is what it lives with. The new becomes threatening, the old reassuring.”

Paul Rand

I <3 NY

“There are three responses to a piece of design – yes, no, and WOW! Wow is the one to aim for.”

Milton Glaser

MY SKILLS

Visual Ideation/Creativity

Great graphic designers do more than play around with stock images and other things that already exist. Great graphic designers create! They make original sketches based on ideas from their clients and then use those sketches as the foundation for what will ultimately appear on the web or in print. This means you might actually need to be good at drawing even though your product will ultimately appear on a screen.

Typography

It might seem like a relatively small detail, but typography is one of those skills that has not degraded even in the digital age. People react positively or negatively to fonts depending on how well they match with the content and images on the site. Typography becomes even more important for print media! Either way, graphic designers should have a good understanding of font families, line-height, tracking, and more. Typography is the language of text in graphic design so a successful professional should be fluent in it.

Design Software (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, etc.)

Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign are just a few of the many applications used for graphic design. We won’t list all of them since it would consume the article and since new software is always being developed. However, graphic designers should always be proficient in at least a few of these platforms and be aware of the rise and fall in their use. Graphic designers should also be up to snuff on new applications so they don’t fall behind the times.

Web Design/Basic HTML & CSS

Since HTML & CSS are the programming languages of function/structure and style, graphic designers should know them so they can go behind the hood of the site or CMS they may be working on. They will then be able to use their skills to manipulate the page and the destination of the image. They might need to change other elements of the site too so that everything meshes. Either way, this skill will broaden your array of opportunities.

Print Design

Although we have entered the digital age, print is still alive and important to understand. Graphic designers should have knowledge of color space, printing processes, color separation, grid layout, and master pages. Remember that even companies born on the web eventually produce print materials so they have stuff for events, print advertising, and merchandising.

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