Q: So, what kind of work can you provide? A: Due to my education and years of working in various areas of design, I have many skills that can be put to use in a variety of capacities. If you have other requirements or don't see exactly what you need, please don't hesitate to drop a line.
- Creative Direction
- Art Direction
- Editorial Design
- Print Design
- Presentation Design
- Digital Art
- Advertising Design
- Social Media Marketing Design
- Branding/Logo Design
- Character Design
- Graphic Design
- Accessory Design
- Fashion/Apparel Design
- Package Design
- Video Editing
- UX Design
- Retail Display Design
- Trade Show Booth Design
Q: How long would it take you to design something for me? A: Well it all depends on what it is you need. As a general rule of thumb, I would ideally appreciate a time cushion of one month for any project since I will need to schedule questionnaires, proposals & estimates, research, rough drafts, working drafts and final presentation of the project. Not to say that it will take a month to accomplish, but a longer deadline is better than a deadline that has already been missed. I have been able to turn projects around relatively quickly on rush jobs, but it is not desirable for you because it will increase the price tag and not desirable for me, since time is of the essence and it will be spread very thin.
Q: Do you charge by the project or by the hour? A: It all depends on the type of project and overall scope. Typically if it is a project that has specific direction and outline to follow, along with a mutual understanding and comfortability with the project parameters; I will work with the client on a flat rate for the project. A job that has multiple variables to consider and will require multiple client "check-points," will usually be charged an hourly rate. If you need more information specific to your project, contact me and we can begin a dialog about your requirements!
Q: What is your style of work? A: I don't like to think I follow a specific style because it all depends for who I'm designing. I have worked within the ridged structure of a large corporation; I have followed the strict guidelines of licensor style guides; and I have freely designed for easy-going start up companies. That being said, I have successfully been able to mold my design senses to the needs of companies that have trusted my expertise. One thing that holds true with all of my opportunities is that I attack every project with passion for what I've worked so hard to master.
Q: Are there areas of design that do not fit your skill set? A: I'm a believer that as a designer, if you want to design something you can design something. Once upon a time I could not draw worth spit, but I observed, asked questions, read books, watched Bob Ross (happy little trees), and PRACTICED. As an only child, one thing those who know me can attest for is that I am resourceful. If I do not understand or know to do something, and either want or need to know, I will turn over every rock to find the answer. For example, in 2007 I moved to New York City with a few thousand dollars and a job offer. I interviewed to work as an accessory designer, designing products for huge licenses like Disney and Marvel. The woman who hired me saw my body of work to date and I admittedly had never designed an accessory professionally, but she saw a pattern in my resume where I had been able to learn quickly, adapt, and had a track record for success without being an "exact" match for the position. I was hired and within the first week on the job, I was up to speed with designers who had worked in the department for years. So, yes there are areas that at first glance looks to be a "wrong" fit, but my ability to figure things out quickly erases that notion.
Q: Is all of your work original? A: Yes and yes. I take immense pride in uniqueness and originality. I actively attempt to NOT emulate something that has already been achieved. The most obvious example would be my Creative Direction with Flud. For example, I created each of my watch designs with one thing in mind...to never have my work compared to another brand's. This mentality is present through all of the work I create for both myself and others.
Q: How did you get your start in art? A: It sounds cliche, but I got a hold of a crayon and started drawing on the wall as a toddler. After that tragedy, my parents bought me dozens of giant coloring books to do my damage. As I got older I started paying close attention to things like video games and comic books. I would replicate some of my favorite comic book artists' work to emulate the various styles and techniques. I then began creating my own characters and comic strips. My high school teachers and childhood friends paid close attention to my abilities and encouraged me to stick with it. I got my first job at the age of 13 as a Youth Enterprise Artist at Boston's Artists for Humanity, creating murals and artwork for various Boston city business, and some of the art created was publicly sold. From then through the present I was fortunate enough to have opportunities working in different fields of art and design, guiding my understanding of real-world application.
Q: What are your favorite things? (Color, animal, movie, etc...) A: Purple is my favorite color to view, but my personal style revolves around red and black. Dolphins are my favorite animal, even though I have a fear of deep water. My favorite movie is (and don't laugh) Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory with Gene Wilder. My favorite food is chicken parm, and I still have yet to taste a recipe better than my own. My favorite candy - Haribo gummy bears, my ultimate weakness is my sweet tooth. The country I really want to visit is Japan, just waiting for my moment. I have an extensive film collection totaling over 900 motion pictures and television series, and no that does not include Netflix.
If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact me and I'll get back to you ASAP!