I believe impactful work instigates conversation and inspires action.
I believe collaboration is the crucial ingredient in creating powerful content.
I believe a brand is a set of ethos shared through multi-channel storytelling.
Through a diverse background (graphic design, user experience, programming, art, photography and social media) I am able to move across mediums ideating on 360° strategies, holistically approaching each challenge. Over the last decade I have worked for premiere brands such as Xbox, Windows, Microsoft Surface, Halo and Reebok, allowing me to find my voice as a creative leader and refine my vision and communication skills to peers and clients alike.
Creative Director @ Ayzenberg Group
Pasadena, CA // April 2013 – Current
My primary focus is overseeing social content creation for several Microsoft LOBs while managing a team of creatives and collaborating daily with strategists. As one of the two initial creatives charged with making social content at Ayzenberg, not only was I responsible for the work, but also for building the foundation and processes in which it is being developed. Those processes have evolved into a structure for over ten teams, allowing for rapid growth and accounting for more than $15M annually.
a.PhotoStudio Director @ Ayzenberg Group
Pasadena, CA // August 2017 – October 2018
a.PhotoStudio was a recent focus, which I built in order to better serve clients, elevate in-house capabilities and provide value through production efficiencies. Day-to-day responsibilities included writing treatments, developing mood boards and shooting in the studio, while my high-level responsibilities were managing a team of four (two photographers, a producer, and a retoucher) and liaising with internal teams and external partners and clients from across the agency.
Artist / Designer @ TANNERTEALE
Los Angeles, CA // September 2005 – Current
Parallel to commercial work, my personal practice functions as an art space that explores poetics and views design as a medium agnostic process and tool for inquiry. My work seeks to re-present common objects, interactions and technologies through misuse—researching their potentials, both productive and unproductive—in order to better understand the world as it presents itself. This freedom allows me to engage areas outside of my client bounds, ultimately feeding back into my applied arts pursuits.
Art Director @ The Levinson Tractenberg Group
New York City, NY // January 2010 – October 2010
The experience of working in New York City’s ad world was my introduction to advertising. Coming from the world of interactive and graphic design, it was a welcomed opportunity to learn a new facet of the industry. Working in print, digital and TV, I was able to hone my skills around art and copy.
Graphic Designer @ Fuse Interactive
Laguna Beach, CA // January 2008 – July 2009
Fuse Interactive was a great opportunity for me to play with many of mediums (UI/UX, code, video) and get a sense for what it takes to pull together 360° campaigns. My work there was primarily split between Kawasaki and Version Wireless with most of my efforts focussed on interactive web design and development.
MFA, Media Design Practices / Lab
Art Center College of Design, 2013
BFA, Graphic Design
Laguna College of Art & Design, 2008