Pratt Institute

New York City, NY · September 2010 to May 2012

MS in Communications Design

Graduate Thesis: “Invisible Design”, focusing on readability and typographic design on mobile devices

International Academy of Design and Technology

Chicago, IL · July 2006 to June 2009

BFA in Advertising Design

Summa Cum Laude

Alpha Beta Kappa Honor Society

Career Highlights

bridge21 (A Techstars Company)

Creative & Design · July 2014 to Current

Directs user experience, branding, and design; contributes to corporate strategy, partner and investor selection, product design, and remote project management

UI/UX wireframing and prototyping

Front-end responsive web development using Ruby on Rails, JavaScript (React, CoffeeScript, aphrodite), Bootstrap, and SCSS

Search engine optimization and content creation

Contributes to social media marketing strategy

McHenry County College

Digital Media Instructor · August 2013 to Current

Contributed to Mobile Design Development Program as a part of the leadership team that will determine courses, objectives, and assessment standards

Created and held Kids & College summer classes for children in 1st through 9th grade

Updated course curricula to reflect modern web practices

MCC Classes

Computer Literacy

Digital 2D Design

Digital Freelancing


Internet Technologies

Portfolio Design

Web Fundamentals

Website Development I

Kids & College Classes

Intro to Web Design

Website Creation

Fashion Engineering

Minecraft- & CSI-themed Art

Chicago Fair Trade

Freelance Designer · June 2009 to Current

Designed event programs and corresponding invitations, posters, social media banners, and print/web advertisements for the annual Globalfest celebration, pop-up shop, student summit, and other various celebrations

Created apparel, promotional stickers, large-scale posters, retractable banners, and eco-friendly tumblers

Assisted with rebranding projects by creating a style guide, updating CFT’s logo, and designing business cards for CFT members

Chicago Religious Leadership Network on Latin America

Design Consultant · February 2015 to Current

Designed event booklets, invitations, and adbooks for fundraising events

Created an annual report print campaign

Designed and developed responsive email campaigns and newsletter templates with updated branding and illustrations

One Life Raw Juice Bar

Freelance Web & Graphic Design · April 2015 to 2016

Designed and developed a responsive splash page for One Life Raw Juice Bar’s pre-opening site, with custom illustrations designed for each media breakpoint, as well as theme development for their main content site built on WordPress

Web hosting and email administration on a Linux server

Created and produced business cards and promotional discount cards

Assorted t-shirt designs for employee use and customer purchase

Illustrated wall graphics for display in the juice bar

Fair Trade LA

Design Consultant · Spring 2015 to Summer 2016

Illustrated logo variant for FTLA’s 10th Anniversary Celebration

Produced a suite of corresponding save-the-dates, invitations, posters, social media banners, and an event program

Pratt Institute

Teaching Assistant · Spring 2012

Graduate Teaching Assistant in Typography I with Tom Dolle

Held regular tutoring appointments for a small group of students

Assisted professor during in-class critiques and lessons

Barnes and Noble

Guest Designer · June 2011 to November 2011

Worked with Pratt’s Corporate Partnership Program on B&N’s Back to Campus line

Designed, refined, and presented several stationery and office supplies

Selected works available online and in B&N stores late summer 2012

Distant Village Packaging

Graphic Design Intern · March 2009 to July 2009

Detailed product specifications for specialty packaging

Photographed, retouched, and organized product images

Recreated and updated brand standards manual

Produced slip sheets for sustainable labels

Attended “Global Fest” event as interviewer

Designed alternate brand identity for umbrella company

Wauconda Pharmacy

Designer, Senior Clerk · May 2006 to July 2010

Revitalized the company’s existing branding to reflect its goals and actions

Created materials to support marketing and new brand standards

Designed outdoor signage for the store

Certified Pharmacy Technician from 2006 to 2010

I’m also proud of my contract, consulting, and short-term work with clients such as…

Illinois League for Nursing Web Development and Consultation

Toothless Consulting UG Web Development and Consultation

Greenheart Print Design & Social Media Images

Sandpiper Imports Print Design

Transitiv Branding & Collateral

Regulatory Compliance Association Web Development and Consultation

Virtual Currency Global Web Development and Identity Design

Novauri (rebranded as bridge21) Web Development and Branding

Percentage Deal Web Development and Logo Design

Microsoft Usability Partner Program Logo Design

Ministry Sync App Icons, Web Banners, Illustration

JAIDA Display System Logo, Illustration, and Branding Collateral

The Turn Around Logo and Branding Collateral

Windy City Performing Arts Logo and Branding Collateral

Aha Sushi Menu Design and Collateral

Maplewood Swim and Tennis Club Logo Design

Exhibitions & Special Projects

The Sketchbook Project 2013

North America · 2013

Exhibited during various events:

  • SXSW in Austin, TX

  • Taste of Chicago in Chicago, IL

  • Luminato Festival in Toronto, Canada

  • Portland Zine Symposium in Portland, OR

  • Virginia Highlands Summerfest in Atlanta, GA

Also exhibited in San Francisco, CA and Pueblo, CO

Permanently archived in the Brooklyn Art Library

The Pratt Show

New York City, NY · May 2012

Exhibited in a juried graduate show at Manhattan Center

ColourLovers “Color Inspiration” Book Feature

Published July 2011

Highlighted in “Color Inspirations: More than 3,000 Innovative Palettes from the Colourlovers.Com Community” by Darius A. Monsef IV

Canvas Project II

Atlanta, GA · July 2009 to September 2009

Published in “The Art House Encyclopedia, Volume One”

Exhibited in the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport

Scavenger Hunt Project

Atlanta, GA · July 2009 to September 2009

Published in “Scavenger Project” by the Art House Co-Op

Exhibited in the Museum of Design in Atlanta

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