It all started with comics…

When I was a kid, super heroes fascinated me. The worlds they lived in, the characters that populated them, and the colorful villains they battled, captured my imagination.

More importantly: they struck a creative chord in me, and I started to draw the characters that I read about every month. I began making my own monthly issues, featuring characters that I created. I drew constantly. Anywhere. Everywhere.I was hooked.

I continued to grow as an artist all the way through high school, picking up a plethora of new skills along the way. Airbrushing, watercolors, oil painting, sculpting… any creative outlet I could find, I devoured it.

After high school, I wasn’t really sure what I wanted to do. The general consensus was that I should pursue a career as a comic book artist. A few years later, almost on a whim, I decided to try my hand at being a graphic designer. It seemed like a good fit: it combined my love of art with my love of computers, another love I developed in high school.

I began my professional graphic design career in 2003 in New York as a production artist at a small printing company. During this time, I began dabbling with web design, and found myself fascinated with what was possible. In 2006, I moved to Minnesota and found work at a technology solutions provider in Minneapolis as a System Engineer, working primarily with solutions deployment for creative agencies, but also creating company marketing materials for print and web. It was during this time that I began to fully explore the potential of web and user interface design. I obsessively began to absorb every piece of information I could find, learning new techniques, and expanding my skill set in any way possible.

I was hooked… again.

In 2008, I returned to college to study web programming and design. My goal was to fuse my skills in design with my love for code. In the years since then, I’ve had the privilege of working on some fantastic products, with some amazing people. It’s a path that I continue to travel to this day.

I firmly believe that life is a never ending learning experience, and my desire to constantly improve my skills is a testament to that belief. For me, the journey is the reward, and the knowledge I gain along that journey is the driving force behind everything I do.

And for the record: I still love comic books.