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Education

University of Cincinnati Cincinnati, Ohio
College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning
Bachelor of Science in Graphic Design; graduated June, 1994
Participated in the Professional Practice Program, alternating
quarters of college study with work in the field of graphic design.

Kent State University Kent, Ohio
Master of Fine Arts, Visual Communication Design (terminal degree)
Graduation May, 2012
Master of Science, User Experience Design
Graduation May, 2017

Graduate Appointments

Graduate Teaching Assistant Kent State University
Assisted in the following course:
– VCD1, Fall 2010
Taught the following course:
– Intermediate Computer, Fall 2011
– Basic Computer, Spring 2011

Professional Experience

Lakeland Community College
7700 Clocktower Drive, Kirtland, OH 44094
August 2012 to Present
Title: Associate Professor, Chair of Graphic Design and Photography
Responsibilities: Full-time Graphic Design Educator teaching print design courses including Typography, Production, Advertising, Computer Graphics and Portfolio.

Malone Advertising, Inc. (Now, Geometry Global)
388 South Main Street, Suite 410, Akron, Ohio 44311
May 2002 to June 2009
Retail Advertising Agency of record for many clients including Kimberly-Clark, John Deere, Nestlé, Johnson & Johnson, and Goodyear.
Title: Senior Art Director
Responsibilities: design different elements for our retail specialty clients such as point of purchase displays, in-store coupons, circular ads, brochures and national free standing inserts. I have also done some package design, brochure design and newspaper ad design for our business to business clients.

HOW Magazine/F&W Media
4700 Galbraith Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45236
July 1998 to December 2001
Bi-monthly graphic design trade magazine
Title: Art Director
Responsibilities: worked closely with the editorial staff to plan the content of each issue, concept and design all feature and column pages, hiring and art directing illustrators and photographers, plan and manage the art budget, prepare all editorial and advertising page files for the printer. I was also actively involved in the yearly HOW Conference and I prepared the images and home page art for HOW Magazine’s web site.

Freelance Design Experience

My freelance clients include: The Creative Group, The LHT Group, HOW Magazine (F&W Media, Inc.), Interweave Press, Ashland University and HMT Associates.

Teaching and Academic Appointments

Associate Professor, Chair of Graphic Design & Photography / Lakeland Community College

Computer Graphics AI, ID & PS / Fall, Spring and Summer Semesters
Developed a new syllabus, lectures and course projects and changed the information delivery method from a textbook to the use of lynda.com online tutorials. This class introduces the students to the Macintosh OSX operating system and the Adobe Creative Suite of products including Illustrator, InDesign and Photoshop. In the Spring 2014 semester this course will be converted to a hybrid format in which 50% of the course will be online and 50% of the course will be in the classroom.

Introduction to Typography / Fall Semesters
Developed a new syllabus, lectures and course projects in order to bring the course up to date with current typographic instruction, including changing the course from using traditional media to bringing all projects onto the computer. Projects focus on learning the history of typeface design, the anatomy of the letterform, typographic spacing rules, grids and layout, and building upon that knowledge with projects that include creating a monogram, typographic portraits, type analogies, and a poster for the Cleveland Symphony Orchestra.

Advertising Design / Fall Semesters
Developed a new syllabus, lectures and course projects. Projects included: creating a script and storyboard for a television public service announcement; a non-traditional advertising campaign and a traditional print advertising campaign. The students were given a client which was PETA, and their challenge was to sensitize humans to the plight of fish. Students were responsible for writing headlines and body copy as well as designing all final layouts.

Graphic Design Production / Spring and Summer Semesters
Developed a new syllabus, lectures and course projects. Projects included: writing a paper on an assigned printing technique as it applies to graphic design; performing several in-class exercises on the computer that imitate "real-world" type assignments such as converting ads from color to black and white, changing size and orientation and prepping files for the printer; creating a 28-page booklet using the papers that their fellow students wrote on printing techniques, pre-flighting and prepping the file for the printer, and mocking-up a final booklet.

Corporate Identity / Spring 2013 & 2014, Summer 2015, 2016 & 2017 (online)
Developed a new syllabus, lectures and course projects. Projects include doing research on logo design and finding logos that are both well designed and poorly designed; choosing three of the poorly designed logos to re-design; creating refined black and white sketches of the logos in different formats; choosing two to move forward with and refine on the computer in order to create an identity system including letterhead, envelope and business card; take the most successful logo and design further applications in order to build a brand guidelines booklet.

Advanced Typography / Fall Semesters
Developed a new syllabus, lectures and course projects. Projects include: creating a 30-second kinetic type video in Adobe AfterEffects; designing a set of 8 icons using pieces/parts from the helvetica bold typeface; creating an ePub annual report for a non-profit company using Adobe InDesign's desktop publishing suite to be viewed on an iPad or other tablet device; working with other students in the class by completing daily tasks using their digital camera; and then passing them along to another student in the class to add complexity, dimension and eventually typography to each subsequent task.

Graphic Design Portfolio / Spring Semesters
Developed a new syllabus and lectures for this course. Upon completion the students will be armed with both a print and digital (online) portfolio, resume, cover letter, business card and thought process book to help them find employment after graduation.

History of Graphic Design / Spring Semesters
Developed a new syllabus and lectures for this course. This course introduces the history of graphic design from its origins in Europe to the present. Students will examine design trends in aesthetics and theory as well as the connection between graphic design and the other visual arts.

Automating Adobe Creative Suite Products with Javascript
This course was developed in collaboration with Dr. Rebecca Grasser, and is a requirement on both the Graphic Design for the Web Certificate and the Photography Certificate. This intermediate level course provides graphic design and photography students the tools to develop an automated workflow for Adobe Creative Suite products for use in website design and/or interactive design environments.


9-month Full-time visiting faculty member at The University of Akron Myers School of Art
Responsible for teaching 3 classes during the Fall 2009 and Spring 2010 semesters. Also involved in the Foundation Reviews and Junior Portfolio Reviews and helped plan and organize the 2009 Myers School of Art Holiday Sale.

Spring 2010 – Graphic Design Presentation
Senior level class. Projects included: Design the announcement for the Senior Portfolio Show; Prepare and revise resumes, cover letters and portfolios for the senior show and graduation.

Spring 2010– Typography 4 (2 sections)
Senior level class. Projects include: Concept and design a zine; a book design relating the history of type with the subject matter of their choice; 2011 calendar design.

Fall 2009 – Typography 1
Sophomore level class. Projects included: Designing a logo out of the students' initials; a process book showing the concept, development and design of their logo; a series of three posters for a band of their choice using typography, graphic elements and photography.

Fall 2009 – Typography 3
Junior level class. Projects included: A type/image quadrant study; Concept and design the cover for the September issue of HOW Magazine that was judged by the HOW Editorial staff; Concept and design a series of posters and marketing materials for a music festival in the city of their choice.

Fall 2009 – Advanced Graphic Design
Senior level class. Projects included: Designing and binding a book to promote a paper company; concept, design and production of a product to sell at the University of Akron Holiday Sale; independent project of their choice.
Note: I was responsible for creating and implementing the syllabus and projects in this course.
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Special lecturer at The University of Akron Myers School of Art

Fall 2011 – Corporate ID
Senior level class. Advanced projects in corporate identity, graphic systems analysis, design. Projects included: Finding two examples of unsuccessful identity solutions and re-designing them using 5 methods including logotype, monogram, pictogram, symbol and combination. Final logo is then applied to a letterhead system and other applications which are then built into a branding manual as an interactive PDF.

Fall 2011 – Typography 1
Sophomore level class. Projects included: Designing a logo out of the students' initials; a process book showing the concept, development and design of their logo; a poster design for a classical music performance utilizing different variables of typography and building up to a final poster using point line and plane, contrast, repetition, photography and color as well as other design principles.

Summer 2011 – Make. Brand. Sell.
Elective course open to all art majors. I created the course syllabus and it was approved by the curriculum committee. Utilizing the students' interest in crafting and all things DIY, the class consisted of: making a product of the student's choice; branding that product, including a logo, promotional materials and online banners; and selling the product via online resources such as a website, Etsy or at local craft fairs.
Note: I was responsible for creating and implementing the syllabus and projects in this course.
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Spring 2011– Typography 4 (2 sections)
Senior level class. Projects include: Concept and design a print and interactive poster about environmental awareness; Re-design a magazine including masthead, covers and inside elements including table of contents, columns and a feature story; Concept and design an annual report for a company of their choice and create an interactive PDF or SWF file using Adobe InDesign.

Fall 2010 – Typography 1
Sophomore level class. Projects included: Designing a logo out of the students' initials; a process book showing the concept, development and design of their logo; a series of three posters for an architect of their choice using typography, graphic elements and photography.

Summer 2010 – Letterpress
Elective course open to all art majors. I created the course syllabus and it was approved by the curriculum committee. Utilizing the vandercook presses at The Graphic Touch Letterpress Company, the 5-week course taught students the history of the letterpress printing process and how to set up documents using wood and metal type. Projects included: 3 poster designs, one design in which they were to produce multiple copies and a sketchbook showing their process throughout the 5-week course.
Note: I was responsible for creating and implementing the syllabus and projects in this course.
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Spring 2009 – Graphic Design Presentation
Senior level class. Projects included: Design the announcement for the Senior Portfolio Show; Prepare and revise resumes, cover letters and portfolios for the senior show and graduation.

Spring 2009 – Typography 4
Senior level class. Projects included: Concept and design a brochure for Earth Day; A magazine re-design, including a masthead update; Concept and design an annual report.

Fall 2008 – Typography 3
Junior level class. Projects included: A type/image quadrant study; Concept and design the cover for the September issue of HOW Magazine that was judged by the HOW Editorial staff; Re-design Long's horseradish label and create POS marketing materials that would go in grocery stores (project was part of a national One Club student competition).

Spring 2008 – Typography 4
Senior level class. Projects included: Creating a hand-drawn typeface; Creating an alphabet book with photographs of letters found in nature/other environments; Concept and design an original magazine, including creating the masthead out of letters from the hand-drawn typeface for the cover.

Spring 2002/2003 – Publication Design
Senior level class. Projects included: Concept and design a two-color brochure; Concept and design the cover for the September issue of HOW Magazine that was judged by the HOW Editorial staff; A magazine re-design, including a masthead update.


Adjunct faculty member at Cleveland State University

Fall 2011 – Advanced Vector
Art 345. The class focuses on basic design, illustration principles and techniques plus shows how a vector graphic program like Adobe Illustrator can be utilized to create course projects. Four main projects are developed and assigned to enhance the student's portfolios including logo and letterhead system design, poster design and package design including the creation and build of their own, unique template. The final project, an infographic that shows the students' activity logged in a 48-hour period of time, is a new project introduced this semester.

Summer 2010 – Advanced Vector (8-week course)
Art 345. The class focuses on basic design, illustration principles and techniques plus shows how a vector graphic program like Adobe Illustrator can be utilized to create course projects. Three main projects are developed and assigned to enhance the student's portfolios including logo and letterhead system design, poster design and package design including the creation and build of their own, unique template. The final project is a 30-second kinetic type movie using Adobe Flash.

Spring 2010 – Intro to the Mac
Art 244 This class introduces the students to the Macintosh OSX operating system and the Adobe Creative Suite of products including Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign.

Fall 2009 – Advanced Vector
Art 345. The class focuses on basic design, illustration principles and techniques plus shows how a vector graphic program like Adobe Illustrator can be utilized to create course projects. Three main projects are developed and assigned to enhance the student's portfolios including logo and letterhead system design, poster design and package design including the creation and build of their own, unique template. The final project is a 30-second kinetic type movie using Adobe Flash.
Note: I was responsible for creating and implementing the syllabus and projects in this course.
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Fall 2009 – Advanced Raster
Art 344. The class is a comprehensive instruction on the creation of raster based imagery using Adobe Photoshop. Technical topics include: advance image manipulation, color issues, file management, cross platform compatibility, as well as production and end usage concerns. Three main projects are developed and assigned to enhance the student's portfolios including poster design, book jacket series design and the re-design of a website.
Note: I was responsible for creating and implementing the syllabus and projects in this course.
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Part-time faculty member at Kent State University

Fall 2011 – Intermediate Computer
20000 level class. This class is a continuation of the VCD Basic Computer course and teaches intermediate computer skills in the following areas: basic website design and programming through the use of basic HTML code, and Adobe Dreamweaver.

Summer 2011 – Basic Computer, Online course
20000 level class. This class introduces the students to the Macintosh OSX operating system and the Adobe Creative Suite of products including Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign. The online summer course went for 5 weeks and utilized Blackboard Vista for all material exchange, project submissions, testing and communication with the students.

Spring 2010 – Basic Computer
20000 level class. This class introduces the students to the Macintosh OSX operating system and the Adobe Creative Suite of products including Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign.

Technical Abilities

Software & Operating Systems (advanced knowledge)
Mac OS; Latest Adobe Creative Suite including Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Muse, and AfterEffects; Keynote, MS Office and iWorks; Adobe Digital Publishing Suite
User Experience Design (advanced knowledge)
Planning websites, wireframing, user research and testing, and content strategy; both Web and iOS platforms
Programming (intermediate knowledge)
HTML / CSS / JavaScript

Community Membership

AIGA, Cleveland Chapter
Secretary (Executive board member) from 2009 – 2011
Education Chair from September 2013 – 2015
Current Member
UXPA, Cleveland Chapter
Event Planning Committee Member from October 2017 to present
AIGA Student Portfolio Review
Professional portfolio reviewer from 2007 to present

Conference Participation

Ohio Association of Two-Year Colleges (OATYC)
Role: Attendee
Stark State College, Canton, OH
October 2013

University & College Designers Association (UCDA)
Role: Attendee
Jersey City, New Jersey
May 2011

20th Annual HOW Design Conference
Role: Honorary Staff Member
One of six individuals asked to introduce speakers and moderate sessions
Denver, Colorado
June 2010

19th Annual HOW Design Conference
Role: Honorary Staff Member
One of six individuals asked to introduce speakers and moderate sessions
Austin, Texas
June 2009

18th Annual HOW Design Conference
Role: Honorary Staff Member
One of six individuals asked to introduce speakers and moderate sessions
Boston, Massachusetts
May 2008

17th Annual HOW Design Conference
Role: Honorary Staff Member
One of six individuals asked to introduce speakers and moderate sessions
Atlanta, Georgia
July 2007

16th Annual HOW Design Conference
Role: Honorary Staff Member
One of six individuals asked to introduce speakers and moderate sessions
Las Vegas, Nevada
May 2006

15th Annual HOW Design Conference
Role: Honorary Staff Member
One of six individuals asked to introduce speakers and moderate sessions
Chicago, Illinois
June 2005