Who is this guy, anyway?

My Story

I like to think that my passion found me.

When I first heard of “graphic design” in high school, I was confused. I had been creating logos for fake rock bands using MS Paint since seventh grade. It was just something I did, it felt like a necessary release of creativity. It would be years before the word “typography” would find it’s way into my vocabulary, yet here I was, a kid practicing it with pixels to pass the time. You’re telling me that I could do this for a living?

Fast forward. My college professors were my mentors; I took pride in excelling in their classes, struggling through challenges, discovering new design media. I was taken by branding, the idea of building a company story from the ground up. My junior year, I started my own business and took it upon myself to use my design know-how to establish it’s brand and identity, and to my amazement it was a success. I knew I was on the right path.

Since making my way into my professional design career, I continue to learn and hone my craft. I love working with big concepts with strong strategies. I’m inspired by passionate and creative people, and I strive to exceed expectations. Need a creative mind on your project? I’m happy to help, reach out anytime and let’s put this passion to good use.

What makes him unique?

Interests

I’m A Musician On The Weekends
Playing music is ultimately what brought me to the design world in the first place. I feel at home in the stage environment. I currently play guitar in a punk band and a rock n’ roll band.

I Got Game, But I’m Not A Gamer
I love video games as an interactive storytelling medium, so I spend time watching new games on Twitch. Though I do try my hand at Rocket League, Fortnite, and Grand Theft Auto.

Reaching For The Stars
When I was a kid, I dreamt of being an astronaut. All these years later, I’m still fascinated by the cosmos; I love watching space documentaries and reading articles on new discoveries.

Streaming TV Is All I Need
Let’s talk Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones, and It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia. I’m currently watching Legion, and working my way through The Sopranos.

A Man Of Simple Tastes
While I don’t have a favorite food, I’ve found that my go-to celebratory meal is a ribeye steak with asparagus and a glass or two of Cabernet Sauvignon. But otherwise? Can’t go wrong with Italian beef.

And what can he do?

Résumé

Work

Performics — Web Designer — 04/2015 – 03/2018

Designed and tested landing pages that consistently increased conversions week over week for Allstate’s proprietary insurance quoting tools. I also devised a pitch site design and creation process that became a differentiating factor in Performics’ business development process.

mcgarrybowen — Digital Designer — 06/2013 – 04/2015

Quickly ascended from intern to integral team member due to my aesthetic adaptability, technical finesse, and positive energy. I was a war room staple whose ideas and production assisted winning and increasing business from Pizza Hut, Lunchables, and Disney Cruise Lines.

GoDog Gourmet — Founder/Art Director — 11/2011 – 01/2013

From initial research to daily management and creative direction, my partner and I built the business from the ground-up. Within a short operational period, GoDog Gourmet turned a profit and developed a dedicated customer base credited to our unique style, original recipes, and my consistent branding strategy.

School

Northern Illinois University

2013 Bachelors of Fine Arts in Visual Communication

Tools

Adobe Creative Cloud Suite

Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Dreamweaver, After Effects, Lightroom

HTML/CSS Development

Content Management Systems

Wordpress, Ion Interactive

Skills

Art Direction

Branding

Web Design

Print Design

UX/UI

Typography

Digital Advertising

Social Media Marketing

Photo on this page courtesy of Larissa Kaye