Designer, observer, creative collaborator, lover of notions

EMPLOYMENT

Tiny Office—Soul [sic] Proprietor / Designer
Bushwacking my way to what’s next while freelancing and skill-building as I go; an open-ended endeavor tucked in a 15 square-foot office; February, 2016 to present

Periscope—Experiential Designer
The “XE” space is a fast-moving territory encompassing graphic design, social media, event production and more. My role was to develop the ideas and carry them through execution, working closely with teammates and vendors to maintain the essential creative spark that ultimately carries the client’s message. During my time at Periscope, I provided a delightfully insane amount of creative concepting, and a few of those ideas came to life: bubble-blowing backpacks for a street team handing out soap samples, a mini-Metrodome where Vikings fans recorded videos, trade show booths and hospitality suites that cut through the conference din and fostered genuine moments of connection, one-of-a-kind fundraising engagements that transformed an industry mingler into a must-attend event, and much more; February, 2013 to February, 2016

Minnesota Historical Society—Designer
Responsible for visual brand-building throughout network of museums and historic sites; provided creative leadership in the development of graphic identities and campaigns for public programming, exhibits, events and special communications; December, 2005 to February, 2013

Carmichael Lynch—Production artist and designer
National and international clients such as Harley-Davidson, American Standard, Northwest Airlines, Ikea and many more; March, 2000 to January, 2004


VOLUNTEER
Midtown Greenway Coalition: ArtSpace Committee, working to bring quality public art to the Greenway including permanent murals and installations and temporary activations for annual events such as the Greenway Glow illuminated night bike ride and Northern Spark; April, 2015 to present

Minnesota History Center: Design presentation and tutorial for a group of underserved teens; August, 2014


FREELANCE

Zorongo Flamenco Dance Theatre: design promotional materials

“Custom Woven Interiors”: complete design and production of a 130 page, full-color, hardcover book

Penn State Press and MHS Press: book covers

The Minnesota Opera: graphic identity design for the Opera’s young professionals club; ongoing brand-building efforts; February, 2008 to July, 2009

Carmichael Lynch Thorburn, mono, Olson + Co. and others: on-call, on-site designer for catalogs, keylines and new-business pitches; 2005

Lake Harriet Veterinary: lead extensive branding process, created graphic identity, advertising design and copy writing; 2005 to 2012


EDUCATION
Minneapolis College of Art + Design, Minneapolis, MN
Post-Baccalaureate degree in Graphic Design; completed December, 2004

Lawrence University, Appleton, WI
B.A., liberal arts education; emphasized strong writing skills; graduated June, 1994


AND…
I’m a lover of big ideas and what-if’s. Daily dog walks are when I do my best thinking. Lush gardens and international travel recharge the spirit. Paradise is found at the farmers market, in the kitchen and on bikes. I’m happiest with a measure of structure and whole heap of possibilities.