My experience is designing brand identities and strategic communications for companies big and small. Since 2009, I have helped global brands, local businesses, nonprofits, and startups tell their stories in visually compelling and succinct ways.

I have a background in fine art and creative writing, and am currently working on a collection of poetry.

I also have a co-designing partner, a teenager that skateboards, a soft spot for printed books, and a tabby cat.

You can contact me here.


Experience


2011–2017
Son&Sons
Associate Creative Director

At Son&Sons I led numerous projects under the guidance of the agency’s founder and creative director, Wade Thompson. I developed brand identities for Midtown Atlanta, Coca-Cola Ambassador, and several product brands. I designed visual concepts and supported the strategic approach for internal initiatives at Coca-Cola, Nike, and Deloitte. I also wrote headline copy, led creative research, and contributed to naming development for new brands and campaigns.

In 2015 I became an Associate Creative Director, leading a team of designers with the support of a project manager. I was responsible for shaping the creative vision of each project, directing my team, designing visual concepts, and managing client relationships. I led client meetings, large-scale workshops, guided the approach to presentations, and collaborated with our strategy team.
2009–2011
Sapient
Senior Designer

At Sapient I created digital experiences for clients such as American Airlines, Coca-Cola, and the children’s apparel brand Carter’s. I collaborated with art directors and a team of designers on creative concepts, supported design production, and participated in client meetings and workshops. 


Clients


Akada Software
American Airlines
Astellas
Brrr 
Carter’s
Coca-Cola
Deloitte
Elevate Atlanta
Jane St Vodka Soda
John Hardy Group
Kids II
Las Fincas ’32
Midtown Alliance
Megan Huntz
MODA
Nike
Our House
Selig Enterprises
Sonos
Work for Good



Education


2006–2008
Portfolio Center
Associate’s Degree / Graphic Design

Portfolio Center is an intensive 2-year design program that gave me experience in branding, typography, color theory, design history, print, packaging, and digital design.

1999–2003
University of Georgia
BFA / Photography

At UGA my focus was on fine art, art history, and creative writing. While in school I spent a semester abroad in Cortona, Italy and worked part-time at the Georgia Museum of Art as a preparatory assistant.
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