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What About Me
I’m a design educator through the art of visual communication and graphic design and have enjoyed an enthusiastic and dynamic career as a graphic designer over the past 15 years. With my professional design work primarily in academia I have had an opportunity to appreciate the higher education learning environmen… Read More
I’m a design educator through the art of visual communication and graphic design and have enjoyed an enthusiastic and dynamic career as a graphic designer over the past 15 years. With my professional design work primarily in academia I have had an opportunity to appreciate the higher education learning environment.

When it comes to the relationship between form and content in current graphic design perspectives, I feel strongly that we once lived in a world where graphic design was about the form of the communication. Meaning, what form does it take; as in form follows function. As that is still true I also feel that today it is much more. In current graphic design the designer needs to consider not only the form and the content, but also the context in which we are designing. Factors such as socioeconomics, education, psychographics, etc. are just as meaningful in design, as typography, grid structure, imagery, color, and so forth. Simply, design can create a purposeful creation of value in society.

Mies Van Der Rohe was known for the famous quote, “Less is more.” To quote Stefan Sagmeister, “Complaining is silly. Either act or forget.” It is my time to act. I realize that there is a limited time to share wisdom with others the further we travel along the road of life. Therefore, with less time each day, my goal is to give more to those seeking to learn and experience design.

In closing, a message of my own conception that I always share with students;

I’d rather shoot for the stars and land on the moon
than reach for the mountain tops and settle in the foothills.

Now is my time to give back. Imagine what we can dream… Read Less
My Philosophy
I aspire to embrace a vibrant learning environment communicating to students. I believe in their abilities, their ambitions and their objectives while at the same time communicating my passion toward assisting in their learning and growth as designers. A central principle I hold closely is the ability to unders… Read More
I aspire to embrace a vibrant learning environment communicating to students. I believe in their abilities, their ambitions and their objectives while at the same time communicating my passion toward assisting in their learning and growth as designers. A central principle I hold closely is the ability to understand the variances between student’s aptitudes thus positioning instruction to ensure students gain the maximum information and experience from their studies. Permitting students this opportunity creates an energetic and genuine learning environment that spawns academic conviction. Along with this assurance, academia must permit students to make mistakes and support them in learning from mistakes. Assisting students to endure through their mistakes allows them—without fear—to make additional attempts. Imparting these teachings and skills will endure within students throughout their academics, into their professional careers and beyond.

The primary essence to my teaching philosophy is the need to be passionate and care profoundly about student success, and to embrace optimism toward students’ abilities with empathy and sensitivity to their varying needs and learning styles. I devote an abundance of time thinking about our learning methods, as I am captivated by the way individuals learn. As a lifelong learner who embodies a vast intellectual curiosity about our world and the field of graphic design, I feel confident as an efficacious instructor who shares the sense of awe alongside students. Through my own life journeys, as well as struggles, I’m presented the opportunity to share with students real-life experience to strengthen and connect their studies. Knowledge cannot be revealed to students; rather, the student must compose it. This is true because each student brings to their learning and to the classroom, diverse approaches toward organization, logic and thinking. Therefore, conveying material to students in a manner that expands these diverse intellectual abilities, and in a method demonstrating an importance in the lives of the student, is vital to their academic experience.

I couple a profound passion of graphic design with my philosophy to enable students to learn from an engaging curriculum that expands and strengthens their creative-thinking appetite. In the classroom I encourage an atmosphere of mutual expectations with obtainable yet challenging goals, realistic ideals and shared trust. I support discussion through nourishing debate and inquiry in the learning environment to stimulate critical thinking and analysis among students. Thought-provoking dialogue probes students to challenge emblematic approaches about thinking allowing them to cultivate new theories and differing opinions to foster new ways of viewing graphic design and our world. I believe this can be accomplished through dedication, passion, integrity, ethics and proper collective values. Incorporating these principles into my teaching philosophy is imperative to my responsibility as an educator, mentor and individual. Read Less
My Mission
In my life and work I strive to convey a deepness of thought and respect. I have always been passionate about being an artist and a designer. An essential aspect throughout my life is to demonstrate insightfulness and attentiveness. I Approach leadership, communication, creativity and design as one cohesive profes… Read More
In my life and work I strive to convey a deepness of thought and respect. I have always been passionate about being an artist and a designer. An essential aspect throughout my life is to demonstrate insightfulness and attentiveness. I Approach leadership, communication, creativity and design as one cohesive profession, as well as a powerful tool for cultural drive. I am committed to remain professional and committed to creativity through the exchange of innovative ideas and resourceful information. Read Less
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Work Experience
  • Assistant Professor
    Indiana University Purdue University // Fort Wayne, IN, USA
  • Visiting Assistant Professor
    Shepherd University // Shepherdstown, WV, USA
  • Communications Design Lecturer
    Buffalo State College // Buffalo, NY, USA
  • Adjunct Professor
    Rochester Institute of Technology // Rochester, NY, USA
  • Senior Graphic Designer
    Rochester Institute of Technology // Rochester, NY, USA
  • Graphic Designer - Communications Specialist
    Missouri University of Science & Technology // Rolla, MO, USA
  • Graphic Designer
    National Technical Institute for the Deaf // Rochester, NY, USA
  • Freelance Graphic Designer
    Wolf Group // Rochester, NY, USA
  • Freelance Graphic Designer
    Eric Mower and Associates // Rochester, NY, USA
  • Graphic Designer
    Erie Community College // Orchard Park, NY, USA
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