I was a movie projectionist as a teenager at Oberlin's single-screen movie theater. I studied Art History at the college and developed fundamental photo skills in the dark rooms of the student union where I got a taste of life after public school.
Fine Art Education
The School of The Art Institute of Chicago was my introduction to the critical examination of Art. I learned to be perceptive and eschew defensiveness for curiosity. I embraced interdisciplinary study. My attention was held by design, photography, printmaking, and filmmaking courses. I was a graphic design intern at the Museum of Contemporary Art.
Newspaper Magazine Design
I moved to Seattle and soon became involved with Tablet newspaper and then Tablet magazine as Art Director where I met many great artists and editors who sharpened my critical eye.
Early on I worked as a graphic designer with UIEvolution on exciting projects for very, very, tiny screens with low bit depth. I liked those limiting challenges. Back then latency and processor power required a shrewd and efficient product. This experience prepared me to work for Amazon and Microsoft in mobile and other newer product categories.
Using Apple HIG built interaction patterns to create a cross-platform tablet app used by commercial airline pilots for navigation and documentation to replace flight-critical paper dispatched with domestic and international flights.