I was born and raised in Northern Michigan, attended college at the Savannah College of Art and Design and graduated with a BFA in graphic design. Since graduation in 2004 I've happily worked in the design field and am currently the Creative Director for the Sunlight Foundation.
I was born and raised in the small town of Cheboygan, Michigan, basically the middle of no where. Growing up in a desolate part of the midwest has its ups an downs as I'm sure you can imagine. I missed out on many things growing up there like malls and so any sense of fashion as a young adult, good food and the ability to easily acclimatize to any temperature above 75 degrees, making the move to the deep south for school very challenging and sweaty. There were some real highlights though when we weren't buried in snow. After living in Michigan I will always love the outdoors. How can you not when you grow up being able to see the northern lights, every star in the milky way and are surrounded by the great lakes and the beauty that they create. I will also always be addicted to sports, I had to do something to keep me busy up there. Addictions aren't usually healthy but I think we should make an exception when it comes to this one in particular.
Trying to move along a little more quickly... I've always loved art but while in High School I somehow decided that a career in it would be impractical and so focused on math and science and spent every summer as a candy striper at the local hospital. Continuing down this path I attended Michigan State University with a focus in Chemistry for two entire years before I broke down and decided to run off to art school. Of course very few of my many science credits transferred, which frightened my parents even more. Three years and many summer courses later a landed into the world with a BFA in graphic design.
There are so many more things I could tell you about myself but my true passion, besides the love affair I have with chocolate, is for design. Life is a mystery sometimes but I hope that design will continue to be a huge part of my life.