My father joined the Air Force just before I was born as an excuse to take my mother away from her crazy family. Because of this, I grew up bicoastal: in upstate New York, all over Southern California, then settled on the Central Coast of California. I currently live in Santa Barbara, California. I got my career start here and cannot seem to bring myself to leave. The place is quite lovely.Due to my lack of attention paid to teaching and a large dose of freedom from my folks, I grew up more of an artist than a scientist. I can recall many works of art ripped from my hand mid-pencil stroke from irate teachers. I moved around a lot after high school, therefore, my college career was a bit chaotic. In college, I ended up only taking art classes because I always seemed to get the most honest criticism of my work there (I believe I am about 3 credits away from a graphic design degree).
I love design and I love to create things. Visual design, art and brewing beer are my top creating passions.
I have a mostly self-taught design eye, except for the hard lessons learned from more proficient designers. Art isn’t design but art can really make a good design shine. Art is what can give a decent brand visual what it needs to really connect with a user/customer on an emotional level.
Similar to cooking, the process of beer brew is so varied and detailed, I now see why so many designers love to cook. I am not as good of a cook as brewer, but I can grill a mean tri-tip. It pairs nicely with my Cream Ale.
The view from the Santa Barbara Mission.
Testing color vs. the real DogfishHead 60min.