Volunteer Wall Design

This was a fun project that took around 4 months from start to finish. The wall design specifications are 70 feet long by 10 feet tall. Included in the design are custom die-cut for leaf shaped whiteboards. Two 60 inch flatscreen TVs to display slideshows. A custom die-cut for counties map. I designed the wall in 10:1 scale ratio. Layout and proofs designed in InDesign. InDesign file then converted to smart object PSDs for final PDF output. Everyone happy with final result. All is good!

Portfolio Gallery

Collection of some of my professional design work over the years.

WEBSITE DESIGN & DEVELOPMENT

Healthy Harvest Mobile Market – Advertising Design, Logo Design, Website Design, Hosting

I recently had the honor to design the truck wrap, trailer wrap, logo, marketing collateral, t-shirt and website for the Healthy Harvest Mobile Market. This is a great program bringing fresh food to people who don’t have convenient access to a grocery store. The design came together over the course of a few months. There were many moving parts to this project and it was a quick turnaround needed for a specific launch date. Here are some pictures of the truck and trailer on the first public launch outside of Paul Brown Stadium. Also included the artwork for the t-shirts and design assets used throughout all the marketing collateral.

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Hybrid Designer and what that means?

Technology continues to advance and so should you as a graphic designer. Companies are more intrigued and willing to engage new opportunities if you offer more than design within a specific field. As a designer with a humble education and starting point in my design career, I have branched into many avenues of the design world that make me the Hybrid Designer companies are now looking for in their creative department.

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WordPress Security

WordPress (WP) is the most popular open source web application on the internet. Web developers and designers use WP because of the large community support and the availability of plugins that extend the value of the core WP code. This popularity is fantastic but also brings attention. The majority of website hackers target WP installs for this reason. Here are the plugins I use to help secure all the WP websites I build.

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Cincinnati Canstruction – Website Design & Hosting

Here was an opportunity to redesign the website and manage the hosting for Cincinnati Canstruction, an event that benefits the Freestore Foodbank. I constructed this website with full-width slides as the hero image. The content is organized into a one-page scroll to make it easy for visitors to find what they are looking for without refreshing the page. This also makes the responsive theme work best for smaller screens — content available with one swipe. I hope my new website design and content strategy serves as a solid base for years to come for this awesome event, and grows into a more robust and informational website.

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SNAP Challenge Microsite – Website Design & Hosting

A landing page style microsite with click-thru to secure survey. I purchased the domain name, installed WordPress and setup the SEO for this project. Also designed the content within a customized theme. The site is completely responsive. Continue reading SNAP Challenge Microsite – Website Design & Hosting

Rubber Duck Regatta Website Design & Hosting

The Rubber Duck Regatta is the most successful fundraising event for the Freestore Foodbank for over two decades. The website is a significant part of the digital fundraising campaign. I was given the responsibility to build a new website for 2015, manage the hosting, design SEO/SEM banners, email stationery and social media graphics for the digital campaign. Although many of the ideas came from collaboration with my team and director and I was working within a specific design style guide, I had the freedom to develop the user experience within the platform of my choice.

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Hogs vs Hunger – Advertising Design, Website Design, Logo Design & Hosting

This was a great opportunity to design the new logo and website for Hogs vs. Hunger. The idea was to design an identity that best reflected a motorcycle rally. The logo has a little grunge to it and incorporated the oval shape and the fork from the Freestore Foodbank logo. The front of the motorcycle is implied with the tire and handlebars, using the Freestore Foodbank logo as the headlight. The wings were added for the Harley-Davidson reference and the banners for a “Sons of Anarchy” look and feel. Continue reading Hogs vs Hunger – Advertising Design, Website Design, Logo Design & Hosting

Bengals Taste Of The NFL – Website Design & Hosting

Being a Bengals fan, this was a fun project! The previous websites lacked content and mainly drove visitors to the eCommerce page to purchase tickets. Even though that is the end goal for the website, drive online ticket sales, I was given the chance to build a responsive website with quality content to showcase video, restaurant sponsors and a robust photo gallery.

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Hunger Walk – Website Design & Hosting

Cincinnati Hunger Walk & 5K Run website was my first new web development project for the Freestore Foodbank. It took me about a month to develop the site because I was learning a new digital fundraising platform at the same time of thinking about the design. Once I got the ball rolling on the concept, all the pieces started to come together and ready for the live launch. It took me another month to get everything working and looking the way it should. Continue reading Hunger Walk – Website Design & Hosting

Vehicle Wrap for Freestore Foodbank – Advertising Design

I had the task to wrap a 2008 Honda Fit. This was a fun project that went through multiple design concepts. I also was taught a refresher course that the customer is always right and I need to make sure the client is on-board with a concept prior to spending too much time on it. Here are a few design concepts this project went through to get final approval. Continue reading Vehicle Wrap for Freestore Foodbank – Advertising Design

Online File Transfer Solution – Website Design & Hosting

Would you like a self-hosted file transfer solution? I can help you with that! The file transfer solutions will live under your domain, files stored in your database, and branded with your name and colors. The file transfer solution lets you upload files, assign to clients, set expiration dates, track activity and more! It is secure, private with a friendly interface. No more depending on services like Dropbox or using e-mail to send large files!

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Your Own Social Network – Website Design & Hosting

Did you know that I can help build you a self-hosted social network for your website? No more worries about privacy and ads. Your hosting, your database, your domain. Self-hosted social networks is the future of the web! Imagine having full control of your social network for your business, customers, students, team or organization like you do with Facebook but without the privacy woes and target advertising.

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Top 3 Free Web Apps To Learn Web Design

I enjoy playing around with software and learning how it works. As a designer, I enjoy wrapping designs with css and html around functional code. I have probably designed a wrap and stylized the majority of open source php scripts that you can find on the web today. There were some good ones and some bad ones. If you are inspiring to be a web designer or a graphic designer looking to get your hands dirty in code, follow this list of the top 3 web software to learn!

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Chicago Cubs Season Tickets Design – 2011, 2012, 2013 – Advertising Design & Logo Design

I would say one of the coolest projects I got to work on was the Chicago Cubs Season Tickets. For three years, I got the opportunity to be the art director at EMI and design these fun and exciting items for the Chicago Cubs. The process of the design involved many factors other than strategy and design, including package design, variable printing, prepress operation, color correction, select photo, textures and font selection to name a few. My season ticket designs also carried over into many Wrigley Field projects for a seamless experience for Cubs fans that year. Basically, the season tickets played a big part of what the Cubs marketing looked like for three year in a row.

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Wrigley Field 100 Year Logo Contest – Website Design & Logo Design

I got the opportunity to design the Wrigley Field 100 Year Logo Contest Website. The website was hosted by MLB and all the designed approved by the Chicago Cubs. This was a fun project that allowed me to showcase my front-end web design skills at a national level.

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Gutter Champ – Advertising Design & Logo Design

One day I was approached by a friend about designing a logo for one of his clients starting up a new gutter company. The company was in the process of getting everything together to launch and needed someone capable of designing a logo that best represents their vision. I met with the client to learn more about what they were thinking the logo looked like and the reason behind the idea. The clientgc_mediakit_4-19 was a big fan of boxing and the name for his new business was Gutter Champ. He specifically asked for one concept to be a belt shape similar to a championship belt in boxing with the name prominent and the unique shape of their gutter profile. This was one of the selling points, the patent style guard to their gutters.

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Spotlight Direct – Since 2005

Freelance Designer & Consultant
Since 2005

Choosing the right designer for your business, for any size project, is an important decision. I want to give you the resources necessary to make an informed decision. A design consultant when you have questions! You know when you have found the right designer when you feel good about trusting your vision with that person. I want an opportunity to earn your trust. Spotlight Direct is unique in that I am not just a freelance designer but a print and web design consultant committed to helping you find the quality services you deserve.

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