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× Age
37
× Title
DEsign Director
× Looking for
Full-time
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× Location
Los Angeles, CA
× Awards
~20? Who cares.
× On-site
NO, thank you.
× Full-time
If the fit is right.
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independent Creative Director with over 15 years experience creating and leading progressive creative works.
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INDEPENDENT Creative DIRECTOR + designer
Available
05.2024
Prioritizing full-time.
LOS ANGELES-BASED.
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Experience

I’m an independent Creative Director + Designer with over 15 years of practical experience. Across those years, Ive been fortunate to have worked with brands like Apple, Google, Beats, Fila, Alo, Nixon, Volcom, Red Bull, etc. etc. In general, my approach to creative work is to synthesize more unique brand/art directions with thoughtful strategy.

While I’ve spent a long time in the design world, I’ve also pursued a path in which I've remained hands-on throughout. I've had extensive experience managing creative teams to award winning results, but I've retained a presence in the work. I spend much of my spare time exploring and refining my own craft as a means to keep progressing as an individual, and importantly to understand how to best lead a team with relevant experience.

While the majority of my previous work is in the interactive marketing and e-comm spaces, I'm currently prioritizing branding opportunities– both as a freelance resource, or as a brand partner. My experience and interests also go far broader into tangential fields, and I'm constantly exploring new forms/mediums of creative output as different needs arise. Some of my more recent explorations include video production (grading + editing), music production, type design, 3D modeling, etc.– so I readily welcome a challenge.


Below is the career path I've taken to this point:

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head of Design
Dec 23 – Current
[ jon Way Studio ]
Creative DIrector + Designer
mar '19 – Current


[ Featured Collaborators ]
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Apple
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Arcteryx
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Google
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Resn
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Ramp
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CTHDRL
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Rare VOlume
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Jam3
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Ueno
[ BASIC ]
Design Director
JUL '16 – mar '19
[ Apple ]
Art Director
apr '15– jun '16
[ BASIC ]
Digital Design Lead
Jan '14 – Mar '15
[ Fantasy ]
Senior Designer
mar 13 – mar '15
[ Cuker Interactive ]
Art Director
may '12 – feb '13
[ LEVEL Studio, Digitaria ]
Senior Designer
apr '11 – May '12
[ LEVEL Studio ]
Designer
Sept '08 — Apr '11
[ Cal Poly San Luis Obispo ]
BA of Art & Design
Grad 2010
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Current
Status
[ Updated – 01.20.24 ]

Having spent over 4 years as a freelance resource, I'm looking towards returning somewhere full-time to help build something. Freelance is fun, but the work can be a little fleeting– I'd love some continuity with a team to properly build something real again.

I'm still available for focused projects, and long-term collaborations the interim though–let's talk about all the things.

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Offerings

Below is a list of my current collaborative offerings:

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Brand identity
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Art Direction
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Content/Brand Strategy
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Interaction (UI/UX) Design
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Motion Design
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Product Design
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Content Creation (Photo + video + Motion +3d direction)
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E-commerce Design
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Data Visualization
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Editorial Design
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Type Design
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Compositing
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Color Grading
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Video Editting
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Web Development (Apparently)
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Areas
of Interest

While I've worked on everything from beauty, to fashion, to tech, to beer, and just about everything in-between... I do have some soft spots that I'll naturally gravitate towards. As I get busy, these are the verticals that will probably get a couple extra bonus points as they're near to my heart.

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Fashion/Lifestyle
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Gaming
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Music
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Fitness
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Automotive
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Action Sports
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Media / Entertainment
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Tech (Selective)

This list is absolutely truncated, so if you have something in mind thats tangential or might peak my interest, don't be shy about reaching out.

And they always say to swing hard incase you hit it.. so here's me swinging hard for a few of the brands I'd love to collaborate with in some way. There's more, but this is a start.

[ Moonshot collabs ]
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Teenage Engineering
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Acronym
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nike
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Singer
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comme de garcons
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Formula 1
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REcognition

While I don't hold design awards in a particularly high regard, I suppose they are some for validation these projects weren't a total disaster...? and they're a great networking tool. Here's all the ones I can remember:

[ AWWWARDS ]
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2023 — SOTD — JW.S
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2023 — SOTD — JW.S (Dev)
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2021 — SOTM — Aristide '21
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2021 — SOTD — Aristide '21
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2021 — SOTD — JW.S (Dev)
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2021 — SOTD — JW.S
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2020 — SOTM — Air Pods Pro
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2020 — SOTD — Air Pods Pro
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2020 — SOTD — JW.S
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2020 — SOTD — JW.S (Dev)
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2019 — SOTD — Google Store
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2017 — SOTD — Basic Brandbeats
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2017 — SOTD — Basic 2016 YIR
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2017 — SOTD — Keen
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2017 — SOTY — Nixon
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2017 — SOTM — Nixon
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2017 — SOTD — Nixon
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2017 — SOTD — Basic Brandbeats
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2015 — SOTD — Incase
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2014 — SOTD — Basic
[ FWA ]
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2021 — SOTD — AT3-21
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2017 — SOTD — Basic Brandbeats
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2017 — SOTD — Basic 2016 YIR
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2017 — SOTD — Basic
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2015 — SOTD — Incase
[ webbys ]
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2020 — Fashion (PPL's Voice) — Murad
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2019 — SHOPPING — Google STore
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2017 — Best Shopping — Beats
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2017 — Mobile Best Practices — Beats
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2017 — Corp. Comm. (Finalist) — BASIC YIR
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2016 — E-comm Site of the Year — Nixon
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2016 — Best Practices — Nixon
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2016 — Best Shopping — Nixon
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2016 — Best Practices — Incase
[ pixel Awards ]
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2015 — Ecomm SOTY — Nixon
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D/L
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I'm often asked for a downloadable resume– so here's one for you.

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