After many years of working in the design industry, I'm currently experiencing life without a business card or a job title. Instead, I'm traveling the world, taking photos, learning new tricks, and being a dad.
I took this leap of faith and pressed "pause" on my career in early 2018. Before then, I had built design teams and developed brands at large companies, as well as two software businesses as an entrepreneur (more on that below).
Creating new products, mentoring designers, and design leadership are all things I continue to be passionate about, but today my energy is focused on personal creativity and feeding my desire to see more of the world as a traveling photographer. You will find images from these adventures here on this site as well as Instagram.
Most recently, I was Senior Director of Design at Mailchimp. During my three-and-a-half years at the company, I grew their in-house design discipline from a handful of individual contributors to a department of forty people. I was also the creative lead for pretty much everything which touched the Mailchimp brand across product and marketing.
Prior to Mailchimp I founded Koken, a photography content management system. The product was free and earned its keep through paid themes, plugins and add-on services. Koken was a joy to create, for it rolled together all the things I loved most — product design, software development, photography, and web design. Koken found a strong niche and grew into a successful business before it was acquired in 2015.
Before Koken I created SlideShowPro. For a time in the late 2000s, SlideShowPro was pretty much the standard photo and video slideshow player on the web. Seemed like everyone was using it, from photographers to newspapers to presidential candidates. Development on SlideShowPro ended with the rise of mobile and HTML5, but during its heyday, SlideShowPro played a notable role in the creation of interactive content on the web.
Going back even further, in 2006 I was a co-founder and creative director of Super Deluxe. Hatched by a small team within Turner, Super Deluxe was one of the first original content networks on the web. We pushed comedic boundaries with a daily editorial schedule of mind bending animations, short films, and user generated content.
In my years before digital and tech, I lived in Charleston, South Carolina where I moonlighted as a public radio DJ hosting "The Kitchen Sink" and other music programs on SC Public Radio, wrote music reviews and features for newspapers and magazines, and earned a living doing print design.
All of the gear I use when traveling and photographing on one page. Updated whenever something is added or removed.