I began my design career in elementary school. My best-known projects were the elaborate cover designs I created out of construction paper for many book reports. Ever since, I’ve continued to have a knack for combining words and images together, in eye-catching ways. It was no surprise that one summer, at 16, I commuted into Manhattan and took a college class at the prestigious School of Visual Arts. “Agency and Studio Skills” was my first formal foray into the world of graphic design.
After earning a BFA in Visual Communications/Graphic Design from the Maryland Institute, College of Art, I began my working career at Random House, Simon & Schuster, and Stewart, Tabori & Chang. It was here, where I honed my storytelling skills, creating covers and layouts for non-fiction children’s and coffee-table books. Art directing illustrators and photographers came naturally to me–and I found myself producing photo shoots with a high level of efficiency, as well as managing many components of a project.
Design has always been my strength—I have a keen eye for detail and enjoy collaboration. Some of my later work has included high-quality marketing collateral and digital art, logos, signage, books + gift products, visual merchandise, and exhibit design from concept to completion. My experience at Ernst & Young and Microsoft gave me the opportunity to design within a corporate brand, something I would also execute for non-profit organizations. I'm comfortable working with various directors, clients, printers and sub-contractors, to meet business goals and client objectives, since I've spent time working independently, as well as in-house. Currently, I'm looking for a full-time opportunity to utilize my strengths and experience, and look forward to working together.