Some students have called me “the almanator.” Others hold on looking at me for a long time waiting for me to say “awesome” during a critique. And others keep me in their lives as long as they can as a mentor and later on as a colleague and a friend.
Seeing a student become the best they can be and even become better than me, is my ultimate goal. I treasure the moments of discovery. I push them to give me their best and nothing but the best because not doing so is a betrayal to their potential and intellect. As much as I push them, I am also available to hold their hand when life gets tough.
The design journey to become a professional resembles a conversion of sorts. Students need to learn to look at life from the perspective of a problem solver who wants to improve the quality of life in society, one project at a time, one reading at a time, and one critique at a time. One semester doing this and they realize that design is so much more than just pushing pixels around the screen; design is life.
I became a designer because of the words of my drawing professor Lope Max Diaz. He simply told me one afternoon during a summer class that I was wasting away my talent. He continued to say that I should become an artist. I did not initially become an artist, but his words never left me. After teaching junior high school for five years, I went back to school to study graphic design. One day I stepped into the classroom once again but this time to teach design and I knew this was my mission, this was my call.
College of Arts and Sciences, USA, Mobile, AL
College of Arts and Sciences Annual Brochure Cover, USA, Mobile, AL
Evince Clinical Assessments, Providence, RI
Grace Community Church, Mobile, AL
Dr. Joseph Currier, Gulf Coast Veterans Project, USA
Josh The Trainer, Mobile, AL
Mars/Wrigley, Chicago, IL
Michael Coon, Ames, IA
Nichole Zickefoose, Omaha, NE
Dr. Noah Toly, Wheaton College
Providence Reformed Church, Corpus Christi, TX
Redekopp & Edwards, Wheaton, IL
Senior class, Graphic Design, VA, USA, Mobile, AL
ZECHRY, Minneapolis, MN
2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2009, 2008 American Graphic