20+ years in the creative business
2013-PRESENT TUCKYHUT LLC (INDEPENDENT), MINNEAPOLIS, MN
Independent Retoucher, Graphic Designer & Production Artist
My second stint as a full-time independent creative is built on partnerships with creative & design agencies and design-savvy brand owners. My agency roster includes KNOCK, Latitude, Ultra Creative and CBX. Most client work is done at my well-equipped home studio, though I do work on-site or on-set when appropriate. Pairing deep technical know-how with aesthetic sensibility and a disciplined work style, expect me to get up to speed quickly with minimal hand-holding, figure out ambitious (and realistic) schedules for each project and stick to them until delivery. Typical assignments: Photo Retouching & Photocomposition, Packaging Design & Adaptation, Production Design, Graphic Design & Social Media Assets.
2006-2013 SOUTHERN GRAPHIC SYSTEMS, BROOKLYN PARK, MN
Five years of the freelance lifestyle made me a bit of a one-man wolf pack. I began looking for full-time work in Consumer Product Packaging, work I had first done years earlier with Partners & Hunt. Southern Graphic Systems (SGS) offered the opportunity to work with Fortune 500 companies, major players in the Packaging business. SGS is a vertically integrated solution provider, offering branding, art, photography, design, production artwork, prepress, plating & quality management services. I learned a great deal from all the bright and talented individuals I worked with at SGS. I left SGS early 2013 to pursue Freelance full-time.
2001-2006 INDEPENDENT, MINNEAPOLIS, MN
Independent Graphic Designer & Photographer
After a new job ended disastrously with the company (Graf/X) closing its doors after a few short months on the job, I sifted through the accounts I had serviced and called on prior customers finding steady freelance work with Northwest Athletic Club (since absorbed by Lifetime Fitness). I pursued educational opportunities during this time, focussing on learning the art of Photography and the science of Web Design. I shot editorial photography for various local media while cultivating a stable of small to medium-sized business customers who appreciated my versatility and cross-disciplinary skill set. I also began building relationships and assignments with local design agencies during this period.
1999-2001 PARTNERS & HUNT, MINNEAPOLIS, MN
Created mockups using large format prints or high-end proofs as necessary that were used in photo shoots, product prototyping & color proofing. Here I gained experience working with National Brands and wrapping my mind around complex branding systems.
1996-1998 GRAPHIC DESIGN, HASTINGS, MN
Graphic Design Inc is an offset printer with an in-house Graphic Design studio. It was here that I was first introduced to the unique needs of small business owners.
A learner by doing, my education has mostly been learned in the school of hard knocks in the Minneapolis, MN Graphic Design Industry. That and a few credits at technical college, mostly Photography & Printing classes.
My grandfather taught me to draw while I was still young enough to sit on his lap. I encountered my first Mac computer with MacPaint around 1986 at a neighbor’s house. Immediately, I put the two skills together. Little did I know my career path was set before junior high.