I am a graphic designer based in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. My digital creative arts journey started with none other than the wonderful MS Paint running on windows 95! For those of you that remember, you'll appreciate the novelty of this computing relic. Though I have since adopted the Apple ecosystem with all my devices, I do have to thank Microsoft for my humble beginnings.
Once I discovered the limits of MS Paint, I quickly made my way to the ever popular, Adobe Photoshop. Since making the switch over 20 years ago, I have invested thousands of hours honing my skills in Adobe creative applications. Since 2008 I have had great opportunity to showcase my skill set both in employed positions as well as to my own clientele as a freelancer.
Currently I am full time, self-employed and loving the business side of freelance design. As a business owner, Im finding my interests and specialties lie in helping other business owners develop their own branding. Whether in new or existing business, I focus my attention specifically on Logo design and web development services for my clients. I can, on occasion, be persuaded to deviate, but for the most part, my priorities lie in building brands.
On a personal note, when I'm not behind a computer, you can often find me behind a guitar playing music with other musicians or pulling on wrenches in my garage. Being a former mechanic and contractor/home renovator, by trade, I've acquired a knack for problem solving and working with my hands. I like to think I give both left and right brain ample exercise with my hobbies and interests.
Why Hire Me?
Im glad you asked! Graphic design is a very broad term. There are many facets and specialties within it. It is not a "one size fits all" type application. Some designers specialize in raster based work like painting, sketching or photo manipulation. Others work primarily with vector based design like typography or illustration, while others focus on 3D rendering or even animation.
All these skills have their place. Designers often utilize a combination of these skills and can be easily displayed with the use of a portfolio. When it comes to brand development, there's a an imperative skill set that is not so concise or easily displayed. A branding designers toolbox needs to reach far beyond just a technical understanding of the software and the creative ability with a pen. A designer suited to effectively offer brand development services in particular, needs to have an intimate knowledge of, and the ability to articulate important factors.