English (native), Italian (conversational, with hopes of becoming fluent!)
Fort Collins, Colorado, USA
My career has spanned the major "food groups" of design jobs, each of varying nutritional value creatively speaking: in-house design, art direction in an ad agency, and freelance work.
Philosophy on Work
Designing without strategy is like putting gorgeous wrapping paper on an empty box.
19: GD USA American Web Design Award 19: Academy of Interactive & Visual Arts — Communicator Award of Distinction 19: Graphis Poster Annual 2020 — Silver and Honorable Mention 19: Indigo Design Awards — Silver (x1) and Bronze (x3) 18: GD USA American Graphic Design Award 18: Graphis Advertising Annual 2019 Silver Award 18: Graphis Graphic Design Annual 2019 Silver Award 18: Graphis Poster Annual 2019 Honorable Mention (x3) 18: Graphis Type 4: Type in Use Merit Award 17: Graphis Advertising Annual 2018 Merit Award 17: GD USA American Graphic Design Awards (x2) 17: Academy of Interactive & Visual Arts' Communicator Award of Distinction (x2) 17: Graphis Poster Annual 2018 Merit Award (x3) 16: Academy of Interactive & Visual Arts Davey Silver Award (x2) 16: GD USA American Graphic Design Award 16: Creative Quarterly 44 — Runner-up, Professional Graphic Design category 16: Graphis Poster Annual 2017 Merit Award 16: Academy of Interactive & Visual Arts' Communicator Award of Distinction 16: Named a ONE Condoms All-Star, invited to create packaging illustration 15: GD USA American Graphic Design Award 14: GD USA American Graphic Design Award 13: GD USA American Graphic Design Award (x2) 12: GD USA American Inhouse Design Awards (x2) 06: Winner + Judge's Pick in international ONE Condoms wrapper contest; artwork + tagline featured on products sold at CVS Pharmacy
Advertising Annual 2019 — Silver Award Advertising Annual 2018 — Merit Award Graphic Design Annual 2019 — Silver Award Poster Annual 2020 — Silver Award and Honorable Mention Poster Annual 2019 — Honorable Mention (x3) Poster Annual 2018 — Merit Award (x3) Poster Annual 2017 — Merit Award Type 4: Type in Use — Merit Award
Getting to design professionally, i.e., surviving the perilous leap from lofty college dreams to real life.
Bachelor of Fine Arts, summa cum laude, graphic design "Outstanding Achievement in Graphic Design" honor Savannah College of Art & Design Savannah, Georgia, USA
COMPETITION JUDGE 19: Chicago AAAwards (formerly the ADDYs) American Advertising Federation — Chicago, Illinois Chapter Selected from national database to evaluate works submitted by regional agencies. Submissions represented an array of categories, from print and digital design to video. Scored works online for Gold and Silver awards, and made recommendations for Best of Show and other special awards. 19: Rockies Creative Competition American Advertising Federation — Boise, Idaho Chapter One of three judges selected from national database to evaluate 480 works submitted by regional agencies. Submissions represented an array of categories, from print and digital design to video. Scored works for Gold and Silver awards, and conferred with fellow judges to assign Best of Show and other special awards. 19: Charlotte AAAwards (formerly the ADDYs) American Advertising Federation — Charlotte, North Carolina Chapter One of three judges selected from national database to evaluate more than 200 works submitted by regional agencies. Submissions represented an array of categories, from print and digital design to video. Scored works for Gold and Silver awards, and conferred with fellow judges to assign Best of Show and other special awards. 17: SOTA Catalyst Award Society of Typographic Aficionados Among five judges invited by SOTA to evaluate entries to their international Catalyst Award competition, which recognizes under-25s who have created original work in type design, type history, or other areas related to typography. The primary purpose of the award is to act as a catalyst in the career of a young person who does not yet enjoy broad exposure in the profession. 16: Design Contest 2 Judge ONE Condoms Was one of three judges for ONE's 2016 Design Contest 2. Evaluated 100 condom wrapper designs for winner and runner-up consideration. PUBLISHED IN OVER 20 BOOKS + MAGAZINES • 1000 Handmade Greetings • Basic Logos • Big Book of Green Design • Big Book of Logos 5 • Business Cards 1: Bright Ideas from Around the World • Design DNA: Logos • GD USA December 2018 • GD USA December 2017 • GD USA December 2016 • GD USA November/December 2015 • GD USA November/December 2014 • GD USA November/December 2013 • GD USA July/August 2012 • Graphis Advertising Annual 2019 • Graphis Advertising Annual 2018 • Graphis Graphic Design Annual 2019 • Graphis Poster Annual 2020 • Graphis Poster Annual 2019 • Graphis Poster Annual 2018 • Green Graphics • Logos 2: Bright Ideas in Logo Design from Around the World • My Own Business Card #2 • Really Good Logos Explained FEATURES + INTERVIEWS 18: Work featured on foldfactory.com’s YouTube channel as a “Super-cool Fold of the Week” 16: Interviewed by Forbes Top 5 career website Career Contessa for their weekly, invitation-only "Contessa" feature 14: Work featured on foldfactory.com’s YouTube channel as a “Super-cool Fold of the Week” 12: Work featured in PsPrint's "Hot Off the Press" blog, which showcases standout designs that recently came off their presses 11: Work featured in UPrinting.com's design blog in a post titled, “17 Great Travel Brochure Examples Fit for Globetrotters” 06: Participation in Urban Forest Project NYC covered in a feature in Fort Collins Weekly newspaper 06: Interviewed by Savannah College of Art & Design Chronicle newspaper for feature titled, “Alumna’s Career Soars in Mountain States” DESIGN EXHIBITIONS 10: Exhibited, Society of Typographic Aficionados' TypeCon 2010 Poster Show in Los Angeles, CA 09: Exhibited, 4th Block VII International Triennial of Eco-Poster, Kharkov, Ukraine 07: Exhibited, Graphic Responses (digital satellite, 15th Colorado International Invitational Poster Exhibition) 06: Banner for AIGA’s Urban Forest Project hung in Times Square, NYC
TypeThursday Global Team Member
Area of Expertise
My specialty and passion is print design as I love paper. Also, I started out as a traditionally-trained fine artist all splattered with paint, so I incorporate my own illustrations into my work when appropriate / I anticipate having time to do laundry.
Hobbies / Freetime
Lately, just learning Italian — mastering the grammar alone is a full-time commitment.