I am a designer living in Seattle, Ballard to be
more specific. I grew up in Ballard. Then I went to college in
Stockton, California, where I spent a majority of my time at the
pool playing water polo. After my undergrad I returned to Seattle
and as long as you don't count the 8 months I lived on a sailboat as
it traveled from Seattle to Baja Mexico this is where I've
In 2004 after three years as the website chair, I became president of the Seattle chapter of the AIGA. That year I also took a full-time position with Microsoft. Over time I have come to realize that any design work I create will eventually be redesigned, if not by myself then by someone else. This reality makes me cherish all the relationships I have made throughout my career.
I feel incredibly fortunate to have shared studio space with Terry Marks; collaborated with Ze Frank; co-presented with Liz Danzico; traveled with Ashley Bright; taken a class from Art Chantry; planned design conferences with my wife Jen Lemmer, Mark Kaufman, and Paul Ingram; drank an uncounted number of beverages with Jakob Trollbäck at those conferences; watched countless films with Peter Morada; and last but definitely not least having worked with an array of very talented teammates over the past nine years while at Microsoft.
These relationships have contributed significantly to the designer I am today.