Why I'm a Designer
If you were around in the ‘70s or ‘80s, you probably remember the Magic Slate. This drawing tablet, consisting of a sheet of acetate on top of a dark, waxy piece of cardboard with a red plastic “pencil” for drawing, was my artist’s tool of choice. Just a quick lift of the acetate provided a clean slate—magic! (Okay, maybe not, but I was enthralled with mine.)
One of the Magic Slate drawings I remember being praised for was a portrait of my grandfather, in profile. He had quite the large, Italian nose, and I apparently got it just right. Grandpa, who was also an artist, laughed and lamented that we couldn’t save it if I still wanted to be able to use my slate. After we showed the drawing around to everyone, I lifted the acetate and the image was gone. My joy, however, remained.
I believe that moment was where my future career took root.
The tools of my trade have changed, of course—I can save my work now—but the amount of joy I get when my clients love what I make for them hasn’t changed at all! And neither has the fact that I would kill to have this "Welcome Back Kotter" Magic Slate.
June 2017 - Present
Graphic Designer at WKRN-TV (ABC), Nashville, TN
September 2005 - June 2017
Art Director/Web Manager for KTVF-TV (NBC), Fairbanks, AK
March 2012 - July 2014
Digital Media Sales Assistant for WTAJ-TV
I designed, built, and trafficked static and rich media web banners, contests, eBlasts, web pages and other collateral for WeAreCentralPA.com and the WTAJ mobile apps.
May 2001 - September 2003 (and October 1997 - May 2000)
Graphic Designer for WPXI-TV (NBC), Pittsburgh, PA
Created daily news graphics, logos, animations and printed collateral; Chyron operator for news and special events
June 2000 - May 2001
Graphic Designer for Fox Sports Net Pittsburgh
I created news graphics for two Fox Sports Net channels (Pittsburgh and Midwest) and did live Chyron recall during nightly broadcasts. I successfully trained people to use Photoshop and Chyron who had never used them before.
I was instrumental in setting up Intelligent Interface between the newsroom software and the Chyron system. We were the first of the FSN stations to employ this time-saving method and helped other stations implement it.
Bachelor of Fine Arts, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee. Summa cum laude.
Beloit Catholic High School, Beloit, WI - Valedictorian, Class of 1991.
Design of logos, ads, websites, animations, printed materials. Video editing. Chyron iNFiNiT! and Duet operation. Copy writing and editing. Some 3D graphics.
Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, Premiere, Flash, After Effects, InDesign. Cinema 4D.
- Winner, Up Authors "Best Cover" Award for Wilt's Hollow by Danny D. Langone
- Advanced iNFiNiT! and Duet training at Chyron Headquarters in Melville, NY
- Trained on CinemaLive and Galileo systems, Accuweather, State College, PA
- Internship in Broadcast Graphic Design, WPXI-TV, Pittsburgh, PA
- WTAJ-TV Employee of the Month, May 2013 - One of the only part-time employees to ever win this award
I am from Beloit, Wisconsin. I moved to Milwaukee for college and have since lived in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Alaska and Tennessee.