Just the
facts Ma’am
Narrator:
Your attention, please. The story you are about to see is true; the names have been changed to protect the innocent. For example: George Baker is now called "Sylvia Wiss." — Dragnet The Movie

‘About’ pages are difficult enough. This one hopefully provides a little insight into the URL holders background and interests. The goal was to keep it pithy, light and — to avoid at all costs — a resume building exercise. Hence, if you are in need of my creative design services then let's have a chat. Always, more than happy to work on a design solution.
Lately it occurs to me…
What a long strange trip it’s been.

This ‘about’ page takes off  with a fresh-faced designer from CMU — landing his first creative gig with  Bradley Brown Design Group. What an amazing opportunity. Yes, I endured long hours as most entry level designers do, but this experience was priceless. Worked daily on  the National Baseball Hall of Fame & Museum account… a field of dreams come true.   

Era:
Bradley Brown Design Group

Running your own business for 12 years is the best way to earn a Master’s in marketing and in life. You never work harder. What a fun, rewarding and exciting time. Eventually, the call came to come back to agency life. Big brands and bigger opportunities is what awaited as a Creative Director at Brunner in Pittsburgh. So many great people. A talent-rich environment that shaped a vibrant creative vision that is in practice to this day.

Era:
Valenta Platt Design Group

My lovely wife, Reagan, advanced her career with Progressive and we moved to Ohio in 2014. Go with the Flo we like to say.  I had the good fortune of working at Marcus Thomas —making a mark on brands such as Troy Bilt, Swagelok, TimkenSteel, GE and Momentive. Currently, I am the Creative Director at Advance Ohio — the marketing arm of cleveland.com, The Plain Dealer and it's clients.

Era:
Advance Ohio


Creative influences… 

9.  Paul Rand: The “Oracle” of corporate design. 
8.  Walt Disney: A childhood hero and first introduction to true imaginative genius. 
7.  Kit Hinrichs: The grand master of layout and,  a wonderful patriot. 
6.  Massimo Vignelli: A favorite design coach; organization through grid, message, relationships and, of course — Helvetica.
5.  Andy Warhol: A hometown hero and a fellow Carnegie Mellon alumnus. Given 15 minutes, it is never enough for Warhol.
4.  Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec: The founding père of modern illustration. Viva Toulouse-Lautrec!
3.  Stefan Sagmeister: A designers’ designer. The Sag is untouchable.
2.  Charles Spenser Anderson: Changed my entire worldview of what design past and present could be. CSA Archive is a treasure. Thanks Chuck!
1.  The Beatles: All you need is greatness.
— KAV 2017

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