Just the
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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.   

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.

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.

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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