Specialties

• Fluent in the expression of visual narrative and editorial art.
• Intimate knowledge of photography, illustration, typography and their associated processes.
• Exceptional project-management skills.
• A perverse affinity for organized and analytical processes.
• Successful experience managing numerous projects and people under tight deadlines.
• Excellent written, verbal and visual communication abilities.


Visual Communications Consultant

baughaus.ink
May 2001 – Present
• Translated marketing and editorial challenges into award-winning design, analyzing clients’ needs and constructing appropriate, effective and poetic communications.


Professional History

Senior Art Director
Pace, Dallas, TX
February 2015 – Present
• Collaborated with the Creative Director and Editorial staff to create original covers, features, departments and columns in Southwest: The Magazine. Directed and designed editorial feature layouts.
• Developed original concepts for photography and illustration, providing shot lists, narratives, sketches and on-set art direction to guide the work of creative talent.
• Delegated, directed and coordinated the efforts of three direct reports, guiding employee development by example and through supportive, constructive feedback.
• Collaborated with the Editorial staff during pagination and closing cycles, overseeing design and print quality and the timely delivery of magazines to press.

Group Design Director
American Airlines, Fort Worth, TX
July 2010 – January 2015
• Defined the creative direction of all editorial design — photography, illustration, typography and layout — for American Airlines’ twice-monthly American Way, quarterly Celebrated Living and bi-monthly Nexos inflight magazines.
• Initiated and executed the redesigns of American Way and Celebrated Living, earning the praise of their readers and numerous industry awards, including Most Improved Publication, Best Travel & In-Transit Magazine, Best In-Flight Magazine and Best Transportation Publication.
• Designed meticulous and versatile magazine templates to maximize the efficiency of the Art Department and the visual consistency of our products.
• Developed original concepts for photography and illustration, providing shot lists, narratives, sketches and on-set art direction to guide the work of creative talent.
• Delegated, directed and coordinated the efforts of four direct reports, ensuring deadlines and budgets were maintained for three inflight magazine titles totaling 34 issues per year.
• Served alongside magazine staff to create original covers, features, departments and columns.
• Collaborated with the Managing Editor and Production Department during pagination and closing cycles, overseeing design and print quality and the timely delivery of magazines to press.

Deputy Art Director
D Magazine Partners, Dallas, TX
December 2002 – July 2010
• Collaborated with the Creative Director to conceptualize and produce/procure art.
• Identified and managed internal and external resources necessary for the production/procurement of art; negotiated fair rates and usage.
• Managed the production of original art — from the logistical strategy to the execution and receipt of finished materials — according to the given budget and timeline; directed and supervised talent; maintained cost and quality control and provided status updates to the Creative Director and Managing Editor.
• Developed and maintained a searchable archive of original editorial photography and illustration; reduced Art Department expenses by negotiating the re-use of archived images.
• Nurtured mutually beneficial relationships with talent and agents.
• Researched and recommended talent and stock resources, including photography, illustration, and typography; scheduled portfolio reviews and castings.
• Directed and designed all editorial art and layouts in the annual Professional and Lifestyle Directories; designed features, departments and columns in D Magazine alongside the Creative Director and Art Director.
• Collaborated with the Marketing/Branding Departments to conceptualize and design presentation and collateral materials.
• Executed special projects for the Chairman/Editor-in-Chief.

Instructor + Laboratory Manager
Department of Visual Arts, University of Dayton, Dayton, OH
August 1994 – December 1998
• Developed and taught Introduction to Visual Arts Computing and Computer Applications: Design at the University of Dayton, providing students the technical skills needed for graphic design, interactive design, and illustration.
• Specified design parameters for the Visual Arts Computing Center expansion and defined policies regarding its use, ensuring all Visual Arts students fair and equal access.
• Authored and presented inventory, operations, usage, and technology reports, solidifying continued financial support for the Visual Arts Computing Center.
• Maintained all hardware and software and directed purchasing decisions for the Visual Arts Computing Center, meeting or exceeding design-industry standards.
• Hired, supervised, and scheduled personnel to monitor and maintain the Visual Arts Computing Center, managing the department's escalating digital media needs.


Education

Master of Fine Arts, Graphic Design
Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI
June 2001
• Earned a Master of Fine Arts degree from the Rhode Island School of Design, exploring visual narrative through a diverse body of work inspired by the mythologies of my heritage.

Bachelor of Arts, Philosophy
cum laude
University of Dayton, Dayton, OH
December 1998

Bachelor of Fine Arts, Visual Communications Design
cum laude
University of Dayton, Dayton, OH
May 1994


Recent Honors

Best Guide, Catalogue & Directory
Maggie Awards, Western Publishing Association, 2017
Source (Summer 2016)
art director

Best Trade Editorial Layout
Maggie Awards, Western Publishing Association, 2017
Natural Aesthetics feature, Source (Winter 2016)
art director

Finalist: Best Overall Trade Publication Design
Maggie Awards, Western Publishing Association, 2017
Source (Summer 2016)
art director

Finalist: Best Transportation Publication
Content Marketing Awards, McMurry/TMG, 2016
Southwest: The Magazine (2015)
senior art director

Grand Award: Best Redesign
APEX Awards, Communications Concepts, Inc., 2015
Celebrated Living (2014)
design director

Award of Excellence: Most Improved (Magazines, Journals & Tabloids)
APEX Awards, Communications Concepts, Inc., 2015
Celebrated Living (2014)
design director

Best Quarterly Magazine
Maggie Awards, Western Publishing Association, 2015
Celebrated Living (2014)
design director

Most Improved Publication
Maggie Awards, Western Publishing Association, 2015
Celebrated Living (2014)
design director

Finalist: Best Overall Publication Design
Maggie Awards, Western Publishing Association, 2015
Celebrated Living (2014)
design director

Finalist: Best Special Theme Issue
Maggie Awards, Western Publishing Association, 2015
Food & Wine, Celebrated Living (Autumn 2014)
design director

Gold: Best Use of Illustration (Feature)
Content Marketing Awards, McMurry/TMG, 2014
Halloween cover story, American Way (October 15, 2013)
design director
illustration by Red Nose Studio

Award of Excellence: Magazine/Journal
APEX Awards, Communications Concepts, Inc., 2014
Celebrated Living (2013)
design director

Award of Excellence: Magazine/Journal Illustration & Typography
APEX Awards, Communications Concepts, Inc., 2014
Halloween cover story, American Way (October 15, 2013)
design director
illustration by Red Nose Studio

Merit: Illustration (Single Spot)
49th Annual Awards, Society of Publication Designers, 2014
Final Approach department, American Way (May 1, 2013)
design director
illustration by Jon Reinsert

Merit: Illustration (Single Spot)
49th Annual Awards, Society of Publication Designers, 2014
Final Approach department, American Way (February 15, 2013)
design director
illustration by Douglas B. Jones

Finalist: Best Travel & In-Transit Magazine
Maggie Awards, Western Publishing Association, 2014
American Way (2013)
design director

Finalist: Best Quarterly Magazine
Maggie Awards, Western Publishing Association, 2014
Celebrated Living (2013)
design director

Finalist: Best Editorial Layout
Maggie Awards, Western Publishing Association, 2014
Seed Preservation feature, American Way (September 15, 2013)
design director
design by Brian Smith

Finalist: Best Editorial Layout
Maggie Awards, Western Publishing Association, 2014
Family Vacation feature, Celebrated Living (Summer 2013)
design director
design by Marilyn Calley

Finalist: Best Single Editorial Illustration
Maggie Awards, Western Publishing Association, 2014
Halloween cover story, American Way (October 15, 2013)
design director
illustration by Red Nose Studio

Finalist: Best Single Editorial Photograph
Maggie Awards, Western Publishing Association, 2014
Pigs in Paradise feature, American Way (September 1, 2013)
design director
photography by Roberto Muñoz

Silver: Best In-Flight Magazine
NATJA Annual Awards, North American Travel Journalists Association, 2013
American Way (2012)
design director

Finalist: Best Cover Photo
NATJA Annual Awards, North American Travel Journalists Association, 2013
Las Vegas issue, American Way (November 15, 2012)
design director
photography by Randal Ford

Honorable Mention: Best Travel Magazine
Ozzie Awards, Folio, 2013
American Way (2013)
design director

Merit: Design (Celebrity Profile)
48th Annual Awards, Society of Publication Designers, 2013
Amazing Kreskin feature, American Way (October 15, 2012)
design director
design by Samuel Solomon; photography by Ian Allen

Merit: Photography (Celebrity Profile)
48th Annual Awards, Society of Publication Designers, 2013
Andy Samberg cover story, American Way (June 1, 2012)
design director
photography by Peter Yang

Award of Excellence: Magazine/Journal Design & Layout
APEX Awards, Communications Concepts, Inc., 2013
Viola Davis issue, American Way (September 1, 2012)
design director

Best Travel & In-Transit Magazine
Maggie Awards, Western Publishing Association, 2013
American Way (2012)
design director

Finalist: Best Editorial Layout
Maggie Awards, Western Publishing Association, 2013
Amazing Kreskin feature, American Way (October 15, 2012)
design director
design by Samuel Solomon; photography by Ian Allen

Finalist: Best Series of Editorial Photographs
Maggie Awards, Western Publishing Association, 2013
Big Bend cover story, American Way (September 15, 2012)
design director
design by Samuel Solomon; photography by Samuel Solomon

Bronze: Best In-Flight Magazine
NATJA Annual Awards, North American Travel Journalists Association, 2012
American Way (2012)
design director

Finalist: Best Portrait
NATJA Annual Awards, North American Travel Journalists Association, 2012
Andy Samberg cover story, American Way (June 1, 2012)
design director
photography by Peter Yang

Award of Excellence: Magazine/Journal
APEX Awards, Communications Concepts, Inc., 2012
American Way (2011)
design director

Gold: Best Feature Design
Magnum Opus Awards, McMurry, Inc., 2012
Stogie King feature, American Way (May 1, 2011)
design director
design by Samuel Solomon; photography by Jeffery Salter

Silver: Best Use of Photography (Feature)
Magnum Opus Awards, McMurry, Inc., 2012
Disappearing Delis feature, American Way (July 1, 2011)
design director
design by Samuel Solomon; photography by Jason Fulford

Silver: Best Special-Topic Issue
Magnum Opus Awards, McMurry, Inc., 2012
Golf/Chevy Chase issue, American Way (September 1, 2011)
design director

Honorable Mention: Best Transportation Publication
Magnum Opus Awards, McMurry, Inc., 2012
American Way (2011)
design director

Merit: Feature Design (Corporate Publication)
47th Annual Awards, Society of Publication Designers, 2012
Public Schools feature, American Way (February 15, 2011)
design director
design by Samuel Solomon; photography by Chris Korbey

Merit: Feature Photography (Corporate Publication)
47th Annual Awards, Society of Publication Designers, 2012
Elijah Wood cover story, American Way (August 1, 2011)
design director
photography by Frank Ockenfels 3

Best Travel & In-Transit Magazine
Maggie Awards, Western Publishing Association, 2012
American Way (2011)
design director

Most Improved Publication
Maggie Awards, Western Publishing Association, 2012
American Way (2011)
design director

Finalist: Best Editorial Layout
Maggie Awards, Western Publishing Association, 2012
Stogie King feature, American Way (May 1, 2011)
design director
design by Samuel Solomon; photography by Jeffery Salter

Juried Selection: Editorial Photography
Photography Annual 53, Communication Arts, 2012
Chevy Chase cover story, American Way (September 1, 2011)
design director
photography by Evan Kafka

Gold: 100 Best in Design
Design Annual, Graphis: The Best of International Visual Communications, 2012
Robert Plant feature, American Way (December 15, 2010)
design director
design by Samuel Solomon; photography by Gregg Delman

Gold: Best In-Flight Magazine
NATJA Annual Awards, North American Travel Journalists Association, 2011
American Way (2011)
design director

Silver: Best Portrait
NATJA Annual Awards, North American Travel Journalists Association, 2011
Michael Stipe cover story, American Way (April 1, 2011)
design director
photography by Evan Kafka

Gold: Best Use of Typography
Ozzie Awards, Folio, 2011
Stogie King feature, American Way (May 1, 2011)
design director
design by Samuel Solomon

Gold: Best Transportation Publication
Magnum Opus Awards, McMurry, Inc., 2011
American Way (2010)
design director

Second Place: Best Cover-to-Cover Magazine Layout
Lone Star Awards, Houston Press Club, 2011
Switzerland issue, American Way (August 15, 2010)
design director
design by Samuel Solomon

Bronze: Best Opening Spread
Pearl Awards, Custom Content Council, 2011
Starry Nights feature, American Way (May 15, 2011)
design director
design by Samuel Solomon

Juried Selection: Editorial Photography
Photography Annual 52, Communication Arts, 2011
Michael Stipe cover story, American Way (April 1, 2011)
design director
photography by Evan Kafka

Finalist: Best Travel & In-Transit Magazine
Maggie Awards, Western Publishing Association, 2011
American Way (2010)
design director

Finalist: Best Cover
Maggie Awards, Western Publishing Association, 2011
Switzerland issue, American Way (August 15, 2010)
design director
design by Samuel Solomon

Finalist: Best Editorial illustration
Maggie Awards, Western Publishing Association, 2011
Ultimate Sign-Out department, American Way (September 1, 2010)
design director
illustration by Matt Vincent

Gold: Best Portrait
NATJA Annual Awards, North American Travel Journalists Association, 2010
Steve Martin cover story, American Way (October 1, 2010)
design director
photography by Melanie Dunea


 
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