I’m a designer exploring the intersection of brand, marketing, and product design working as Design Lead for Trunk Club. I also proudly serve as the President of AIGA Chicago.
Before joining Trunk Club, I spent the last four years working as both a product and communications designer at Basecamp. There, I designed and led brand and marketing projects for the popular project management app, shipped new features, improved conversion and retention of our customers, shaped the Basecamp voice through marketing experiments and writing, all the way to new product prototyping. I learned to try new ideas often, and approached the spirit of our work like scientists would. Every day I helped make sure our customers felt super loved.
Before Basecamp, I cut my teeth as the first full-time interactive designer at Threadless. There, I designed much of the marketing campaigns, brand standards, and Threadless.com interfaces. It was there where I learned how to take care of your community and try new ideas, no matter how weird. I also accidentally moonlit as a t-shirt model, but thankfully for everyone else that career was short-lived. Leading up to Threadless, I toughened my skin working at studios and agencies making work for clients including AIGA, Google, Harley-Davidson, Rand McNally, Sears, Segura Inc, SC Johnson, and Valspar.
Teaching, mentoring, and community outreach make up the latter half of my time. I’m working hard every day to make the Chicago design community a better place by serving as President for AIGA Chicago. I also maintain a design video blog, Humble Pied, which showcases short videos from inspirational designers sharing quick bits of advice. I also started and organized the CreativeMornings Chicago chapter for two years, ultimately passing the reigns to my friends Kim and Kyle at Knoed. Beyond all that I serve as a mentor within design, tech, and startup organizations. (Phew.)
I like my pizza hot, my coffee black, and my beer hoppy.