Fat Dog Creatives is a full-service design studio…of one. With direct and unfettered access to your designer, you can contact me immediately when you have a need or concern–no middle-person or gatekeeper. While I work collaboratively with marketing teams and associations throughout the US remotely, I also work with businesses local to the Tacoma and Olympia areas. I move around the country, so my next or previous (Austin, San Antonio, and Washington, DC) local area may indeed be near you!
Most of my clients are associations, insurance companies, financial services firms, construction and development companies, and retailers that desire an experienced, educated professional who knows and understand their industries. While I hold a BA and MA in communications and speak on communications and design-related topics, I use my experience working for companies within these industries to evaluate the business climate and clients’ needs and synthesize significant amounts of content into smaller, digestible messages both graphically and in writing.
Much of the work I do is logo design (some branding) and convention/conference exhibition graphics. However, I also design marketing collateral, web sites, and other publications. Print is my passion, but web design is where it all started in the mid 1990s. (Actually, the programming foundation started in the early 1990s on an Apple IIE in high school learning BASIC.)
I received my undergraduate degree in communications from Sam Houston State University (a student and big fan of Dr. Terry Thibodeaux and Dr. Mary Evelyn Collins) in Huntsville, TX. After a decade of building my career, I returned to academia and earned my graduate degree in communications from the University of the Incarnate Word (a dedicated student of Dr. Greenberg, Dr. Liu, and Dr. Perry, who pushed me beyond just getting top marks) in San Antonio, TX. I value my time and education at both institutions and look forward to thanking them all again in person one day.
My graduate research work focused on branding and color theory, which has served me well. Much of my blog articles are about the two topics.