I wrote and bound my first book in the third grade. It was the first time I’d ever held something in my hands that I’d made from nothing but my imagination. That’s when I became a storyteller.
In junior high I was on the yearbook staff. I got my hands on a Proper Cropper and a proportion wheel and discovered I could tell stories with type, color, and layout choices as well as words. That’s when I became a designer.
I was on the newspaper staff in high school. I was introduced to PageMaker and could suddenly set my own type, scan my own images, and assemble everything into an endlessly flexible layout. That’s when I became a computer nerd.
I rediscovered design in college I took a Design 101 class as a reward for all of the general ed classes I’d enrolled in. Five minutes into the first lecture I was hooked . That’s when I knew what I wanted to do the rest of my life.
Webmonkey taught me web design. My first job was supposed to be designing t-shirts and catalogs at a skateboard company, but when the web guy quit and I was thrown into the deep end. That’s when I became a web designer.
I worked at interactive studios and agencies I spent the first half of my career working at a few different interactive agencies. I worked with smart people building best-in-class websites for Fortune 500 companies. Then the dot.com bubble burst and put me out of a job. That’s when I became an entrepreneur.
I was a design entrepreneur I’ve launched a brand and publication design for an international magazine. I’ve sold commercial WordPress themes. I’ve presented at conferences and taught online and offline classes. And I’ve helped a lot of different people build sustainable brands for their businesses. That’s when I became a teacher, speaker and businessperson.
Now I’m on a new journey. I’m excited to see where it takes me.