Hello from Cobble Hill, Brooklyn, New York, USA. I'm a designer — and sometimes front-end developer — specializing in software tools and applications. I landed here from Indianapolis, Indiana where I spent a childhood headed towards a career in the arts. On my way there, I sidetracked into an English Literature degree from Indiana University. They handed me a diploma in 2003. It's in a little red leather folder somewhere in my parent's home.
While in Bloomington, I read a lot. I began taking lots of photographs. I played in some bands. I learned how to make websites, the first of which was a photoblog called Feenster. From 2005 to 2007, I worked as a book cover designer for a small self-publisher.
In 2007, I moved to NYC, where people were flipping out over something called a Great Recession. This turned out to be a whole thing. For the next couple of years, I joined the ranks of Overqualified Baristas, working in a cafe in Carrol Gardens, BK. It wasn't so bad. I met a ton of cool people. Served coffee to dozens (hundreds?) of famous people and musicians. Made friends with some of them. I also played in another band for a while. I wrote half of a novel.
I met my future wife at the end of 2009 when the world finally started to make sense again. She helped me in a bajillion ways to get my career back on track. Print design had been an experience, but wasn't a calling. Writing was a skill, but not my bag. Web design was in high demand and I could do it. I had been doing it for seven years just for fun. Over the next few years, I made a lot of websites for people. And that's what I still do today. I make websites. This website is for my own enjoyment. Some of the other websites I've worked on are slightly bigger deals.
I've been a New Yorker now for over 6,000 days. In July of 2022, that became more permanent when we bought a home on a lovely street in my favorite neighborhood in NYC, only two blocks from where I was once frothing milk for lattes. Life is funny.