Professional Experience


Challenger BMX Magazine
Founder/Designer/Editor
January 2017-Present

  • Founded physical magazine dedicated to the subculture of BMX (bicycle motocross)
  • Design and plan all aspects of the magazine and brand including but not limited to: layout, merchandise, and social media
  • Mediate ads and marketing—­in 2019 negotiated sponsorship by Vans shoes
  • Plan with contributors from across the globe to offer thoughtful and on-brand editorial content
  • Effectively communicate with prepress/printers for successful printing of magazine and merchandise
  • Coordinate national and international distribution of 1500 copies of each issue


Totally Relaxed Studio
Freelance Graphic Designer
January 2019-Present

  • Graphic design and creative direction services for print and web
  • Provide presentation decks based on client needs, objectives, and goals
  • Source and effectively communicate work with production resources such as printers and framers
  • Clients include: Jay Youngdahl Studio (book and exhibition design, creative direction) First to Knock (book, record, merchandise design), Cities in Dust Jewelry (rebranding, web design), Everybody Gallery (publication design), Gaspar Cycles (branding)

Radius
Designer
November 2013-Present


  • Strengthened and amplified the experimental radio platform’s visual identity while using the existing brand guidelines
  • Collaborate and brainstorm with director and editors on the design process
  • Responsible for creating editorial design that effectively communicates but allows for experimentation
  • Designed Radius’ contri­bution to the 2017-2018 exhibition Sonic Arcade at Museum of Arts and Design in New York City


School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), John M. Flaxman Library
Interim Special Collections Librarian
May 2019-June 2020

  • Managed collection of over 10,000 artists’ publications
  • Streamlined inventory and cataloging process by using iterative design thinking
  • Participated in group critiques of student artists’ books
  • Assisted students with all elements of self-publishing at various stages of the design process at weekly workshops
  • Organized and maintained departmental calendar, digital assets, and statistics


Reference & Instruction Librarian
November 2012-May 2019

  • Provided high-quality reference and research services to one of the nation’s top-ranking art and design schools
  • Responsible for the organization of information and user-experience design to effectively communicate with the SAIC community via individual/group instruction and web tools
  • Worked closely with faculty on in-depth research projects ranging from historical periodical research to deep dives into government documents
  • Encouraged students to try non-traditional methods of research such as chance, rapid image collecting, and disrupting the traditional use value assigned to the library


ESPN
Contributing Editor

October 2009-October 2012


  • Coordinated and developed content with the Senior Editor for ESPN’s BMX website
  • Authored profiles and interviewed BMX riders and key figures in the industry
  • Wrote copy for products and industry news
  • Provided action and lifestyle photography to accompany profiles and articles

Education


University of Rhode Island
MLIS

University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
BFA

Skills


Fluent
InDesign
Photoshop
Illustrator
Microsoft Office
Google Suite
Keynote
iMovie
Mailchimp
Instagram

Working*
Sketch
Figma
AfterEffects
Premiere
HTML
CSS

*I love learning new programs.
Work with something not listed here?
I’d be happy to learn ︎


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About


I’ve spent the last four years editing and designing Challenger BMX Magazine, an internationally distributed publication dedicated to the subculture of BMX (bicycle motocross).

I previously managed the School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Special Collections where I enjoyed sharing information.

As a graphic designer, I want to make it look better.

I live in Chicago, Illinois.

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Contact


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