BS in graphic design from Portland State University
10+ years of experience
Fluent in Adobe Creative Suite (Mac or PC—your choice!)
Excellent written and verbal communication skills
Strong organizational skills
Expert knowledge in prepress and digital file export
Experience in working with
top brands and licenses
Working knowledge of HTML, and web-building software (WordPress, Wix, etc.)
Motivated self-starter, great multi-tasker
Not a jerk
IS IT DONI-GRR, OR DONI-JUR?
I've gone by both over the years, but these days I usually introduce myself using the 'grr' pronunciation. I'll also answer to other popular variations, including "Donnegan," "Doninger," or "Danger."
So, you're a graphic designeR?
Yes, I am. Don't feel bad if you're not 100% sure of what that means. I don't think anybody really knows—least of all me. But I do know that if you have a business or a project that could use a bit of visually attractive arranging, rearranging, or creative problem solving (i.e. logos, pretty pictures, and things like that), I can help.
Uh huh. how'd you get into that?
My first foray into the commercial arts would have been sometime around age 7 or 8; I would draw a stack of pictures (colored pencil on typing paper being my preferred medium at that time) and then go door-to-door selling them for 25 cents apiece to the neighbors.
Later, I started playing in (terrible) bands, which led to making things like logos, flyers, painted guitars, drumhead art, and even costume design. Sometimes, these things were better than the shows themselves, and I got to thinking that maybe I could do this art-thing for a living...
interesting. any formal training?
Education-wise, I completed a ROP certificate in graphic design in my junior year of high school. Not content to rest on those laurels, I enrolled in the excellent graphic design program at San Diego City College and finished all but one class before transferring to Portland State University, where I earned my bachelor of science degree from the graphic design program (which was recently named the #1 on the west coast and #6 in the country! Yay!)
Through the years, I've been grateful to have the opportunity to work with some neat organizations like Disney, Nickelodeon, Marvel, Star Wars, Caribou Coffee, Adidas, Portland State University, UCSD, Bridgeport Brewing, Migration Brewing, Sesame Street, Mattel, Petco, El Pollo Loco, and Smithsonian, as well as a lot of friendly neighborhood businesses, too.
sounds good, but I NEED PHOTOS, TOO.
No problem. I'm pretty handy with a variety of cameras, and I have years of experience shooting everything from product setups, portraits, candid, landscape, and environmental shots.
Can you "jazz them up" a bit?
I'm a Photoshop whiz, and I can work with your existing photo library, stock images, textures and more to create some pretty cool and unique collages and composites for social media, email, printed stuff, and more.
OKAY, BUT CAN YOU WRITE?
Yes—I have experience with everything from writing social media posts, blogs, catalog descriptions, headlines, professional correspondence, articles, and more. I can aid in the crafting, refinement and editing of just about anything you need in writing.
WHAT ABOUT WEB STUFF?
Check! I can make you some sweet email or web graphics, as well as build or help edit your website, too.
WOW, WHAT ELSE?
Well, I like to work on illustration in a variety of styles (pen & ink, pencil, collage, digital, etc.); I've got a lot of experience recording, mixing and editing audio, particularly for podcasts; I'm pretty handy with making stuff—realistic book and packaging mock-ups, painting, model/prop building, and more—so if you're looking for some X-Acto and hot glue gun action, I can definitely help out. Also, I play the guitar and a bit of drums, so I'm also up for a jam anytime.
Bottom line: If you need some creative work done and want to have some fun doing it, I'd love to work with you.