​​​​​​​Educational Background
Texas State University
Master of Fine Arts in Communication Design (2017)
Thesis, “The Comic Book Agenda: Altering Perceptions and Attitudes Towards LGBTQIA+ People Through Graphic Narratives”
University of Texas at Austin
Bachelor of Science in Advertising (2008)

University Experience
Lecturer
Texas State University (08/17–Current)
Graduate Teaching Assistant
Texas State University (08/15–05/17)
Graduate Instructional Assistant
Texas State University (08/14–05/15)

Professional Experience
Co-Owner/Creative Director
Drawn This Way, LLC.  |  Austin, TX  (04/14–Current)
Co-own and operate a design studio that provides branding, advertising, design, illustration, and other creative services to clients, specializing in non-profit and start-up ventures.
Senior Art Director
lookthinkmake, LLC.  |  Austin, TX  (10/10–10/13)
From a team of four employees (including principals), helped grow company to a full-service agency of 26, led a creative team of designers, copywriters, and interactive designers on branding/advertising projects for local, national, and international clients (e.g., Bedsider.org, The Austonian, Sharp Propane, Geometrica, and others).
Junior Art Director
DTDigital / BADJAR Ogilvy  |  Melbourne, AUS  (04/09–10/09)
One-half of a creative team that worked on digital solutions (e.g., websites, online advertisements, apps, etc.) for brands like BMW, Myer, AAMI, and Australia’s bid for the 2014 World Cup.
Art Director Intern
The Furnace  |  Sydney/Melbourne, AUS  (01/08–05/08)
Worked with creative teams on concepts/ads for clients like Levi’s, Cadbury Chocolates, Peugeot, and Foster’s Group. Also assisted with photoshoots, voice-over studio sessions, and client pitches and presentations.

Teaching Experience
Faculty of Record
Senior Capstone 
Texas State University (Fall 2017, Fall 2016)
This is a capstone class designed to aid students in refining and expanding their design portfolio as preparation to join the workforce. The class also serves as an open forum to discuss the industry’s future, ethics, utilizing design thinking in the larger world outside of design, and many other questions that young designers have before they graduate.
Art Direction I 
Texas State University (Fall 2017, Spring 2016, Fall 2015)
This mid-level class is an introduction to Art Direction and creative thinking through the lens of advertising and conceptual strategy. Lessons include the structure of advertising agencies, group dynamics and working in a team, creative messaging, psychology, creative writing, brand, strategies for different media, industry standards and trends, and a strong emphasis on presentation.
Interactive Design I 
Texas State University (Spring 2017, Fall 2016)
This course is an introduction to interaction design via web design, HTML+CSS, and user-centered design. Emphasis is placed on user experience (UX), best practices for web and web standards, user testing, iterative prototyping, use of the grid, web typography, user flow, site architecture, learnability and discoverability, visual mapping, and organizational systems
Concept Strategies 
Texas State University (Spring 2017, Spring 2016)
This foundational course focuses on conceptual thinking techniques and strategy-based problem solving. Lessons include the various forms and uses of design, utilization of design thinking principles in everyday life, brainstorming/problem-solving techniques, giving and receiving constructive criticism, and human-centered design ideology.
Communication Design Foundations 
Texas State University (Fall 2015)
This course is an introduction to composition and communication through visual means with an emphasis on honing and utilizing hand skills. The students are taught lessons in the use of positive/negative space, type as form, utilization of imagery/photography as design elements, and grid systems as a means to communicate concepts or ideas.

Course Development
Interactive Design I & II 
Texas State University (Fall 2015)
Restructured the scope of both interactive classes’ curriculum with other interactive professors, with a focus on implementing teaching more UX and prototyping earlier in the coursework. Alongside the lead Interactive professor, created a new schedule, lesson plan, project guidelines, and exercise briefs.

Guest Lectures & Presentations
“A Queer Perspective.” Texas State University (2017)
Invited to talk to a Diversity class in the school of Social Science about queer perspectives and lived experiences, as well as my research on altering attitudes and perceptions towards the LGBTQIA+ community.
“LGBT Voices.” Fresh2Design (2017)
Fresh2Design is a monthly gathering of design-related professionals in Austin, TX. I was invited to speak about my experiences as a queer designer alongside several other design professionals.
“Question Everything.” Texas State University Seminar: Talk Math To Me (2017)
“Talk Math to Me” is a math seminar hosted within the math department emphasizing the intersectionality and influence of math in other subjects, as well as their influence on math. Regular attendance is around 80+ students, professors, and graduate students. This talk discussed how to apply design thinking principles in mathematics and the sciences.
“Numbers and Pictures.” Texas State University Seminar: Talk Math To Me (2016)
This talk discussed the intersections of math and design through design principles of composition, rhythm, hierarchy, and others.
“What is Art Direction?” University of Texas at Austin (2014)
Invited to speak about Art Direction in the context of advertising to an Introduction to Advertising class of 20 students by professor Ryan Romero.

Recognition
Creative Books
Fauerso, Joey. Pretend This is a Trap. Sawhorse Press, 2017.
This book was created in collaboration with artist Joey Fauerso over the fall of 2016 as a limited edition (100) reproduction and extension of her exhibit, Pretend This is a Trap. I created the concept of the book and designed the layout. Production was overseen by the press.

Awards
Graphic Design USA American Graphic Design Awards 2017
Pretend This is a Trap Artist Book
PRINT Regional Annual 2014
Austin Children’s Shelter Gala Design
PRINT Regional Annual 2012 
SIMS Foundation Benefit Bash Design
Art Alliance Austin Swatch Campaign
Summit International Awards (SIA) 2014
Silver: BEDSIDER Integrated Advertising Campaign
Silver: Stuff Hotel Branding Package
Bronze: Austin Children’s Shelter Event Illustrations
Bronze: Plum Creek Consumer Advertising Campaign
Summit International Awards (SIA) 2012
Best in Show: RisherMartin Fine Homes Signage
Gold: Art Alliance Austin Non-Profit Advertising Campaign
Gold: The Denizen Consumer Product Logo
Austin Addy’s 2012
Silver: The Denizen Consumer Product Logo
Silver: SIMS Foundation Poster Campaign
Bronze: Art Alliance Austin Integrated Advertising Campaign
Bronze: Austin Advertising Federation Industry Collateral
Bronze: Plum Creek Golf Course Branding

Exhibitions
Texas State Communication Design MFA Creative Showcase 2016
Texas State Galleries  |  Group  |  Juried Competition  |  Local
Ebola: 15sec PSA (Video) and JCM Redesign: Environmental Graphic Design Project (Presentation Book)
Creative Summit 2015
Texas State Campus  |  Group  |  Juried Competition  |  National
Skin Deep: Typographic Interpretation (Poster)
Pause & Play 2015
Texas State Galleries  |  Group Exhibition/Book Launch  |  Class Project
Pause & Play was a collection of critical writings by the Issues & Criticism Fall 2015 MFA Class, the exhibition showcased the book, along with interactive pieces focused on the concept of play in design.

Workshops
Maru Calva: Risograph Exhibition Workshop (2016)
With oversight by acclaimed book and publication designer Maru Calva from Mexico City, worked in a team with undergraduate students to create a publication that utilized the Risograph to accompany an upcoming exhibition for the Texas State University Galleries.
Jan Tomas: Kinetic Typography (2015–2016)
Worked with internationally renowned type designer Jan Tomas from Prague
on experimentation with typographic form. As a team of 10 designers (plus Jan Tomas), created a video exploring typographic form, dimensionality, motion, color, and sound.

Fellowships & Honors
Celebrity Classic Scholarship (2016)
$1,500/semester
Graduate Scholarship (2016)
$1,000

Service
University
International Research Conference for Graduate Students
Moderator (2016)
The Graduate College’s Outstanding Mentor Award Nominating Committee
Voting Member (2016)
Graduate House
Parliamentarian (2016–2017)
Representative (2014–2017)
Communication Design Fün Committee
Event Supervisor (2015)

Professional
AIGA
Member (2014–Current)
University of Texas Advertising Final Portfolio Critique
Judge (Spring 2017)
University of Texas Entrepreneurial Advertising Competition
Judge (2016)
Texas A&M University Advertising Strategy Competition
Judge (2011)

Community
Out Youth LGBT Youth Organization
Volunteer (2014–Current)
Volleyball Austin
Board Member (Brand Director) and League Director

Honors
Honor Societies
Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society (2017)
Phi Beta Kappa National Honor Society (2016)
Alpha Chi Honor Society (2016)
Distinguished Service
Graduate House (2014–2015)
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