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I knew I wanted to be in the design field early on in high school, seeing opportunities in Interior Design and Architecture. I took drafting classes, history of furniture and art classes, did self-directed sketching and rendering of surroundings, buildings, and adaptive reuse concepting of existing businesses, seeing design potential. This also incorporated early branding thoughts and included logo design. This is where my multi-disciplined design career began: Incorporating the built environment and my graphic design degree with interior design, signage and environmental graphics.
While I have been working cross-discipline for many years - my early career focus was in Commercial Interior Design, practicing for 8 years while living in San Diego. I did space planning, materials, fabric and finishes selection an specifications, custom cabinetry design and drawing, design of custom interior furniture and sign elements, graphic design, and much more.
FIRM : Design Point - San Diego
Projects of Note:
Rancho Penasquitos Library
Carmel Valley Library
El Cajon Public Library
Seltzer Caplan law Firm
Sharp Cabrillo Hospital Doctors Lounge
With the exciting introduction of the Apple/Mac computer in the 80s, and digital programs like Photoshop and Illustrator (yes, I used Illustrator 88 and PS1), design techniques were changing from manual drafting and drawing to digital, and I wanted to progress professionally.
I returned to college to learn emerging digital skills for moving forward. I then began working for an Environmental Graphic Design firm in San Diego.
FIRM: Weiber Nelson Design (now Harmon Nelson Design)
Projects of Note:
UCSD Institute of the Americas campus
City of Anaheim government area
From there new opportunities arose: I began drawing large scale (3ft x 5ft+) map illustrations of the ocean floor for research scientist Peter Lonsdale at Scripp's Institute of Oceanography/University of California San Diego, while teaching design at 2 schools: La Jolla Advertising Arts College and Platt College of Digital Technology.
Years later, I received a Masters Degree from Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), expanding my knowledge and skill set, plus adding 6+
years teaching (adjunct) to my repertoire. Lifelong learning has been a continual process in my design career.
I know my past experience has been of huge benefit for all of the projects of any type that have come my way. My problem solving is a given in the design process, along with research. Whether a project is small or large in scope, finding the right client solution using design and technology is the end goal for our positive outcomes.
The use of design industry standards such as brainstorming, sketching, conceptual development, color and materials research, hand drawing skills, and other design methodologies to final digital design are all incorporated as needed.
I see design opportunities everywhere. I enjoy the steps to find solutions using design theories and elements, grid structure, typography design, color theory, digital techniques, and so much more. If applies, I like to incorporate patterns, textures, and materials as the project allows. I naturally visualize and sketch spatially and 3 dimensionally and use this skill when applicable.