Thanks to the genes I was given, the mentoring of gifted wonderful people and terrific clients, friends, enemies, and allies, I've spent my life living my dream - one that involves paving my own road, learning new things, living fully, and taking on new challenges every day.
I've worked with companies big and small. I've designed signage of all kinds, illustrated all sorts of things, photographed more people and products than I'd care to admit, art directed advertising programs, visually designed sites and apps, designed all kinds of packaging, created brands and identities, and spent way too much time arguing the finer points of UI design. I've also taught and consulted.
The focal point in all the work I do is finding the "it," - the gestalt- that makes the product/process sing. It's not the hardest thing in the world to do, but it can be the hardest thing in the world to find.
Cost Plus World Market, Ericsson, Sony, Dynasign, Corporate Graphics, Genova Delicatessens, Lowenstein, Burton, Rogue, City of Walnut Creek, City of San Francisco, University of California, Concord Records, ASAP Professional Services, Tournesol Siteworks, Verizon Wireless, Ruth Bancroft Gardens, Coopervision, Starbucks, JTech Solutions, Design 21, Washington Post Writers Group, Forma, Gleim the Jeweler, Grubb & Ellis, Transwestern, Vitality Bowls, Garden Court Hotels, Coastside Inn, Heritage Bank, KFOG Radio, Henderson Group, Robin Miller, Jones Lang LaSalle, Anywhere Mobile, Keller Williams, Les Concierges, mShift, Nordsen, Metro, Mavericks, PayCompass, Pier 39, San Jose State University, Sigma, Shepphard Mullin, TopThisYogurt, TriValley Bank, Valley Home Theater, weGrow, Broadway Webster, among others.
Long Form Biography:
1987 Graduated from SFAI mentored by Richard Shaw, George Kuchar, Larry Rivers, Pirkle Jones. 1988 Contracted by Pacific Bell. Joined team that designed and created vehicle designs, training materials for Pacific Bell. and Pacific Telesis.1989 Selected to design ground-breaking web sites for Pacific Bell and Southwestern Bell. 1991 Designed and taught graphic design and layout course for Pacific Bell that established the fundamentals for industry design courses. 1992 Established JAS Design. Immediately developed client list that included Lucasfilm and Adobe.1993 Created Economic Watch RSS syndicated column. First RSS feed digestive column ever established on Pacific Coast. 1994 Designed worldwide identity program for World Reformed Churches. 1995 Designed and oversaw installation of infamous bar coded streetcars for City of Dusseldorf. 1996 Shot Ford Ord photograph series for Ansel Adams Archive, later donated to University of California. 1998 Starbucks cup cuff illustrations. 1999 Designed and illustrated award winning interfaces for Commerce One, Central Garden, St. Francis Hospitals. Electronic Arts, Red Envelope. Moved offices to Walnut Creek. Designed and illustrated posters for Discovery Channel Stores. Wrote feature film Mother Road. 2000 Elected to Board of Directors of Valley Art Gallery. Established generous new levels of compensation for juried artists. Began longstanding dispute with Clement Mok. 2001 Concord Records cover designs. 2002 Contracted with Landor for representation. Designed new packaging program for MotoSolutions, established new standards for liquid and semi-liquid packaging. 2003 Designed Solar Lighting Plus SCCA circuit race cars. Designed Solar Lighting Plus showrooms. 2005 Designed proprietary and public web sites for UCOP and University of California. Designed lobby and lobby poster presentations for University of California office of the President (UCOP). Designed, illustrated and developed packaging program for Eclipse Spa. 2006 Began clip art illustration program for Big Line. Quickly became best welling line. Started illustration program with Kleenex. Developed and designed designatory icon program for Carbon Trust UK. Developed and designed identity program for SynchUp. Developed installation wizard for SynchUp. 2008 Expanded into signage design. Begin tagline signage design nationwide for Cost Plus World Market. Designed signage programs for 303 Second Street and 1300 Clay. Designed franchisee and magnet store visual design program for TopThisYogurt. Designed retail and wholesale packaging for Genova Delicatessens. Finished video tagging interface for Double Dip. 2009 Moved into digital signage design. Began partnership with Dynasign. Developed, illustrated with wrote Femmes comic strip for Washington Post Writers Group. Helped develop Found Art program for United Nations Development Team. Designed and illustrated Language Day posters for United Nations. Developed digital kiosks for Cost Plus World Market. Created digital and print catalogs for Tournesol Siteworks. 2010 Studied Interface Design at the University of Delft. Designed promotional signage and wayfinding signage programs for the Ruth Bancroft Gardens. 2011 Transwestern interior architecture design. Les Concierges interior architecture design and interior signage program. 2012 Developed interface design for US Patent Office raw data interpretation. Developed company wise illuminated signage standards for Cost Plus World Market. 2013 Developed company-wide branding and signage program for Verizon 4G - largest Verizon franchisor in North America. Designed, illustrated and developed artisan packaging program for Genova Delicatessens. 2014 Began working on the Memorial Project in Lafayette. Designed new trailblazing responsive web site for TSW. Created huge illustration of Mt. Diablo for CVS. Designed beautiful catalog for Gleim the Jeweler in Palo Alto. 2015 Finished an incredible intermodal web site for Tournesol Siteworks. Founded Peace Dot. Appeared in front of the Walnut Creek Design Review Commission. Completed award-winning signage designs and program for Atrium. Finished universal and global Ravioli and Entree packaging solutions for Genova Delicatessens.