I am an art director, designer, design strategist and writer. I've been at this professionally for over a dozen years. Before that, I was at it unprofessionally – scribbling, cutting, gluing and photocopy-publishing with a vehement eagerness.
Through years of independent consulting and contract work, I have gained a great breadth of experience – working for design firms, ad agencies, in-house departments of many flavors, and sole proprietors. The milieux I've designed for have ranged from genomics companies to rock bands and the considerable number of concerns in between.
I know "design strategist" isn't exactly a standard title in the industry. It seems, however, a fitting way to describe a group of activities I've been avidly involved in which aren't strictly design proper: crafting proposals and creative strategies for client projects, streamlining design workflow, doing research, creating educational pieces so that clients can understand design better, and generally making design process deeper, smoother and better.
I do a lot of "alternative process" and lensless photography. All the main images in the page backgrounds were taken with a 1960s Polaroid Land camera with a pinhole in place of a lens (I tend to indulge in a lot of destruction and reconstruction with my cameras). The brownish images were taken with PolaPremium "Chocolate" and "Sepia" peel-apart pack films (i.e., black and white film that Polaroid screwed up so that they develop brown instead of black — now being sold, with Polaroid in bankruptcy, by a cool company called PolaPremium that has a lot of Polaroid's dregs). The smaller color photos were taken with Polaroid type 600 film with an intact camera.
The illustrations on the bottom right are Victorian scientific drawings of pods, plants, and seaweed. They represent my abiding interest in the interesections between art and science. And also my love of all things Victorian, pod, plant and seaweed.