Let's Get Creative Together
👋🏼 This is the part where I talk in the third person:
James is a colorful creative with a strong passion for photography, branding, UX design, and queer pop culture. This comes through in his work through inclusive design thinking and unique creative solutions. He is always striving to learn new things outside of design, like developing his photography skills or tinkering in web development. When lack of creativity hits he enjoys trips to the river (hey Rooster Rock, what's good), participating in queer events, trying different breweries, or collecting retro video games—he still can't find a copy of Zombie's Ate my Neighbors.
He has a wide range of design experience and insights from working in the ad agency world, working on marketing teams, and more humble in house designer settings. If he isn't doing design work, he can also be found doing photo work from portraits to event photography... just don't ask him to do weddings, sorry bridezillas.
His photo work has been featured as one of the default wallpapers in the Ubuntu 12.10 operating system, on the homepage of Portland State University's website, as well as local outlets and travel blogs based in Portland. He also received the Simon Benson Art Scholarship for design, and both his design and photo work with Portland State Campus Rec have been featured by NIRSA.
Did you get all that? If so, reach out! Let's collab on your next big idea, or maybe you're in need of some eye turning photos of your bad self (or product, or pets... anything really, I won't judge).
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Some nice things that some nice people said about James:
"James is a consummate professional and absolute joy to work with. His quiet confidence shines through in his creative, high-quality work. He is detail- and deadline-oriented, follows direction, communicates well and consistently exceeds expectations. I can say without hesitation that he's one of the most talented designers I’ve worked with in my decade-long career."
—Erin Merz, M.A., APR, Assistant Director, Marketing & Communications, Portland State University Campus Rec & Student Union Services
"James did a terrific job at developing the visual identity for the international symposium we're planning. He carefully listened to our vision for the event, shared several enticing options, and then created a suite of beautiful resources for us to use based on the option we felt best represented our event. He was pleasant and professional every step of the way."
"James is able to handle and exceed at every project he is given. From website design, illustration, page layout, social media graphics, branding work, you name it. I personally enjoyed all of the amazing illustration and iconography work he produced in his time at Coates Kokes. James also contributed many great ideas and designs for a handful of website projects as well as taking one of them to the finish line himself. He understands that all design must attract attention and enhance the message’s appeal to its intended audience. He delivers the design style best tailored to each request."
—Erin McGuire, Studio Manager, Coates Kokes