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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, whether it's developing his photography skills or tinkering in web development. When lack of creativity hits he enjoys trips to the river, trying different breweries, and collecting retro game consoles.
He currently works as a designer for Coates Kokes working with various clients in hospitality, healthcare, and community. He also volunteers his time with Visible—an organization connecting designers to groups in need—by documenting the work they do as their event photographer.
His photo work has been featured as one of the default wallpapers in the Ubuntu 12.10 operating system, and on the homepage of Portland State University's website. He also received the Simon Benson Art Scholarship for design, and both his design and photo work with Portland State Campus Rec has been recognized by NIRSA.
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"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, 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."