Howdy. Aloha. I’m Ty. I am a Designer and Art Director raised in many places called home over the years; Hawaii is the most reminisced while Texas was the dearest. I received my BA in Computer Graphic Arts from the University of the Incarnate Word and shortly after moved to Atlanta, GA to study Graphic Design at The Creative Circus where I graduated in late 2011. While attempting to enrich the world with inspiring art, awesome and beautiful things, I’ve had the chance to work on some amazing projects with clients such as Hulu, Mercedes-AMG, Hurley’s Salvation, Mercedes-Benz, Coca-Cola, Verizon Wireless, Cigarette Racing Team, Burn Energy Drinks, and Candoni Wines.
I love graphic design, and never take for granted the opportunity to use my talents in a way that can be beneficial to others. I draw my inspiration from the wild, a wide-range of sports, Batman, martial arts, personal projects, Star Wars, anything James Victore says, ancient warrior cultures, J. R. R. Tolkien, Wes Anderson films, podcasts like the JRE, Design Matters and The Fighter & The Kid, my son Tavi, and my other and most often better half, Regan. I am a design samurai with the desire to turn my inspirations and passions into purpose and meaning.
NEVER GROW UP.
I can vividly remember spending hours, sometimes days as a child playing with action figures. No matter the environment or atmosphere, I often sought to create new worlds in which my characters could interact. Seems like there was always a real freedom to create new logical and illogical stories full of adventure, exploration, danger, treasures, occasional damsels and rescue missions. Consequently by being so immersed in play I entered a space where time became irrelevant through the power of perpetual motion and supplemental creativity. By virtue of unfiltered joy and enthusiasm I was experiencing real timelessness. I later found that same connection through art and design. Hours can pass with serene ease while sketching thumbnails, assembling color harmonies, browsing imagery, playing with anchor points and line weights, and adjusting type or shifting pixels across the screen.
The challenge as an adult now lies in the ability to connect with that same child-like mindset of play or flow and use it to create better work and discover new styles. Design, more often than not grants me the freedom to explore, play, adapt, move, and create beautiful visuals everyday; regardless of the medium, restrictions, or style. With such freedom I’ve always felt the responsibility to bring as much of myself as I can to every project while also taking the time to dive deep, explore further, research more, and seek out solutions when they lie beyond my savvy. As a graphic designer, I thankfully still get the chance to play, invent, build connections, shake things up, create new experiences whether digital or tactile, make people feel things, share stories, and create new worlds everyday. The only thing that’s changed is the tools and toys.
Digital Designer (Contract) | Vans a Division of VF Outdoor (OC)
November 2017 – Present
Create branded imagery and digital content for Vans.com, Vault by Vans, email, and partner sites within the Creative Services team. Duties include the delivery of concepts, static visual comps, mock-ups, and final layout or design executions; assist Global Marketing team with brand creative toolkits, front-end support, product photography, photo re-touching, partner site display ads, and flyers for in-store events and promotions.
Art Director | Rauxa (OC)
January 2017 – November 2017
Responsible for the development, creation, conceptualization and design execution of digital projects, client presentations, and direct marketing campaigns for print and web.
Clients include: Verizon Wireless, Gap Inc. Brands, Allergan, and TGI Fridays.
Senior Visual Designer (Contract) | HUGE (LA)
August 2016 – January 2017
Partnered with the Visual Design Team to concept, collaborate, and create digital media and large-scale product experiences for web, mobile, desktop, and home console applications. Created and optimized complex user flows while developing intuitive and engaging experiences for the product. Collaborated closely with product managers and their respective teams, UX designers, and engineers. Routinely designed visual mockups/prototypes from wireframes and final designs to be delivered as production-ready assets for development. Part of small team tasked with development and maintenance of overall brand content library and visual identity system.
Clients include: Hulu, and CKE
Senior Designer | blacQube (ATL)
January 2015 – August 2016
Worked as part of a team to concept, strategize, and design digital and traditional pieces—which includes global and marketing assets for web and mobile presence across multiple platforms, interactive media, digital and print ads, print and e-brochures, way finding, trade-show/private events and launch graphics, infographics, copywriting, and social content across multiple channels for the following brands: Mercedes-AMG, Mercedes-Benz USA, Cigarette Racing, AMG Private Lounge, AMG Driving Academy, Flexdrive, and Ehrmann USA.
Graphic Designer | blacQube (ATL)
January 2013 – January 2015
Worked as part of a team responsible for concept, strategy, design for digital and traditional pieces, and asset production—which includes global and marketing assets for web and mobile presence, print ads, print and e-brochures, way finding, trade-show/private events and launch graphics, infographics, logos, copywriting, and social content across multiple channels for the following brands: Mercedes-AMG, Mercedes-Benz USA, Cigarette Racing, AMG Private Lounge, AMG Driving Academy, NAPA, and Ehrmann USA.
Graphic Designer | Sagepath Inc. (ATL)
April 2012 – January 2013
Worked as part of a team to concept, create, and produce both traditional and interactive pieces—which includes marketing assets for web and mobile presence, print ads, package design, brand identity, look-books, infographics, copywriting, and social content across multiple channels for the following brands: Coca-Cola, Salvation (Hurley), The World of Coca-Cola, Candoni Wines, NAPA, Burn Energy Drinks, Home Decorators Collection, and Home Depot.
The Creative Circus (Atlanta, GA)
January 2010 - December 2011
Portfolio, Graphic Design
University of the Incarnate Word (San Antonio, TX)
August 2004 - May 2008
B.A. Computer Graphic Arts Major (Print & Web)
Minor - Theatre Arts
Adobe Creative Cloud
Branding & Identity
After Effects CC
Star Wars Guru (that one's free)
Site of the Month – Feb 2014 (Mercedes-AMG GLA 45) — kreativeshowcase.com
OMMA 2013 — Website Excellence: Winner Automotive (Mercedes-AMG S 63)
Gold, Silver, and Bronze Student Awards — Creative Circus | 2010-2011
DSVC Student Show 2008 Category Winner (Brochures & Catalogs)