I began teaching graphic design courses at Furman University in the fall
of 1999. I am currently an Associate Professor of Art and Chair of the
Art Department at Furman. I did my undergraduate
work at Western Kentucky University where I received a BA in
Advertising and Graphic Design in 1993. I received his MA and MFA in
Design from the University of Iowa in the spring of 1999.
I maintain an active professional presence. I am an advocate of design as a
medium/tool to tell stories through the mindset of empathy. I believe
empathy is the centerpiece to a human-centered design process. My view
is that people should provide the inspiration
and direction for ideas, rather than simply utilizing the latest trend
or absolute reliance on expertise, possibly excluding the empathetic
connection. Responding to human feelings and concerns allows one to
create designs that are truly powerful, useful and
meaningful to people and society.
My work mainly consists of identity design, branding, web design and
facilitating large and small scale collaborations to solve complex
problems. I serve as a consultant for Make-A-Wish Foundation of South
Carolina. I've also been a guest writer and lecturer
on type/design/branding and the teaching of design on websites as well
as national conferences.