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Employment

eightySix Interactive (May 2015 – Present)
Clients: Levine Sherkin Boussidan, Keek, Art-Kitect, Four Star Metal

Teehan+Lax (April 2011 – January 2015)
Clients: Bell, YogaGlo, Shipwire, SFX, Spotify

Montana Steele Advertising (April – August 2010)
Clients: Lanterra Developments, Reids Heritage Homes, Lifetime Developments, Ink Entertainment, 45 Charles Ltd., Edenshaw Homes

Nubrand (April – August 2009)
Clients: Wellington West, RBC

IWD Canada (April – August 2008)
Clients: Altus Group

LGG Media (April – August 2007)
Clients: The Discovery Channel, MSN, The Comedy Network, Bacardi

Freelance

Bureau Group
Clients: Accranada, Captain 1337, La Paysagiste, You’ve Changed Records

Rhyme With Orange Creative
Clients: Swiss Diamond Cookware, The Gourmet Burger Co.

eightySix Interactive
Clients: Rob Ramsay (actor)

Exclaim! Magazine
Bands: Yukon Blonde, Comeback Kid, Madison Violet, The Darcys, Hollerado, Rural Alberta Advantage etc.

Education

Fanshawe College
Advanced Web Development
2010 – 2011

Western University / Fanshawe College
Media Theory and Production
2006 – 2010

St. Michael’s College School
2002 – 2006

While at Fanshawe I designed and developed a web application called iData. It’s used to archive, share and comment on statistical data like surveys, research and polls. I am proud to say I won an Applied Arts student award for the project.

Interests

I really enjoy music of the seventies and eighties, particularly country rock music. I also like some classic rock, folk, disco, jazz, classical and even some shoegaze. I play drums in a local band, The Flying Museum Band.

In my spare time I designed and build personal projects like Toronto Type, a website showcasing typography on Toronto streets and Minyl, a very simple web app used to track your vinyl collection.

I like to read non-fiction, mainly cultural theory and philosophy. Some of my favorite authors are Peter Singer, Richard Dawkins, Malcolm Gladwell, Jeremy Rifkin, and Bill Bryson.

Most of the time I’m hanging out at coffee shops reading, drinking beer with my friends, rehearsing with my bands, or watching movies, hockey and football. I like walking around a lot and sometimes enjoy skiing in the Winter and playing tennis in the Spring and Summer.

  • Practical Ethics

    By: Peter Singer

    Cambridge University Press
    For thirty years, Peter Singer's Practical Ethics has been the classic introduction to applied ethics. For this third edition, the author has revised and updated all the chapters and added a new chapter addressing climate change, one of the most important ethical challenges of our generation. Some of the questions discussed in this book concern our daily lives. Is it ethical to buy luxuries when others do not have enough to eat? Should we buy meat from intensively reared animals? Am I doing something wrong if my carbon footprint is above the global average? Other questions confront us as concerned citizens: equality and discrimination on the grounds of race or sex; abortion, the use of embryos for research and euthanasia; political violence and terrorism; and the preservation of our planet's environment. This book's lucid style and provocative arguments make it an ideal text for university courses and for anyone willing to think about how she or he ought to live.
  • The Selfish Gene

    By: Richard Dawkins

    Oxford University Press, USA
    352 pages
    An ethologist shows man to be a gene machine whose world is one of savage competition and deceit
  • The Empathic Civilization

    By: Jeremy Rifkin

    Penguin
    688 pages
    "One of the leading big-picture thinkers of our day" (Utne Reader) delivers his boldest work in this erudite, tough-minded, and far-reaching manifesto. Never has the world seemed so completely united-in the form of communication, commerce, and culture-and so savagely torn apart-in the form of war, financial meltdown, global warming, and even the migration of diseases. No matter how much we put our minds to the task of meeting the challenges of a rapidly globalizing world, the human race seems to continually come up short, unable to muster the collective mental resources to truly "think globally and act locally." In his most ambitious book to date, bestselling social critic Jeremy Rifkin shows that this disconnect between our vision for the world and our ability to realize that vision lies in the current state of human consciousness. The very way our brains are structured disposes us to a way of feeling, thinking, and acting in the world that is no longer entirely relevant to the new environments we have created for ourselves. The human-made environment is rapidly morphing into a global space, yet our existing modes of consciousness are structured for earlier eras of history, which are just as quickly fading away. Humanity, Rifkin argues, finds itself on the cusp of its greatest experiment to date: refashioning human consciousness so that human beings can mutually live and flourish in the new globalizing society. In essence, this shift in consciousness is based upon reaching out to others. But to resist this change in human relations and modes of thinking, Rifkin contends, would spell ineptness and disaster in facing the new challenges around us. As the forces of globalization accelerate, deepen, and become ever more complex, the older faith-based and rational forms of consciousness are likely to become stressed, and even dangerous, as they attempt to navigate a world increasingly beyond their reach and control. Indeed, the emergence of this empathetic consciousness has implications for the future that will likely be as profound and far-reaching as when Enlightenment philosophers upended faith-based consciousness with the canon of reason.
  • Neither Here Nor There

    By: Bill Bryson

    Anchor Canada
    304 pages
    Bryson brings his unique brand of humour to travel writing as he shoulders his backpack, keeps a tight hold on his wallet and heads for Europe. Travelling with Stephen Katz--also his wonderful sidekick in A Walk in the Woods--he wanders from Hammerfest in the far north, to Istanbul on the cusp of Asia. As he makes his way round this incredibly varied continent, he retraces his travels as a student twenty years before with caustic hilarity. From the Trade Paperback edition.

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Guerilla Open Access Manifesto
by Aaron Swartz

Information is power. But like all power, there are those who want to keep it for themselves. The world's entire scientific and cultural heritage, published over centuries in books and journals, is increasingly being digitized and locked up by a handful of private corporations. Want to read the papers featuring the most famous results of the sciences? You'll need to send enormous amounts to publishers like Reed Elsevier.
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26 Types of Animals
by Jeremy Pettis

Coming across the typography of Jeremy Pettis is a humbling experience. I was lucky enough to do so while looking through the works being featured on citid.net, a collection of typographic illustrations representing cities across the globe. Jeremy represented Milwaukee. His artwork on citid lead me to his website, which I quickly learned was dedicated to a gallery called "26 Type of Animals," very much in the literal sense as it is actually 26 typographic treatments of animals A-Z.
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Custom Content Management Systems Are Dead

I recently had an interview with a 30 something for a graphic design position. The company was a one person shop and was built on selling a custom content management system (CMS), which is something I have seen at another company I worked for. Maybe it’s because I’m ten years younger but based on what I have experienced, I’m not convinced this sort of business can last.
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