Since the age of 9, I was that kid who kept my clothes color coordinated, always visually analyzed the space around me, and constantly moved furniture around when I got bored of how it looked. As I’ve gotten older I’ve come to discover that what I once perceived as “weird” has formed the foundations of who I am today.
After graduating from high school, my passion for design and art landed me an acceptance at The School of Visual Arts in New York City. Being exposed to the world of fine art really helped to shape my awareness of world culture, automotive design, art history, fashion and product design.
While in art school I hit a point where solely being an artist no longer satisfied me. After leaving art school I accepted part-time work at a local elementary school, spending much of my time doing self-reflection. Working alongside youth was very fulfilling and it allowed me to discover “the educator” inside. After relocating from New York to Orlando I completed my Bachelor of Science degree in Digital Arts and Design from Full Sail University, a media and design school in Central Florida.
That educational experience exposed me to user experience design, web design principles, client relations and project management—subject matters that have helped me become a well rounded creative professional and problem solver. I’m able to solve visual and creative business problems due to my diverse education background, my understanding of how to bridge technology, art, and design, and my ability to use digital and traditional design methods to communicate ideas.
I’ve been successfully able to merge my passion for education and design together and for the past 7 years, I’ve been teaching at the university level here in Orlando. I teach the same design principles that have worked for my client projects to other students. As a Course Director at Full Sail University I teach interactive design principles, user experience design, and usability design principles within the context of the adobe experience design software.
I’ve also been able to take design thinking and business process design to build a profitable business alongside my wife. Wishful Concepts Catering has local and national industry recognition, appeared in local publications and has been featured on the Food Network show Cooks vs. Cons. Being a business owner has taught me that design can be used to communicate ideas and also structure businesses.
Coming from a diverse family I was able to inherit my mother’s eye for detail, my grandmother’s love for fashion, my father’s love for automobile engineering, my wife’s passion for the culinary/event design industry and my grandfather’s love for photography. I feel a deep sense of responsibility to let my family’s legacy live through my creative gifts and entrepreneurial pursuits.
Interviews & Articles
- October 2013: Student Guide Web Design, Interview with Web Professor Matthew Dean Lett
- April 2017: Mentor In Design, My Modern Day SuperHero, Blavity.com
- February 2014: Behance: Featured in The Interaction Gallery