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.