Industry Involvement

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I really could fill pages with who I am as a creative and how I got here. I’m a student, teacher, craftsman, musician, photographer, illustrator, car mechanic, carpenter, traveler, entrepreneur, husband, volunteer, activists, problem solver, graphic designer, writer and still many more things.

I grew up in the country as 1 of 4 kids where I often had to find things to entertain myself. With 2 older sisters I found myself doing the things they did, so by the time I was in 2nd grade I could knit, needlepoint and run the sewing machine and was always participating in many craft types of projects. I almost always had a pencil or book in my hand and found myself getting lost in these activities. I also took violin and swimming lessons all through childhood that turned into scholarships and jobs throughout college.

Much of my curiosity in other cultures and society comes from travel as we lived in New Zealand 2 different times growing up. As an adult I've traveled to about 18+ countries and all 50 states. Both of my parents were educators which is where my passion for teaching comes from. They were also involved in many community programs and initiatives which is where my sense of community involvement comes from.

After college graduation I was lucky to work with some great design companies and have strong mentors. I became very active in AIGA that helped shape my early design philosophies, where later my involvement with Icograda and the Peace Jam Foundation became influential in shaping the direction of my current path.

A little secret – becoming a screen printer was an accident. As a designer it was something I dabbled in and did a few client projects. Then my wife and I started Ink Lounge Gallery as a playground in small studio where we ran about 6 workshops the first year. It took off and expanded and continually evolved numerous times – where today I focus on designing posters, screen printing posters commercially, and teaching screen printing workshops to all ages.

So – where I could ramble on for hours as to who I am and all the things that have shaped my career, I’ll wrap this up and end with this:

Currently I define myself as a creative explorer as I am continually seeking new experiences and knowledge where I find tangible ways to apply my skills to projects and initiatives that are meaningful to myself and the community around me. I feel very fortunate to get to do what I do – and feel obligated and honored to find people and projects where I can teach many of the things I have learned.

Work

Ink Lounge Design

I focus on poster design, teach screen printing workshops, and commercially screen print posters and art prints. More Info

2007 – present: Denver, CO | inklounge.com

Idaho Stew: owner & creative director

March 2003 – March 2012: Denver, CO

Silo: partner & creative director

July 2002 – February 2003: Denver, CO

Blue Collar Design: owner & designer

June 2000 – June 2002: Denver, CO

Factory Design: senior designer

April 1999 – June 2000: Denver, CO

Vermilion Design: senior designer

April 1998 – April 1999: Boulder, Colorado

Lightsource Creative: senior designer

January 1998 – April 1998: Fort Collins, CO

The Jensen Group: graphic designer

February 1996 – January 1998: Fort Collins, CO

Razor Design: freelance graphic design

March 1994 – February 1996: Fort Collins, CO

Alphagraphics: desktop publishing

September 1992 – February 1994: Seattle, WA

US Forest Service: contract designer

August 1992 – September 1992: Seattle, WA

Loveland Museum/Gallery: internship

Spring 1992: Loveland, Colorado

A Design Firm: internship

Fall 1991: Fort Collins, Colorado

Paul Jensen Design: internship

Summer 1991: Fort Collins, Colorado

Citizen Printing: internship

Summer 1991: Fort Collins, Colorado

BFA Design Emphasis

Colorado University Tour

I studied art, music (violin), elementary education (math), photography, illustration, and graphic design. First 3 semesters at CSU, 2 semesters at UNC, 1 semester at Fort Lewis – and finished last 6 semesters back at CSU where I graduated spring of 1992 with a BFA/graphic design. Needless to say, my parents were overjoyed when I finally received my degree.

1986 – 1992: Fort Collins, Greeley, Durango, CO

Teach

Screen Print Instructor

My space is setup to teach workshops year round to all ages and abilities from K-12, College Programs and adults. More Info

Jan 2008-present: Denver, CO

Guest Lecturer: college design programs: 3-5 year

Community College of Denver, Art Institute of Colorado, Rocky Mountain College of Art & Design, University of Northern Colorado, Metropolitan State University of Denver, University of Idaho, University of Wyoming, etc.

January 2002 – present: usually local

Design Portfolio Reviewer: involved as a reviewer at college programs in the area.

December 1998 – present: Denver, CO

Monash University: artist in residency and guest lecturer

May 2004 – June 2004: Melbourne, Australia

MSU Denver Adjunct Instructor: Senior Portfolio Design

September 2001 – December 2002: Denver, CO

MSU Denver Adjunct Instructor: Publication Design and Quark XPress & Illustrator

August 2000 – December 2000: Denver, CO

RMCAD Adjunct Instructor: Beginning Design

August 2000 – May 2001: Denver, CO

CCD Adjunct Instructor: Prepress & Production

August 2000 – May 2001: Denver, CO

CCD Adjunct Instructor: Portfolio Design

August 2000 – December 2000: Denver, CO

CSU: 4-week production workshop

March 1998 – May 1998: Fort Collins, CO

CSU: Teaching Assistant

January 1997 – May 1997: Fort Collins, CO

Swimming Instructor

Worked my junior and senior year in high school and most of college to help finance college. Taught ages 5 through 16 for the city of Fort Collins and a few private pools. The year I attended UNC I worked for the Greeley School District special education swimming program. Also a teaching assistant at CSU for 1 year.

May 1985 – May 1991: Fort Collins, Greeley, Durango, CO

Math Tutor

My earliest teaching experience. One of four 7th grade math students selected to tutor 4th grade math students at the nearby elementary school once a week.

September 1980 – May 1981: Wellington, CO

fancy with a lowercase f

I don’t consider myself all that fancy, but here’s some moments that show my commitment to the industry and involvement with the community. Also a few moments that add to my personality as an individual creative. More Info

2019 Commissioned by the Antarctic Support Contract (under the NSF) to design and screen print 2 posters for events in Antarctica

2018 Commissioned by Denver Arts & Venues to design art prints as retirement gift

2018 We decided to evolve Ink Lounge into a solo studio that focuses on printing posters

2018 Poster selected to be in permanent collection of the Denver Art Museum

2018 Mo’Print Committee member

2018 Ink Lounge donated all sales from a social poster to Every Town for Gun Safety support fund

2017 Donated poster design and screen printing for 2 protest marches and helped hand out to participants

2017 Donated T-shirt design, shirts and screen printing to help a local activist raise funds to help with legal fees

2017 Ink Lounge celebrated 10th Anniversary

2018 Ink Lounge donated all sales from a social poster to the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence

2017 Partnered with AIGA CO on Elevate initiative,  helped college student screenprint posters, and partnered with VSA/Access Gallery to donate a 3 week workshop so their students could also participate in the exhibit

2017 Created the Summer Dog Barket where proceeds went to benefit the MaxFund Animal Adoption Center

2017 Partnered with AIGA CO, ADCD and French Paper where we donated all our time and created 3 events in 3-days and brought Brian French out to speak to students

2017 Westword Best Craft Classes Ink Lounge

2016 Mo’Print Committee member

2016 Partnered with AIGA CO on Elevate initiative and helped college student screen print posters

2016 Adopted a puppy from MaxFund, named her Squeegee

2016 Selected to design 3 art prints for the United States Olympic Committee

2015 Born Footwear blog Ink Lounge feature article

2015 Modern In Denver Spring Fresh Prints article

2015 Uppercase Magazine Printmaking Issue #25

2015 Creative Mornings - Denver Ink Experts speaker

2015 Joint art exhibit - Marty Gregg, Arthouse Design

2014 Selected to design collateral and help brand Imagine 2020, Denver’s Cultural Plan

2014 Selected to host Artcrank Denver where we also screen printed 60% of the event posters

2014 Ran EyeRock poster market at part of the Underground Music Showcase

2014 Confluence Denver Article

2014  Westword Best Holiday Craft Market ManCraft

2013 Ran EyeRock poster market at part of the Underground Music Showcase, where we donated workshops for Urban Peak youth to make UMS posters

2012 Helped run EyeRock poster market at part of the Underground Music Showcase, where we donated workshops for Urban Peak youth to make UMS posters

2012 Westword Best Manly Craft Market ManCraft

2011 Created Holiday ManCraft

2011 Helped run EyeRock poster market at part of the Underground Music Showcase, where we donated workshops for Urban Peak youth to make UMS posters

2011 Commissioned to design and screen print 50th anniversary Peace Corps posters for the Return Peace Corps Volunteers Colorado

2010 Ran poster auction to benefit Urban Peak youth

2010 ADCD Gold Best of Category Illustration

2010 ADCD Gold Best of Category Printing

2010 Selected to design and print the HOW Design conference poster

2009 Selected as Icograda China conference photographer

2008 Ink Lounge partnered with Colorado Alliance of Illustrators to host members exhibit at Ink Lounge

2009 AIGA Idaho asked Ink Lounge to run a college workshop and speaker presentation to members

2009 Ink Lounge poster exhibit at the Foothills Arts Center in Goldern, CO

2009 ADCD Bronze Award DNCC Posters

2009 ADCD Silver Award Icograda George Poster

 

2008 Nicky and I spoke at a Conference in Venezuela about the AIGA XCD Sharing Dreams project

2008 Gave Desmond Tutu a high-5 – I was the designer for the PeaceJam LA conference

2008 Selected to design official DNCC posters

2008 Ink Lounge partnered with Colorado Alliance of Illustrators to host members exhibit at Ink Lounge

2007 Traveled with the Peace Jam Foundation to India, South Africa, Guatemala, England as photographer and designer for a documentary series about Nobel Peace Laureates and youth projects

2007 Nicky & Stu started Ink Lounge

2007 Selected to exhibit at the Icpograda Cuba conference as 1/100 world poster artists

2006 Designed all the collateral for the PeaceJam Denver conference – the largest gathering of Nobel Peace Laureates in US history

2005 Played violin in the MSCD University Symphony

2005 Married Nicole Myrsiades, a graphic designer I met through AIGA CO

2005 AIGA XCD Sharing Dreams Project, 1/7 USA designers to participate in exhibit in Havana, Cuba

2004 Invited to be a resident designer at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia – 6 weeks

2003 Invited to be an observer of the XX General Assembly of Icograda in Nagoya, Japan

2003 Won a painting competition that was judged by the head of Painting at RMCAD and a curator from the Denver Museum of Contemporary Art

2003 2 awards of merit in the inaugural AIGA Colorado 501c Advertising & Design Awards Show

2003 Commissioned to do a series of ten photographs that are on display at Sky Ridge Medical Center

2003 Exhibit of photography from a month in Paris

2003 Gold award from XPEDX for “Silo” identity

2002 Lived in Paris for a month

2002 Asked to be one of three judges for the AIGA Wichita Design awards show

2002 Named one of “50 Designers to Watch” by Graphic Design USA

2001 Asked to be the AIGA Colorado President

2001 Awarded Communication Designer of the Year by the Colorado American Cancer Society — pro-bono work for “Relay for Life” campaign

2000 Part of a team that won various awards for Copper Mountain campaign at the Denver Advertising Federation awards show

2000 Awarded Communication Designer of the Year by the Colorado American Cancer Society — pro-bono work for “Relay for Life” campaign

1999 Donated design for the Arthritis Foundation’s Jingle Bell Run poster, t-shirt and registration form

1998 Donated design for the Arthritis Foundation’s Jingle Bell Run poster, t-shirt and registration form

1998 Spread and interview in a book about effective usage of 2 color design

1998 Bronze award at ADCD annual awards for “Polar Bottle” packaging

1997 Donated design for the Arthritis Foundation’s Jingle Bell Run poster, t-shirt and registration form

1997 2 logos published in book of American identities

1997 Joined AIGA and served my first term on the Colorado board as co-education

1997 Played violin in the Longmont Symphony and Chamber Orchestra

1996 Silver award at ADCD annual awards for “Spank Snowboards” identity

1992 Silver award at ADCD annual student awards for “Catcher in the Rye” book jacket

1991 Won student poster competition for the Fort Collins Lincoln Center

1989 Recipient of a Colorado State University Music partial scholarship – violin

1987 Recipient of a Colorado State University Music partial scholarship – violin

1986 Recipient of Poudre High School art scholarship

1986 Recipient of a Colorado State University Music partial scholarship – violin

1986 Recipient of the Norlarco Credit Union good citizen scholarship

1986 Graduated high school 2nd time in Fort Collins - was missing credits to fulfill Colorado requirements

1985 Lived in New Zealand, graduated high-school

1983 Awarded best manners in 9th grade boys class

1976 Started taking violin lessons

1976 Lived in New Zealand for 1 year

1972 Drawing selected and printed in the Poudre Valley Rural Electric Associations Magazine – even got a $2 check!

1970 Moved to Colorado, grew up in the country between Fort Collins and Wellington

1967 Born in Moscow, Idaho

Volunteer

School & Non-Profit Workshops

I currently donate about 10+ hours a month, including most of the supplies, to schools and youth non-profit organizations to give them a chance to experience screen printing where I am able to show how I use my artistic skills professionally. It also allows me to have discussions on how art can be more than a just pretty picture. More Info

2019 – present

Mo’Print: committee chair

Volunteered as a committee member where I designed collateral and Ink Lounge donated space for a Mo’Print sponsored event called the Ink Mixer.

2016 & 2018

AIGA CO: Elevate participant + sponsor

Donated posters for several years where Ink Lounge became an official sponsor in 2017 where students had several meetings at the studio to go over screenprinting as an option to produce. We also partnered with VSA/Access Gallery to include their students in the event and ran a 3 week workshop so they had posters at the event. For 2018 we will partner again using our space for several meetings, plus the final exhibit will be held at Ink Lounge.

2015 – 2019

Knitting 4 Peace: board advisor

Worked and met with their board to advise on branding, board structure and initiatives.

2011-2018: Denver, CO

Cushman Club of America: board member

Volunteered to be the website coordinator in charge of re-branding and building a new website along with maintaining content.

August 2012 – August 2015

AIGA CO & ADCD: sponsor

Ink Lounge has donated screenprinting for various items for both organizations including: 2 years of posters for the ADCD Paper Fashion Show and assisted them in printing totes and volunteer T-shirts. I  designed/printed the AIGA CO 25th anniversary poster, where I also created and ran 3 events over 3 days with French Paper and Brian French for both professionals and students. I've designed/printed ADCD Art Bus posters and assisted printing shirts.

2010 – present

ico-D: conference photographer

Volunteered to be official Icograda conference photographer.

October 2009: Beijing, China

ico-D: conference photographer

Volunteered to be official Icograda conference photographer and awarded Lifetime Friend of Icograda.

October 2007: Havana, Cuba

AIGA XCD: sharing dreams co-organizer

Assisted and helped facilitate 2006 event, artist travel, exhibit and schedule of activities.

June 2006

AIGA CO: events director

June 2005 – March 2006

AIGA XCD: sharing dreams participant

Selected as 1 of 7 USA designers to participate with 7 Cuban designers on a joint exhibit to be held in Havana, Cuba.

June 2005: Havana, Cuba

AIGA National: chapter relief fund committee & chair

Sat on the committee one year, chaired the second to help rewrite the overall mission to include mentoring.

October 2003 – May 2006

AIGA XCD: vice president

Was part of the initial group that helped start, but became more involved with my experience with ICOGRADA.

October 2003 – May 2005

ico-D: general assembly observer & conference

Invited to be an observer and was the sole representative from the US. Also sang karaoke until 3:00am with many of the Board of Directors and the Director of the International Design Center.

October 2003: Nagoya, Japan

AIGA CO: regional liaison

Created and ran a 6-chapter conference in Las Vegas. Nominated Robert Taylor and helped run the first Fellows Awards for the Colorado Chapter.

June 2003 – May 2004

Scholars Unlimited: board member

Volunteered to be a board member to help the non-profit organization focus on marketing and branding.

2004: Denver, CO

Summer Toast: committee member

Sat on the planning committee for the creation and running of a industry collaboration (AIGA, AMA, PRSA, ADCD, etc. ) summer marketing networking event. Named event, designed the branding and wrote a proposal where proceeds would benefit a local non-profit focused on literacy.

2003: Denver, CO

The REVIEW: committee member

Helped oversee The Review, a college student graphic design portfolio review that was in collaboration with AIGA CO, the Art Director’s Club of Denver and the Denver Advertising Federation.

Spring 2002 – 2005

ico-D: North America regional meeting representative

Participated with other AIGA Presidents from the United States and gave a presentation about design in Colorado.

March 2002: Vancouver, Canada

AIGA CO: president

Restructured board, created director positions and implemented board nomination process. Helped create and facilitate monthly Buzz meetings for freelance designers. Focused on helping create more student groups and involvement. Rewrote National Handbook on Advisory Board structure and recommendations.

June 2001 – May 2003

AIGA CO & ADCD: studio tours chairperson

Created and facilitated monthly FAC design studio tours as a collaboration between AIGA CO and ADCD.

August 2000 – January 2002

AIGA CO: board member, student groups

November 1997 – July 1999

AIGA National: conferences attendee

1997 New Orleans, 1999 Las Vegas,  2002 Washington DC, 2003 Vancouver, 2005 Boston, 2007 Denver where I was the official photographer

AIGA National: leadership retreat attendee and presenter

1998 Phoenix, Arizona, 2001 Atlanta, Georgia, 2002 Seattle, Washington: led breakout session, 2003 Austin, Texas: led 2 breakout sessions

AIGA MidWest: leadership retreats attendee

2002 Omaha, Nebraska, 2003 Des Moines, Iowa

AIGA CO: member #32115

September 1997 – present: Denver, CO

 

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