An artist and graphic designer based in northern Michigan.
I've been a creator all my life. I've always loved to draw. I attended Saginaw Valley State University and received a B.A. in Graphic Design (with a minor in English), then moved to northern Michigan where I started a career in web development and design with my colleague Jon Roth on January 1, 2000. He and I still work together today.
A lot of experiences filled the intervening years. Most important was marrying my lovely and talented wife Emily Betz Tyra. We moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin for nearly a decade and then moved back to northern Michigan again. I've worked with all manner of clients and expanded the boundaries of what I thought I could do. I've found more room for illustration in my design projects and that has brought me great joy and more confidence. I can respond to most design challenges with at least a respectable attempt — and sometimes my work is pretty good.
My goal as a designer is to provide a little surprise, however nuanced, that makes something stand out from the noise. It's got to be a good surprise, nothing too shocking. If possible I like to tell a story, however short. If I can make someone laugh, that's a great bonus. I care about doing the work well and keeping it fun.
Let's talk about your project. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org