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Like most of life's journeys mine did not unfold in a straight line. Growing up in a small town in Germany where career paths are often determined in grade school I never expected to find myself working as a graphic designer in America. Right out of high school working in a trade offered the best chance of indepen… Read More
Like most of life's journeys mine did not unfold in a straight line. Growing up in a small town in Germany where career paths are often determined in grade school I never expected to find myself working as a graphic designer in America. Right out of high school working in a trade offered the best chance of independence so I became a dental technician. But soon another path beckoned and I moved to Ireland where I herded goats and pursued painting and photography. It was there that I met a backpacker from Los Angeles and followed her across the pond, unpacking almonds in a chocolate factory to earn my way.

We married and I went on to attend Santa Monica College of Design, Art and Architecture where I was lucky to be taught by some of the top designers in the country. The interdisciplinary nature of the curriculum there became the foundation for my professional life as a graphic designer and photographer.

In 1994 I graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago with a BFA in Photography and Visual Communications.

As Design Director at Rand McNally, I lead an interdisciplinary design team developing award winning projects from corporate identity and collateral to product development and marketing.

I continue to take pictures and, developing new series of photographic projects. I published two books of my photographs, "Unmoved" in 2009 and "The Road Not Taken" in 2010. A selection of work from the "Unmoved" series was exhibited in 2011 at J. Andrews Salon in Chicago. In 2012 a collection from the same series was included in a curated online exhibition at photographyserved.com.

I have also served on the Board of Directors for the American Institute of Graphic Arts Chicago from 2002 to 2003 and as Vice President of the Society of Typographic Arts Chicago from 2012 to 2013. Read Less
Member Since: Aug 18, 2010