I’m a designer, husband and father living and working in Western Michigan. I created Mind Vault and host a podcast called The Way Station. I use this site to post my work and write. If you want to talk feel free to contact me on Twitter or ADN. You can also find me on Dribbble.
The Amway Grand Plaza is a historic hotel in downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan. It has a rich history and serves as a destination for travelers, business people, conference attendees, and more. They approached Mighty in the Midwest, in partnership with kantorwassink, to design a new website for them and I had the opportunity to work on the project as designer and developer. Throughout the project we placed an emphasis on the beautiful photography from the hotel, chose refined color and typographic palettes, and created small elements of visual intrigue with animation and motion. Visit Amway Grand’s website or see more on Dribbble.
Hand2Hand is a charitable organization that connects schools with a local church. The church then provides food filled backpacks for needy students to take home over the weekend. With over sixty schools and forty churches partnered in western Michigan, the growing organization needed a new website that signaled to potential partners the effect they have already had and the seriousness they bring to their efforts to combat hunger in the community. The team at Mighty in the Midwest helped them build a site that will grow with them as they continue doing good.
Geekbench, from Primate Labs, is the premiere tool for capturing performance benchmarks on a variety of platforms and devices, used by tech enthusiasts, companies and reporters. Geekbench 3.0 was released in August 2013 with separate single and multi-core scores and new workloads that simulate real-world scenarios. I worked with the great team at Primate Labs to establish a new design that would establish a unique identity for Geekbench. Considering the timing of the release it was important to make the app fit in appropriately with Apple’s newly released iOS 7. It was a great project and it’s a great app, check it out.
Mind Vault is my first iOS app and helps you memorize any passage of text.
I came up with the idea for Mind Vault shortly after my second child was born and the lack of sleep began to effect my thinking. Training my braining through memorizing inspirational passages seemed like a good idea. Quickly the implications of creating an iOS app became apparent. I set to learning Objective-C and the necessary Cocoa Frameworks on my ferry commute to and from work.
Over the course of nine months I went from no programming experience to launching Mind Vault: The Memorization Assistant on the App Store. The design process involved the interface, icons and website. Learn more about Mind Vault at the website or get it at the App Store.
This is a video that I worked on with Push Design for AIGA Seattle’s Design Marks Week. The tongue in cheek tone and observational style was inspired by nature documentaries. Check out the rest of the videos created by design firms around Seattle.
ProjectManagement.com, formerly gantthead, came to Push Design to redesign their website. When designing the site I set out to establish a clear hierarchy and easy reading experience. Check out the site here.
Dr Gregory Keyes approached Push Design to the website for his local practice. As a community based business he needed his patients to have access wherever they were. I implemented and expanded the desktop design to make it responsive. You can see the site here.
HealthPath Washington is a Medicare/Medicaid Integration project for Washington State. They needed an identity for their proposal that reflected the diversity of the Medicare/Medicaid population and portrayed their humanity.
The Sound Health & Wellness Trust approached Push Design to create regular mailings to inform their participants of their available health benefits. The postcards were a constant opportunity to play with typography and engage the target audience.