Experience

And Here We Are

Owner & Design Director
2014 — present, Columbus, OH

As owner and design director — along with my partner/wife, Meghan — I am the creative lead on all branding, web, digital, and print projects. In addition to creative direction and design, I am also responsible for all account and project management — from producing detailed estimates and establishing production timelines to allocating specialty vendors. With And Here We Are also being a letterpress printing studio, I am actively involved in the printing of client projects and AHWA's own retail line of goods. 

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Fitch

Senior Designer
August 2016 — present, Columbus, OH

Over the last several months, I have been a dedicated designer for the development of Hilton Hotels new master-brand identity and guidelines. With the new Hilton master-brand currently rolling out across multiple platforms, I am currently reinterpreting and applying those design systems for a total identity overhaul of their Hilton Hotels & Results flagship brand.    

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Thinkso Creative

Digital Design Director
2012 — 2013, New York, NY

I oversaw all digital projects at this small branding agency. As the sole digital creative, my responsibilities included discovery, UX, user testing, design, production, HTML/CSS coding, and project QA. I was responsible for maintaining and updating the agency's website, as well as its other digital properties. While most of my duties landed under the site design umbrella, print and branding/identity design were a large concentration as well. Working with the agency's partners, strategy and project management teams, I was active in pursuing and pitching new business leads. 


VML

Art Director
2010 — 2012, New York, NY

As art director, I collaborated on multiple campaigns for national and international clients. My main duties included overall concept development, storyboarding, design, production, and some basic coding. I worked closely with strategy, development, and tech teams to launch several large sites — from the U.S. Olympic Committee for the 2012 London Olympics to the real estate giant Cushman Wakefield. 


Weber Shandwick

Senior Designer
2009 — 2010, New York, NY

My team launched Weber Shandwick's nationwide in-house design studio throughout its 10+ design-capable offices. In addition to the overall branding and rollout of The Studio, we were responsible for establishing the policies and workflow of The Studio. I was responsible for concept, design, and production of printed and digital materials in New York office. Weber Shandwick is an IPG company and is the world's largest public relations firm.


Fathom Creative

Senior Designer
2007 — 2009, New York, NY

I was responsible for designing printed and digital materials for the agency's largest client, Weber Shandwick Worldwide along with projects for small business and non-profit groups. Projects included identity design, sales brochures, award submissions, direct mailers, and HTML newsletters. Presentation materials included PowerPoint presentations, information graphics, posters, event signage, and environmental graphics. At Fathom, I managed diverse teams on-site under tight deadlines for large new business pitches. My team's work has resulted in a majority of wins for Weber Shandwick.


Kanter International (now Finch Brands)

Designer
2006 — 2007, Philadelphia, PA

I designed and developed national advertising campaigns and product launches. I collaborated with copywriters and marketing teams to develop advertising materials including sales brochures, print/web advertisements, web layout, and CES trade show signage. I designed sales materials for point-of-sale displays in retail outlets like Best Buy and Walmart.


Education

Philadelphia University
BA in Graphic Design Communication, 2001 — 2005
Concentration: Branding & Identity

About John

I was born and raised in the woods of South Jersey just minutes away from the Atlantic Ocean. I graduated from Philadelphia University’s School of Design, with a background in branding, advertising, and web/digital design. After several internships and my first career job in Philadelphia, I moved to the Big Apple in 2007 with two dollars in my pocket and suitcase full of dreams. I then followed my wife’s whims and moved into a crooked Victorian house in Columbus, Ohio in 2015 where we established our design and letterpress printing studio, And Here We Are. When I'm not mixing inks or pushing pixels around, you can find me tinkering on any of my  two-wheeled vehicles, walking Martha, or cruising Spotify for super obscure metal bands