In 1983, after graduating from North Carolina State University School of Design (now NCSU College of Design) I opened a graphic design studio, Number Nine, at 9 Glenwood Avenue in Raleigh, NC. At Number Nine I designed graphic identities, annual reports, newsletters, and marketing materials for entrepreneurs, non-profits, and corporations. As the workload increased I hired and art-directed two successive NCSU College of Design graduates; each stayed for several years and went on to have successful graphic design careers. Active in the local design community, in 1985 I co-founded—along with David Burney and Nancy Ahrens—the thriving Raleigh Chapter of the AIGA (American Institute of Graphic Arts).
Duke University Press
In 1995, Duke University Press offered me a position as their Journals Designer. For the next two decades I designed journal covers, interiors, and marketing materials for both print and online display. I collaborated with editors to create contemporary, accessible graphic identities for their academic journals. I worked closely with in-house production and editorial teams to ensure that our journals’ typesetting, layout, and production standards were consistent from issue to issue. Over the years I art-directed three successive Journals designers and one Journals Marketing designer, all of whom enhanced the growing journals program and eventually moved on to further their graphic design careers. I was also involved in redefining Duke University Press’s brand and online presence, which changed immeasurably from 1995 to 2018, when I left.
Coming full circle
After so many years of working for a university press, I am enjoying having my own business again and resuming my work as a freelance graphic designer and art director. The world of graphic design has never been more exciting than it is right now, and I welcome every artistic challenge, no matter how small or large, whether it deals with publication design, graphic identity, or the mysteries of marketing. Please reach out if you have a project and you need some help.