Current / Recent Work
One of the most intriguing projects that I'm working on is a four foot Godzilla-esque bronze sculpture that will atop a time capsule to be opened in 100 years. Such an awesome project with a huge team of collaborators known as the Time Bandits.
I'm also collaborating to reinvent online journalism. The current advertising model is broken and hated, so we believe innovation is in order. It's been called a Medium-killer.
Bear James (a B-Corp) continues to grow the ability to work on projects specifically relating to kids and families. Books, events, and the supremely awesome Thinga are the result. I'm looking forward to launching the magazine soon as time permits. We've also recently created the Bear James Foundation, a non-profit arm specifically designed for projects that relate to kids and families.
2016 was fun and challenging. I was able to work on some interesting and potentially life-changing projects doing a fair bit of product design and brand work, notably working with the Austin mayor on the Thumbs Up campaign. Edible Polyn Skincare, Lemon Lounge, Earthly Labs, The Vessel Art Experience, Time for Tacos, and Sun Wax Co.
Of course, the glorious Verde Camp, amazing homes for adventurers and traveling dignitaries was sold in 2017 after 10 years of operation. Emotional but also excited about what's just over the horizon!Skills
Executive leadership, board leadership, public speaking, creative direction, brand strategy, experience design, non-profits, startups, UX, UI, brand workshops, web/mobile, packaging, product, environmental, terrestrial, 3D, digital 2D, concept art, storyboards, graphic design, and illustration.
Interests, Volunteer, Investment
I'm lucky to be able to incorporate many of my outside interests into my work, including Illustration, adventuring/travel, fine art, engaging kids & families, non-profits and other civic-minded work. I've proudly invested in Verde Camp, Stag Provisions, Fleet Coffee, Blue Avocado, and Earthly.
Quick Timeline (more updates soon)
Graduated The University of Texas in Austin, and began designing posters and other marketing material at the Performing Arts Center. A year later I started my own illustration and design. During this time, I did some freelance for Virtual Studios which later became Frog Austin. Some of the work I did was drawing icons for a small, no-name company in Sunnyvale, California called Yahoo!
About that same time, I got job offer in the Bay area to do concept art and storyboarding for a small tech company called Simply. I also dressed up in a ping-pong ball suit and became a 3D animated taxi driver in a funky place called Internet the City. After a few months at the end of 1996, I realized that working at Yahoo! was probably the better plan. I worked on so many projects at Yahoo!, it's hard to name them all, but a few of the most notable ones were Yahoo! Kids, Music, Shopping, Autos, Sports, Games, Weather, and a TON of brand and marketing projects. Yahoo's where I got my early UI and UX chops. My work with Yahoo! Kids would later translate to Thinga. I remember one of my earliest projects was some of the first e-greetings ever made, and I worked on some of the first iconography for mobile phones. So many wonderful times and memories, but that was a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away (oh and I also shook hands with George Lucas!).
From there, I opened Base Fine Art Gallery which operated full-time for almost four years, and then transitioned to artist studios for another three. We had amazing artists every step of the way, some of who have gone on to incredible success.
During this time in San Francisco we projects movies outside in a field overlooking downtown San Francisco that we called the Potrero Walk-Ins. Every week or so for about 5 years we would get up to 100 intrepid movie watchers. People donated popcorn and candy, and somewhat illegally obtained copies of movies were part of it's success. Huge thanks to everyone that helped make that project SO MUCH FUN.
But alas, in late 2004 it was time to move back to Austin and raise a family. Design consulting and art-making continued, as well as the rise of Verde Camp. I started a wonderful little tech venture with some friends named Dipity, an online tool allowing people to explore timelines in new ways.
Eventually, I was VP of Design at Spanning. I'm very proud of the work and team, that eventually went on to be acquired by EMC, which as then acquired by Dell.