Founder of Design-Twenty1, Inc.
Born a ‘Creative’
Ever since I was a little boy, I was always dabbling with crayons, markers, wood & glue. My imagination kicked on at a very young age.
In elementary and high school (there was no junior high), I would take every art & music classes. I won several awrds and praised for my creative works. I would enter the county fiar, student art shows and then eventually taking my art to higher levels.
Art Career Path
When I was 16 years old, I split my education between academics and Commercial Art & Graphics (CA) program at the local vocational technical school. During my tenure at CA, I was exposed to a brand new Apple Computer Lab, and I was lucky to be one of hte first to learn under new direction at the time, CA instructor, Dennis O’Laughlin.
He helped pave the way of my success while winning several design competitions, including the Regional High School Portfolio Review hosted by the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. I went head-to-head with a friend, Kristen Bell, and we both eneded up winning 1st place. Our artwork went on to a national competition and we both placed. Kristen placed 1st and I landed in the top 10 nationally.
Landing in Pittsburgh
At the age of 18, I landed in Pittsburgh and was about to embark on a journey called, college. I studied at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh and kept very busy with excelling in all my classes and working full-time to earn an income. During college, I primarily worked at Hometowne Sports in Station Square as an assistant manager. I got to experience the city and the sports that it so dearly loves, and coincidently, I became a fan of all Pittsburgh sports teams.
My First Real Job
Upon graduating the Art Institute of Pittsbrugh with my Bachelor of Science Degree in Graphic Design, I landed a Senior Graphic Design position with an advertising agency downtown. This was what I call, “My First Real Job.” I did that for a few years and moved on to pursue experience in printing with a small shop in Washington County, PA.
Years of Creative Expereince
First 10 years
I have been blessed with many design opportunities working for various clients and companies throughout Pittsburgh. Just to name a few, I worked for the following:
Vaughn Creative Group
Dick’s Sporting Goods
River Pediatric Therapies
Autism Center of Pittsburgh
Come Ready Nutrition
TMD Holdings, LLC