I'm Derek, a well-rounded creative living in Portland, OR and I most enjoy working in the Adventure, Dystopian and Science Fiction genres.
Midwest-bred, my mother told me I had trouble going to bed since I was a child. In my later years, I used that to my advantage and started teaching myself how to code by deconstructing some of my favorite websites and pouring over the few books available. It's been a wild ride, but 15 years later I'm still clacking away on a keyboard. My work has brought me all over the country and in many different industries tuned with a focus on the invisible details that make a good project great.
My ability to be both a hybrid creative and focus on both design and develop makes me an invaluable partner.
• Web UI, logo and brand design
• Design of all marketing and branded material in-house and public
• Coordination with upper management in regard to company development
• Site maintenance
• Web Design
• Interface Development
• Motion graphics
• Interactive applications
• DNN Skinning
• C# Web Application Skinning and Structure
• Client Support
• Rapid application development
Focusing on a lightweight modular grid, we streamlined ten years worth of Chicago Magazine content and made it flexible for various reading platforms. I was in charge of creating HTML and CSS templates to implement in the magazine’s content management system. Typically when you move your mouse off a button even the slightest bit, its drop-down menu disappears, which is a pain in the butt. I fixed this by adding an invisible space around the drop down. Luke Seemann, Chicago Magazine’s Managing Editor of Digital, said a few kind words about it in a Society for News Design interview, which you can find here. The site now reads fantastically, and Luke has done an excellent job pushing our base forward. I’m always excited to see the site when I click on a social media link.
Frances is an immensely talented artist, and it was an honor to work with her and fellow designers Kyle and Steve on this project.
In 2013, we launched its first phase as a static one-page site utilizing skrollr for scrolling animations and the color changing at the top. With this as a base, we released the full site, adding projects, press, and a bio page. I created a great experience using Kirby CMS to manage the site’s content, crafting custom fields and templates. Watching the site become populated as Frances continues her work is and will continue to be, very exciting.
I was thrilled when Mae asked me to create her new logo and website. It'd had been quite a few years since Mae, and I had a chance to work on a project together and the last one, Audio Vision, came out great. We started by exploring an optically inspired path to create the logo. Then added motion and color to highlight the movement of the static shapes. Everything we learned from the logo exploration regarding movement, color play, and form collection directed the site creation. The final product is an unyielding collection of expression both in the design and depth of Mae’s work.
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