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History

This narrative explination of my education/career history is even more exhaustive than my resume. It's really just here for no other reason than to entertain those who like reading this kind of thing.

Education

I went to Montessori, then public school for 5-8th grade, then Brighton High School in Rochester NY. I started college by going to Pratt Institute's Manhattan campus and got an asssociate's degree in Illustration. From there I transferred to the Brooklyn campus to try fine art painting for a couple semesters. It wasn't for me, and it took me a while to realize that I'm better off trying to combine my interest in working with computers and working creatively. I wrapped up by Bachelor's degree at Atlanta College of Art (which has since been purchased by SCAD) with a "Computer Art" major.

Career

At the end of my Atlanta College of Art experience, I took an internship with a tiny company called Arthouse (there are now other companies using that name) setup to design/build websites. I learned on the job and over time how to translate my Photoshop/Illustrator skills into creative development for the web.

My second job was for a department within Georgia Institute of Technology called CEISMC (Center for Learning Integrating Science, Mathematics and Computing) where I coordinated website design and builds for various projects.

My third job was sort of like a return to Arthouse, some of the same key people were there, but they had merged with a west coast company called Lightspeed and adopted their name. They were also larger and using an entire top floor of a building in downtown Atlanta. This was during the dot-com boom. Then the bust happened, and people around me were let go. It was at this time I took the advice of my friend Robert to start a blog and double down on learning CSS better.

For a very short while I worked at another company who's name I can't even remember. I brought a friend from Lightspeed along to join me there. It was only a matter of months before we decided to leave and start our own company.

My friend Arturo and I ran our company Twinsparc in Decatur for five years. We designed websites, created our own social media site called "Say-So", and had a great time making it work. Eventually it became clear that just barely making it work was about as far as were going to get.

For my next job I joined a very design-focused agency called Armchair. The owners here were all ex-CNN dot com folks who had left after a merger. They ran things as efficiently as a newsroom, but with plenty of opportunity for creativity to flourish. I stayed there until they were closing (and were later purchased), a total of about ten years.

Now I work for a very tech-focused agency called Content Thread. We build websites and products that are mostly focused around Adobe's content management platform called AEM. At Content-Thread I've had the pleasure and opportunity to work with clients in an on-going long-term basis. It really changes what you can acoomplish on a project when the experience is measured in years instead of weeks.