I am a writer, award-winning but humble designer, decorator, artist, hooligan, and entrepreneur. I live in escapism and use creativity as an outlet. I currently reside in rural Western Iowa with my wife and daughters. I am a music and movie fanatic. Among those things previously mentioned - I golf. I enjoy politics and American history. Fiction or non-fiction, I'll read either. I have a deep interest in tattooing - especially American traditional.
If you don’t know me personally, I’m a movie fanatic. Some of my favorites include:
The Exorcist, The Shawshank Redemption, Army of Darkness, The Matrix Trilogy, V for Vendetta, 30 Days of Night, The Underworld series, Evil Dead, Hori Smoku Documentary, Rumors of War III, Marvel movies, Donnie Darko, Pulp Fiction, American History X and many more.
I’ve had a fascination with music for as long as I can remember. It’s one of the best therapies I know of. Some of my favorites include:
Alice In Chains, Hurt, Chevelle, Static X, Rob Zombie, The Cringe, Device, Citizen Cope, Sweatshop Union, A Perfect Circle, Muse and many more depending on my mood.
I enjoy reading books and graphic novels when I have time.
1984, Common Sense, The Brand You 50, Arguing with Idiots, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series, The Little Red Book of Selling, Lord of the Flies, Where the Red Fern Grows, Cell, 30 Days of Night, Outcast, Marvel works
Creativity shines through in many different ways. Primarily, I write, and do graphic/web design.
I am available for freelance work. Contact me here and we’ll see if we’re a good fit.
I also enjoy drawing, painting (occasionally), photography, tinkering and decorating.
Skills // Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Muse, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign, Typography, Layout, Copywriting, Content Creation, Project Management, Web Design, Business Development, Internet Advertising, Print Advertising, Vinyl Application, Conceptualization (Think Tank)
Lutheran Men in Mission Website w/Premier SEO
Power-Lift Website w/Beyond Imagination
Rockin Retro Car Show 2015
Pizza Hut Insert Side B w/ Beyond Imagination
Pizza Hut Insert Side A w/Beyond Imagination
Homestead Cruise-In 2016 Flyer
Guthrie’s Rockin’ Retro Car Show 2016 Flyer
Guthrie’s Rockin’ Retro Car Show 2016 Logo
Arcadia Meats Website w/ Premier SEO
Solutions for SNF 2016 Event w/ Premier SEO
Global Nexus Initiative Website w/ Premier SEO
Beyond Imagination Website 3.0
Midwest Data Management Logo
Midwest Data Management Logo Concepts
Project Twelve II – Lutheran Men in Mission
Project Twelve Logo – Lutheran Men in Mission
60 Years Poster 12×18
No Grease No Glory Vinyl Decal
Trausch Glass Doors – Logo Concepts w/ Beyond Imagination
We Are All Charlie – Flyer
Simply Chic Print Items
Nishna Valley Cycle w/ Herald Publishing Co.
Robinson Implement Ad w/ Herald Publishing
CCSB Ad w/ Herald Publishing
Simply Chic Logo
Crossgrain Business Cards
Baby Shower Invite
Crossgrain 11×17 Poster
Angila Tremblay – Business Card
Cory Wittrock – Business Card
Premier SEO Online Advertisement
Matt Wittrock Construction
Origin Brothers Business Cards
Origin Brothers Logo B
Origin Brothers Logo A
Mark June’s Lures – with Beyond Imagination
hm salon suites logo – with Beyond Imagination
hm salon suites – with Beyond Imagination
Sherbondy’s Website – with Beyond Imagination
PartyTime Fundraising – with Beyond Imagination
Creative Counseling Services – with Beyond Imagination
Don’s Vehicles, Inc Website/Logo – with Beyond Imagination
Zion Lutheran Church Website
Partnerships 4 Familes Website w/ Premier SEO
Monarc Technologies -with Beyond Imagination
Ryan’s Computer Repair – Business Cards
Ryan’s Computer Repair – Logo Evolution
Origin Brothers – Business Card Design
The Memiors // These are my adventures. This is me going for broke and highlighting my successes and failures along the way. My latest projects and any advice on design, marketing and creating. I used to blog before that was the "thing" to do. I've deleted most of my blogs over the years solely because they didn't feel authentic - they felt forced. I'm working on changing that - here. (Disclaimer - I provide no warranties, guarantees or liabilities in relation to the content of this blog.)
Drip drop from copper faucets
Copper pots and pans copper
Pennies brushed nickel ceiling
Fans aluminum cans
Point with titanium joints
An iron man with an iron hide
Open me up – what’s inside?
Ambient glow outter light becomes inner
Slow repentant life of a sinner they said
Wait good things will come I’m dead
Guess the good things took too long
With the exception of the daisies
I’m pushing up while wearing a paisley
Tie and suit I didn’t even pick out myself.
ideas, ideals and a passion for (almost) all things creative has been a personal tagline that I’ve had as part of my branding for the last couple years.
To this day it still sums up my approach to work and life. Whether I’m getting paid to create a functional new website for a client or drawing with my 5 year old daughter. My daughter has taught me so much about being creative. She lets her ideas flow with reckless abandon. She puts it all on the paper and I’ve been working on doing the same. To create for the sake of creating and not for monetary reasons. She’s really helped me embrace creative avenues that I love but may not be the most talented at. I’ve starting drawing and illustrating again – something I hadn’t focused on at all in over a decade. She’s even got me interested in painting. I’m no longer worried about being the best or comparing my work to others – I leave it all on the page.
I was born and raised in rural western Iowa. That neighborly mentality is how I approach all my interactions. I do what I say I’m going to do when I say I’m going to do it. I think honest relationships whether business or personal are becoming harder and harder to come by and I won’t associate myself with dishonest people. Life’s too short to play games.
This year I’ve been determined to change my perspective…that life is a journey not a destination. It relax more…be anxious less and enjoy the simple things that life offers. Sounds cliche, but I ad spent a lot of time so worried and focused on the future I missed out on the present. Throughout the last 12 months, I’ve been taking small but meaningful steps towards living life the way I’ve always wanted. Instead trying to leap I’ve been much more strategic and it’s paid off – I’ve launched Origin Brothers, LLC as well as self-published my first book. Don’t let your passion go dormant – live it everyday.
If you’re visiting my site for the first time – please take some time and read some of the poetry/wordplay posts below. I’d love to hear your thoughts!