A Little History
I ended up in the design world kind of by accident. Art was something that always interested me and was at one time an option as a college major. In the early '90s, while figuring out what it was I wanted to do, a good friend and I discovered Oil The Music Magazine. What began as a writing gig quickly evolved into getting my hands dirty with layout. It was a glorious time of obnoxious gradients and chunky drop shadows. I was bitten by the design bug and haven't looked back since.
I went on to be the editor-in-chief of The Chieftain at Black Hawk College in Moline, Ill. and then later The Buzz at St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa. The hands-on experience I'd picked up helped me land a job designing ads in the Creative Services department at the Quad-City Times. I quickly jumped over to the newsroom, getting my feet wet laying out the stock report and obituary pages. In short time, I was taking on meatier pages like the Q-C Area front and, eventually, Page 1A. A couple of years later, I made the move to the features department. With a little more creative flexibility and a supervisor who challenged me, I produced several award-winning page layouts. I was with the QC Times for 10 years.
The next step in my career came in 2005, with an offer to be the Design Editor of QC Magazine. For the next several years, I was able to design in full-color glossy and bring together some amazing stories and photos of the people and places of the Quad Cities.
In the fall of 2009, I set out on my own. Orange Guy, Inc. was hatched. I was officially open for business on 01-01-10.
A Bit About Myself
I was born in Peoria, Ill. About the time I was 4, my parents moved to the QC and were kind enough to let me tag along. Other than a short stay in Davenport during my Ambrose days, I've lived on the Illinois side of the QC for more than 30 years. I met my wife while we both worked at the Milan Hy-Vee back in the early '90s. We set up camp in Milan and now have two kids.
In my freetime, I'm either playing disc golf or riding one of my scooters. Or riding one of my scooters to go play disc golf. I'm a pretty decent cook and I'm no stranger to a sewing machine.
What's With the Orange Guy?
This question will come up sooner or later, so I might as well come clean. I enjoy Star Wars. Maybe more than most people. Several years ago, a lot of friends were dressing up as Jedi or Stormtroopers, but I tackled the X-Wing Pilot costume ... and it's a lot of orange. So, in a sea of brown robes and white armor, I was the orange guy.
Why is there an MD at the end of your URL?
I'm not a doctor, but I play one on TV. No, that's not it. Honestly, orangeguy.com was taken and rather than get involved with hyphens, I chose to add MD. Originally, it meant "mostly design" as I intended to take on other projects outside of the design world. It has since taken on the meaning "media design" which is a better match for what I offer.