Born and raised in Utah, went to college in Las Vegas, and graduated with high honors. I love all things design even though it’s taken my a while to figure it out. I used to think that computer science was the career field for me even though I spent most of my younger years doodling and creating logos for everything. It finally clicked for me, that design was the path for me when, after failing to understand computer science in college, I realized I needed to find something that I loved doing. Luckily for me I had a boss who was a graphic designer on the side and encouraged me to download Illustrator and Photoshop trials and play around with them. I was instantly hooked and knew I’d found what I wanted to do with the rest of my life. I spent the next few years of my life going to school and learning everything I possibly could about design. I landed my first design job at a dental manufacturing company at Ultradent Products, Inc. as a jr. web designer. I spent most of my time designing/coding emails and banners for their website. I was promoted to Web Designer after 18 months and was given sole responsibility over all the email designing and coding, but I still have the opportunity to design banners and landing pages, and the ocaillonals logo.
When I’m not designing I spend my time with my boy or redesigning my wife’s website. I really enjoy photography, but rarely find the time to practice it. I enjoying going to movies, usually anything by Marvel, Christopher Nolan, or JJ Abrams. I also am an avid runner and hope to run my first half marathon this year. I’m also an unofficial evangelist for Apple and I wear red chucks.
Since I’m a web designer, this is probably my 4th or 5th version of this page. All of the HTML and CSS was hand-coded in brackets. It runs on bootstrap. All the graphics were created in either Photoshop or Illustrator.
Here’s a look at the tools I use the most when working on my various projects.
Adobe Creative Cloud for all my designing and creating of stuff. While I’m not a fan of their new subscription based payment plan (I think it makes the product more unstable) I use it at work, and until there is a better alternative it will be what I use.
I’ve been playing with Adobe XD, and even though it's still in beta it has a lot of potential, and I'm quite enjoying it. I don't know if I'll ever design a complete website in Photoshop again.
Other utilities I use most are, Apple Notes to keep all my thoughts organized and connected across all my devices without having to pay monthly. I use Rescue Time to track my productivity level, 1Password for all my passwords, and DayOne for any random thoughts or experiences I want to remember.
I also track my health pretty religiously and use gyrosco.pe app to do that. The apps I use to track my health are, Strava for running, It works great with my Nike+ Apple Watch. I use Withings Body Cardio to track my weight and blood pressure. I use myfitnesspal to track my calorie intake.
For hardware, I use an iMac 5k at work and a MacBook Pro at home. I don’t go anywhere without my iPhone or Apple Watch, and usually my iPad Pro isn’t far away.