"Rocky blew me away by how fast he sent over concepts, made revisions, and got to final designs. Very rare these days. Can't wait to hire him again."

− Dann Petty

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− Aaron Draplin

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Journey | Manifest Destiny: The Designer Edition

| Branding, Client Work, Dribbble, Illustration, Lifestyle Journey, Personal Work, UI/ UX, Web | No Comments
So for anyone who follows me on social media, you probably have already heard about my next great adventure. Next week I will be moving cross country to sunny San Diego! Its such a huge leap going from the east coast to the west coast, but I'm super excited about it. A couple of weeks ago, I flew out to San Diego(my second trip) to interview at Digital Telepathy. First before I go on, let me tell you... they have an AMAZING office! Back when I was in San Diego in early June for Valio Con I met an awesome guy by the name of Dustin LaMont, who works at DT. We simply chatted a couple of times here and there over the very long conference and followed each other on twitter. Now, I've always believed in networking but I've never thought that just this simple interaction would lead to me moving over 2,000 miles cross country! I won't be the only one making this long journey to California. My mom and two of our dogs will be braving the long drive from Savannah to San Diego. Its going to be exciting making the trip out there with her and the...
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Currently | Unsplash Website

| Dribbble, Personal Work, UI/ UX, Web | One Comment
Over the course of the last few weeks, I've been working on a fun little web design exercise. Some of you may know the blog, Unsplash(if you don't go check them out! They are freaking AWESOME!). Well, I decided that it was time that they have their own website instead of just a tumblr blog to host their amazing photographs. As some of you know, I've recently started to branch out into web design and thought this would be a great way to really test my newly developing skills. Since I started on this project, there have been two awesome guys who have helped me by critiquing my work and giving me pointers along the way, Peter Deltondo & Dustin LaMont. Definitely go check out their work on dribbble! They both have been a huge help for me since I have struck out on my own. Looking forward to working with them more in the future! Below you will see some of the full web pages that I've created so far for the website. I'm still not finished quite yet but I wanted to at least show everyone what the website looks like so far. If anyone has any suggestions,...
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Food for Thought | The Importance of Side Projects

| Branding, Client Work, Dribbble, Illustration, Lifestyle Journey, Motion Graphics, Personal Work, UI/ UX, Web | No Comments
A couple of weeks ago I started this illustration series. Its been a fun exercise that I've done late at night or during the day when I've had a little free time in between projects. When you put aside time to create things just for fun, you really get to stretch your creative imagination a lot more than just working on client work. That is one thing I have found recently. If I have a little bit of creative block on a project, I will just switch over to a quick little side project like this one here. After I finish the piece I find that my creative block is gone and I can really get back into the groove of things! I'm not saying that something like this can help everyone or even help every time. Its just something that I find works, at least for now. As creatives we are always pushed and pushed and pushed again to squeeze every little bit of creative juice that is floating up there in our grey matter. Sometimes we need a little something, something that helps to stimulate our creative minds. We need to do something that is fun for us....
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Lifestyle | Weightloss Journey

| Lifestyle Journey | 8 Comments
Last year after our big office party, I came to the realization that I wasn’t happy with myself and how I had let my weight get out of control again in my life. I remember saying to myself, “Hey! You’ve got your dream job, but what about the life you have always wanted?” At that moment I decided that I wanted to make some real life changes. To set the stage, here’s a little back story. I have struggled with my weight since elementary school and even started dieting that far back. I remember other kids teasing me and calling me horrible names. Fat Ass. Wide Load. At the age of 11 I was already wearing a Mens XL and by 14 I was wearing a 3XL. I remember taking gym class in high school and having to run timed miles. My best time when we started? Over 16 minutes. Every day was a struggle to get up and go to school. As my mom would attest, I never wanted to go. From ages 10 to 18, I missed the maximum number of days each year of school. I hated the way people looked at and treated me, which only...