I'm a bike-commuting art director, illustrator and motion graphics artist and I'm super-excited by the brand and promise of Unu.
I'm a locally engaged, creative urbanite, whose car is almost permanently parked in the garage. I relish moving through cities at a human pace. Scooters, bikes, skateboards, feet - all the things that aren't cars - bring people into urban spaces as participants, not passers-by. On a scooter, or a bike, you smell the bakery when you pass it. You hear the market one block over - and it's no big deal to make a detour. When you see a friend on the street, you can actually stop and chat. It's a humane and engaged way to live in a shared space and it should be available to everyone.
I would be thrilled to be a part of team that's trying to bring that way of living to more & more people.
I started my career as a copywriter at Ogilvy & Mather advertising. Remember "Hello Moto"? I wrote a lot of Moto-speak. I also wrote brand manifestos, ads and style guides for clients like Cisco, BP and Mattel.
As much as I liked it, I wanted to try something new so I worked hard & became an art director. Then I became a motion graphics designer and animator. I launched television shows, rebranded television networks and built fake User Interfaces for Batman. I brought 3d into my toolkit. I self-published a couple illustration books. I make maps & prints of bikes I saw on the street in Berlin.
It's a career arc with a lot of zigs & zags but the through line has always been telling stories.
Stories are why we get up every morning.
We grew up with our parents telling us stories. We tell our own stories about how we met our friends & significant others and about trips we took and things we did.
We look for stories out in the world. We read stories. We watch them. We live our own stories.
I've been fortunate enough to work with storytellers my whole career. I've helped bring their stories to life and I've written my own.
I'll keep doing this as long as I'm alive.
(Drawing in the airport before our last trip to Berlin.)
We currently live in LA but could not be more ready to move to Berlin. It is, hands-down, our favorite city in the world. The first picture is me riding through Templehofer field.
We're back in Berlin from late May through early June. I would love the opportunity to come in and meet you all.
I truly am excited about the opportunity to work on a brand with the mission of getting people out into their world. Engaged and active citizens are what make great cities exceptional. I would love to be part of making cities exceptional.