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Since 1980


I've made a living on empathy, charm, and an uncanny ability for telling bad jokes.

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Since 1980


I've made a living on empathy, charm, and an uncanny ability for telling bad jokes.

Left-Brained

I'm a Midwestern kid, and I'm proud of it. We've been raised to finish what we start, live intentionally, and put function first. We value usefulness and logic. And I got to be pretty good at it. But against the advice of guidance counselors and grandmothers, I didn't go into science or engineering.

Right-Brained

I was the art kid. The finish-your-math-test-and-doodle-on-the-back kid. I wanted to put the world in a logical order, but I wanted to do it in a beautiful way. For almost two decades I've made a home in design—in some form or another—coupling my love for clear purpose and elegant aesthetics.

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Work


Do not hire a man who does your work for money, but him who does it for love of it.
Henry David Thoreau 

Work


Do not hire a man who does your work for money, but him who does it for love of it.
Henry David Thoreau 

Sparkbox

I currently serve as the UX Director for Sparkbox, one of the best web design and development shops in the country. I might be a little biased, but that doesn't mean it isn't true. I work with passionate, balanced people that really care about their work, one another, and making the world a little better. What more could you ask for?

I encourage you to check out our work. Or take a look at my writing on Sparkbox's blog.

Other Lives

I love working on the web. Its ability to simultaneously serve form and function are unprecedented. But UX hasn't always been my work. In fact, my title has changed mid-job in almost every position I've ever held. I began in graphic design and have since been given roles as communication director, creative director, content strategist, and even pastor. It's been a trip.

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Love


If it doesn't break your heart, it isn't love... if it doesn't break your heart, it's not enough.
Jon Foreman

Love


If it doesn't break your heart, it isn't love... if it doesn't break your heart, it's not enough.
Jon Foreman

Melissa

A BEAUTIFUL BEST FRIEND

When we were dating, I broke up with her once. I said it was because we were "too much alike." Turns out that marrying your best friend is actually pretty smart, and I was an idiot. She truly is the best part of me and more beautiful now than the day I met her. 

Fatherhood

LIFE'S GREATEST MIRROR

I love my kids and unapologetically talk about them all the time. I can't help it. Fatherhood has taught me more about myself than any of my self-absorbed self-reflection, and I wouldn't trade any of the (countless) sleepless nights for anything in this world.

Home

WHERE MY HEART IS

I was transplanted to Dayton, Ohio from my Indiana home in 2002 and grew deep roots watered by surrogate family and committed friends. It's our proud home now, where we are committed to serving others, foster parenting, living simply, and working hard.

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God


Aim at heaven and you will get earth thrown in.
Aim at earth and you get neither.
C. S. Lewis 

God


Aim at heaven and you will get earth thrown in.
Aim at earth and you get neither.
C. S. Lewis 

Why I Believe

If I've achieved anything in any area of my life, it's only by God's grace. I try to live a life like Jesus, and I fail at it more consistently than I wish.

But he has given me countless second chances, and he has adopted me into his family. And I'm as tremendously thankful as I am hopelessly undeserving.

Why I Love You

And I know this doesn't score me points with many. And that's okay. I want you in my life regardless of your desire to have God in yours.

Ultimately, he's important to me, and I didn't feel like I'd be a loving friend if I didn't mention it.

Because, of course, you and I are friends now. Right?

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