Creative + Tech/Development
After a number if years of working for advertising agencies and commercial printers, I started Kollodge Design and Development, formerly known as Design Studio M, in 1991 in Bloomington, Minnesota. I moved my studio/office to the Itasca Building in the Warehouse District of Minneapolis in 1992 to be more involved in the advertising and creative arts community.
As my family grew and technology improved, I found that working remotely was much more efficient.
In the early 1990’s most of my artwork was done with traditional mediums such as watercolor, pastels, and pen and ink. Graphics and art production were done on the earliest versions of Illustrator, Quark Xpress, Pagemaker and Photoshop on Macintosh computers.
Over the years, I have become passionate about programming languages, content management systems and databases because of the ability to unlock potential of the web and mobile applications with them. I find that being able to work on both the creative and technical sides of a project is really rewarding.
Design projects have included a wide variety of print materials such as illustrated tourist maps, magazines, newsletters, annual reports, brochures, corporate identity packages, mailers, posters and trade show exhibits. I have worked with all types of clients, from large corporations to small businesses and non-profit organizations.
In addition, to print, graphic design and illustration projects, I have created well over a hundred websites, often based on designs and branding I have created.
More recent projects include IOS, Android and progressive web applications as well as online newsletters, html email, Kindle Direct Publishing books, e-commerce shopping carts, online registration systems and responsive content management based websites.
Currently, I am focusing on User Experience Design and working on a Google User Experience Design Certification.