I am a graphic designer and the owner of Bold Yellow, a design firm specializing in PowerPoint cleanups, makeovers, and redesigns. I also design white papers, informational reports, conference programs and branded marketing materials.
Professionally I have worked in graphic design, print production, and web development. Other areas I have worked include IT services and support, theatre tech, retail sales and stocking, landscaping, and once I was hired to caper in a gorilla costume for a publicity stunt.
Combining my interests in photography and typography, I created typography.photos, an online gallery of typography in signs, markers, art, and more. I also shoot publicity photos of theatrical performances, as well as backstage candids.
As a digital artist, I design and illustrate icons, including two sets of management consulting icons available on The Noun Project. I also created Infografacts, an online single panel graphic that I research, write, and illustrate about a bite-sized factoid.
In college I created Morning Sickness, a daily comic strip that ran in my campus newspaper. More recently I created Sweating Bullets, a single panel gag comic about PowerPoint that I occasionally post online.
I have experience in Photoshop compositing of imagery, editing web videos, woodworking and space planning/design.
I am an avid recreational bike rider on both city streets and nature trails. I also frequently bike for commuting and errands. In the summer I kayak in flatwater rivers, channels, and coves. I am an active urban walker and nature hiker.
Periodically I attend theatre, opera, and music performances, as well as art films and documentaries. At home I stream classic films from the 1930s and 1940s. I also enjoy attending talks, lectures and history tours.
While I try to read some of the literary classics that I somehow managed to miss in my formal schooling, I generally prefer nonfiction books about history, art, technology or people. I also occasionally devour a light or humorous novel. For continuing education, I take advantage of online courses to learn about technology, history, psychology, and sociological issues.
Some noteworthy adventures include exploring a cave, driving a Lamborghini on a closed track, throwing clay on a pottery wheel and training to swim one mile for Swim Across America.
In 2019 I started the ThnxBaltimore project on Instagram to highlight and thank people who are making Baltimore a better place. It’s not always easy to live in Baltimore, but the city is more than a murder statistic. There are smart, creative, and committed people working hard in so many ways to improve Baltimore and make a difference.
My company Bold Yellow was a co-sponsor of the 2018 Baltimore Women in Tech Micro Grant Program, originated and organized by SmartLogic. Inspired by this idea of micro funding, I started a personal micro-donation program to support a wide range of nonprofits and causes throughout the year.
At various times I have volunteered to renovate affordable housing, visit hospice patients, stock a food pantry, repair bikes, plant trees, sort donated clothing, paint schools, and create graphics and websites for various causes.
Currently I am a platelet donor for patients undergoing cancer treatment, a driver for the American Red Cross delivering blood to area hospitals, a meal packer for Meals on Wheels and a warehouse packer for the Maryland Food Bank.