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Originally from the Pacific Northwest, Ian’s enthusiasm for collaborative creative expression has taken him on a series of ever evolving journeys. Extensive travel abroad and a love of global art, architecture, music, and design history continues to inform Ian’s aesthetic. His belief in the importance of life long education has driven him to share and learn about cultures and their defining design characteristics: from performing Shakespeare in the fog drenched redwoods of UC Santa Cruz to designing boldly graphic posters and promotional materials for cutting-edge theater companies in San Francisco, to discovering the richness of environmental design from the offices of a global design firm in Los Angeles.
In over twelve years as a designer, Ian has continued to expand his creative expression and design skills always with an eye for compelling, story-driven forms and imagery. Through his work in environmental graphics and branding, his fascination with tangible built design has never faltered. During his varied roles as freelancer, Designer with Westfield Corporation (now URW), owner of the boutique firm, Design Gnomes, and later as an Associate with CallisonRTKL, he has approached each project with a keen sense of how wayfinding touchstones can infuse built environments with a unique and memorable visual character. Ian's theatrical background has engendered in him a collaborative spirit and ability to work across disciplines with architects, consultants and contractors alike. He has a unique aptitude at merging both the technical and creative aspects of design.
Having worked in the Retail, F&B, Hospitality, Residential and Commercial sectors with high-profile domestic and international clients, Ian has developed a broad range of environmental graphic design skills and experience through each phase of design.
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