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Steve Ater has been a design educator since 1982. His appointments include: the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign; North Carolina State University; Arizona State University; and the University of Washington. He has over 25 years of professional experience in design, brand development and strategy, brand positioning, design education, as well as curriculum development and public speaking. As a seasoned executive, Steve utilizes his unique talent of monitoring current and future cultural and technological trends, along with his background in semiology and design principles to help build relevant design concepts, products and special initiatives.
During his career Steve Ater has directed many precedent branding projects including: The North Carolina Arts Council; Highline Community College; Herman Miller Dealer Extranet; Delta Marine; Gerding Edlen Development; Pioneer Museum of Motorcycles; Arscentia; and MPL2.com. He has also contributed to many branding projects as a strategist, researcher, creative director and designer including: Microsoft Education; Microsoft Backoffice; Microsoft Publisher 98-99; Corbis Images; Microsoft Recruiting and Microsoft Press.
Steve Ater has held executive level positions for design agencies as well as Internet development firms, including: Parallel Communications; MPL2; Saltmine; Siteworks; Aris; and Arscentia. Over the past ten years, Steve has built three strategic branding and design practices, and is also co-founder and principal of Think2a.