& welcome to my website.

WHO I AM

I’m Nathan, a digital designer, marketer, and general thinker. A literary critic by training, I conned my way into my first design job by teaching myself how to use Adobe Illustrator in a week.

WHAT I DO

When it comes to design and marketing, I do a little bit of everything. I’m equally comfortable designing and creating digital assets, developing websites from scratch, and coming up with marketing strategy.

MY DESIGN PHILOSOPHY

To me, a good design is any design that is deliberate, intentional, and purposeful. A simple, functional design that solves a problem effectively is preferable to a more attractive design that exists only for its own sake.

Of course, aesthetics are important, and every designer has their preferences regarding what makes an attractive design. My favorite designs:

keep the grid simple

While an irregular grid can make a great impression, I’ve found it’s often easiest and most effective to keep the grid simple and straightforward.

Of course, every now and then it can be a good idea to break the grid for emphasis, though it’s worth noting that this effect isn’t always easily pulled off on small grids or mobile devices.

include real photography

(and never stock)

use bright colors

… and my greatest design sin?

I prefer to use two spaces after all end-stopped punctuation. Yes, I know this is against the rules, but this is my website, and I’ve set the column widths appropriately so that my text doesn’t suffer from rivers of white space.

That said, these are preferences, and I can certainly work outside of them as needed. However, I do like to have fun when I design, and I always design deliberately, so you’ll never see me release a final product with prefabricated CSS, the first sans-serif in Google Fonts, or a template that I made a few minor changes to that I’m calling a custom website.

MY WORK

Head over to my portfolio to see a sampling of print and digital work I’ve done over the past few years. And if you’re looking for a particular kind of asset that isn’t included, shoot me a message, as it’s likely I’ve created something like it in the past that I can send your way.

WHAT I LIKE DOING

While I can handle nearly any task you throw at me, my favorite projects involve designing and developing websites, taking and editing photos and video, laying out typography, creating simple illustrations and animations, and coming up with marketing and branding strategies.

I also enjoy writing, and while I doubt I’ll get many offers to get paid for my thoughts on basketball or city planning, take a look at my blog if you’re at all interested in writing samples.

GET IN TOUCH

Interested in working together? Send me a message about your project and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible (smiles and nods somewhat unconvincingly).