Creativity pure and simple

I am an adaptable creative who listens to understand your objectives. No games or marketing platitudes. ​ ​ ​ ​ If you want something done on target, you've come to the right place.

About me

A third culture kid (TCK), refers to someone who has spent a significant period of their developmental years in one or more cultures other than their birth culture and has integrated elements of those cultures into a third culture.

Who I am

I am a TCK who was born in Nairobi, Kenya to missionary parents. I grew up in Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia, USA (Michigan), Liberia and The Philippines. I have spent two years in Thailand and a summer in S. Korea teaching ESL. Being a creative problem solver and adventurer I eventually found my passion in design and completed my B.S. in graphic design. I love diversity and the rich flavor it gives life and my design.

As a designer for the past 12 years, I've had the opportunity to work in-house, for design agencies and as a freelancer. I have designed for print, web and mobile projects of all sizes and have extensive experience in multi-piece marketing campaigns. I am equally capable in photography and some videography. I have worked for higher education, retail, health care, small businesses, religious and non-profit organizations.

All these experiences combined have made me a designer with the following qualities:

  •   Strategic thinker
  •   Excellent leadership and planning skills
  •   Adaptable and efficient
  •   Team player and team builder
  •   Ability to relate across cultures

Skills and capabilities

Strategy and planning

I am a strategic thinker and excel in evaluating a marketing communications problem and arriving at creative solutions that meet the budget and deadlines.

Collaborator

I thrive in a team environment that requires collaboration and open communication. I am equally capable in working solo.

Leadership

I excel in taking lead roles, encouraging and mentoring others and directing/maintaining focus and resources on the project at hand. And I also take direction well.

Ambassador

I am capable of representing an organization in a way that builds support and respect from its constituent members by aligning myself with its mission and values.

Software

I am an advanced user of the following creative applications: Adobe CS5 (Photoshop, Illustrator, Indesign), QuarkXPress, Microsoft Office, Stitcher, Cubeconverter on Mac and PC.
I have a working knowledge of the following applications/languages: Dreamweaver, Flash, Fireworks, Director, TextWrangler, XHTML and CSS.

Photography

  • Nikon D70, D80, D90 & D100
  • Canon 7D, 5DMkII, 1DMIV
  • Kaidan VR equipment

Client list

As an employee:

  • Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
  • Summa Cum Laude Communications
    • Cleveland Chiropractic College
    • Kettering College of Medical Arts
    • Quincy University
    • Sterling College
    • Union College
    • Woodbury University
  • Try-Foods International
    • Advantage Sales and Marketing
    • Bashas
    • Dial
    • Hyvee
    • Identigen
    • INtegrated Marketing Services
    • Kroger
    • Meijer
    • Safeway
    • Shopper Events
    • ShopRite
    • Stater Brothers
    • Tylenol
    • Unilever
    • Walmart
  • ColorWheel Paints and Coatings
  • Nebraska Wesleyan University

As a freelancer:

  • Advent Hope
  • Altamonte Springs SDA Church
  • Antillean Adventist Hospital
  • Creation Works
  • Digital Greenhaus
  • Dining by Design
  • Doane College
  • Escobar Interpreting
  • Forest Lake Church
  • Higher Horizon Communications
  • Kilimanjaro Technology
  • Laudation Music
  • Luke 6 Ministries
  • Pulchry
  • Rehoboth International Ministries
  • St. Elizabeth Regional Medical Center
  • Tom Morris
  • University of South Florida Health

Contact info

emaildean@3rdculturestudios.com