Never Be Closing

About Joe. I live in Seattle, but I’m from Omaha, Nebraska. Hobbies include: movies, gum, boxing, junk food, LEGO, journaling, lists, and the color gray.

I tend to think of design as the most personal of things: a way of reaching goals, making decisions, managing relationships, communicating, learning — being intentional as we negotiate our everyday lives. I’ve had some fun as a graphic designer, but many of the most satisfying moments of my life have been as a teacher, watching students learn new things about themselves and each other in the midst of the design process.

I have a Master of Design degree from the University of Washington, where I’m teaching Visual Communication Design (HCDE 308). I’m also the digital literacy teacher for 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders at Charles Wright Academy.

Right now, I’m watching Crash Course Media Literacy, Survivor: Ghost Island, Black Mirror⁴, NBA Streams, and Riverdale², reading You’ve Gotta Connect and Jonah Hex Vol. 2, and listening to Cautious Clay: Blood Type. Most recently-watched movie: Brigsby Bear Good™.

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Updated March 17, 2018. Photo from UW Design 2016.