High-quality, innovative, UI/UX-friendly website design and layout. I create eye-catching, Mobile responsive website designs and layouts. This is just a small sampling of what I do.
Web Design; Custom WordPress Theme; Lowell, Blake & Associates
Web Design; Custom Landing Page; Origin Technologies
Web Design; Custom Landing Page; QuantGo
Custom Wordpress Theme
jQuery/PHP Pricing Slider
Logo Design & Branding
Carefully crafted, quality designs. Innovative, in-depth branding solutions. You will find no clip-art slapped next to a font here. Corporate Identity, Branding, Signatures, Trademarks, Trade Characters, Band Logos...below are three examples, and there are plenty more where these came from.
Print Design & Layout
Posters, Business Cards, Brochures, Menus, Tradeshow, Promotional Materials, Label and Packaging. Here are a few examples of my work.
Illustration & Multimedia
This drawing was done using pencil, pen and ink, colored pencil, and Prismacolor markers. The basis for the drawing was a photograph from a magazine spread, from which I deviated a bit with some creative liberty. The image used was really just as a base from which to build.
I first created the base sketch using a light 2h pencil. I then worked up a bit into some darkness using an HB pencil. As I did this, I also started laying a light layer of a flesh-like color of colored pencil. I continued this process until I had a basic flesh base.
I then started bringing some black ink in, in order to provide a dark element to make the image a bit more dynamic. It also helped to start giving some shape to the hair, which was quite dark.
In order to give the drawing a more “rustic” sort of a feel, I went back in and made things a bit grainier, by overlaying another layer of colored pencil wax, and then light hatching it with pencil. This chips away a little at the colored pencil, producing small granules of difference in color. It makes it look a bit more “rough”, which to me, seems a little more visually interesting to look at. Otherwise, you might as well be looking at a photograph.
In retrospect, I think I overworked the “roughness” a bit too much, resulting in a less professional looking image. In the thumbs of the progress, you can actually see a higher quality version (in terms of technique), where less flaws are present. Some flaws were revealed through this process of refining over and over, which, in the end, was not necessarily a benefit. In future attempts of a similar nature, I will avoid making similar mistakes.
Additionally, I left a few areas somewhat “unfinished”, in order to give it a bit more visual dynamism. I think that the lack of definite solidity gives more character to the subject, and allows the viewer a little more breathing room for imagination.
Albert Einstein, Sort of
This illustration consists, essentially, of nothing more than scribbled lines of marker and pen. I was looking at an image of Albert Einstein at the time, and attempted to make the scribblings coalesce into an image that resembled the image I was looking at. I think the result is actually quite precise, albeit a bit distorted.
Who I Am
Graphic Designer. Web Designer. Web Developer.
New England, United States
With over 10 years of experience, I've learned a lot. I've also learned how to take that experience, and apply it to your project.
I'm a 31 year old graphic designer, web designer and web developer. I grew up in the Tampa Bay area of Florida, but am currently living in New England. I have over 10 years of experience in the industry, having worn many hats. I'm currently working independently, creating high quality experiences in web, video and print. I enjoy challenges that force me to find innovative solutions, and opportunities to flex my creative muscles. As I always say "where there's a void, there is space to create".
When I'm not working, I enjoy playing guitar, which I've done for nearly 20 years. More recently, I've become very interested in wood-crafting, and have been carving and crafting in my spare-time as well. I enjoy a good steak, beer or scotch, and enjoy a wide range of music, film, and literature. I also have an extensive knowledge of art history, philosophy, theology and a novice interest in physics..
Vitality Systems, Inc.
Managed the day to day operations of the art department. This included die-cut label printing, order production, designing of advertising materials, as well as administrative tasks, and implementation of private labeling program, with custom designs for veterinary clinics. I was heavily involved in the creation of a proprietary label printing software, and trained new staff in its use. The knowledge gained in this position was vast: heat transfer printer operation and maintenance, die-cut label stock varieties and weights, toners, management procedures, shipping procedures, vendor negotiations, and interoffice policy development.
Bayshore Custom H2O
During my tenure at Vitality Systems, Inc. I became acquainted with a friend of the owner, who was operating a custom-labeled bottled water company. His location was in Ohio, but he was also facilitating existing customers in Florida. I began assisting him in the creation of labels, and from there began handling the majority of all details for the Florida-based operations. This included sales, customer service, shipping & receiving, and day to day operations. This was all in addition to the creative responsibilities that I maintained, including label design & printing, graphic design, and quality control.
Cox Media, Automart Magazine
This was a mid-level management position in which I oversaw the daily operations of a 13-person design/production floor. Automart magazine is a national publication, for which we handled 7 regional issues, weekly. Each publication was between 50-100 pages, and ran full-color ads for car dealerships. The composing department was responsible for designing and assembling ads, creating a pagination for the publication, and collecting the pages for print. I handled almost every aspect of the floor's daily operations, including scheduling, project and employee management, and sales relations.
Commercial Art Technology
PTEC - Clearwater, FL
Under the tutelage of Milton Watts, a thorough understanding of the professional world of graphic design was achieved. The setting of this program matched a "real-world-scenario". The classroom was essentially a design studio, with our assignments being projects that one might complete on-the-job. In addition to studying what one might expect in the realm of graphic design, we also were provided with an in depth look into other areas of study such as philosophy, world history, political science, sociology, marketing, psychology and literature. All of these together help to tell the story of mankind, and to see how our aesthetic senses have been shaped over time.
Skills learned in this program include, but are not limited to: logo design and branding, traditional illustration, digital illustration, multimedia design, typography, layout, workflow organization, creative development processes, print media design & layout, use of Adobe Creative Suite software.
- Mobile Responsive CSS
- Mobile Responsive CSS
- Flash Animation
- After Effects Animation
- Music & Video Editing
- Web Layout
- Logo Design & Branding
- Banner Ads
- Icon Design
- Interface/UI Design
- Database Entry
- Pagespeed Performance Enhancement
What I Do
Design & Dev <> Tips, Tricks & Thoughts
March 21st, 2015 by Jon Day
Recently, as is often the case, I was working on a WordPress task. I needed to create a search function that would append the current category a user is viewing to a search string. Ultimately, I moved away from search strings passed into a url, and opted to AJAX into a query and return the… Read more »
March 1st, 2015 by Jon Day
I’ve been working on a project involving WooCommerce and language translation. One of the requirements of the project, is for the client to have translated text for any specific elements. To start with, we used a basic full-page translation through Google translate, but this didn’t provide the individual translations the client prefers. Additionally, the translation… Read more »
February 28th, 2015 by Jon Day
Recently, I was tasked with creating a front-end database GUI, which also allows the user to edit the results directly. In order to accomplish this, I decided the best route was to create a method to list out results through a SELECT query on the database. I also needed an input form to allow the… Read more »
March 18th, 2015 by Jon Day
I’ve always been a fan of Ron Swanson of Parks & Recreation, and have always been interested in A/B Split Testing. How the two could be combined was not something I ever even considered…but then…I came across this blog post on Twitter, and it was pretty cool. I thought I’d share it as well. You… Read more »
February 3rd, 2015 by Jon Day
In my experience, the three best solutions for e-commerce are: Shopify Wordpress with WooCommerce Magento Shopify makes it easy to open an online store by providing all the tools and help you need. With Shopify, you can easily create and launch a store with little-to-no HTML knowledge. In addition, if you want to have more… Read more »
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