“Is it Savage-caliber?”
This is the question a former colleague would ask himself when he would critique his own work. I was surprised when I heard this, but it reinforced in me that it is possible to do good work and be kind at the same time. While I can be confident in the work that I create, I am honored when others deem it worthy of merit.
One particular instance was when a piece for St. Monica Girls School in Uganda received one of only two national ADDYs presented to an Oregon-based creative firm (I also happened to have won the other one as well). While it was quite the recognition, it gave me greater joy when the school’s matriarch, Sister Rosemary, was named as one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People.
Another instance was when Mohawk Fine Papers selected 3 different pieces as commercial examples to showcase their paper’s printing capabilities. At the time, their representative stated that it was unprecedented to have that many reprints in a 13-month period.
Hopefully, by challenging myself to continue to do good work, it will inspire the same in others.
AIGA: Austin / Top Dog Award
American Advertising Federation (AAF) / National Addys
AAF: District 10 / Gold, Silver, Bronze Addys
AAF: District 11 / Gold, Silver, Bronze Addys
AAF: Austin / Silver, Bronze Addys
AAF: Central Oregon / Best of Category, Gold, Silver, Bronze Addys
AAF: New Mexico / Gold, Silver, Bronze Addys
AAF: Northwest Arkansas: Best of Show, Gold, Silver Addys
AAF: Tulsa / Judge's Choice, Gold, Silver, Bronze Addys
Art Directors Club of Houston / Gold, Silver, Bronze Awards
Art Directors Club of New York
Art Directors Club of Tulsa / Judge's Choice, Gold, Silver & Bronze Awards
AR100 / Top Ten Photography, Typography & Printing
Communication Arts Magazine / Design Annual
Dallas Society of Visual Communications / Gold, Silver, Bronze Awards
Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International (HSMAI) / Gold, Bronze Awards
Mead Annual Report Show
Print Magazine / Regional Design Annuals
Public Relations Society of America / Bronze Quill Award
Society of Publication Designers
Telly Awards / Bronze Award
Type Directors Club
Art Directors Club of Tulsa / Award Show Judge
Communication Arts Magazine / Feature Article & Exhibit Section
Council for Advancement & Support of Education (CASE) / Award Show Judge
Graphic Design America Two / Studio Overview
How Magazine / Business Annual