I began my career in design while playing in indie metalcore bands throughout Southern California (1999-2003). With minimal record label support, we screen printed our own merchandise while on the road to supplement our income. After a while, I garnered some attention for my poster and apparel designs from various bands and small record labels eventually leading me to enroll in design school. Before I could even graduate, I was hired by an Orange County real estate tech startup giving me my first introduction to UI design and front-end development.
In 2006 my wife, son and I packed our car and relocated to Nashville, TN. I worked for a several different agencies eventually landing a two year contract working for MTV Networks as a Senior Brand Designer. At the end of the contract I decided to strike out on my own and ran my own studio for five years doing work for various agencies, Fox Television, Sony, Epic Records and more. I grew restless and took a role as a Senior Interactive Designer at Songkick doing work for Adele, the Weekend, Duran Duran and more.
I reside in Southern California with my wife, son, identical twin daughters and our American Bulldog. I actively train and compete in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and am an amatuer woodworker. You can find me working on my side project, Peeel.
CLIENTS & PROJECTS
Agencies: Sapient Razorfish, Chaotic Moon, Truth Skull, the Buntin Group, ioStudio, LookMister, Blue Collar Agency, SwiftKick Mobile, Cadis Interactive, RedPepper, Glide, Carousel, CR Gibson
MTV Networks, Fox Television, Highway to Fame, ARMY National Guard, LifeWay, Epic Records, Adele, Petzl, Tern Bikes, Flyte, Lililite, FloSports, Tandum, BioMechanics, H&H Toolshop, Barret Rifles, Sabre Defense Rifles, Wunderbag, Duran Duran, Learn & Master.
* I did several paperline products for Target, Barnes & Noble, Cracker Barrel and Costco that are too embarassing to show.
“Working with Justin was a pleasure. Creatively, the work was top-notch, but equally important was his ability to listen, communicate, and quickly grasp the nuances of our brand and project. He works fast, and the time he put into understanding our company's perspective really paid off, as we needed very few revisions throughout our process. I would recommend him for any project, as he is a highly creative and effective team player.”
- Jesse Feister, VP of Marketing, Kobalt Music
“Justin understands how to work with a team to internalize their vision, and then communicate it to them through design in a way beyond what they had envisioned themselves. He did that for us, and our launch was a success thanks to his design approach.”
- Marcus Whitney, CEO/Jumpstart Foundry