Graphic Design Superviser, Overland Park, Kansas
I started at Walsworth as a Cover Artist in Creative Services. I have since moved to marketing where I started as a Junior Graphic Designer and am now the Graphic Design Supervisor. I’ve worked at Walsworth for a total of about eight years.
My day consists of reviewing my team’s work, photographing products, hopping into meetings and working on designs.
I was interested in Walsworth because there weren’t a lot of opportunities in my hometown of St. Joseph, Missouri, when I graduated college. I’d never heard of Walsworth, but saw they were hiring cover artists. I wasn’t really interested in yearbooks during school, but seeing the wide variety of cover designs, from typographical to heavily illustrated, got me excited at the idea of doing creative work. It was probably one of the best choices I ever made – I learned how to become a more efficient designer and communicate with clients, which has really benefited my career overall.
The funny thing is, I missed my first interview and had to cancel with only about an hour’s notice. While driving on 36 Highway, my clutch went out and I had to turn around and head immediately to an auto shop. If Walsworth hadn’t given me a chance, I don’t know where I’d be today.
My favorite part of my job is learning new skills. Prior to becoming supervisor, I had never done any kind of professional photography. Now, after some training, I am in charge of all product and personnel photography.
I come to work every day because I love the people here. It’s a lot easier to work in a department when you feel a connection to your coworkers. I have a very dry sense of humor and that seems to fit in pretty well with this bunch.
My personalized coffee mug would say “You can’t just drink coffee all day. Please drink water, I’m begging you.”
A fun fact about me is that I have too many cats. I currently have nine living in my home – four of them are mine, but the rest are fosters (so if you’d like a little furball of joy, please come take them from me). I also like to draw, mostly for me but I also draw for others from time to time. I’ve done commissioned pet portraits a few times now and usually create Christmas cards for my wife and myself.
Walsworth has invested a lot in me over the years and has made me into the designer I am today. I’ve never felt unsure about my place here, and that has helped me create a home in the Kansas City area.
I give back to my community mostly through TARA (The Animal Rescue Alliance). My wife and I foster kittens for their organization but I also donate my time and artwork to raise money for their organization.
One thing I’ll always remember about working here is going to workshops with the other cover artists. It was really cool seeing the students light up as their designs came alive. I think my favorite memory is from the summer when Pokemon Go came out; the other artist and I went out hunting Pokemon with the students.