I grew up in my father’s letterpress printshop in Los Angeles. I never wanted anything remotely to do with it. Letterpress printing wasn't cool in the 70s and 80s.
The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree though, and I ended up studying graphic design and absorbing much of my fathers wisdom on book arts, the craft of good design and typography.
As soon as the internet happened, I worked at various start ups in San Francisco. I went on to work at Publicis Sapient in Munich for 10 years as a designer and UX practitioner on digital projects for clients like Vodafone, BMW and General Motors. Eventually I moved into creative project management, then methodology and workflow/process design.
In my agency job I was working more in PowerPoint and Excel than Photoshop and Illustrator.
As a creative outlet, I launched e.m.papers, a printable stationery design shop and discovered the fun of design licensing. My work garnered the attention of The New York Times, Goop, Apartment Therapy, Martha Stewart Weddings, Architectural Digest and more.
I now split my time between print, pattern and surface design work and continue to keep a toe in the digital design/UX waters by taking on at least two freelance projects a year.