My name is Michael, and I'm a sign designer. I'm a native of Dayton, Ohio, and currently reside in Portland, Oregon. I'm one of those lucky people who married their best friend (her name is Elizabeth). We don't have kids, but we do have two beautiful cats, Olive and Jewels. I'm an unapologetic crazy cat person.
I started my life in the sign industry in 1997, after graduating with a degree in visual communications. I was always fascinated by signs, wayfinding, and placemaking, and the way graphic design could and should interact with architecture, landscaping, and the built environment, so I pursued a career in signage. I've worked in sign companies large and small; I also owned and operated a medium-sized sign company for 12 years; which I sold in 2013. In addition to designing signs, I've spent my fair share of time building them. I can hand paint, hand carve, weld, fabricate metal, pour concrete, dig post holes, apply vinyl, run a router, and spray paint. My extensive hands-on experience helps shape my designs - I try to avoid designing something that can't actually be built.
When I'm not designing signs, you'll find me drawing (pen and ink mostly), reading (currently reading Howard Zinn's "A People's History of the United States"), cooking (I love food, and I find making your own is highly rewarding), road-tripping around the countryside (the Oregon Coast is quite lovely), or spending as much time as possible with animals (I'm a big fan).
Also, I love cheese.