About

Creative | Builder | Thought starter | Leader | Father to Ziggy & Zubie & former Firefighter & First responder EPFD MN

I am the chief creative officer of Andan design & the Shire GH villa rental . I specialize in the development of product branding, art direction, graphic design and strategic planning. I have designed with forward-thinking companies locally and globally, building brands through interactive-media, print design, brand functional design, and innovation. 

The Shire Ghana |The Shire is a private beach villa rental located above the beautiful sandy beaches of Langma-Kokrobite. – only 45 minutes from Accra, Ghana’s vibrant capital city.
 

studio & workspace

were the creativity happens

CREATIVE . THINKING . DESIGN . iNNOVATION



The Journey

2012 – Present
Andan Design Creative Studio & The shire GH villa rental


Design & development of product branding, art direction, graphic design & web development. Experience in working within traditional firms as well as in-house agencies.
The Shire Ghana The Shire is a beach villa rental located above the beautiful sandy beaches of Langma, near Kokrobite – only 45 minutes from Accra, Ghana’s vibrant capital city. It boasts incredible panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean and sits on a wooded hillside that slopes dramatically to the water’s edge some 300 meters away

Jan “09 – “12
Publicis Ghana | Senior Art Director

Responsible for the development of product branding. Visually communicated the product or service in a manner that appealed to the target audience under time and space constraints

Directed and lead the work of the creative department. Worked with other members of the Creative Team unit to develop and present marketing communications for an assigned portfolio of brands

Founding member of the first ever majority-owned network agency in Africa, from scratch – developing work for 300 million consumers across 21 countries

Personally involved in identifying, recruiting, and hiring every resource in what is now a talented 25-person agency team

Created the philosophy and culture of the agency (The way of the lion)

Spearheaded the documentary chronicling 50 years of Nestle in Ivory Coast, the ‘Equipe Milo” campaign and Vodafone BrandRefresh work which created an emotional bond between Ghanaians and the brand

Lead member on the music-based reality show “ICONS” for Vodafone. Developed visual identity and multiple stages of through-the-line communication to create a buzz for the Ghanaian audience

Supervised creative design within business groups and directed and developed the final visual images that communicated the organization’s marketing objectives to the consumer

May “04 – Feb “09
Eden Prairie Fire Department | Firefighter & First responder

Responded to all emergency paged calls within city district from station 1 & 4 squad 11. An average of 80 paged calls a month

First responder (emergency unit) and HAZMAT ops

Educated and promoted fire safety and fire prevention within the Eden Prairie community

May “07 – Feb “09
Kroll Ontrack | Graphic Designer

Maintained and produced Kroll Ontrack Marketing pieces and branding for its technology-driven services, software and consulting to help legal, corporate and government entities as well as consumers recover and search

Conceptualization of marketing campaigns, from the ground up, working with clients and production team to create these campaigns


April “06 – May “07
Nicros, Inc | Marketing/Graphic Consultant

Created new brand identity and corresponding rules for utilization – resulting in the adoption of a new style guide for the agency

Updated marketing publications to reflect new brand identity. Developed look and feel for all trade shows

Worked with marketing team to help devise actionable solutions for all creative processes

Maintained and consistently monitored all 3 company web sites – each targeted towards different markets

Jan “05 – Jan “07
Vascular Clinic of Northwest Georgia | Webmaster


Designed entire graphic outlook and layout of main website

Designed a variety of effective microsites – per client direction – to highlight featured products and services. Provided frequent

maintenance service and updates for client

May “03 – April “06
Best Buy: Retail Graphic Solutions

Partnered with analytical team to process signage for all Best Buy stores

Worked with Innovations team to develop “consumer-centric” guidelines for placing signage in new Best Buy stores

Conducted research on Best Buy signage products and leveraged learning to improve rollout of messaging to new Best Buy stores

Tool BOX | Software Experience
Adobe CS: (ID, Mu, Ai, Ps,Br, Dw, Adobe Pro),
Adobe Muse, Indesign, Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop,
Dreamweaver, MS Project, Excel, Word, PowerPoint,
QuarkXpress, AE, FUJIFILM X-E 2, Canon EOS T3i

Education

Concordia College, Moorhead, MN
Bachelor of Arts Major: Graphic Design. Minor: Business
Relevant Courses: Marketing/Advertising, Graphic Design,