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Donald is an accomplished art director and graphic designer whose span of work includes branding and identity, graphic design, art direction and international licensing. He has guided teams to produce innovative solutions for brands ranging from AT&T, Atlanta Falcons, Bayer, Coca-Cola, Georgia Lottery, ING, National Geographic, Nickelodeon, Siemens to Sweetwater Brewery. Adept at maximizing the smallest budgets and shortest timelines, Donald is a resourceful designer inspired by classic design principles and emerging trends. He is also a dynamic team leader who is not afraid to get his hands dirty digging into projects. Donald is open to both contract and permanent career opportunities.

Q: Please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
A: I am a designer, art director, creative director, and sometimes a reluctant writer. I’ve worked on a wide variety of projects. With those projects, sometimes I have filled all of those roles and other times I’ve been lucky enough to work with some really great people. 

I’ve managed departments, teams, and projects, mentored up-and-comers, cajoled clients, negotiated with vendors, and navigated budgets both big and small.

Q: Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
A: You often learn more through failure or difficulties than through immediate success. A struggle can lead you out of your safe zone and into new territory where you can actually disrupt the commonplace and claim new ground. You’re not going to fail if you never stop trying new things, never stop learning, and turning that knowledge into something productive.

Q: What is “success” or “successful” for you?
A: At the end of the day, if a client is happy and you are happy, everyone’s happy…isn’t that a success?