Nice to meet you, I'm James
As a life-long maker, I’ve always had an unstoppable creativity. Producing unique ideas and realizing them through my making process is what keeps me excited.
I also have a firm belief that designing for people can make the world a better place. Learning about other people, their culture, and their ways of thinking is very important to me. Of course, as a designer, I'm always considering the way they might interact with the products I design and create as well as things others create.
According to my peers, I’m known for my equal love of learning & teaching as well as my humor, empathy, and passion for personal growth.
I graduated from RISD (Rhode Island School of Design) with a BFA degree in Industrial Design. I currently live in Charlotte, NC with my girlfriend and two mischievous cats. I’m passionate about great design, jewelry, music production and gardening.
In the past, I’ve worked with Aneira Pharma, CVS Health, Ross-Simons Jewelers, DUAL Architecture, Greenwich Interiors, and DownCity Design. These span jobs in small studios, contract positions, as well as internships.
I don’t believe in specialization (we rarely face the same problem twice). The more diverse a designer’s skillset, the more prepared they are to tackle new challenges and learn how to confront them. Constant learning, empathy, and exposure to new ideas are what make the most successful designers tick.
Bachelor of Fine Arts
Accounting, Analytics, Economics
CORe June 2020 Cohort
Senior UX Designer
December 2021 - Present
I am currently a member of the Human Centered Design team at CVS where I work on Pharmacy systems and other internal-facing colleague applications.
San Diego, CA
UX and Brand Design Consultant
May 2020 - Present
I worked with senior leaders on the creation of brand guidelines, a website, and public-facing digital media for a hair growth pharmaceutical startup. Their current goal has been focused on growing investor contributions and so my website design and copywriting reflect those goals.
Store Experience Design Consultant
Jan. 2019 - Present
Supported the lead designer in the development of innovative jewelry retail displays showcasing products in the storefront of Ross-Simons jewelry stores.
Apr. 2021 - Jul. 2021
Designed custom championship rings for a variety of college and professional teams. In my short tenure, I tackled several complicated and intimidating ring accounts including USASF cheer world champion rings.
Store Experience Intern
Jun. 2019 - Aug. 2019
Worked collaboratively to develop merchandise and graphic applications for CVS stores. Created a company-wide initiative and personally presented it to the CMO.
Exhibit Design Intern
Sep. 2018 - Dec. 2018
Independently designed and installed an unconventional, educational urban planning exhibit inside the Johnson & Wales University Yena Center library.
Interior Design Intern
Jun. 2018 - Aug. 2018
Refreshed brand identity with a modern aesthetic via logo design, typeface selection, website modernization and new visual asset creation. Assured on-site installation and custom piece review for WWE headquarters.
May 2018 - Jun. 2018
Worked collaboratively alongside the lead educator in the implementation of a design curriculum for children. Led projects centered around sustainability and coached student presentation skills (ages 7-12).