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Make something new. Everyday. Every time.
Inspire people to do something more, and to be better.
Be curious about the world, and work on it together.
Stay clear of the dark side.

Senior Creative Director
San Francisco, California
1991-96 & 2006-Present
As a Senior Creative Director in Adobe Studio, part of Global Marketing, I am responsible for Adobe’s brand expression. Expression is how the brand is visualized and communicated to the world through partnerships, campaigns, product splash idents, and brand. I manage and mentor art directors, designers, writers, and agencies while conceptualizing, and guiding creative to execution with innovative and sound strategy. I am currently an individual contributor but have managed upwards of 8 full-time employees and contractors.

London International Awards / 2004
Pixel Perfect book / 2000
AIGA Design Awards / 1996
CA Interactive Design Annual / 1994
Step By Step Graphics, Design Annual / 1992
Selected Lectures & Workshops
SCAD Design Week / Savannah, GA / April 2024 / Alumni Keynote Presentation / Class Visits / Portfolio Reviews
CCA, Adjunct Professor / San Francisco, California / 2016-Present / Graphic Design Tools Teacher
Adobe Studio Creative Quarterly / San Francisco, California / 2018-2020 / Event Organizer and Moderator
SXSW / Austin, Texas / 2016 / "Championing the Creative Community" Speaking Session
Warriors / Oakland, California / 2016 / Not On Our Ground Program Presenter
American Film Institute / Los Angeles, California / 1994 / "Woodstock 94 - Apple Newsroom" Presenter

Acrobat, Adobe XD, After Effects, Illustrator, InDesign, Keynote, Office,
Photoshop, Premiere Pro, Pro Tools, Logic Pro, Slack, Workfront

Original Music
In 2021, under the name Dolansky, I released an album mixed by
John Vanderslice titled ”I Soon May Not Be Recognizable Except By Shape”.
The music is intimate, haunting, witty, and heart-wrenching. An American version of a European Leonard Cohen with hints of Matt Berninger of The National and Steve Kilby of The Church.
Check it out on Bandcamp.

Original Animation
An independent animation studio I started with artist Peter Denton and screenwriter Peter Chase. The goal was to create and produce animations friendly to kids, but also speak to adults in an extremely short format.
Synopsis for the first animation series titled Gnarrgutts:
“Welcome to a world of unimaginative creatures — and the one who doesn’t fit in. Gnarrgutts is teased by the crudins because he’s different. So he spends his days with Meme and together they explore new places, uncover mysteries, and overcome challenges with curiosity and creativity.”
5 episodes are in the can and we are looking for funding and distribution to develop the series.
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