BFA Graphic Design, Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Minneapolis, Minnesota
MA Education, St. Scholastica, Duluth, Minnesota
I grew up in St. Louis Park, Minnesota, a suburb of Minneapolis. Growing up, I was an active Boy Scout, learning about camping, cooking, and presenting my knowledge to others. Scouting also developed in me a deep appreciation for nature and the outdoors.
Since then I have enjoyed backpacking and birding Isle Royal, Michigan, bicycling to Thunder Bay, Canada, and retracing a Minnesota voyager canoe route from Ely to Grand Portage. These experiences drew me to Lake Superior and are the reason I am living here today.
I am a professionally active graphic designer, potter, and co-owner of Eckels Pottery, in Bayfield, Wisconsin.
Northland College is the perfect environment for me to share my knowledge in graphic design with a community that aligns my values and ideals. Coming home to Lake Superior completes the circle I started as a boy.
I learned early in teaching it is important to offer as much information in the classroom as possible and as many project opportunities as time permits. By doing this, students stay active throughout the course and I have a basis to measure individual achievement.
I connect with students by drawing on my professional background. In my career I have worked performing many aspects of commercial graphics; learning calligraphy and typography, drawing and layout, and the mechanics of graphic preparation for printing. I started my technical education learning typesetting and I’ve progressed in my industry exploring trends, networking with other professionals and experimenting with new processes to stay current with practical knowledge. I like to engage students in practical assignment work in class.
I enjoy drawing, ceramics, and general physical fitness: hiking, running, and chores.