Hi, I'm Zach. I'm a designer, illustrator, writer, and web developer. I make shirts, books – all sorts of things.
I currently work as a senior web designer and developer for Stream Companies. I keep myself quite busy outside of my day job as well, having the incredible privilege of making the labels for Levante Brewing Company's delicious beverages. I've also acquired the funds to write and illustrate my own book using Kickstarter.com, called The End. The Truth About Fairy Tales. Another more lengthy book is also in the works.
Sharing my artwork is another passion, in any way and as often as I can. So I opened up A Little Shop where I put some of my works onto portable canvases you can wear and enjoy. I also co-founded Marrowbone with my good friend Derek Sennett, another place where cool and goofy things can be found.
So now that you know a little bit about me, feel free to write for work inquiries, artwork, or just to say hello! firstname.lastname@example.org
“The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.” -Aristotle
One additional joy is occasionally getting the pleasure of speaking with college students about their work and portfolios, giving what little advice I can as well as speaking to my experiences as a professional designer. I relish discussing the creative field in any capacity; teaching, learning, and sharing what I love.
Currently On My Bookshelf
I watch way more movies than read books. I've slowly been trying to balance that ratio out a bit. Here's a short list of the most recent books I've enjoyed.
God Hates Us All by Jonathan Grotenstein
This book is penned under the fictional character's name "Hank Moody", from the show Californication. I love the show, so I read the book. Not exactly what I thought it'd be, but I enjoyed it.
The Shape of Design by Frank Chimero
Frank Chimero is one of my all time favorite creative people. He made a Kickstarter campaign a few years ago to fund the writing of this book. If you do any sort of creative work for a living, this book is sacred text. He takes a philosophical approach to explaining the benefits of design in society, and why you should have pride in what you do.
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
USA Today said it best. "Willy Wonka meets The Matrix." Great read. It's about a very eccentric, very deceased video game designer who leaves the keys to his fortune hidden within the walls of the worlds most popular video game. It's cleverly written and really speaks to my inner teenager/nerd/I can't wait until this is a movie.
Hell's Angels by Hunter S. Thompson
Hunter is one of my absolute favorite literary geniuses. This book is one of his earlier works and I've read it a few times already. It's a dark and humorous look into Hunter's time spent living with the Hell's Angels in the 60's. Biking, drug use, and raising hell.
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson
In his now famous gonzo journalistic style, Hunter turns a simple story meant for a Rolling Stones article into a drug induced literary masterpiece. Which was also turned into one of my favorite extremely trippy movies. This was the first book of Hunter's I had ever read, and was also my first introduction to the art of on of my favorite artists, Ralph Steadman.
The Mobile Book by Smashing Magazine
I heard about this book through a designer who's work I greatly admire, Trent Walton. I saw that he had written one of the chapters in it, which is what enticed me to buy it. After receiving it, I am delighted by the fact that the book as a whole is very good, and I learned a hell of a lot about building sites for mobile devices. One of the biggest things the book taught me was to pay attention to more than just the size of the screen.
About the Site
The look of this site was largely inspired by designers I greatly admire. Frank Chimero, Jason Santa Maria, Elliot Jay Stocks, and Trent Walton, to name a few. These are design professionals I'm constantly learning from, with the hopes of someday reaching their level of design nirvana.
This site is also largely inspired by my love of type. The fonts that make up this simple site are Cabin by Pablo Impallari, and Crimson by Sebastian Kosch. Type is awesome, and incredibly important, so read up.