Many skills fundamental to the design process are valuable in themselves.  For example, while designers aren’t artists or model builders, we use drawings and models as basic tools and are usually pretty good at creating them.  Here are just a few areas where design skills can be helpful outside of a full design process…

Marketing

Marketing is an ideal venue for basic design principles… the project is to shape the face of a company to the world.  Here’s a closer look at several aspects of my work with Tom…

Model Building

Model building, from paper-and-tape design models through refined prototyping, is a basic skill of design.  In any scale, in any medium, models are critical to understanding the reality of a concept.

Theatrical Design

Designing theatrical sets and exhibits in Dallas, Texas led to 15 years working with PHAME Academy and other youth arts organizations to design and build sets for their shows.

Costumes and Creatures

Whether for business clients or just for fun, I've found that I have a touch for creating creatures.  Here's a look at some of the oddities that creep around Arete Design...

Graphic Design

Telling your story clearly and concisely, in an eye-catching and memorable way... that's graphic design.  Here's a gallery of some of our graphic design projects in a variety of venues...

Illustration

There’s a reason “a picture is worth a thousand words”.  Our experience in charcoal, pencil, pen, marker, paint, and computer illustration can create the perfect image for any project.