Who are you anyway?

My name is Dave Thomas. I live in Salt Lake City, Utah with my incredible wife Melissa. I also have a very well-mannered fish that lives on my desk named Bobby.

My wife and I

How did you get into design?

I’ve always been attracted to art in general. When I was a kid I loved to draw and I collected comic books (I still do a lot of both). There is something amazing about using text and imagery to tell a story, evoke and emotion, and convey and idea. At home and in school I really gravitated toward the computer and loved playing with Photoshop. As I explored design further I found that I had a knack for it, and it was really fun, also I found that “design” is a great way to communicate with an audience.

Do you have a formal education in design?

Yes. I studied with great teachers at the University of Utah where we focused on “good design,” especially in print, and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in fine arts with an emphasis in Graphic Design in 2008. But I love learning new things in my spare time like Flash, Dreamweaver, video editing and the guitar.

What is your Design Philosophy?

There are a million ways for us to communicate with each other. There is no one right answer. When I design I keep the audience in mind. I want my work to be engaging, maintain a clear objective, and where appropriate I love to incorporate humor.

What are your design strengths?

I love typography, and I can both astound and annoy people with my ability to identify fonts. I am an expert in the Adobe Design Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Acrobat, etc.). I also have modest experience using Flash and Dreamweaver as well as the programming languages associated with them (Actionscript, HTML, and a C++), but I am definitely a more visual person.

Where can I see some of your work?

The easiest place to see my most current work is on my portfolio page. If you want to see some of my illustrations you can check out my DeviantART gallery. Or if you are dying to, you can take a look at my Flickr photostream.

My sense of style and design started when I was very youngWhat is your favorite color?

Pantone 557 (Sage Green).

What is your favorite font?


What do you do when you are not working?

I love watching movies. Spending time outdoors, preferably camping. I also like to cook. Apart from that, teasing my wife and video games take up the rest of my time, right now I’m addicted to Starcraft 2 and DOTA 2.

Are you a dedicated freelancer?

No. I have a full-time job as an in-house graphic designer. Nevertheless, design is like a muscle that loves to be worked out in different ways. If you have a project that you think we can work on together, let’s talk about it.

How do I contact you?

If you are looking to hire me for a project, just say “hi,” or send a hilarious picture of a kitten use the contact page.

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