MEET ETHAN >>
I’m a designer with over 10 years experience in print, web design and most recently UI design. I have been very fortunate to be given the opportunity to work for amazing companies that allowed me to grow with my skills as a designer. Aside from that experience, I strive to implement design in all aspects of my life, from cooking to the design of my environment.
WEB DESIGN & WEB DEVELOPMENT—
WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE?
DEBBIE MILLMAN INTERVIEWS MASSIMO VIGNELLI
DESIGN AS A SERVICE
MASSIVE ATTACK: YOUNG FATHERS—
VOODOO IN MY BLOOD
SUBARU LEGACY: JUNIOR DRIVER
TRANSPARENT DJ CONTROLLER
RIP: ZAHA HADID
CAFE RACERS, JAPAN
MOLOKO: SING IT BACK
DAVID MORALES AND ROISIN MURPHY: GOLDEN ERA
Public Affairs Officer
Advised the Executive Officer of Command, staff and 6 Regional Commanders on all public relations messaging for more than 40,000 United States Coast Guard/DHS personnel. Developed the framework, design, streaming content and then-Flash animation for recruiting website, gocoastguard.com under a Section 508 Compliance. Composed, designed, and photographed Coast Guard/DHS print collateral and HTML emails. Developed online marketing solutions to promote the new USCG recruiting brand identity, ‘The Shield of Freedom’ with the print and television campaign. Streamlined the USCG GSA printing budget by $50,000 annually through transition of paper materials to Web-based and social media products.
Special Protected Veteran—Honorable Discharge, 19 April 2004.
Ethan was that kid—the kid who was always getting into trouble sketching, coloring and making little machines out of anything that he could find. He kept scrap paper for projects and daydreamed—but he did not eat glue.
He grew up loving the show “Bewitched” knew that when he grew up he wanted to become Darrin Stevens. Not knowing exactly what it was that Darrin did, all he knew was that he saw a man who was paid to draw and tell people that they needed things based on his drawings. This was Ethan’s first exposure to the world of design and advertising. He never imagined that his sketching and creative tendencies would ever actually become a viable career. After high school, Ethan attended Drexel University faced the intensity of the curriculum—an intensity that gave him an edge in the saturated northeast design industry.
His career started in an era where print was becoming less popular and web just taking over, so the bedrock of his skill set comes from print, typography and publication design. He was brought in to work for firms such as Young & Rubicam and Campbell-Mithun on campaigns for Jaguar, Land Rover and DirecTV. Working through the ranks, Ethan quickly gained a reputation for being meticulous, thoughtful and creatively motivated.
When advertising tanked following the events of September 11, he was forced to take an unexpected turn to a military career that paralleled his civilian one. Ethan served in the United States Coast Guard as one of only seventy-seven national Public Affairs officers responsible for recruitment advertising and public relations. For Ethan, this was quite an adjustment—he thrived nonetheless, considering it to be a chance to broaden his overall experience.
Though unplanned at the time, his military service later afforded him the opportunity to return to college and update his skills by attending The University of California Los Angeles campus. It was there as a student in the Design Communication Arts Program that Ethan became more adept in responsive design, wireframing, social media and developing online content.
Ethan has been around and has seen a well-rounded landscape of different design styles, agencies and work environments nationally. He is a focused, considerate and strategic designer adept in creating solutions that follow the spirit of the creative brief while still managing to be visually stimulating. The Adobe Creative Suite, Sketch App and his other tools are the closest things that he has to siblings.
Ethan is an active AIGA member, contributes his free time to volunteerism and is available in the New York City metropolitan area.
LISA BOOSIN, Group Copy Supervisor at The Bloc
“I spent a few years working with Ethan professionally, and then many more knowing him as a friend—like many people who are true creatives, there isn’t a lot of boundary or distinction between Ethan the person and Ethan the professional: both are meticulous, imaginative, hard-working, and obsess lovingly on the little things that elevate a creative project. Speaking more on the professional level, he is very self-directed and always has his own ideas, but sees the benefit of collaboration. And in terms of quality of ideas and skills, his portfolio speaks for itself.”
ERIC WOO, Visual Graphic Professional at LEGO Group
“Ethan is one of the most talented designers and art directors that I’ve worked with. He is a team player and brings a lot of joy to the team. Ethan is dependable and dedicated to his work. His creative sense and ability to design at a fast pace make him an asset to any company. His personality makes him a lot of fun to work with and would be lucky to have him in your team.”