I believe in leaving the world a little better than I found it.
To do this I work alongside visionary individuals to craft engaging digital experiences and forge unforgettable identities and applications.
Now the Long Version
I'm from Asheville, a little town in the mountains of Western North Carolina. It's kind of a popular place now, but I still remember when it was just a weird little town full of oddball characters from every end of the social extremes.
Legos, Comics & Slash
As far back as I can recall, I was always drawing or making something. Playing with legos made me want to be an architect, reading comic books made me want to be an artist and listening to Guns 'N Roses made me want to be a musician. The architect thing didn't really pan out, but the other two stuck.
All of my free time was spent drawing, painting or making obnoxious music
In high school, while I probably should have pursued some college-friendly extracurriculars, all of my free time was spent drawing, painting or making obnoxious music in the basement (thank you mom and dad for tolerating that by the way). Still, I managed to get into UNC Asheville where I would try to validate my two favorite pastimes with a degree.
Mom & Dad, I'm Quitting College
So while I tried really hard to legitimately study the fine arts (at one time I wanted to be an art teacher), eventually music won out and I made a practical and obvious career choice. I left my liberal arts education behind, moved to Atlanta (where the players play), graduated music school, moved to Athens, GA (where the broke players play), played music professionally for several years (becoming a thousandaire in the process), and eventually moved back to Asheville to kind-of start over.
Have Guitar, Will
During this time, I became a closet graphic designer. Who's gonna make the show posters? I'll learn Photoshop. What about album art? I guess I'll learn Illustrator too. What about a website? Sure, I'll learn how to code too (in a traveling band, you wouldn't believe how much downtime there is).
I became a closet graphic designer
You know what? I loved every bit of it. The little kid that was always drawing and painting was still in there just waiting for new canvases to explore. After years of trying a bit of everything, a deep and profound love and respect for graphic design arose. While I learned a great deal on my own, I decided to go back to school to shore up my design and coding skills.
Take This Job And...
While in school I also landed the job of Online Content Director for several local radio stations. If it needed to be done, I did it. I created web graphics, designed promotional materials (shirts, van wraps), shot and edited videos and did a ton of web development. I pretty much had free reign to practice everything I was learning in school, all while making some great relationships in the community. The year I graduated, the economy tanked and I made another rational, practical decision. I quit my steady, salaried job with benefits and started my own company.
There are a few times in life when you know you made the absolute right choice, and starting Bullman Design was one of them
There are a few times in life when you know you made the absolute right choice, and starting Bullman Design was one of them. I worked alongside interesting, creative, quirky and inspiring people of all kinds. I helped bring their vision to life and put it out into the world.
Could I have followed this path for the rest of my life and been happy? Probably. But I had this idea. It started small but kept growing until I had to let it out.
The Start Of Something Bigger
I wanted to create something that could take on a life of it's own. Something that could be more than anything I was capable of by myself. I started to ask a lot of questions. Why do I do all of this? What do I care about? What really matters to me?
Call it an existential crisis if you want, but out of it all came Craftpeak. And although we are still in our infancy, the foundation of some amazing stuff is already being laid. While I'm still taking on freelance projects under my own name, Craftpeak is now the vehicle for a much larger vision.
So that pretty much brings us up to now. If you read this whole thing, thanks for taking an interest and be sure to come back to see what new adventures I'm into.