Business Design Portfolio

In addition to my academic and creative work, I have twenty years of experience in communications and design for corporate and nonprofit clients. Below is a sample of the various projects that I have helped to produce.


Research, Strategy, and Prototyping

I have worked with several design teams conducting ethnographic research, analyzing data, composing content and storylines, creating evaluative tools, developing prototypes, and designing written and visual materials to guide client projects. I have also worked to test a variety of user interfaces, exhibit environments, and interactive storylines where digital technology is used to enhance museum exhibits, retail environments, and cultural events.

Sample materials for design projects (click any image to expand gallery):

Roles: design research, business strategy, concept descriptions, flow diagrams, content maps, storyboards, writing narratives and content, prototyping plans and testing, team direction, production coordination.

Social Media Content Production: Following is a sampling of public-facing social
media videos that I created with design teams for client projects.

The Dream Cube (Shanghai World Expo 2010):

Game Prototype Demo (Bucknell University School of Engineering):

Business Development

My work often involves leading teams through the development process for new clients and business. To help colleagues understand the different ways that cultivation may happen, I created this flow diagram that maps a full process of research, pitch production, and relationship-management for new clients. For a more detailed view, click on the image below.

Roles:  prospect research, lead qualification, cultivating relationships with managers and C-suite executives, proposal writing and design, pitching and presentations, closing and contract negotiation, forecasting and tracking pipelines and sales goals, CRM implementation and moves management.

Proposal and Presentation Design

The gallery below includes a variety of examples of writing, design and diagramming that I have done in the proposal development process for new business pitches, RFPs and phases of new work for existing clients. 

Roles: research, strategy, writing, design, production, live presentations, RFP management with large teams

Sample proposals and presentation materials (click images to expand):

Strategic Communication and Fundraising

I have written a wide range of strategic plans and organizational design documents for institutional and corporate clients. Below is a sample of some of that writing. I also have an extensive background in fundraising program management, capital campaigns, planned giving and endowment strategy, and corporate sponsorship cultivation for new programs and projects.

Sample case statement: CUE Art Foundation, New York, NY

Sample case statement: Multnomah County Library Foundation

Sample marketing and fundraising plan: City Club of Portland

Screenshots from various development projects (click any image to expand gallery):

Media Relations

I have a strong background in strategic communication and media relations, including pitching and placing stories in major print and online news outlets. For a sample of articles placed, download the PDF. I also have experience in securing media coverage for my own creative projects. For media stories cultivated for my artistic work, visit my press page.

Roles: developing cross-platform media strategies, writing and designing materials, campaign direction, pitching editors and reporters, managing photo and video shoots.

Case Study: In 2010, I collaborated with ESI Design and several partner groups to launch the Shanghai Corporate Pavilion at the 2010 World Expo (video below). To learn more about the project, visit the Dream Cube Multimedia New Release. To see a complete listing of media coverage that my team placed for the Shanghai Corporate Pavilion, visit the Dream Cube media page. To see the SEGD juried award article, download the PDF.

Sample video for media relations case study (click to play):