I've worked in graphics and printing since Adobe blew our minds by adding Layers to Photoshop in the mid-90s. A few years later, I moved from the Midwest to Manhattan and landed in the marketing communications and branding fields, producing printed materials.
Since then, I have discovered that relocating was more than just a youthful leap. It was a return to my ancestral roots.
My great-great-grandfather, Archibald McLees, was a renowned engraver in the city in the 19th century. Born in Portrush, Ireland, in 1817, he worked for decades here before the federal government called him to Washington in 1863 to work in what is now the Bureau of Engraving and Printing.
In 2010, I moved to the non-profit sector and added a vital new job requirement: I must use my powers for good. Times being what they are, injecting positive change into the world with the third of my hours devoted to work is more important to me than ever.
Print will endure. It is ingrained and engaging and limitless as a tool of engagement. Allow me to join you in translating your ideas to ink?