Who is Ethan?
Digital | Motion | Print
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. Ethan 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 never actually become a viable career. After high school, Ethan attended Drexel University faced the intensity of the curriculum. This intensity gave him an edge in the saturated northeast design industry.
His career started in an era where the print was king and web was just getting started, so the bedrock of his skillset 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 in his career path 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 allowed him to return to college and update his skills at The University of California, Los Angeles campus. As a student in the Design Communication Arts Programme that Ethan became more adept in responsive design, wire-framing, social media and developing online content.
Ethan 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 thing that he has to siblings. Ethan, an active AIGA member, dedicates his free time to volunteerism and is available in the New York City metropolitan area.