About

I’m fascinating.

Not really. I just hate writing these things. Bios always make the subject seem super boring or extremely conceited (or, if you’re lucky, both).


Let’s try doing this like a Q&A:

Q: Where were you born?
A: In Salinas, CA in 1974.

Q: How do you pronounce your name?
A: It’s like “my cup” minus the “p.”

Q: Who are your heroes?
A: Ian MacKaye, Matt Hoffman, Taj Mihelich, Rodney Mullen, Stefan Sagmeister, David Carson, Michael Cina, Jessica Hische, Elliott Earls.

Q: What is your design philosophy?
A: Good design is honest. Good design is compelling. Good design is functional.

Q: How did you get into graphic design?
A: When I like something my inclination is to make something about it: drawings and games as a kid, comics, ‘zines, stickers and T-shirts as a teenager. So when I found out as an adult that there was a profession where I could get paid to make things there was no question about what I was going to do with my life.

Q: Why do Pirates call the top deck the poop deck? (My 6 year-old daughter just walked in and asked me this)
Q: Because it’s funny, maybe?

Q: Why do you want to teach graphic design?
A: I’m a natural evangelist for the things I love, and I love graphic design. I want people to know what graphic design is. I want people, who love it as much as I do, to be good at it, and to find success in their own careers as designers.