Derek firmly believes that he didn’t choose his career — his career chose him.
His first real design memory was in 1992; he was visiting a friend who had one of those newfangled computers, and his friend showed him a little program called Microsoft Paint. Combining his obsession with aviation and his love for detail, he then proceeded to ignore his friend for the next 5 hours while, pixel-by-pixel, he constructed and meticulously perfected an image of a Horizon Air Q200 Turboprop plane taking off.
That was only the beginning. From there, he built logos and websites for bands he was in, and accepted a job working for his uncle’s company back in 2003. He spent the next 10 years designing logos and websites primarily for the automotive industry, but also did work for numerous businesses, from small mom-and-pop barbecue sauce brands to dental clinics, fashion bloggers, and more.
Derek joined the Artmil team in April 2013. Over the past several years at Artmil, he has taken the web side of the business and expanded it greatly, putting the previous 10 years of experience to good use in helping shape the way we approach web design, assist our clients, and maintain their websites.