Hey there! I'm James, the founder and primary string puller behind DESIGNLEDGE™. With over a decade of design, marketing, and sales experience, I'm here to work directly with you and your brand to increase your customer impact.
Cherry Twist by the Crystal Method is hands down my favorite techno song. I grew up on breakbeats, drum'n'bass, and trance and I always appreciate a talented DJ. These days, you can find The M Machine, Skrillex, Grum, Kaskade, Deadmou5, Armando, Tiesto, Pendulum, and anything that goes "boom" in my playlists.
A day on the slopes is one of my favorite ways to bond with my family and burn off stress. Chances are if there's fresh powder in the mountains, you know where to find me.
Though I haven't performed professionally in over a decade, I always try to keep something nearby in case the opportunity arises. I love making genuine connections with people and the art of prestidigitation couldn't be more fitting.
From martial arts to Air Force special operations to being a dad, staying active and healthy has, and always will be, important to my lifestyle. I don't post lifting memes and pr's on my social streams but that doesn't stop my competitive side from always wanting to succeed.
My wife and my son remind me to always keep life in perspective and that sometimes it's okay to put the work aside and play. Truly listening and engaging with them has helped me understand the value of how far a little effort and sincerity can take a relationship.
I won't try to capture ten years in two sentences but I will say that the lessons I learned throughout my enlistment will stay with me forever. My journey has taken me through being a wilderness survival instructor, aerospace physiologist, aircrew and pilot instructor, centrifuge test subject, base honor guard trainer, section supervisor, pararescue apprentice, and professional recruiter.
I have to give credit where credit is due. My wife (born and raised in Denver) is the reason I'm a dedicated Broncos fan. Before you ask, yes, we were fans well before Manning and Tebow! Just please don't call me after a loss.
I'll be cliche and quote the late Steve Jobs by saying, "design is how it works." Claiming that I have an obsession with simplicity and design would be an understatement and I feel strongly that most organizations don't utilize this underrated commodity. Using design as the core of my focus, I want to make a meaningful impact on the world one project at a time.
Is it even possible to call yourself a nerd without being a gamer? I grew up on the old school classics and witnessed each new generation of gaming evolve. I don't have as much time to play these days but it doesn't stop the urge for getting lost in a great story line.
I owe my love for the great outdoors to my father, a camping guru and zen master. When technology infests my life and overstays its welcome, it's time to throw on the pack and disappear for some much needed reflection and decompression.