Bentforkz
Me, Myself, and I

Mirror, mirror on the wall // Tell me, mirror, what is wrong? ~ DLS

Run every kind of test from a to z

I’m flattered you want to know more about me! My career and skills are diverse, but I like to keep things simple. If you need my resumé, it’s right here:

View my resumé here – Updated: June 2015

1) The Good Life
I grew up in Cornville, Maine. Much of my childhood was spent playing in the woods, barns, and pastures of the family acreage. It was there that I, along with my two older brothers (both accomplished designers in their own right), experienced true creativity, made my own fun, rode bikes, and got banged-up a lot. We always bounced back for more!

2) Drop-Shadow Cadet
My Lyndon State College years were spent majoring in Communication Arts & Graphic Design. I was brash, brazen, and on one occasion beat-down (true story). After college, I was a drop-shadow cadet at Mahan Graphics, but I quickly divined skills far better than those learned in curriculum. It was at Mahan that I fell in love with grid-based minimal design.

3) Virtually Creative
Mark Shain, of Virtual Design, asked me to bring a fresh eye to his agency. I eagerly joined, worked with some truly gifted designers, and won some awards! Mark is one of the best Creative Directors I’ve ever known! His creative spirit lifted my talent to places I never could have imagined. Alas, all great things come to an end – so too did the dot-com boom. I prepared myself for the inevitable coolness to come: freelance. The change improved my creative business sense, but I needed a bigger challenge…

4) A Passion for change
Advanced MicroSystems asked me to become their Creative Director. AMS helped foster my results-driven philosophy, allowed me to focus on emerging web technologies, and improved my IT consulting skills. That experiential mash-up launched me in the direction of Kepware Technologies. Working as the Marketing Communications Director at Kepware skyrocketed my passion for branding! Opportunities like these have driven me to become a highly skilled and diversely creative professional.

5) In Three Dimensions
I brought my love of design and branding to event marketing. And just my luck Cameo needed a 3D designer for some pretty amazing clients like Carhartt, Reebok, and Jack Daniels – so, I gave it a shot! I poured over over software manuals and video tutorials. I emerged with a three-dimensional design perspective and created 3D renderings of branded experiential environments.

6) Full Circle
Did you know Maine has more than one design firm? Briggs Advertising is literally just around the corner from Mahan, but they hardly ever cross paths with each other. At Briggs I worked for clients like Cold River Vodka, Oldcastle, and Harris Golf – I was super busy. A little print design and production, a lot of web UX design and a ton of creative brand strategy came my way. I still frequently work with Briggs, and you should too!

7) Amore ac Studio
My most recent work was at Bates College in Lewiston Maine as the Director of Creative Technology, Web & Multimedia. It was a very long title for an even bigger job. I managed the award-winning creative WebTeam of Bates College. We spent most of our days designing, coding, and launching sites for the Bates experience online. This job is probably why you and I might be working together very soon!

8) The Creative Life
When I’m not creating something wonderful, I equally value my time running, single-speed mountain biking, gardening, homebrewing delicious beer, and Nordic skiing. I live with my amazing wife Emily, daughter Cora, and two dogs (Daisy and Lupe) in Midland, Texas.

Contact Info

ethan@bentforkz.com

+1 (207) 841-7362

www.bentforkz.com


Ethos & Value System

I am a creative self-starter with a positive vision, inspired by a zeal for forward-thinking design. I will be the one to create compelling solutions, to catalyze effective process, and to cultivate a team bias toward action. I think deeply about the small details and thrive on strategic know-how. I am ready to join a group of like-minded people who will challenge my talents and push creative boundaries. Let’s do this!


Software, Framework & Technology

Adobe Creative Cloud (InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, Acrobat, Dreamweaver, Flash, Fireworks), Apple iWork (Keynote, Pages, Numbers, iMovie, GarageBand), Sketch, Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), Espresso, HTML5, PHP5, CSS3, JavaScript & JQuery, Industrial Automation Software, LightWave 3D, MySQL, cPanel, Apple/OSX, Windows, MAMP, Ubuntu & Linux.


Living The Dream

When work is done for the day, I spend my time single-speed mountain biking, trail running, road cycling, rock climbing, homebrewing, nordic & telemark skiing. I currently live and work in the hardscrabble town of Midland, Texas with my wife Emily, daughter Cora, and two dogs – Dasiy and Lupe.