Bentforkz
Me, Myself, and I

Some obligatory name dropping

Working hard, with help along the way

My career and skills are diverse, but I like to keep things simple.

1) The Good Life
I grew up in Cornville, Maine. Much of my childhood was spent playing in the bucolic countryside of that tiny rural town. It was there, along with my two older brothers (both accomplished designers in their own right), where I first experienced true creativity, made our own fun, rode bikes, and got banged up a lot. You know, sticks and stones kind of play.

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

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 brightest Creatives 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, daughters Cora and Sofia, and two dogs (Daisy and Lupe) in Midland, Texas.

Contact Info

ethan@bentforkz.com

+1 (207) 841-7362

www.bentforkz.com


Technology

Sketch, Coda, Espresso, Adobe Creative Cloud, WordPress, PHP, CSS, JavaScript & JQuery, Facebook, Instagram, MailChimp


Living The Dream

I spend my own time single-speed mountain biking, trail running, road cycling, rock climbing, homebrewing, and nordic skiing. I currently live and work in the hardscrabble town of Midland, Texas with my wife Emily, daughters Cora and Sofia, and two dogs Daisy and Lupe.