Hi, I’m Patrick. I am a graphic designer and photographer who lives in Poulsbo, Washington, but who is no stranger to the cross-Sound commute to Seattle, having ridden the ferry to work in Seattle since 2000. I am a Walla Walla native, schooled in Tacoma, Pullman, and Cork, Ireland, and in addition to my jobs in the States, I have worked in Japan, Ukraine, and South Africa. I have lived in London, Cork, and Tokyo, and have also traveled to France, Poland, Hungary, Morocco, Hong Kong, Thailand, and Vietnam.
I was until recently a part of the communications department at PATH, where I was a founding member of the Graphic Design team, providing design work for research scientists, communications staff, fundraisers, web developers, and administrative staff. Our small in-house team provided any sort of design work needed, including but not limited to reports, brochures, fact sheets, annual reports, posters, presentation decks, exhibit displays, web graphics, interactive PDFs, instructional materials, logos, business collateral, signage, and so on.
Around 2008, we added photography to our list of disciplines, and I was primarily responsible for setting up and using our newly acquired photography studio for staff and product photography, as well as providing my services for event and field photography as needed. With increasing demand for in-house video production, we recently added video-capable DSLRs and other recording equipment with which to meet this need.
In addition to my duties as a photographer, I was responsible for our media database, overseeing the migration of the contents of an intranet-based database to a cloud-based site, designing the customizable aspects of the vendor-hosted site and acting as administrator and responsible project manager for the database. I governed access to the database for consultants and together with a small working group of designers and librarians, continued to populate the database, increasing the number of assets by over 9,000 files in a four-year period.
Around the same time that we were ramping up our photography services, I was also tasked with building my skills as an email developer in order to provide PATH with better-designed, more broadly compatible e-newsletter and electronic invitations. Choosing Campaign Monitor as our preferred platform, I established a master account with subaccounts for various in-house clients, designing, developing, and uploading HTML templates for the clients’ use, as well as acting as account administrator, managing creation of and access to subaccounts and instructing clients to maintain legal compliance and best practices. At last count, the master account contained more than 35 subaccounts.
When not busy at work, I spend my time feeding, entertaining, and photographing my family (and others’, when volunteering my services at my childrens’ school), also seeking out interesting music, literature, food, and outdoor spaces, in whatever time is left / while entertaining the family. Not a bad life at all.