Starting out has a temp at Educational Testing Services, or ETS (the third largest corporation in the world and education industry), I spent 8 and half years working my way up to Senior Visual Designer. It was while I was at ETS that I took 16 to 17 college hours each semester for three years to finally earn my bachelor’s degree specifically in Digital Design, all while working fulltime during the week.
In 2010, I left ETS and entered the world of contract work for myself. I founded Richard Toland Designs and began to further my skill sets beyond just standard print design. Over the years, I became a web developer and learned to code in HTML, CSS, SaSS, and then went on to CSS3 and HTML5 when they came out all just so I could understand what web dev teams and other creatives where actually doing with my artwork after I handed it off to
More recently I made the jump into the world of UX Design. There is a reason UX Design is called Graphic Design 2.0. It is my personal belief it won’t be too much longer before all of us creatives are UX Designers.
Over the years, I have had the privilege to work with large teams, small teams, some big corporations, lots of smaller “mom and pop” businesses and through it all learned a lot about the world we live in and the people in it. I treat every project, no matter how big or small, as if it were my own. To this day, I still see myself as a support function to my clients and as such, share in their goals and objectives.