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The Short Story: Whitney holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Minnesota and Graphic & Web Design Certificates from Minneapolis College. She has worked as a designer and partner at OLSON McINTYRE since 2017.
The Longer Story: I have led a creative life as a multi-disciplinary artist inspired by nature, music and color. I have worked as an urban forester, musician, preschool art teacher, piano teacher and graphic designer. All of these experiences make me who I am and add to the depth of my design work, my work with clients, and my work running a small business.
Some of the more exciting points of my life have been traveling to Scotland, Peru, and Germany (on tour with my band, The Prizefighters), riding bicycle from Minneapolis to New Orleans in 2015 and riding a motorcycle to Montana with a skateboard deck as a seat. I’m a nature lover, & radical thinker. Laughing is my favorite thing about being alive. I love black + white photos, records, landscapes with a thousand messy plant textures, dreaming, and astrology.
All of that weirdness comes into play in my work! I love incorporating hand-drawn aspects into my design work, pushing myself to be a better designer, and being inspired by friends, family, and the folks we work with.
What I like best about being a designer: The challenge that each project brings, the vibrant concepts we come up with, and the relationships we build with our clients.
The Short Story: Houston holds a Bachelor of Science from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. He has been a designer since 2001, working both for agencies and freelance. He joined OLSON McINTYRE as a designer and partner in 2017.
The Longer Story: Being creative has always been a focus of my life. As a kid growing up in West Virginia, I constantly drew and played music. I was encouraged by my parents, one fantastic high school art teacher, and inspired by the album artwork on the punk albums I was listening to. After high school knowing that traditional college was not for me, I took the jump and was accepted into the graphic design program at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh.
Upon graduation from the Art Institute I was hired by a local marketing firm, Buzzhoney, where I had a fantastic creative director. This position taught me how to work within a team, present my work to clients, communicate with vendors, properly set up production files and be conscious of conceptual thinking. I was also spending my evenings screen printing posters and playing in bands.
After 10 years I hit the road and maintained a remote position for several years while I travelled on an old BMW motorcycle with a MacBook Pro in the panniers. I put 200K miles on the bike, visited Alaska twice, worked the most bizarre jobs for gas, tires and experience while still designing the entire time. This was a very creative moment in my life and I documented the adventures through a design project called Americana Podunk. I also learned the importance of truly leading a creative life.
In 2014 I literally rolled into Minneapolis and never left. It’s here I found my life partner, a more progressive atmosphere, and what started out as freelancing has turned into a full time business with a nationwide roster of clients.
What I like best about being a designer: How each new client exposes us to their unique industries, and how to creatively figure out how we can help them communicate their message in a more clear and cohesive manner. In regards to design itself I love to work with space and breaking down complicated ideas and concepts to their bare essentials.