I am a Designer, Frontend Developer, 3d Artist, and an Educator.
This section is about me and my skills. You can also download my resume.

I am Dave Davis!

picture of me in a suit I provide high quality design solutions, creative development services, and a vast knowledge base in the design and development industry. I have a variety of skills that come from working in various aspects of the design world. I have worn many hats in my jobs and can do anything from the print world to the digital world.

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Education

SCAD

  • MFA - Interactive Design & Game Programming
  • Expected Graduation May 2015

Fairmont State

  • BS - Graphic Design - Print Focus
  • AS - Graphic Technology - Multimedia Web Focus

Skill sets of my Craft

Diverse skills give you a larger niche to fit into within the working environment. Finding a large enough niche to feed yourself and remain happy and exuberant about what you do is easy once you have diversified your skill sets. Here are some lists of some of the my capabilities.

Software

  • Adobe Creative Suite
  • Corel Graphics Suite
  • Video Editing Software
  • Autodesk 3ds Max
  • Mac, Linux, PC & Mobile
  • CodeKit & Scout
  • SvnX / FTP Clients

Interactive

  • HTML5 & CSS3
  • JQuery, MooTools, JS
  • Basic PHP, MySql, Ruby
  • Google Analytics
  • CSS Grids & Frameworks
  • SCSS and LESS
  • Object Oriented Programing

Print

  • Wide Format Printers
  • Printer Maintenance
  • Prepress Graphics
  • Finishing Equipment
  • Vehicle Wrap Certified
  • Print Application
  • Color Correction

If your not finding the exact skill sets your looking for up to this point feel free to contact me. I might have the skills your looking for or I could have overlooked the value of placing the skill on my portfolio. I'm also very flexible and capable of learning new materials, concepts, and tasks rather quickly. A big skill in being successful in any working environment.

Some of my recent employment. For more check out my resume.

Employment

West Virginia University: ECAS

Professional Technologist Level II: October 2012 - Present

Oversee the development and implementation of the website design and development for the Eberly College. Creative designer for web, integrated marketing projects, and print pieces. They will provide daily support to official College websites, assist in developing new applications, and manage and create new databases for web applications.

Adjunct Professor of Graphic Design

Pierpont Community & Technical College : August 2010 - August 2013

Fairmont State University : August 2013 - Present

Facilitate meaningful learning of the course competencies in the curriculum and proactively supports all facets of the learning environment. Provide education through learning-centered instruction that will enable graduates to fulfill the evolving needs of the marketplace, and show competency both verbally and written. Demonstrate a strong conflict resolution with the ability to work under pressure while demonstrating strong knowledge of Graphic Design software, graphic theory, and various presentation methods.

Morgantown Printing and Binding

Wideformat Manager: June 2010 - October 2011

Assist in the art direction of projects as well as the creation, development, and execution of designs for print, and production. Exercise creative skills and knowledge of design principles and software to plan, analyze, and communicate original idea, layouts in a creative and visually engaging. Customer service skills established and maintained effective working relationships with other employees, officials, and all members of the general public. Cost estimation for print jobs from price sheets those include setup, labor and materials. Operation and maintenance of Printing Equipment was critical.

Clarksburg Blueprint Company

Lead Designer: May 2009 - July 2010

Responsible for designing and implementing print layout and design projects. Projects include document design, branding design and graphic design. Originating concepts and designs across a variety of media while supporting brand and business objectives. Work on both small and large scale projects and understands the design issues and objectives of a project. Cost estimation for print jobs from price sheets that include setup, labor and materials. Operation and maintenance of Printing Equipment.

Let me be your proverbial wet-stone to help you get and keep a creative edge.

Teaching Philosophies

Concept of Learning

To be a good teacher your have to open a students mind to new ways of learning. Build a foundation and framework for further exploration while providing an open mind for critical thinking and exploration. Expanding and exploring the topic to the degree that the student now has the ability to thrive from an occupational standpoint. My role as a teacher is pass on my knowledge, facilitate multiple resources for students to go above and beyond, provide career relatable information, and continue to learn and be flexible as the course grows.

Student Interaction

Interaction with professors is unavoidable as a student, some enjoy the interaction much more than others. My job is to make sure the students feel that they can approach me and be open to asking questions. I need to be an established authority in the classroom to be sure that a certain level of respect is given to everybody in the classroom, while also maintaining a friendly enough demeanor so students aren't frightened.

Being a mentor is very important, I have developed a strong mentor relationship with a few professors, and those professors have since turned colleague and friend. I will remember them because they helped me succeed, and they have helped me learn the whole way through. That is the type of professor I want to be, a mentor that gets to watch his students grow until they are ready for the world.

Keeping a professional relationship with your students is also important. After all students are just young professionals. Eventually they will be out in the work place maintaining this same kind of relationship with colleagues and interns alike. Establishing a guideline an set of rules for your classroom as to how students should act, dress, and behave as a workplace environment continues to prepare them for life outside of the classroom.

Student Goals and Outcomes

  1. Theory and Practice: Understanding of why, when, and how things are done is extremely important within the field. Some people can break guidelines and bend rules and make it work for them, but not without years of practice and understanding the underlying theory. This structure will help develop and polish existing skills and help them to grow in the early stages of design. Practice is what makes perfect. When you have practiced a skill enough you will know how to do it in your sleep.

  2. Problem Solving and Critical Thinking: Design by definition planning out a how something will look or will act before it is built or made. Design is nothing more than solving a problem, whether its layout, or identity. It solves some problem and you are being used as a catalyst because your creativity and your ability to solve these problems. Developing this skill early will lead to very successful students.

  3. Client Relationship & Work Experience: Without a key understanding of clients and how to work with clients, the design field isn't very profitable. When this understanding has been reached the designer and customer feel that they both have profited from the experience. Advising a student on taking the time to evaluate their personal skills, team skills, and business understanding is crucial to their success after college. Experience is the best teacher people often say, although I don't fully disagree, I think its the practice that is doing to the teaching. Clients often want things that push the designer out of their comfort zone and enable to them to practice skills they may not have otherwise.

Students will always be the heart and soul of every educational facility. As long as there are students willing to learn and put in the effort, I will be there to teach them with their best interest in mind.

Welcome to my portfolio, click on the images to view more about the project.

Web / Interactive

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Logos & Brand Identifiers

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Thumbnail of Dream Houses Logo
Thumbnail of Backyard BBQ Logo
Thumbnail of CBC Logo
Thumbnail of Shale Advantage Logo

Game Props & 3d Elements

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Thumbnail of Building
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Thanks for viewing my site, if you need anything else contact me.

My Stompin Grounds:

Located: Fairmont, WV 26554
Cell Phone: 304.613.7108
Email: dave@ddavisgraphics.com

I tend to roam around the Morgantown and Fairmont areas of West Virginia. This isn't to say I don't travel out of that comfort zone occasionally. Thank you for visiting my site. Feel free to contact me using the form below or by giving me a phone call.

Contact Me

images from a responsive web design for WVU

Department of Psychology - WVU ECAS

This site will be launching soon. This project replacing an older outdated website. The neat thing about this particular site is that they had some specialized needs to consider. We needed to find a way to make tables responsive for their accredidation data as well as form an adaptable way to display large amounts of information on one page. The need for fourth level navigation was there, but eliminated by this new infrastructure of information.

  • HTML 5, CSS3, & Ruby on Rails
  • Jquery and Modernizr
  • Accessiblity
  • SEO Optimization
  • Responsive Web Design
  • Photoshop, and Illustrator
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images from a responsive web design for WVU

Department of Chemistry - WVU ECAS

This site was a pretty easy site to work with because they people were all on board. They just wanted a few things to be recognized and prominant throughout the site and we were able to accomidate them pretty effortlessly. I would have preferred to have a non pictoral background, but part of helping the consumer is giving them what they want. The graphic work in the buttons and other aspects of this site was also pretty fun and allowed for some nice creativity.

  • HTML 5, CSS3, & Ruby on Rails
  • Jquery and Modernizr
  • Accessiblity
  • SEO Optimization
  • Responsive Web Design
  • Photoshop, and Illustrator
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images from a responsive web design for WVU

Eberly College of Arts and Sciences - Visit Page

The best part about Higher Education is that it is a business that provides so much in return for the poeple within and the community around them. As the budget cuts continue to have an impact on the higher education community, recruiting and websites become more important. Taking a page from successful sites like Amazon and Ebay I have included plenty of call-to-action and informational

  • HTML 5, CSS3, & Ruby on Rails
  • Jquery, Modernizer, SASS
  • Accessiblity
  • SEO Optimization
  • Responsive Web Design
  • Photoshop, and Illustrator
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images from a responsive web design for WVU

Program for Native American Studies - WVU ECAS

A minor program of WVU that did not have a web update in a very long time. This departments needs were easy to meet because it was an immediate need. This websites biggest challenge was to have it up and running within a two week period.

  • HTML 5, CSS3, & Ruby on Rails
  • Jquery and Modernizr
  • Accessiblity
  • SEO Optimization
  • Responsive Web Design
  • Photoshop, and Illustrator
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images from a responsive web design for WVU

Multidisciplinary Studies - WVU ECAS

The challenge to this website was how do you create a brand for a department that has many different areas of emphasis. This program is made up of taking various minor programs from the college and mashing them togather to become versed in multiple areas of study. The creativity for this site was to be different than other sites, but stick within the brand constraints.

  • HTML 5, CSS3, & Ruby on Rails
  • Jquery and Modernizr
  • Accessiblity
  • SEO Optimization
  • Responsive Web Design
  • Photoshop, and Illustrator
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images from a responsive web design for WVU

Department of Mathematics - WVU ECAS

A recent update of the template has brought me to this. We are using Jquery to make a better navigation system, Aria roles to make it more accessible, mobile first responsive design to completely best use all screens of all devices. I am extremely excited and happy about the development that I have made to this template. When this site is finished I will like it up, but right now its to exciting for me to leave out.

  • HTML 5, CSS3, & Ruby on Rails
  • Jquery and Modernizr
  • Font Awesome Icons
  • Parts of Bootstrap
  • Parts of BoilerPlate
  • Accessiblity
  • SEO Optimization
  • Responsive Web Design
  • Photoshop, and Illustrator
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Grandinette Photography Logo

Grandintte Photography

This logo was made for one of my hardest customers because she had an idea of what she wanted and was creative herself. It was a big benfit working for this customer because they pushed me to do better each time I came up with a draft or revision. This logo was created four years ago and has been used as her brand identity ever since. All of her publications, prints, and work goes out with this logo.

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Thumbnail of Dream Builders Logo

Dream Builders Logo

This was a stickly comissioned peice that I sold to a salesman for their customer. The only contact I had was with the salesperson. The words behind this logo or descriptors that formed the logo: zen, creative, sunset, peaceful, dreamworld, west virginia owned, home builders, construction workers, and playful fun attitude. The nice thing about it is the ability to deconstruct it to make a more simple logo that still applies to the brand if needed.

  • Brand Research
  • Digital Illustration
  • Adobe Creative Suite
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Backyard Cookoff - Ronald McDonald House Charities

This logo was made as a donation for Ronald McDonald House Charities in Morgantown WV. They wanted a graphic that was inviiting for children and adults, but also displayed all of the content involved. At first I was taken aback by the amount of text they wanted to include, but found myself liking it more and more as I kept working with the project. Every year they do a new one so I might have more in the future depending on time.

  • Brand Research
  • Digital Illustration
  • Adobe Creative Suite
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Thumbnail of CBC

Clarksburg BluePrint Company - CBC

This was done to update a previous logo. At the time it was very minimal and very poor color choices. I updated the logo to give them more of an appeal to customers in the reprographics and graphics industries. Since then they have use the brand to build a bigger print center and now cater to a variety of designers, architects, and engineers. A successful project for them as it made them appeal to a new customer base. They wanted it to be very graphic, but display what drives their work. The printers.

  • Brand Research
  • Digital Illustration
  • Adobe Creative Suite
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Thumbnail of Shale Advantage

Shale Advantage

This logo was done for a friend who needed it for a project he was creating. More on the coding side of things he wanted a well designed logo that he could use as a kickstarter for his project. The shale business was very large for a while in our area and I believe another company bought his website and logo. I am not sure if it is still the front of their brand or if they moved in another direction.

  • Brand Research
  • Digital Illustration
  • Adobe Creative Suite
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UX How a research project and discovery of Jquery for myself.

UX How Website

This website was actually a side project for me to test my abilities to create different UI elements in JQuery. These elements will find their way into more of my websites from here out because the different aspects of space and flexibility that they give to a website. Font awesome was also a big aspect in this project and learning how to incorporate them.

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Branded Photography website for my Wife and Owner of Grandinette Photo

Grandinette Photography

This website was particularly difficult because it was for a client who has plenty of web experience with scrolling and new the exact elements she wanted. But also had another facet that she didn't want to use flash to do something typically created in flash.

  • HTML, PHP, CSS
  • Jquery
  • Total Branding Packages
  • Multiple Galleries
  • Large Scrolling Background
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A branded Flash game for ESPN

ESPN Game

The idea behind this was to create something that was game related. It uses actionscript 3 as a base because it is a good starter language to learn principles of Object Oriented Programming. Creating a game that was not only designed well and branded to a major company, but also fully functioning in a limited time period wasn't an easy task. This project took me out of my comfort zone, which was great for developing my skills as a developer and designer.

  • Object Oriented Programming
  • Actionscript 3
  • Photoshop, Illustrator, and Flash CS5.5
  • Style Tiles
  • Wireframing
  • Prototyping
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A jquery character generator.

Character Generatore Prototype

This project was about the exploration of game character creation engines and usability amongst users. A secondary goal that I had with this project is to create something using Jquery that could possibly be used later on in a Jquery game as the power of the web continues to grow so does that capability of making games. The concept turned out extremely well and allowed me to learn Jquery UI in a practical form. Ontop of that we had user testing and feedback from variety of people which helped devlope the project immensly.

  • Object Oriented Programming
  • Jquery, HTML, CSS3
  • Photoshop, Illustrator
  • Wireframing
  • Prototyping
  • Importance of User Testing and Surveys
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A jquery character generator.

Extreme Whitetails Hunting Game

My first attempt at a game. This is in my portfolio to showcase some of the abilities I have to learn new things and apply them in at least a rudimentary form. Actionscript 3 was new to me at this point, and the concept of object oriented programming. I took a leap of faith into this project. One day I will go back and finish it, but for right now If you go to the practice range there is a mini game complete.

  • Object Oriented Programming
  • Actionscript 3
  • Photoshop, Illustrator, Flash CS5.5
  • Wireframing
  • Prototyping
  • Customer Branded
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Thumbnail of Character that will be used to make a 3d Model

Igua Thorn: A Concept for a 3d Character

This is a character concept that I have come up with that is an alien for a first person shooter game. As your main character he controls and demands attention through the game play. This character will be modeled very soon and look for the final model to be here after it is complete.

  • Game Design Documentation
  • Drawing and Illustration
  • Adobe Creative Suite
  • 3ds Max
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Jailhouse Game Prop 3d

JailHouse 3d Game Prop

I'm working on making a map for a 3d Shooter Game that would involve the ability to hide and protect yourself using the assets of the game. This element is a Jailhouse that would be on that particular map. The element includes some aspects of reality, but achieves the main goal of allowing a place for people to hide and search out enemies during game play. The inspiration for this prop is actually a combination of an old western jailhouse and a rusty building located in Fairmont.

  • Illustration & Photography
  • Photo Manipulation for Reference Images
  • 3ds Max
  • Adobe Creative Suite
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SnipingTower

Snipers Tower GameProp

This game prop is meant to be built alongside a mountain to hide. The rough concrete makes it discrete to the general public as it blends with the mountainside. The former home of a group of chemists bent on world domination. What a backstory! The real use of this prop is to provide a place to hide, and a place to get on top of to shoot down below. A great game prop in the same map as the Jailhouse.

  • Illustration & Photography
  • Photo Manipulation for Reference Images
  • 3ds Max
  • Adobe Creative Suite
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ShippingContainers

Shipping Containers GameProps

These were made as a simple way to learn how to texture with different types of maps. This would be a combination of research and working on developing proper techniques for low poly modeling and game assets. Completely an independent study project I really liked the way that these turned out. Each container using the same materials to save on valuable resources during in games or animations. With all three textures baked into one sheet I can quickly use the same shipping container again in multiple areas without retexturing the model.

  • Illustration & Photography
  • Photo Manipulation for Reference Images
  • 3ds Max
  • Adobe Creative Suite
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Big Building

Chemical Factory

This asset was made to fit into the same map as the others, but had to have some sort of aspect to hold them together. The large towers on the top serve as chemical holders that a person could use for cover during an assault or sniper attempt.

  • Illustration & Photography
  • Photo Manipulation for Reference Images
  • 3ds Max
  • Adobe Creative Suite
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Massive Building

Large Building

Another part of my independent study this time I was working on figuring out how to create a building with many inter-bridging areas and keeping polygons low as well as minimizing the amount of textures used in the model. I think this was a pretty successful building design as it allows for other props to be used in on and around it and it doesn't command all of the attention if used this way.

  • Illustration & Photography
  • Photo Manipulation for Reference Images
  • 3ds Max
  • Adobe Creative Suite
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Government Anarachy UDK Level Design

This was my first chance to use the game engine and really find out what they can do to enhance game making. It was really a fun project and it not only pushed me on learning new things, but also in how to design for realism and immersion.

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