© Jeremy Detina 2018
Hi, I’m Jeremy, a Milwaukee-based creative. I believe in design with intent: approaching each challenge with a critical and conceptual lens that is realized through visual solutions, most often in the forms of identity systems, UI/UX, and motion graphics.
I was first exposed to Graphic Design at the age of seven, although I was just playing around. Armed with scratch paper and crayons, I scribbled crude drawings depicting everything from race-cars to dinosaurs. I rolled them up, wrapped them with a rubber band, threw them in a tote bag, and went door-to-door, selling them around the neighborhood. Despite my hazy memory, one customer stood out in particular. She wanted to do business, but requested a new drawing. The request? A fire-truck. I returned a few hours later with my first commision in hand.
My second encounter with Graphic Design happened in middle school, when I used to scour through the myspace music charts, searching for new tunes. At the time, I was a huge Death Metal fan; the heavier and more guttural, the better. I was amazed by the spikey, grotesque logos and unique myspace layouts. I hadn’t seen anything like it. With some extra time after school, I began sketching logos and customizing my own myspace account. After learning a few HTML and CSS tricks and ripping a copy of Photoshop, I made a business profile and began offering my services. I landed a handful of gigs designing logos, animated banners, and custom layouts, and connected with a niche community of designers working within that scene. It was cool to see my artwork being used by others, and I felt like I was contributing to a community.
In retrospect, it’s been a seemingly linear path towards Graphic Design as a career, but the years in-between were barren of design. It wasn’t until my freshman year of college, unhappy with the Architecture School, that I dug back into my roots and enrolled in the Graphic Design program. The following school years clicked and I rediscovered a passion for the arts and design. I graduated with a BFA in Design & Visual Communications and a Minor in Art History in 2017.
Today, I’m continuing my education through self-initiated projects and research, and as a full time Graphic Designer at Milwaukee based studio, Becker Design. When I’m not designing, I enjoy cycling, trying new food, hearing live music, or watching movies – all of which are enhanced by the company of family and friends.