I have done many different things since emigrating from Viet Nam in 1975.  In 1985 I had my first professional commercial art job as a Storyboard Artist with a creative agency in Chicago that worked very closely with Leo Burnett, and other ad agencies.  

Since then, I have taught video and photography at an art college, built my own house in the woods with my own two hands. 

While building the house, I lived in a tent for three years from 1995, where I learned HTML, built my own website and began to design for digital media.

Since, I have been a graphic designer/artist for print and web, then UI/UX designer for mobile and connected TV apps.

I want to continue to apply my visual design sensibilities and user-experience knowledge to meet whatever unknown destinations ahead.

This work gets more exciting all the time—the journey begins now.

Cypress / Ratio

Sr. Interactive Designer

December 2011 – May 2014

I joined Cypress in its heyday with a fast growing team of experts, engineers, and creatives.  While at Cypress, which later merged with and became Ratio in August 2013, I continued to do web work and eagerly began designing more for Mobile and Connected TV apps. Working closely with the creative director, art directors, and developers, I had the good fortune to contribute to some of the most ground breaking projects in iOS, Windows 8, Xbox, and Roku. In the process I helped build a very capable team of UI, UX, or hybrid, designers. These were the happiest days of my professional life.

Since becoming Ratio, this new team has expanded its multi-screen knowledge and experience, as well as the willingness to push the boundaries in more imaginative ways. And my depth of knowledge has been expanded as well. I got to work and converse with experts from all corners of our industry, everyday.

What a privilege it was to do the work of the very edge of time, at a the very edge of place.

Cypress Consulting

Freelance Sr. Designer

July 2005 – December 2011

I interviewed with the President of the company at some Starbucks. We all were working out of our house. There was no office. But there was a culture that drew me to it. I got to design the official website for the Seattle Seahawks in 2006, for which we won an award. Then, we did the same for the New Orleans Saints, then Sony, Fox, Amazon, NBA, Microsoft, Pernod, Russel Investments, AT&T, Comcast, Gates Foundation, Disney.  During this time, Cypress grew from a handful of great people to around seventy great people. We moved from working from home to a small four-room office, and the office then moved three times.

I witnessed the many phases of Cypress, and an organic culture that grew out of the mere fact that we were capable professionals coming together, attracted to the single cause, and having the time of our lives doing very exciting work, every day. So grateful and happy that I had found a really cool group of people to work with and with whom I could trust, finally, I seriously considered joining the company full-time.

Engine Interactive

Freelance  Designer, Creative Director

September 1996- April 2004

Engine interactive needed a main creative professional who would be able to handle changes happening in 1996. These were the crucial years that molded me as a designer in this changing time.  Although all we did was beginning to improve the user experience on the web, these were transformative times.  As the lead designer and acting creative director, I helped Engine Interactive through its many developments. And they me.

The Columbus College of Art and Design

Video & Photography Instructor

August 1990- June 1993

At the Columbus of College of Art and Design, I had the opportunity to start a new program which became Media Studies. In addition to building a new facility with a video lab, I taught photography, video, and a course I developed called Art and Technologies. It was a privilege to help developing a curriculum for this the new Media Studies area.


Storyboard and Comp Artist

September 1986 – December 1989

I continued to do more storyboards, comps, and illustrations for various agencies in Chicago, while finishing my MFA program in Art Media Studies.

Phase II

Storyboard and Comp Artist

July 1985 – August 1986

My first professional commercial art job, at a fast-pace creative agency downtown Chicago, where I worked with a team of illustrators, art directors, producing beautiful marker renderings for TV commercial campaigns and print ads. At that time, Leo Burnett ad agency was across the street from our studio so a lot of work came out of there. A humbling experience where I had to learn quickly the nature of the creative business, how it all worked and related to the marketing industry, and what my role was.


• Photoshop

• Illustrator

• InDesign

• Fireworks

• Dreamweaver

• Adobe Premiere

• Flash


• CSS3

• WordPress

• Acrobat Pro

• Microsoft Office

• Mac OSX Mavericks


• Graphic Design for digital and print

• Visual Design

• UI/UX hybrid

• Art direction

• Painting

• Illustration, Drawing, Sketching

• Photography

• Video production & Editing


• Filmmaking

• Acting for screen and stage

• Carpentry

• Culinary

• Fine Arts

• Having fun

• Wild sense of humor

• Taekwondo


Northern Illinois University

Master of Fine Arts: Art Media Studies

1987 – 1989

Syracuse University

MFA program: Media Studies – Video Research

1984 – 1985

Northern Illinois University

Bachelor of Fine Arts: Painting

1978 – 1983

Freehold Theatre Lab

Acting for stage and screen

Other interests

Animal rights and welfare


Visual Arts









Topo Swope Talent



English (bilingual proficiency)

Vietnamese (native)

French (elementary)

Thank you

Thank you very much