WHO ARE YOU AND WHAT ARE YOU UP TO?

(ノ ˘_˘)ノ I’m Ash, and I’m a writer, designer and visual storyteller based in Porto, Portugal.
 
In addition to creative direction and project management, I dabble in brand identity, packaging, and visual marketing; editorial design, illustration, animation, and tattoos; and once a year I publish a hefty zine about art, life and the in-betweens called Loose Ideas. I’m an efficient and straightforward communicator with what I consider exceptional taste, and I believe in the value of creative work. I enjoy studying language, living in diverse and accessible communities and maintaining a global perspective, and I’ve worked on projects in the US, Cuba, Mexico, Central America, Eastern Europe and throughout Scandinavia. I’m open to all opportunities to connect and collaborate, and I’m especially keen on those with an excellent sense of humor, an international lens, and a commitment to improving the state of the world, as well as anyone actively rejecting hustle culture, gatekeeping and toxic work environments.

HOW ABOUT AN UNSOLICITED LIST OF SKILLS?

Creative direction + project management 
Visual storytelling + editorial design 
Digital marketing + branding 
Community building 


Magazine publishing + page design 
Copywriting with a global perspective 
English copyediting, proofreading 
Caption + description writing 
Newsletter production 


35mm, instant + digital photography 
Natural light photo styling, direction 
Video production + editing 
Stop motion animation 
Editorial illustration 
Hand-drawn type 
Specialized maps 
Photo overlays 
Infographics 
GIFs 


Website design 
Social media strategy
Product design + sourcing 
Interior/exterior packaging design
 
Travel planning + research 
Estou aprendendo Português 


Proactive, collaborative mindset 
Tactful, open-minded, empathetic 
Known to occasionally save a bird 
Decent sense of humor

FORMAL EDUCATION:

BA in Visual Communication Design
BFA in Documentary Photography

University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh – USA
PAST CLIENTS, AWARDS + INVOLVEMENTS:

HAMAM Magazine
Analog Iceland Magazine
Broken Pencil Zine Awards
Counterpoint Magazine
BUST Magazine
Quimby's Chicago
The–Dots
Off Color Brewing
Baggu
Uncertain Mag
Rolled Gold Film
Restore From Backup
Indisposable Concept
Back2TheBase
Snap It See It
Impossible Film
ARTPIL's 30 Under 30 
Modern in Denver
5280 Magazine
JPG Magazine
Fox Cities Magazine
CAN I FIND YOU / YOUR WORK ANYWHERE ELSE?

My relationship with social media has all kinds of idiosyncrasies, but I’m… around, mainly on good ol' Instagram and Twitter (@toothyinhale) where you’re welcome to find me and “engage.”

I also invite you to subscribe to my newsletter, Tudo Bem. Moments from the Great Rebuild here at the end of Europe are a given, so if nothing else, tune in for the variety show. I also write a lot about the Pursuit of Contentment, the Anxiety Forcefield, and loneliness; economic empowerment, financial independence, and being broke; and protecting lofty goals, taking risks, and bouncing back when something implodes.

See ya there. Tell your friends.