Greetings, I'm Todd
I'm a design director, photographer, founder, husband and father with two kids living in midtown Atlanta, Georgia.
After many years of working in the design industry, I'm currently experiencing life without a business card or a job title. Instead, I'm traveling the world, taking photos, learning new tricks, and being a dad.
I took this leap of faith and pressed "pause" on my career in early 2018. Before then, I had built design teams and developed brands at large companies, as well as two software businesses as an entrepreneur (more on that below).
Creating new products, mentoring designers, and design leadership are all things I continue to be passionate about, but today my energy is focused on personal creativity and feeding my desire to see more of the world as a traveling photographer. You will find images from these adventures here on this site as well as Instagram.
About this site
In creating this site, my intent is to think more critically about what I choose to capture and why when I'm on the road; to view my photography through an editorial lens, learn what works and what doesn't, and use those insights to improve my output the next time around.
From a subject matter perspective, I'm particularly drawn to architecture, public spaces, street life, and landscapes. One of my favorite things is traveling to unfamiliar environments and wandering, exploring, and searching for inspiration.
Perhaps you will find some inspiration of your own in the collection of photos and stories I've shared here.
Most recently, I was Senior Director of Design at MailChimp. During my three-and-a-half years at the company, I grew their in-house design discipline from a handful of individual contributors to a Design department of forty people. I was also the creative lead for pretty much everything which touched the MailChimp brand across product and marketing.
Prior to joining MailChimp, I co-founded and created Koken, a content management system for publishing portfolio websites. The product was free and earned its keep through paid themes, plugins and add-on services. Koken was a joy and a privilege to create, for it rolled together all the things I loved most -- product design, software development, photography, and web design. Koken found a strong niche, and -- despite being free -- was able to grow into a successful business. Koken was acquired by NetObjects in 2015.
Before Koken I created another photography product: SlideShowPro. For a time in the late 2000s, SlideShowPro was pretty much the standard photo and video slideshow player on the web. Seemed like everyone was using it, from photographers to newspapers to presidential candidates. Development on SlideShowPro ended with the rise of mobile and HTML5, but during its heyday, SlideShowPro played a notable role in the creation of rich, interactive content on the web.
Going back even further, ten years ago I was a co-founder and creative director of Super Deluxe. Hatched by a small team within Turner, Super Deluxe was one of the first original content networks on the web. We pushed the boundaries of taste and decency with a daily editorial schedule of mind bending animations, comedic short films, and content which defied categorization. Super Deluxe is still alive today, and is (thankfully) just as weird and demented as ever.
In my years before digital and tech, I lived in Charleston, South Carolina where I moonlighted as a public radio DJ hosting "The Kitchen Sink" and other music programs on SC Public Radio, wrote music reviews and features for newspapers and magazines, worked at Spoleto Festival, designed for print through agencies and freelance clients, and most importantly, met my future wife.
Thanks for visiting!