Rick has nearly 25 years of experience in communication design, copy writing, branding and strategy. Before starting character3 in 2004, Rick was the New York Metro communications leader for Buck Consultants. Earlier, he was U.S. eCommunications leader for PricewaterhouseCoopers. During San Francisco’s dot com hysteria, Rick was a creative director and strategist for two agency startups. He began his creative career at what is now Towers Watson in 1989,
where he was hired in part to help them master this crazy, new, toaster-sized “Mac” with its strange mouse.
Rick has a B.A. in social science, cum laude, with an emphasis in communication, from the University of California,
Irvine. He has also studied at the San Francisco Art Institute and U.C. Berkeley Extension.
When he was a kid, Rick’s mom would promise him new Matchbox cars to coax him away from his sketch pads and notebooks to “go play outside.” All he really wanted to do was make pictures and write stories. To this day Rick has a weakness for shiny new cars, as well as for making pictures and writing stories—proof that everything works out in
Alex has ten years of experience as a graphic designer for medical, educational, and non-profit organizations. She began as a typesetter/production artist, where her inner-geek became obsessed with the printing process and file prep perfection. She quickly advanced to concept execution, embracing the power of design to communicate complex ideas. She shepherds each project through every stage, from inception to final production, balancing her passion for powerful layout and thoughtful typography with a relentless pursuit of typos.
Alex received a B.A. in design media arts from the University of California, Los Angeles. She has also studied in Poland, her motherland, its Polish poster art tradition a constant source of inspiration.
When Alex was 11, her father brought home a Mac Classic, seeding a lifelong passion. She spent every possible moment exploring MacDraw and MacPaint, filling shapes with patterns to create board games and carefully selecting fonts for make-believe restaurant menus. Today, although they’re now both grown-up and much more advanced, Alex and the Mac remain inseparable friends.
Bunny has 30 years of design experience across a broad spectrum of media. She began her career in television, working as a graphic designer for ABC San Francisco. Later she launched Water Street Design Group, where she lead the design and development of brand identity systems, benefit communications, website design and marketing collateral for an enviable client list.
Bunny studied graphic design at San Diego State University and finished her education at California College of the Arts in Oakland, California. She has won awards from AIGA and the Broadcast Designers’ Association. Bunny has also been an instructor at U.C. Berkeley Extension, teaching graphic design identity systems.
Bunny’s father was a printer who often brought home reams of paper to support her habit: drawing “life-like stick figures”—his words. Bunny loved going to the movies, coming home, and then drawing the floor plans and furniture of each house in the film. Whether it’s a white sheet of paper, a black screen of pixels, or the space between a room’s walls, Bunny always brings purpose and beauty to everything around her.
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