I’m Tishon [tish-ahn]. I work with humans to develop and grow their businesses through thoughtful design. Bringing together the disciplines of marketing, graphic design, and technology, I create visual identities, printed matter, websites and web products that help companies reach the people they hope to reach.
I have over a decade of design experience in a variety of industries, with roles ranging from print design to web design and development for both large and small organizations.
In 2010, I was hired by Ralph Applebaum Associates (RAA) as a member of the exhibit design team for the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. I worked closely with our world-class team of graphic designers, architects, and historians to craft and design various exhibition graphics, typographic treatments, and conceptual moves for the museum’s many galleries. The 400,000-square foot building, dedicated to telling the history and culture of African Americans, opened in September 2016 and attracted over 1 million visitors in the first 5 months.
In addition to my work as a designer, I am a writer and poet. My work has been published in various literary journals, and I’ve been invited to read my work at venues including The Blue Note, Highline Ballroom, The Nuyorican Poets Cafe, and more. In 2011, I founded Well&Often Press, an independent press where I published my first book, The Letter All Your Friends Have Written You, as well as the work of others in our literary journal, The Well&Often Reader. In 2014, I was named a Poets House Emerging Poets Fellow.
I enjoy working on projects that require creative problem-solving, and I believe that design is 90% communication. Everything else is supplementary.
Atul Gawande, The CDM Group, Echoing Green, The History Project, The One Club, (RED).org, Ripple Effect NOLA, Seek Collective, Short Path Distillery, SocialFlow, Sonima, Urban Word NYC, Yabla
What They Say About Me
“Your input is tasteful and equally respectful. I honestly can’t imagine working with someone who would do what you do more efficiently and effectively.”
“A design eye, programming skills, and great attention to detail”
“Easy to work with…took the ideas we had and made them better without gutting them…recognized what we were trying to do and respected it – and improved it.”
Have a project you’d like to work on together? I’d love to hear about it.
Photo by Rae Maxwell