Chad is proprietor of spirit3design. He has lectured nationally on topics including typography, motion design and smart programming for design organizations. Chad's recent presentations include TypeCon, SOTA, Drake University, Schools of Thought III, Messaging Media and the AIGA Leadership Retreat. His work has been recognized by various organizations including AIGA, ACD and CASE. He was co-curator of two international graphic design exhibitions: "Revolution:Evolution" and "Bleed, Lead, Kern".
Chad is also Associate Professor at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit where he teaches motion design, typography, visual communications and graphic design history. His writings have appeared in "Teaching Motion Design" and the self-published "A Process Workbook." His students have been recognized by numerous organizations including: Adobe Achievement, AIGA Detroit Design Re:View, CMYK Student Showcase, Communication Arts, Design Ignites Change, iDn Magazine, Motionographer, Type Directors Club and UCDA.
Chad was President of AIGA Detroit, the Professional Association for Design. In that capacity he created opportunities to celebrate the rich heritage of Michigan graphic design and increase awareness of that tradition regionally and nationally. Prior to that position he served as Programming Chair. He was also Co-founder and Design Director of Kaya Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to preserving tropical rain forests thru innovative relief strategies that benefit the poor.
Chad received his BSFA in graphic design & photography from Valparaiso University, attended graduate school at the California Institute of Arts and completed his MFA in graphic design from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.