When I enrolled at the Kansas City Art Institute back in, well, back in the day, it was my intention to become a painter. By my sophomore year I had changed my mind and chose graphic design as my major. I thought this path would afford me more options when I graduated. This actually proved to be true. My first year after graduation was spent painting murals for businesses and private residences. Next came my first ‘real’ job with a small ad agency in suburban Detroit. They loved that I could be used as an illustrator, therefore keeping meager budgets in check. Years later I discovered that big agencies liked the same thing, whether the budgets were meager or not.