Steve is a good guy.

Senior Art Director

Having earned spare cash as portrait illustrator when he was younger, Steve enjoys the play of illustration and typography in design. He once wanted to be a marine biologist and is a certified scuba diver. When he’s not underwater, he’s kayaking or fishing. Or he can be found hanging with his wife and two cats (Fred and Felini), watching football, and other activities compatible with his love of craft beer. Steve loves big design challenges, such as his award-winning projects for Williams-Mystic and Mount Sinai.

Before Taylor: Steve was a summer intern at Taylor between his junior and senior years at Syracuse University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Art in Communications Design. We immediately hired him upon his graduation in June 2002.

Recommended digital field trips: Instagram

Favorite IRL field trips: Hiking in New Zealand and surfing in Costa Rica

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2021 Beer Packaging Trends

As an avid beer drinker and artist, I’m not ashamed to admit that on more than one occasion I have made my brew selections solely based on the label art. In general, liquor and beer label designs are afforded a creative license that not many other products enjoy. They can be artsy and edgy, or… Read More

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Did the Pandemic Help Bring Back the QR Code?

Quick Response (QR) codes—those black pixel squares that you scan with your phone—seem to be having a resurgence. Outside of the design world, I never really gave them much thought. I most certainly didn’t use them on a regular basis. As a designer, I’ve personally hated QR Codes. I loathed having to place this large… Read More

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Wave of the Future

As digital screens become even bigger and more affordable to produce, animated murals and public art are beginning to evolve and expand in urban areas. One such place is Seoul’s COEX Square, where a motion design studio named D’Strict created a huge ocean wave with an anamorphic illusion that wraps three sides of a shopping… Read More

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Tips for Starting a Creative Side Hustle

If you’ve ever considered creating a side hustle, now is the time. Everyone is spending more time at home, and some have encountered either a reduction or a total loss of income. What better way to put your passions to use. Below are a few tips to help you get started. 1) Make Time To… Read More

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Piecing Together the Peace Sign

With the holidays coming up, I’m sure you’ve been seeing a lot of peace symbols—whether on holiday cards, posters or just signage in general. Easily recognizable, it’s become the international symbol of world peace. Ever wonder why the iconic symbol looks like it does, and who created it? In brief, the peace symbol was created… Read More

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Getting Inked

This past October, I decided to participate in the 2019 Inktober Challenge because I love pen and ink art, and it seemed like a fun way to challenge myself creatively. For those who don’t know, Inktober is a month-long art challenge created by artist Jake Parker that is focused on improving skill and developing positive… Read More

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Delivering Messages High and Wide

I recently worked on a fun pro bono project for a company in Chile that produces glass straws. They reached out to me after seeing my illustration work on Instagram and wanted to collaborate on an environmental awareness campaign using one of my illustrations on a wooden, eco-friendly sticker. The selected drawing, titled “Today’s Catch,”… Read More

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The Obscure Art of Puzzle Montage

Artist Tim Klein learned that a jigsaw puzzle manufacturer typically uses the same die-cut pattern for many different puzzles. This makes the pieces interchangeable so that he can combine portions from two or more puzzles to make montages. Such a neat idea, and he’s produced some amazingly surreal pieces of artwork that he now sells… Read More

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Winky Dink: The First Interactive TV show

Have you ever heard of the show Winky Dink and You? Neither did I—until my father-in-law told me how much he loved the show when he was a kid in the 50s. For those of you who don’t know about it, Winky Dink and You was a children’s television show that played from 1953 to 1957… Read More