A Little Bit About Myself
While today, I stand poised at the helm of Mularz Design... working tirelessly to give my clients the sort of timeless designs they deserve... it hasn't always been this way. Read on if you care to, for below you will find a small window into the experiences which laid the foundation of this small Graphics Solutions Shop based in Hollywood Florida.
Favorite pastime as a kid... drawing and creating my own little worlds with paper and pencil as the long Massachusetts winters passed. During my Junior High days I got into painstakingly recreating my favorite logos... Mtv, Miami Vice, Garbage Pale Kids... the good stuff... spent hours doing that stuff.
One particularly nasty winter a decision was made and by that summer we packed up and moved all the way down to Key West Florida. Turquose replaced the Cobalt blue of Cape Cod Bay, and a seemingly endless spectrum of color replaced the browns and grays of my wintery home town.
Interest piqued due to an Art Institute rep visiting art class my senior year at Key West High. After a visit to check out the facilities on 17th St. Causway in Ft. Lauderdale it seemed I had found a school that captured my interest and imagination. Attended AIFL on the cusp of computers playing a major roll in advertising... focus of curriculum leaned heavily towards design, print, color, fonts, composition, concept and photography, with computer software playing only a minor roll.
I quickly landed a job in a small Miami agency working in the studio. The agency soon transitioned into the digital world and my tools (drafting table, t-square, x-acto & rubber cement) were replaced by a Mac . Over the next year I learned a ton about QuarkXpress, Photoshop and Pre-Press under the tutelage of Mimi Alonso. This new found knowledge sent me bouncing around several agencies and graphics houses around Ft. Lauderdale and Miami before landing at Hunter Hammersmith.
Hunter Hammersmith had Sandals Resorts at that time and I learned a great deal about color, production, working fast, and a program called Freehand. A bunch of pros worked in the studio and they willing to share their knowledge with me. After a year of intensive training another opportunity opened up for me at a small Latin agency in Coral Gables by the name of Reiser & Reiser.
After a year of being able to apply my own creativity to brochures and magazine ads, while expanding on my knowledge of Adobe products at Reiser, I jumped at a chance to work at Tinsley Advertising.
Tinsley was a great experience that helped build on my pre-press background and art direction skills. I began in the production studio resizing and producing concepts from creative directors, art directors and writers alike. With primary focus on the SuperClubs account I eventually became one of the art directors on that account. After ten years aboard with the talented and successful Tinsley crew, life led me to follow a slightly different path.
I decided it was time to transition from working for an agency, to working for myself, and Molina Ad Group afforded me that possibility. I was able to split time between my responsibilities at Molina and building my own client base, eventually working remotely from my home office, which is where you can still find me today.