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Thinking Globally, Creating Boldly, Acting Locally

for Culture-Conscious, Content-Driven Communities


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Loud & Lovin’ It

Why Not Live Out Loud & Proud

As a 10-year design veteran slash creative Girl Friday of brand & marketing design, my work thrives off my creative agility & strategic gumption to align inspiration, client goals + business objectives in executing on-target design that gives ideas flesh to bone. We’re living in an age where the cult of personality is the perfect time to reveal the soul of your brand’s true character. I can help no matter if you’re an existing brand that needs another strong set of capable hands, have a strong identity but your positioning is unfocused, or you’re just starting out, know your core values, but don’t know how to hit your target audience or how to cultivate your core customer. I love innovative + inclusive workplace cultures with socially-responsible brands whose success is defined by the communities they serve.


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*waves*
Hi, I’m Tami!

Creative Strategist
Event Curator
Writer

Whether the borders that divide us are picket fences or national boundaries, we are all neighbors in a global community.
— Jimmy Carter
 Playing diva at a family cookout in Northeast Washington, D.C.

Playing diva at a family cookout in Northeast Washington, D.C.

Creativity is my Brush.
Culture is my Canvas.
Branding Social Good—my Mission.

With over half the world’s population having access to the internet, the greatest challenge brands face today is staying authentic while remaining meaningful in front of a globally-conscious and increasingly nuanced audience in an always-on world. Being a good neighbor in a global community means being creatively agile enough to solve twenty-first-century problems at their root — not making a living off of treating the symptoms. In the age of personal branding, people are hungry for social connection from the intimacy of their diverse array of personal devices.


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The Heart
of the Issue

I’m not creative
by profession
or trade.

 Me and my Brooklyn crew at 1920s-inspired event. Of course, I dressed to channel Katherine Hepburn’s 1930s menswear-infused aesthetic because I’m always forward-seeking by flamboyantly spreading my rich appreciation for cultural history to whomever cares to hear it or not. Waxing vintage in an intentionally curated old-school-fresh poetic mashup is the way I like to mix timeless style with pop fashion nostalgia.

Me and my Brooklyn crew at 1920s-inspired event. Of course, I dressed to channel Katherine Hepburn’s 1930s menswear-infused aesthetic because I’m always forward-seeking by flamboyantly spreading my rich appreciation for cultural history to whomever cares to hear it or not. Waxing vintage in an intentionally curated old-school-fresh poetic mashup is the way I like to mix timeless style with pop fashion nostalgia.

I’m professionally creative as a lifestyle choice.

I am a living, breathing summation of my many parts: desires, experiences, moods, moments, perspectives, relationships (both fleeting and lifelong), and tastes — that all encompass my truth. If you cannot accept one piece, you cannot accept the whole because I’m a packaged deal.

 Had to bring out the Rockstar today, since yesterday was a fresh day in hell. Rockin' my fresh fitted that I bought last weekend in B-more. SWAG.

Had to bring out the Rockstar today, since yesterday was a fresh day in hell. Rockin' my fresh fitted that I bought last weekend in B-more. SWAG.

 Way back when Olympic Ice Dancing Gold Medalists Meryl Davis and Charlie White stopped by the BBDO courtesy of Visa. Had a serious brain boner as they talked about bringing more youthful exuberance to ballroom dancing which they incorporated on the ice to snag the Gold. The office showed the “Visa Congrats” spot we created in the spirit of their win and it was heartfelt and sweet.

Way back when Olympic Ice Dancing Gold Medalists Meryl Davis and Charlie White stopped by the BBDO courtesy of Visa. Had a serious brain boner as they talked about bringing more youthful exuberance to ballroom dancing which they incorporated on the ice to snag the Gold. The office showed the “Visa Congrats” spot we created in the spirit of their win and it was heartfelt and sweet.

 With my work uncle slash ride-or-die friend, Mark Mecler, at  CENTERSTAGE .

With my work uncle slash ride-or-die friend, Mark Mecler, at CENTERSTAGE.

 Back in my Brooklyn days, I took no mind in playing a candid photo model for my friends. It was zen to me being in front of a camera, not taking notice, and just existing in my truest, most human expression. Shot in all-natural sunlight by my fellow creative & friend  “Good Time Rick” Perez .

Back in my Brooklyn days, I took no mind in playing a candid photo model for my friends. It was zen to me being in front of a camera, not taking notice, and just existing in my truest, most human expression. Shot in all-natural sunlight by my fellow creative & friend “Good Time Rick” Perez.

 At the theater season’s banquet celebrating the end of a successful and finale season after Artistic Director Irene Lewis’ retirement from CENTERSTATE was announced but before we found out through the rumor mill that playwright/director Kwame Kwei-Armah, who premiered “Let There Be Love” that past February, was tapped to replace her.

At the theater season’s banquet celebrating the end of a successful and finale season after Artistic Director Irene Lewis’ retirement from CENTERSTATE was announced but before we found out through the rumor mill that playwright/director Kwame Kwei-Armah, who premiered “Let There Be Love” that past February, was tapped to replace her.

 Just having fun experimenting with friends. Wearing two hats was my idea in highlighting the contrasting details the two textures with my leather vest. Photo by my fellow pro creative & longtime friend,  Jon Friese .

Just having fun experimenting with friends. Wearing two hats was my idea in highlighting the contrasting details the two textures with my leather vest. Photo by my fellow pro creative & longtime friend, Jon Friese.

 I RSVPed as a surprise for me and a coworker to attend the pop-up shop @ DC Design Week as a self-love staycation away from the office. After a grueling 2-month push to survive the 2018 midterm election season from hell, we took advantage of our first chance to breathe after working for 80+ hours, 7 days a week. For the first time in months, I got out of the office before dark and commemorate the joy of freedom by learning how to make my own letterpress print. Now I want one for the house!

I RSVPed as a surprise for me and a coworker to attend the pop-up shop @ DC Design Week as a self-love staycation away from the office. After a grueling 2-month push to survive the 2018 midterm election season from hell, we took advantage of our first chance to breathe after working for 80+ hours, 7 days a week. For the first time in months, I got out of the office before dark and commemorate the joy of freedom by learning how to make my own letterpress print. Now I want one for the house!

 Navigating my own destiny by water down in American expat slash Peace Corps volunteer hangout, Bocas del Toro, Panama. All it took to convince me to travel down there solo was an invitation from a Facebook friend of a close, long-time family friend. Culminating into my first solo adventure, my wanderlust awakened on a whole ‘nother level.

Navigating my own destiny by water down in American expat slash Peace Corps volunteer hangout, Bocas del Toro, Panama. All it took to convince me to travel down there solo was an invitation from a Facebook friend of a close, long-time family friend. Culminating into my first solo adventure, my wanderlust awakened on a whole ‘nother level.

 Made two random travel companions out of two brothers slash UC Santa Barbara grad students traveling from California who introduced me to Cuba Libres, Rum + Coke in a can, as we crossed the border from Sixaola, Costa Rica to Bocas del Toro, Panama together on this rickety, old bridge that was built on the river that divides the two countries. One of my new friends, Matt, said it took 5 hours last time he crossed because the bridge was crowded with hundreds of people traveling on a holiday with only 1 person handling the immigration. Because it was the slow season in late-August, it wasn’t crowded with locals or backpacking tourists. Our crossing took less than 10 minutes. By the time, I got to the second part of my journey to Bocas I was already tipsy.

Made two random travel companions out of two brothers slash UC Santa Barbara grad students traveling from California who introduced me to Cuba Libres, Rum + Coke in a can, as we crossed the border from Sixaola, Costa Rica to Bocas del Toro, Panama together on this rickety, old bridge that was built on the river that divides the two countries. One of my new friends, Matt, said it took 5 hours last time he crossed because the bridge was crowded with hundreds of people traveling on a holiday with only 1 person handling the immigration. Because it was the slow season in late-August, it wasn’t crowded with locals or backpacking tourists. Our crossing took less than 10 minutes. By the time, I got to the second part of my journey to Bocas I was already tipsy.

A social connector and experiential conduit for authentic creative expression of living life out loud, I live for being on close-knit, family-oriented teams of all sizes serving up real solutions to real-world problems. Not merely designing pretty band-aids on gaping brand problems.

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If brands spent half the time & money invested in marketing the brand and invested it into developing the work culture for their brand, they would have an endless + sustainable resource of organic content where the only added expense is in the production of a thing. I’ve played design workhorse to many brands, from high-profile to mom & pop. Those whose core values aren’t reflected in the culture of their work can easily turn into hotbeds of toxicity, out-of-touch leadership, disjointed and uninspired teams, or “too many cooks in the kitchen”-style branding that cripples employee productivity and limits customer engagement. In the end, it makes the business of being a brand work hard, play harder instead of working smart, play smarter.

 After getting my first tattoo etched on me at Electric Ladyland Tattoo during my DIrty Thirty getaway with friends to NOLA.

After getting my first tattoo etched on me at Electric Ladyland Tattoo during my DIrty Thirty getaway with friends to NOLA.

 Always dancing like no one is watching. My favorite state of mind.

Always dancing like no one is watching. My favorite state of mind.

 Stalking my bestie’s capoeira class on U Street.

Stalking my bestie’s capoeira class on U Street.

 Costume watching with cosplayers @ the first  WakandaCon  in Chicago this past summer of 2018.

Costume watching with cosplayers @ the first WakandaCon in Chicago this past summer of 2018.

 Getting my Yogi-Tea on, hyping up my mindset with their positive-vibes-by-the bag approach to branding.

Getting my Yogi-Tea on, hyping up my mindset with their positive-vibes-by-the bag approach to branding.

 Who I only refer to as the Muse because this incredibly visceral, phenomenal in her artistry, legendary creative brooks no other introduction.

Who I only refer to as the Muse because this incredibly visceral, phenomenal in her artistry, legendary creative brooks no other introduction.

My curiosity is already piqued and ready to serve! Hit me with your best shot and I’ll make a good neighbor out of both of us.

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