TAUGHT BY PRACTICE, GUIDED BY OBSERVATION, DRIVEN BY PROCESS.
Ronnie McBride is an award-winning designer and artist whose work has been locally and nationally recognized. He has worked for the past 18 years as an illustrator, graphic designer, photographer and videographer, web designer, art director, and visual designer for major brands and small companies alike, creating everything from infographics and brochures to exhibition booths, billboards, and UI/UX interfaces. After graduating with a degree in industrial design, Ronnie began his career as a web designer for a branding agency in New York City, where he learned from senior graphic designers and illustrators how important it is to tell a good story through pictures and graphics. Through his company, Mixmediasalad Design, he uses design to provide B2B and consumer companies with the right visual strategies to convey their services and values. He now also shares his knowledge with other designers by teaching online courses. Ronnie has always had a hunger, love, and passion for design and a huge respect for the creative arts. He loves to share and teach people as much as he loves learning new things.
What is a Visual Designer?
That is a question I would be happy to answer. I have designed for 15+ years, and I have witness the title and job description for what a Visual Designer does evolve overtime. The basis of what a Visual Designer does has not changed, but the needs of the industries we work in is constantly changing. What it means to be a Visual Designer in one company may not need all the skills required to complete a job in another company. The title Visual Designer is synonymous with other titles such as Graphic Designer, Art Director and Web Designer.
What does a Visual Designer do?
Visual Designers come from different backgrounds, experiences, and disciplines. Visual Designers focus on the aesthetics of your web site, your marketing material, your application and your user experience. Visual designers are most concerned with the typography, color, spacial relationship and organization of your content & information. Visual designers focused on the consistency of your brand and how your end-user interacts and experiences your product.
What makes me different?
I graduated with a degree in Industrial Design from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette (ULL). ULL Industrial Design department focused on design sustainability. My first professional job was with an agency as a web developer. I learned a lot about branding design from the very talented team I worked with. I have spent a good part of my professional career as a consulting/contractor. I had to learn and adapt quickly and have acquired many titles and skills over my professional career.
- Affinity Designer 100% 100%
- Photoshop 100% 100%
- Illustrator 90% 90%
- InDesign 60% 60%
- Light Room 90% 90%
- Motion X 80% 80%
- Sketch 3 80% 80%
- FinalCut Pro X 55% 55%
- PowerPoint 70% 70%
- KeyNote 65% 65%
- Microsoft Word 80% 80%
- Basic HTML/CSS 60% 60%
- DSLR Video Production 85% 85%
- Photography 100% 100%
Skills? Yes, I have them.
If you were to ask me what is my strongest skill is I probably would say my ability to problem solve. No one has all the answers, but I am good at listening, evaluating, and coming up with creative solutions. Give me a blank canvas, a list of your business objectives, and or marketing requirements and I am confident that I can provide you with a visual solution. In a team environment mixed with designers, developers, and marketing specialist I am the guy who listening to everyone’s point of view and interpreting them in a visual language that can be understood by your team and/or customer. I have worked with many personality types and titles, and that fact makes me a strong candidate for translating the needs and request of the stakeholders in any given project.