I'm Cole, and I'm a designer. The name Blackbird is another story.


"Design is a funny word. Some people think design means how it looks. But of course, if you dig deeper, it's really how it works." - Steve Jobs

After working in the IT field for 6 years, I decided I was tired of fixing PC’s every day. So I traded my tools in for a MacBook and attended school for Graphic Design. I studied under the direction of Steve Huff in Roanoke VA, or as some call him.. “The Drill Sargent of Graphic Design Professors”. That guy took no lip and had zero tolerance for poor typography. A few years later and a little wiser, I was ready to march up to Washington D.C. where I got my first job as a Junior Designer. A year later I heard opportunity revving it’s engine and joined Team Velocity Marketing.

On the side, I help small businesses and non-profits with their design needs. I'm an avid listener of heavy metal and hard rock. I also make my own beer, and if you ask nicely I’ll let you have some.

Things People Find Me Useful For

I specialize in print design but have been known to get waist deep in HTML too.


I've literally used Photoshop for over half of my life. #BraggingRights.

Print Design

Is that trifold from Kinkos starting to look aged? I got you covered.


I build responsive websites to standard. Except Flash. I don't play in grave yards.

User Interface Design

Unlike Hulu, I understand how to avoid a crappy user experience.

3D Modeling

I can build just about anything in Cinema4D, except xmas trees. Those are hard.


I don't cover weddings, but I know my way around a Canon DSLR.

Proof That I'm Not Lazy

Ready When You Are

If you like what you see and want to meet up for a beer.. don't hesitate to reach out. Please copy and paste the email address below to reach me.


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