Philip J. Leitch
I am an unemployed graphic and web designer, html and css maker, creative marketer, and collector of vinyl records. I have been a creative director, email development guru, underground zine publisher, punk rock band member, and am currently a purveyor of online job listings.
Being unemployed makes it very hard to collect records. So, I am now accepting invitations to work for creatively cool places of employment.
Things I Can Do
8 Years Working Remote (The Dogs Love Me)
But I also love to work with others, solving problems together. Creatively.
Jobs I've Had
Beyond the Fold (2016-current)
Another two-person shop, this time with a longtime friend who also needs income while trying to find a new job. Check out nwwoodbox.com, the first client site we've launched.
SundogWest (2008-2016) #rip
Email. Email. Email. Two-man shop doing (mostly) email design and development for accounting software juggernaut Intuit. First week in I had to unlearn my HTML/CSS and dig up my 90's HTML table building skills. We also did some print creative and a landing page here and there as well as the occaisonal not Intuit client. But yeah, I spent 8 years making tables inside of tables inside of tables and making sure it looked right in Outlook 2007... fun times!
Unwound Design (2006-2008) #rip
My first foray into freelance work making websites for small business owners in the region. Ended when Chuck whom I knew from Sundog (he was 1 of the founders) contacted me and asked if I wanted to work with him (see SundogWest).
I started as a contracted HTML monkey and worked my way to running and managing the creative team. Along the way I led the charge to update the company branding, kickstarted the SEO/SEM effort for clients, launched the first Sundog blog (which as a sidenote let me be Twitter user #10422 after writing a blog post about this new micro-bloggging thing called Twitter), arranged tons of amazing internal events like Octoberween (combining the admin team's Octoberfest celebration with the creative team's halloween party) that as far as I know they still celebrate, led the FargoWeb.com team (our attempt at a local portal type site — also my biggest failure, sad!), and got to see Sinbad when me and another employee went to an Apple QuickTime conference in LA.
My favorite achievement however was probably a tiny marketing site we did for ourselves called 1,000,000 hits... This was back when people still thought website hits meant something. We launched a site that when loaded would result in 1,000,000 hits so the hit counter was nuts. This was in reply to a competing company running billboards touting their ridiculous "hit" claims. I excel in snarky assholism!
I've also worked as a cook/doorman at a strip club, made and delivered pizzas for Godfathers, Shakeys, and Tomicelli's (local dive, now closed), baked bagels for a bagel shop, was a janitor at the Cass County (North Dakot) Courthouse, and was the night auditor at a motel.
In addtion to those "real" jobs I have written, edited and published a variety of underground (fan)zines, been in numerous punk rock bands, promoted close to 100 shows for touring bands passing through Moorhead/Fargo, screen printed a lot of t-shirts, built a web site to track the flood level of the Red River (but have since abandoned it since IT WILL NEVER FLOOD AGAIN), almost finished college with a fine arts photography degree (so close, so so close), and at any one time I will have somewhere between 3-11 personal web sites in various states of construction (currently working on Record Collector Scum).