Philip J. Leitch
I am a unemployed web/mobile designer and digital media specialist, html and css maker, creative marketer, and collector of vinyl records. I have been a VP of Creative, creative director, email development guru, underground zine publisher, punk rock band member, and I am currently searching for a challenging and exciting new remote position.
Being unemployed makes it very hard to collect records. So, I am now accepting invitations to work for creatively cool places of employment.
Employed, but looking...
After a year of being unemployed I started working at Target. I love it. It's great. Great people. Great place. Can't complain, other than damn my paychecks got A LOT smaller. Uff da!
Things I Can Do
8 Years Working Remote (The Dogs Love Me)
I know how to work remotely. Office, we don't need no stinkin' office where we're going. When I enter my workspace I am fully in the work zone. People ask me how I can get work done at home. It's easy, there is work to do so I do it. It isn't that hard. I have no secret to working remotely other than it's my job so I do it. I wish I did have some amazing secrets to put into an ebook to sell on Amazon, that would be a sweet $13.56 montly revenue stream, but alas no secrets.
Jobs I've Had
Working at Target really makes me want to do work in the UI/IA realm again as it drives me absoultely insane how some of the applications I have to use to do my job are designed. My role mostly involves backend logistics (working with incoming freight, pulling stock, back stocking, etc...), but I also perform "ship from store" duties which includes both picking and packing online orders but also picking instore pick-up orders.
Beyond the Fold (2016-2018)
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. Currently working on a site for some cool hair stylists in Seattle, too bad I don't live in Seattle. We closed up shop in 2018 but still do some small web site projects here and there.
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 mid-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! The upside of that is that I got extremely good at coding HTML email.
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 above).
I started as a contracted HTML monkey and worked my way to running and managing the creative team (best crew of people I've ever worked with). 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 Dakota) Courthouse, was the night auditor at a motel, and cooked burgers and dogs for Mikes Burgers and Dogs (great name for a place that sells burgers and dogs).
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).