© DAN DISMOUNTS 2017
Dan is currently a designer at Lawrence & Schiller, in Sioux Falls, SD. A recent graduate of South Dakota State University, Dan has over a decade of experience in the design world, with knowledge in a wide range of skills, including:
- Print & Web Design
- Logo Design
- Branding/Identity Design
I feel very fortunate that I am able to make a career doing something I enjoy. I can't wait to see what the future holds, and how I may be able to help others share their insights, products, and messages with the world."
Drawing with Dad
As I try to retrace the roots of my love for design, I have to start to the early days when my dad would sit and draw with me at an early age. These drawings were never masterpieces, but they helped lay the ground-work for my passion to create. I don't know why The idea that I could make anything my imagination would dream up and then share it with the world.
The Denver Broncos unveiled their new logo in 1997, and my elementary teachers were definitely aware. It became my favorite thing to draw, and I drew it on everything. I was facinated with the way the simple curves interacted, how such a clean and stylized logo could convey such strength. Little did I know that by drawing that logo by hand over and over, I was actually studying logo design. My interest in logos soon spread beyond the Broncos and eventually I drew every NFL logo. It was at this point that I started to realize that someone had to create these graphics, why not me?
As I reached high school I began working at PB Sports, a small screenprinting shop in my hometown. I started by cleaning the emulsion from the screens, but eventually worked my way up to helping create actual artwork. My time here was beneficial by allowing me to learn the many rules of the printing process. By learning these rules, I could find ways to push the limits and create new and challenging designs. I took great pride when I would see the designs and artwork that I had created on the shirts of my classmates and others around town.
In addition to the Denver Broncos and drawing, one of my favorite things has always been auto racing. Everything from NASCAR to the Saturday night dirt track back home. In a perfect example of 'right place, right time' I was given the opportunity to design the paint scheme for Chaun Peterson, the son of my high school geometry teacher. I took advantage of the opportunity and ended up creating his paint scheme from 2006-2011. Seeing my design on the track was an experience like no other. The sense of pride that I felt only deepened my desire to make design my career.
The first true branding campaign that I was able to work on came in college when a friend referred me to his buddies who were starting a micro brewery. This opportunity gave me a great understanding of all the work it takes to truly be a graphic designer. Not only did I have to focus on the logo this time, but create the business cards, bottle labels, etc. The knowledge I gained while working on this project was incredibly beneficial, and something I wouldn't learn in the classroom.
The Dak Knight
While in college I was afforded the opportunity to hone my design skills in a true industry setting when I was hired as a Student Designer at Dakotronics. This position was a fantastic learning experience and helped provide perspective on what it's like to be an in-house designer. The work I was fortunate enough to create here, was essential in shaping my own design philosophy. It was also in this role that I started to understand the significance of photography in design. I enrolled in photography classes and my love for the camera began.
These previous slides, the lessons learned and the hours spent working towards improving as a designer, eventually lead me to Lawrence & Schiller. I was fortunate enough to land a coveted summer internship position as a graphic designer and began as a full-time designer in the Fall of 2014.