Edward Robirds

Artist | Creative Professional

My Artwork

My artwork is inspired by life and a love for simple beauty. I paint primarily with acrylics, but also love using non-waterproof India ink, watercolor, and even sketching on my phone.

It can be a wonderful feeling to evoke a response in others with what I create, but it's ultimately the creative process that engages me most.

What is felt and learned seems to be built upon a much greater process of living. There's no experience like allowing yourself to be a child again, to be curious, removing all fear and doubt, and surrendering yourself to just creating. And in the end, there is never failure, but a truth that you've given birth to that has never once existed.

"The creative process is a process of surrender, not control."

~ Julia Cameron

My Work

I have a passion for designing elegant, simple, and accessible products for humans interacting in a digital environment.

I've been working as a designer and developer for 20 years, often filling other roles in business and product strategies, research and data analysis, wireframing and coding, and mixing user experience and user interface design.

I love making the complex appear simple and find beauty in well-formed and organized code. I strive to narrow the gap between people and technology and to create a long-lasting and emotional connection with the end-user. I enjoy making minuscule improvements that may seem trivial to some, but wonderfully improve and enhance the overall user experience.

"Creativity is more than just being different. Anybody can plan weird; that's easy. What's hard is to be as simple as Bach. Making the simple, awesomely simple, that's creativity."

~ Charles Mingus

Experience

World Bank Group

Consultant for Web UX/UI Projects
Washington, DC
November 2008 – Present

Sharp New Media

Owner/President
Cincinnati, Ohio
November 1997 – Present

TechAssist LLC

Creative Director
Washington, DC
October 2006 to November 2008

Signal US Communications

Senior Designer
Cincinnati, Ohio
July 2005 to October 2006

eoSports, Inc.

Senior Design Lead
San Francisco, California
September 1999 to March 2001

US Navy

Hospital Corpsman, Field Medic, and Optician
September 1991 to May 1999