Hi, I’m Kevin. I love & appreciate good design.
Hands down, my passion in life is designing products and building businesses that can truly make a positive impact on the world. I also enjoy teaching others the design strategy, tactics, and tips I’ve learned along my 15+ year design journey— a journey that’s taken me from art school, to a corporate design job, to freelancing, to owning a boutique design agency, to a startup attempt/failure, and most recently, to co-founding Twenty20.
After graduating from art school in San Diego, I packed up my oversized portfolio of student design projects (and pretend clients) and moved to Los Angeles to begin my design career journey. It wasn’t long before I landed my first “real” design job at Universal Games which was awesome… for about a year. It quickly became clear that the corporate vibe was not for me. Having built up a nice roster of freelance clients on the side, I pulled the trigger, cleared out my cubicle, and ventured off on my own.
Let’s fast forward to the mid-to-late 2000’s. With the help of two partners, I had built up a small, full-service design agency. Working in an agency setting is a funny thing. On one hand, it’s very exciting. There are always new projects and new design challenges to solve. On the other hand, there was something that became increasingly unsettling to me about investing so much time and creative energy into a client’s project only to hand that project off at the end of the engagement. It was at that point I knew I wanted to transition out of agency work and build a startup.
Let’s hit the fast-forward button one more time. Today, I’m the Head of Design and one of two co-founders at Twenty20. I’ve had the pleasure of seeing an idea I sketched on a blank piece of paper fully realized into a venture-backed startup with 50+ employees and growing. Over the past four years, I’ve learned how to take a completely iterative design approach to both our mobile and web apps which allowed us to rise to where we are today.
So why Hubspot Hero?
Hubspot Hero was birthed from the pain I felt when Twenty20 began to use the Hubspot platform for our inbound marketing efforts and landing page lead generation. Upon first signing up with Hubspot, I was massively disappointed with the design quality of the templates available in the marketplace. There wasn’t a single template that felt current and looked like a good representation of our brand. At that moment, I recognized an opportunity to raise the level of the design bar by providing quality and beautiful design templates.