What is design? It's where you stand with a foot in two worlds; the world of technology and the world of people and human purposes, and you try to bring the two together. - Mitchell Kapor
Hello there, I’m Alan, Creative Director here at Red Dog Run. But please, call me Al.
Product design started for me in 1997 at the former department store Marshall Field’s in Minneapolis, Minnesota. There, I had the incredible honor of learning from some of the most talented folks in the business, and also the good fortune of being a part of projects such as Frank Lloyd Wright Gallery and Thomas O’Brien.
In 2005, I started Red Dog Run Design; a full service product development and design studio serving retailers, marketing groups, manufacturers and any other organization for that matter. Here we continue to design products and collections for some of the biggest names and best brands in retail.
And we love what we do.
Simplicity does not precede complexity, but follows it. - Alan Perlis
I'm all about doing things smarter and simpler. Website design is no different. I gravitate towards tools and automation that streamline website development, maintenance and updates. In recent years, content management systems have really matured. I'm completely impressed with the power of these tools to build high quality websites. Consequently, this has become my specialty. There's no better way to build high quality, affordable sites that conform to industry standards and enable easy content updates. How cool is that!!
And a little more about me. . .
I have worked in Corporate America for more than 25 years in a variety of roles. For the last 13 years I've managed projects with IBM. Most recently, working as a practice leader. That's corporate speak for helping our team use best practices to ensure faster, cheaper, successful projects. I've been involved with, or lead, numerous process improvement projects and lead development of the project methodology used by project teams. Are you seeing a pattern here--smarter, easier, faster?
In previous lives, I've developed training programs, managed projects, lead corporate diversity efforts and I've even worked in finance (but that's going way back. . )
I am a native Minnesotan, although well traveled. I've been to more than 25 countries over the years, mostly for fun, although some for work. I also am a photographer. I've specialized in Industrial Still Life and product photography.
I'm a bit of an introvert. I tend to think before I speak, I plan ahead, anticipate events and say what I mean. I'm also an organizer, planner and someone that prefers to follow a plan or process. The net of all this is I have a broad set of skills that integrate well for providing top quality service to my clients.
Check out my company at terrybarthdesign.com