Mark Shepherd is a graphic designer and illustrator whose work has been featured in numerous national magazines including Speak, Brio, Adbusters, Chicago Tribune, Playboy, Talk and Aspen Sojourner. He has also created several CD packages, posters, logos, web sites for bands and music venues. His most recent project includes a book cover for writer John Domini at Gival Press. Mark moved into his formal studies in 1985, after failing out of micro-economics, and graduated with BFA in graphic design from Northern Michigan University. With a desire to combine his training in both design and art Mark made the move to Chicago, IL where he spent 5 years as Senior Designer at KBA Marketing, art directing a group of Jr. Designers for RJR Tobacco before taking his knowledge and experience to the classroom. Mark then taught for the next 5 years as an Assistant Professor of Art and Design at both Grand Valley State University in Michigan; and the College of Creative Studies in Detroit. The LA chapter of the Society of Illustrators honored his work in in the 2001, 44th Annual Exhibition. From 1998-2000 he collaborated with the highly respected designer Martin Venezky on several projects including "Speak", a magazine which both questioned and lifted established design standards. In 1998, his web site was featured in the book "Cutting Edge Web Design: The Next Generation", and on the web portals "Digital Thread", and "Net Diver" where brutalgiftland.com won a "Design Forte Award" for his inventive Flash animation and design. His playful "cold_elf" sound collage project was recently featured on NPR's Open Mic and will be featured in an upcoming untitled independent film from B.C., Canada. Currently he is living and working in Portland, OR.