Joshua Kramer is a designer who is passionate about his craft but cares about a positive team culture most of all.
Located in Portland, Oregon, Joshua is a design lead at IBM. He uses human-centered design in both user experience and visual design to surprise and delight users of large enterprise applications. Previously, he was an associate creative director at Dell and was one of the first designers that helped to create and shape Dell’s first-ever brand team, Global Brand Creative. Notably, while working at Dell, Joshua worked on the company's first-ever re-brand efforts. He also helped create Dell Blue, an internal agency overseeing all aspects of the company's creative output, including product branding all the way to TV commercials. Before Dell, Joshua worked for Austin Monthly Magazine and studio Marc English Design in Austin, Texas. He honed his design skills at these places by designing logos, packaging, page layouts, and directing photoshoots and building sets, and so much more. He is also the former vice president of AIGA Austin, a former curatorial board member of Pecha Kucha Austin, and the Creative Workers Union co-creator.
Joshua was born in the midwest but has lived in quite a few places around the U.S including Iowa Falls, Iowa; Austin, Texas; Orlando, Florida; Detroit, Michigan, and finally; Portland, Oregon. These places each taught him life lessons and perspectives that influence him to this day.
An introvert, or virtuoso (ISTP) by birth, Joshua easily navigates the extrovert world. He loves asking, "why?" and playing devil's advocate. Having a deep conversation is valued over small talk. He does not take himself too seriously and thinks that egos can take a hike. Joshua's stance is that we can all learn from each other.
Always remembering to have fun in life is important. Joshua's only real vice is Minnesota Vikings football. Skol Vikes! He love's staying active through sports and hiking. When not on the PNW running trails, you can find Joshua at a water park or going on ghost hunting excursions. He has plenty of creepy tales to tell.