Alan sparks inspired ideas and turns them into unforgettable experiences. He has over 17 years working as a creative professional from a creative director, art director and designer to an artist, curator and cultural producer.
From art directing a national campaign that smashed reading records promoting child literacy (Jumpstart’s Read for the Record) to designing a city-wide campaign for a fundraising event that raised $800,000 in one night for the sick and homeless (Glide Memorial’s Soul of the City) to producing award-winning advertising, branding and online solutions that promoted the excitement of a city (San Francisco Convention and Visitors Bureau, San Francisco International Airport, Port of San Francisco, Moscone Center), Alan creates memorable experiences to solve the communication issues faced by companies, organizations, or even entire communities.
Alan has developed compelling brand, print, interactive, online, advertising, packaging, environmental, and motion graphic experiences for non-profits, art institutions, government agencies, sports teams, special events, retail stores, restaurants, food and beverage companies, corporations and technology firms. He has the ability to take projects from concept to production to market as an independent consultant, as well as leading and working within teams at design and marketing agencies The M-Line, Koo Creative Group (now Cossette) and Cappelletto Design Group, as well as video game giant Electronic Arts. Alan holds a Bachelor of Design from the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design in Vancouver, Canada.
Alan is also the founder of SF-based 501(c)3 non-profit MEDIATE ART GROUP, where he has been organizing innovative art and music experiences with local and international artists and musicians since 1998. He is the creator and artistic director of the Soundwave Biennial, a summer-long innovative arts festival recently completed its sixth smash season. From a one-man self-funded operation, Alan guided Soundwave to critical acclaim and sold-out events supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, San Francisco Arts Commission, Wattis Foundation, Zellerbach Family Foundation, Black Rock Arts Foundation, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, amongst others. Alan and his work with Soundwave garnered numerous features including PBS, NPR, SF Chronicle, SF Weekly, San Francisco Bay Guardian and awarded ‘Best Sound Sculptures: Future Classic’ by San Francisco Magazine’s Best of 2007. He is a strong advocate for cultural innovation and has been a speaker at the California College of the Arts, San Francisco Art Institute, a panelist for the Symposium for Independent Arts, the City of Oakland’s Cultural Funding Program, and D-I-Y Workshops in San Francisco, and a recipient of the National Arts Strategies Future Leadership Fellowship.
Alan also creates experiences as a multimedia and installation artist and curator. He conceived of the installation and performance venues AudioBus (performances on moving double-decker bus) and Illuminated Forest (exhibit and performance space in a multisensory interactive environment) both gaining considerable attention. Alan has exhibited and curated work online and in the U.S. and Canada and has organized events and exhibitions in San Francisco Bay Area, New York City, Vancouver and Toronto.