About


A bit about me, my name is Joe Butters, and I grew up in northern Pennsylvania. I joined the U.S. Army and served on active duty for four years. During my time in the U.S. Army I was stationed in Germany and in the U.S. at a few military posts.

After my time in the U.S. Army was done, I settled in Raleigh, North Carolina with my wife (although we were not married at the time). I worked in several positions for a few years as an electronics technician, specifically in the telecommunications industry. I became very bored repairing phones. There is a limited number of problems or failures that can happen to a phone. It was for this reason that I decided to go back to school and choose another vocation.

I started taking computer art and animation classes, but as fate would have it, I accepted a position doing graphic design and desktop publishing and loved it! I completed my Bachelor of Science degree in Graphic Design while working at Cotton Inc. I worked at Cotton Inc. for 13 years, and one day almost the entire department I worked in was laid off. A very sad day for all of us. I tried working in print shops as a graphic designer but found that was not a good fit for me. I like to be creative and soon discovered that being a graphic designer in the print industry there is little room for creativity. The bulk of my day was spent preparing files for print and not doing the creative design work I love.

I worked as a freelance designer and dog trainer for a bit. Yes, I know what you’re saying, Dog trainer? Where did that come from? After I was laid off from Cotton Inc. I started assisting with dog training classes at Teamworks Dog Training in Raleigh, NC. I found that I enjoyed working with dogs. Teamworks is a positive reinforcement training facility, they use modern science-based training methods, this made sense to me, being a bit of a science geek. I became a certified dog trainer and taught puppy classes and A.K.C Canine Good Citizen classes, but fate would provide me with another opportunity.

I was recruited by Street Legal Industries for a graphic design position with the U.S. Army Reserve. Although the position was based in Fayetteville NC, I accepted, and now I spend my weekdays in Fayetteville (with my dog, Diana) and come home on the weekends.

I love what I do, I get to do the creative design work I love, I also do the Social Media and webpage updates for the department I work in. I work with a good group of people; most are former military or active Army Reserve. Overall, a great fit for me and the people I work with seem to like working with me as well. (At least that’s what they tell me anyway, hehe)

Types projects I have worked on:

Design:

Marketing Collateral, Brand and Logo Development, Advertisements, Brochures, Flyers, Rack Cards, Posters, Banners, Trade Show Booths, and probably almost anything else you can think of.

Photographed:

Corporate Events, Personal Portraits, Product Photos, Building Photos, Landscape Photography, Wildlife Photography, and Photographic Editing & Restoration

And a few websites as well…

 

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