My name is Larry West, and I’m an artist and programmer based in Philadelphia, PA. I’m also an illustrator, graphic designer, UI Designer, UX Designer, UX Researcher, a Full Stack Front-End Developer, and a photographer. After graduating from Hussian School of Art with a Bachelor’s Degree, I began my freelancing career doing a design layout for the multi-platinum metal band Megadeth. I later went on to work for a number of companies full-time while maintaining a freelance business.
They often say, “A Jack of all trades is a master of none,” but they never seem to remember the full phrase: “A jack of all trades is a master of none, but often better than a master of one.” I think that’s an important quality for an artist, too. I can understand why a design makes sense for the web because I do user experience research and studies. I can understand how a lot of web development works and work as a bridge between designers and programmers.
That wealth of knowledge is why companies like luxury brand Mikimoto and mid-sized e-commerce companies Worldwide Collectibles and Gifts reach out to me for their projects. It’s why bands like Wednesday 13 come to me for illustration and design services, or famous fetish brand Marquis Magazine asks for websites.