Rebels and Dreamers
We are more than just web designers in San Antonio. Designers are pretty-makers. We know this, we used to do that.
We’ve evolved. We help businesses grow and be more innovative by helping them understand their customers. We help them talk to their audience in a genuine and relatable way. J 12 Designs will give you the best shot at attracting and keeping your customers. These are the people who make it happen.
After earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Computer Graphic Design from the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, I jumped in to website design and maintenance at Rackspace Managed Hosting. I started working with a small, but highly talented team troubleshooting, designing, and promoting Rackspace — which is today one of the largest web hosting companies in the world.
For more than 16 years, I have been called upon by some cool clients to create websites — the San Antonio Spurs, Rackspace, Rosario’s Mexican Restaurant, Silo Elevated Cuisine — just to name a few.
What separates me from the rest of the pack is my experience working with some of the brightest minds at Rackspace. Working with people like Todd Morey and Johathan Byrce have helped me understand how to “build” a good website. Aside from being grounded in the web hosting environment, I have also had the pleasure of working with some great designers like Michael Karshis. Working side-by-side with creative gurus helps me think not only out side the box, but it helps me think about why the box exists. It’s not good enough to just make something cool. Anyone can make something cool. Good design is when you make the complicated seem simple!
Artist and graphic designer H. Michael Karshis (the H is for Henry) was born in the U.K., educated in Boston, and currently lives the good life and works here in beautiful San Antonio, Texas. Combining collaged rescued ephemera, found objects and large scale photography, Karshis’ oeuvre includes prints and audio experimentation. He is a friend, mentor and master teacher of J 12 Designs founder James Lewis.
I’m currently completing my Associate of Applied Science Degree in Communication Design, at San Antonio College. I wanted to get my feet wet out in the real world and was determined to get an internship. That led me to J 12 Designs.
After working in child care for four years, I finally decided to pursue something that I’m very passionate about, without becoming a starving artist. I’m fortunate to have met such knowledgeable, and experienced professors while attending San Antonio College. I’m excited to have joined J 12 Designs and look forward to the real-world experiences, challenges, and knowledge.
I studied Pre-Communication Design and minored in Japanese at Texas Sate University in San Marcos. Due to personal matters, I had to take a break from school. However, I couldn’t ignore the feeling of leaving my education and my passion for graphic design incomplete. I decided to enroll at San Antonio College and graduated with an Associates of Applied Science in Communication Design. Thanks to the guidance of my professors and mentors at SAC, I was offered an amazing internship opportunity with J 12 Designs. I am eager to work alongside such a talented group of people and cannot wait the challenges ahead.
I love music, all things “cool,” business development, coffee, and the occasional cigar. When forced indoors, I follow whatever television shows my wife is watching, I am an aspiring product designer, and I spend my free time exploring the latest technology advancements in the web + mobile development world.
Lastly, I am optimistic and enjoy problem-solving at any level. I pride myself in helping businesses find connections or providing programable solutions that add value to their goals, business, and lifestyle.
I started college studying Business at San Antonio College, eventually getting an Associate of Applied Science in Business. Thereafter, I transferred to the University of Texas at San Antonio with the goal of obtaining my Bachelors in Marketing. To say the least, I realized soon that career path didn’t offer me much in the way of creativity that I had hoped. So, with no more time to waste, I transferred back to San Antonio College and changed my major to Communication Design. I’m now in the home stretch of completing my Associate of Applied Science degree, and with all the knowledge I’ve gained from the guidance of my professors, I was able to earn an internship here at J 12. This opportunity is very exciting and I feel very lucky to be around such an amazing group of designers.