Keep at it. Trust in the process.
I was born in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, 35 miles south of Nashville ... the only town to serve as the headquarters for both the North and the South at different times during the Civil War. Small town happenings and rural ramblings, later turned into more urban high school years in Belleville, Ill. Some athletic records were achieved and making art came into focus.
Attending Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota, FL, I graduated with honors and an A.A. in Commercial Design in 1968. In 1970, leaving my first job as a designer at Frank/James Productions in St. Louis, MO, I headed to San Francisco, seeking the California experience. It was right place, right time, as I landed a job in the art department of Rolling Stone magazine. Additionally, I was a production designer for two other Rolling Stone offshoot publications, Earth Times magazine and Rags magazine. Also, Rolling Stone's book division, Straight Arrow Books, provided the opportunity to design the book of memoirs by Derek Taylor, the Beatles' press agent. I was the founding art director for the environmental monthly magazine, Clear Creek. Later, I was the art director for Francis Ford Coppola’s City magazine and U.C. Berkeley’s Alumni magazine, California Monthly. Subsequently, I held positions as Senior Designer, Art Director and Design Director at the Hearst-owned San Francisco Examiner and San Francisco Chronicle during my 25 years on staff and earned numerous awards for design from The Hearst Corporation and the Society of Newspaper Design (SND).
Leaving newspapers in 2002, I began a solo career as sole proprietor of Don McCartney Design (DMD), a graphic design business with clients ranging from ballet to booze and beyond. DMD is responsible for branding Marin Open Studios (MOS), design and production of the Tour Guide and the AD/PR campaign to promote the MOS events.
In addition to committing graphic design and creating fine art prints, I enjoy playing clawhammer banjo
and petting all dogs.