Mill Valley, CA
I tried that. This is better.
Don was born December 7, 1946 in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, 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, Don graduated with honors and an A.A. in Commercial Design in 1968. In 1970, after more than a year at his first job as a designer at Frank/James Productions in St. Louis, MO, he headed to San Francisco, seeking the California experience. And, under the category of right place, right time, he landed a job in the art department of Rolling Stone magazine.
Additionally, he was a production designer for two Rolling Stone offshoots, 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. He was the founding art director for the environmental monthly magazine, Clear Creek. Later, Don was the art director for Francis Ford Coppola’s City magazine and U.C. Berkeley’s Alumni magazine, California Monthly. Subsequently, he held positions as Senior Designer, Art Director and Design Director at the Hearst-owned San Francisco Examiner and San Francisco Chronicle during his 25 years there and earned numerous awards of excellence for design work.
Leaving newspapers in 2002, Don 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) and design and production of the Tour Guide and the AD/PR campaign to promote the MOS events.
In addition to creating fine art prints and committing graphic design, he enjoys playing clawhammer banjo
and petting all dogs.