My career started with an internship in 1995 making some pretty awful websites for the American History museum. It was an amazing, career-orienting experience and dantrachtman.com launched just a few months later.
I headed to San Francisco in 1998, during the height of the boom, joining the flood of dotcomers overpaid and driving up rent prices. I had the opportunity to work at companies like Excite (before they went under), Macromedia (before they were bought by Adobe) and Digiscents (which was developing the tech to emit scents from your computer but alas, also went under). I also did a lot of freelance work and traveled in between gigs. In 2000, I was fortunate to find myself reading French theory in an MFA in Design program, while the industry pretty much imploded.
After graduating in 2002, I headed back to the DC area and took a job as an art director at AOL, only to find it couldn't be taken down from the inside. I spent a couple years working with some really smart people at the National Gallery of Art and then 2 more at the Library of Congress. At some point in between, I was talked into teaching graphic design and Photoshop at a Boston U extension and Corcoran College of Art and Design.
Recently I left a job at NASDAQ to go on a six month honeymooon, meandering about South America. It was a great trip, but it's now time to return to "real life" and get a job again. Thanks for visiting, and feel free to shoot me an email.