Hola and hello! My name’s Jose Barrientos, though I’m “Josie” to a few of my friends. Just don’t call me a guru, a rock star, a design ninja or any of those other new-fangled titles. I’m a little old school (in the best of ways).
What I am is an Art Director and Designer with a passion for creating dynamic, visual work that encourages dialogue, discovery and transformation. I am sincere, curious, collaborative, social, empathetic and driven. My ultimate goal is to inspire.
My first job was at a stockyard when I was 15 years old. Boy, did I work my tail off: I awoke daily at 5am, fed cattle, worked alongside cowboys, fixed fences, cleaned pens and moved hay bales. I shared a home with my siblings and our amazing mom, who sacrificed so much for us when she moved to the U.S. in pursuit of the “American Dream.”
These days, my hands are cleaner. My pockets aren’t filled with dirt and dust. I sleep a little lighter. But, I work just as hard. Those days at the stockyard built my unwaveringly strong work ethic and the humility to truly appreciate my job now.
I am lucky to be a designer, in a climate-controlled office, getting paid to do creative work. I’m glad that I make my mama proud.
By measuring twice and cutting once, as the saying goes, I design efficiently and intelligently. I start every project by asking the right questions and doing thorough research. I make a great end product.
I most love working on behavioral change projects, brand experience, package design, guerilla advertising, and anything to do with beer — I love beer. And I’ll happily work on lots of other things, too. Browse my portfolio and see for yourself.
When I’m not designing, I like playing disc golf, watching B-movie horror films and documentaries about subcultures, riding my motorcycle (2001 Suzuki SVS 650), and hiking with my wife, Jessi, and our dog, Kip. And, of course, getting into all kinds of other shenanigans, especially pie-related ones (sorry cake lovers, but it’s just not as good).
Don’t be shy. Say howdy or hola. Let’s talk about freelance, contract or other design opportunities. And let’s definitely have beer and pie.