“Music and design bridge the gap between art and communication.”

Profile of Thomas Maresh

Creating is my passion. Ever since I was a few years old, I have been interested in music, writing and visual arts. True appreciation for these creative pursuits came in high school, when a few other creatives — friends and teachers alike — taught me how to push myself and the boundaries of my imagination.

I firmly believe that every artist and designer needs to continuously refine his skills to remain competent. That’s exactly what I do. When I’m not working for clients, I find myself designing sample pieces, experimenting with code, practicing my horn, or composing music. I also frequent blogs to discover the latest ideas and techniques in the industry.

Music is my foundation. Although I intend on pursuing a career in music, I take my design work very seriously. In fact, it is my experience as a musician that has set my high standards for design and proven to me the importance of communication in any project.

I tend toward a minimalist approach, favoring the use of simple elements and careful use of space and typography.

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Adobe Certified Associate


The Adobe Certified Associate (ACA) certification is the industry-recognized validation of one’s skill in Adobe Photoshop CC. This certification requires an in-depth knowledge of setting project requirements, identifying design elements when preparing images, manipulating and publishing digital images using Adobe Photoshop, as well as an understanding of the Adobe Photoshop CC interface.

Composition Studies

June 2014 – Present

I have been interested in music composition since I was very young, but only recently had the opportunity to take private composition lessons. Joachim Raff and Kojo Kondo can be counted as some of my greatest influences.

Laura Intravia graduated from Ithaca College with degrees in Composition and Vocal Performance. Her recent body of work has been a volume of arrangements of video game music, including contributions to fan-made albums and her own singles. In 2014, she released Through Time and Space, a hauntingly beautiful piano album of arrangements from Chrono Trigger and Chrono Cross that went on to become a #1 Amazon Bestseller.

Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society

President of Marketing
May 2015 – May 2016
Interim President
Jan. 2015 – May 2015
May 2014 – May 2015
Active Member
Mar. 2013 – May 2016

Phi Theta Kappa is an international honor society for two-year schools. Throughout my five-semester active membership, I worked closely with our advisor Jill Rezac and later with co-officer Mckenzie Ebert to revitalize our essentially dead chapter.

We began by reaching out to community nonprofits to volunteer our time, knowing that by doing this we would make connections with community leaders that would be vital to sustaining the chapter. We also collaborated with other departments at Ridgewater College to find ways to better serve the student body.

One of these is a legacy I am proud to have initiated: a series of semesterly workshops on topics ranging from building a strong résumé to using LinkedIn as a professional tool. The idea originally came to me back in 2014 as a way to not only help students in their professional endeavors, but also to spread awareness of our chapter. So I was happy to leave the chapter upon graduation with this series on track to becoming a monthly event, covering a much broader range of topics (including networking and personal finance), and featuring more guest speakers.

During my time as the chapter's President of Marketing, I focused on generating interest in and awareness of our chapter and our events. Although for a time I was the only active member, by the end of my term our chapter boasted nine active members, only four of which graduated with me. That left a healthy five active members to begin the new year.

Ridgewater College

AAS Web Programming
May 2016
AAS Multimedia Design Technology
May 2016
Marketing Assistant
June 2015 – May 2016

Ridgewater College not only taught me the skills I would need as a designer, but gave me real-world opportunities to apply what I'd learned. This hands-on approach helped to cultivate the confidence in ability and communication that I have today.

As a part of the Ridgewater marketing team, I designed print materials that brought a fresh perspective to the Ridgewater aesthetic while remaining true to the brand. Find samples of this body of work in my portfolio.