Steve, owner and lead designer

Graphic and Web Designer (and also owner)

Steve grew up in Glendale, Arizona, earned his Eagle Scout, attended Brophy College Preparatory in Phoenix, and entertained himself by making album covers for bands that didn’t exist, starting with CorelDRAW! version 3. He first used ‘impulse 9’ as an online handle in 1996-or-so on a BBS run by another student. After getting a nasty reality check from Calculus, he changed course from aeronautical engineering to graphic design and a music composition minor at the University of Arizona.

Although music and graphic design have always been a part of his personal and professional life, he’s also worked as a teacher for a grade school and a high school, as a DJ, and general IT troubleshooter. He has been to the bottom of the Grand Canyon and the top of Mt. Fuji, fought crime with the Phoenix Suns, and accidentally wrote a script for an Obama ’08 campaign ad. He has written a few albums, enjoys cheese, and listens to post-rock music. He lives with 3 cats, his wife, and her dog.

What Impulse Nine Media does

I9M helps small or medium-sized businesses — people who like what they do for a living, and would rather do those things than stress out about their website, how their flyers look, and whether their brand is making sales. Sometimes the work they need is not much, sometimes it’s a lot. Sometimes it’s not much, and then suddenly it’s a lot, or vice-versa.

We like people

I chose this line of work because we really like solving problems and making really beautiful, functional designs. An important part of that is getting to know exactly what is needed, and that means communicating, early, often, effectively, and honestly.

I’ve long since learned how to both take and give an honest, dissenting opinion. Those are at least as important to good design as the agreements.

Let’s talk

If you’re not sure whether Impulse Nine Media is your best bet, there’s really one way to find out: Get in touch!