I want to be your next graphic designer.
Go ahead — hire me.


First of all, thanks for taking the time to check out at my site. My name is John Carter and I love design. My journey into design is different from most. I spent 15 years in the hospitality business and when my daughter was born I decided to change careers to be able to spend more time at home with the family. I’m so happy with my decision. Not only am I able to spend more time with the family, I am doing the things I love to do.

I believe that design should be engaging as well as fully functional and as graphic and web design evolve so should my work.

My Experience

I have now graduated from Northern Virginia Community College with an AAS in Communication Design and in Interactive Design. I am proficient with the Adobe Creative Suite and have experience within branding, poster design magazine layout, book design, web design, illustration and photography. I recently finished a year long internship at Communities In Schools the nation’s leading dropout prevention non-profit in America.

My Interests

Outside of my design world, I am the family photographer. I now have two full time models at home to photograph whenever the mood strikes.



Sharp & Company, Inc Rockville MD July 2014 to Present
Graphic, Web Designer, and Photographer– Contracted work for various Montgomery County Government departments: Office of Public Information, Department of Transportation: Pedestrian Safety-Safe Routes to School, Transportation Management Districts. Resolved issues related to accessibility, navigation and information accuracy. Worked with DTS and the Web Content Managers to quickly and effectively troubleshoot and resolve those issues. Ensured that changes were made quickly to reflect up-to-the minute news and emergency information. Gathered and developed accurate and appropriate information and ensured that it is designed in an easy-to-use format that is clearly visible and easy to access and understand. Secured location photography for use in various Sharp and Co.’s graphic and web design projects in addition to taking company head shot portraits.

J. Carter Photography September 2014 to Present
Owner/Operator – Photography Business. Family and Child Portraiture. Capturing lasting memories for families to cherish for years. Also offering event photography for weddings, Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, birthday parties.

Communities In Schools
Sept. 2012 to Sept. 2013 Graphic Design Intern – Communications Department. Design publications for internal and external clients and prep files for press. Design graphics for Social Media, e-mail templates, web graphics and web banners. Retouch photos for the Communications Department photo library. Assist in maintenance of the WordPress blog and website.

John Carter Designs – Freelance Design and Photography 2011 to Present

Kinetik – Washington, DC Design of Infographic for The Annie E Casey Foundation.

Thomas Silliman Associates – Alexandria, VA Migration and Redesign of WordPress web site.

National Race Against The Odds – Arlington, VA Led a team of volunteer designers in creating race signage, e-mail graphics, tee shirts and web banner ads. International Biometrics & Identification Association – Washington, DC Conference Materials

Arrowine – Arlington, VA Promotional Web Photography

Willie’s Po’Boy Food Truck – Arlington, VA Identity Development: Logo, Menu, Business Cards, Promotional Photography

Over 15 Years of Experience in the Restaurant Industry Busboy to Manager 1994 – 2010

Northern Virginia Community College Alexandria,VA AAS Communication Design AAS Communication Interactive Design Fall of 2013 4.0 GPA

Adobe Dreamweaver Adobe Illustrator Adobe InDesign Adobe Photoshop WordPress Mac OS

NOVA Studio – Senior Designer

NOVA Photography Department Juried Show – Spring 2011
NOVA Communication Design Juried Show – Spring 2011, 2013