My priority as an editorial art director, photo editor, designer, and illustrator is to reduce noise and clarify content, message, and user experience. My work must have class and style, yet be simple, intuitive, and convey a message clearly. I am a self-starting, independent, analytical, and critical thinker whose background is varied and unique.
Principal & Art Director
MARK LESH DESIGN
2012 - Present
Every client is unique. Projects for digital and print platforms require art direction, photo editing, design, illustration, and production—sometimes all of the above. Happiest when involved with progressive teams working on challenging and new projects to solve visual communication problems.
Founder & Creative Director
INDEPENDENT SKIER MAGAZINE
2013 - Present
Kickstarter funded, Independent Skier Magazine started exclusively as an iOS app utilizing the Mag+ publishing platform, that covers the sport of skiing through mobile-specific content pioneering a new publishing model for the action sports industry. It has since migrated to publishing through a custom web-based platform that delivers responsive articles and issues for every device with the click of a button.
Art Director &
Digital Creative Director
2006 - 2012
Managed a staff of up to five to coordinate photography, illustration, design, edit, and production to create a coherent suite of print and digital media. Skiing targeted enthusiasts who view their sport as both an activity and a lifestyle, by providing instruction, service, and inspirational content via a mix of shorter photo- and graphic-driven stories, product and gear reviews, lifestyle, and long-form features.
A-FRAME MAPS & ILLUSTRATION
2004 - 2006
Specialized in hand-rendered pen-and-ink and watercolor maps for outdoor enthusiast and environmental publications. Selected clients include Canoe & Kayak Magazine, Powder Magazine, Paddler Magazine, 5280, Forest Magazine, Polar Institute for Field Research, Gem Guides Books, and the Geological Society of America.
Geologist & GIS Analyst
Santa Fe, NM
2003 - 2004
GIS analyses included development and maintenance of environmental and hydrogeologic datasets throughout New Mexico, map production, and scientific illustration. Environmental and hydrogeologic work included environmental site assessment, ground water monitoring, cross section production, aquifer characterization, water well sitting, well design, and drilling oversight.
Webmaster & Teaching Assistant
West Lafayette, IN
Orchestrated and maintained a complete redesign of Purdue University’s Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences web site. Courses assisted include Geology of the Swiss Alps and Historical Geology.
M.S. Geology, 2002 — With emphasis on Communication Illustration, Computer Graphics Technology, and Geographic Information Systems.
THE COLORADO COLLEGE
B.A. Geology, 1998 — With emphasis on Studio Art.
SOUTHERN UTAH UNIVERSITY
Archaeological Field School, Summer 1994.
INTERESTS & PERSONAL DETAILS
Mark loves gardening, skiing, fly fishing, cycling, playing his mandolin, drawing, painting, photography, and cooking.
Lives in Richmond, Vermont
Born February 1, 1976
Married to Emily Templin Lesh
Son Emmett William Lesh born October 31, 2011, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Daughter Clara Esther Lesh born October 10, 2014, Denver, Colorado