My name is Cornel Beard and I am a creative living in Saint Paul, MN. My creative ventures mostly involve graphic design and photography, focusing on branding and content strategy. I also co-host @UnderRepresented, a podcast about design & culture from the Black perspective. Other than those creative outlets, my interests in life are my family, weightlifting, illustration and collecting vintage t-shirts and dope sneakers. Currently, I am an Associate Designer at @10Thousanddsgn, a kick-ass design shop in the heart of Minneapolis.

My experience comes from a complex background including; a few internships, three colleges and 6 years of serving in the US Army. My military background consists of two combat deployments to Afghanistan, 18 jumps out of aircrafts, 5 promotions, 5 duty stations, and an undocumented amount of miles ran in the rain. My military background is important because it has taught me valuable lessons about leadership, perseverance, organization and the value of working as a team. As a creative, I find that the best projects come from a collaborative and diverse environment.

If you’d like to learn more or just chat about design, sneakers or social constructs, connect with me on LinkedIn.