Marty Romero

Jose Manuel Romero

graphic/web designer & front-end developer

Wait! Don't leave just yet.

Let me tell you a bit about myself. My real name is Jose Manuel Romero, but they really do call me Marty. Its a longer story than you have time for, but the short version goes like this. It was the 80's and I was in 7th grade. I was Alex P. Keatons biggest fan. Back to the Future was my favorite movie and there was already enough hype about the upcoming Back to the Future 2. Somewhere between making too many movie references and actually dressing like Alex P. Keaton, my sister decided to start calling me Marty. I am sure that her intentions were to bring a halt to my obsession, but other people soon began to call me Marty. By the end of the school year everyone except my mom was calling me Marty.

I thought I would be rid of the nick name in college, but no such luck. I'm 37 now, and I've gone by Marty for more than 20 years and even my family back home uses it. To be honest, I would rather go by Manuel. Its my dads name, and if you can say it without sounding like you have a sock in your mouth, please call me Manuel.

Still here? I also draw.

I really do! I studied graphic design, but these days I spend most of my time writing code and designing websites. I recently took on a more permanent position as a web developer with Montrose Travel, so at the moment I am not availabe to take on any projects.

Oh yeah, one more thing.

I have a design philosophy. It is simply this, I believe that design should be good. By good I don't mean that design should be done well, although I do believe that too. You see, well executed design is invisible in that it doesn't get inbetween the message and the audience. Design solves a problems. Design communicates. Thiese are the fundamental elements used to messure the success of design. But these days, designers need to do more. Design has the power to carry ideas into the public arena powerfully. Designers aught to be engaged in presenting important, good, and responsible ideas to people where ever they are. The design community has the ability to contribute something of value—not just to clients—to society.

Below are links to examples of good design, in fact good design should just be called goodness.