Joshua Byrd

About Me.

My name is Joshua Byrd – which you have learned by now (given that it’s the site name). I am a very happy newly-wed (married to Kristy Byrd). I am also a graduate from The University of Southern Mississippi. After receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Communications, I began working for a small firm called Creative Distillery in Jackson, Mississippi. I really got the opportunity to expound upon many different design skills such as web design, web development, hand lettering, general marketing and branding. I am currently working to improve these skills and always looking for ways to step outside the box and experience new design methods. Since then, I have begun working as an Art Director at Maris, West & Baker Advertising. Working on a bigger scale is definitely testing my limits and pushing my design skills! I enjoy working with typography, type design, and lettering. This love for type pushed me to create a communal website called The Ampersand Project. It focuses on the history of type and the enjoyment of creating ampersands. With this love of type, I competed in the 2014 live TypeFight at Creative South in Columbus, Georgia and won!

There is also a side of me that isn’t totally design nerd (warning: possibly a very slim side). I have been cycling ever since my dad could put me on a bike. I haven’t stopped pedaling for almost two decades. I have also been skateboarding since I was 8 years old. I was named the 2005 Junior Tight Slalom World Champion in Morro Bay, California. This rush of adrenaline and eager competitiveness led me to become a car enthusiast. The rest of my life is just design and coffee (with an emphasis on coffee).

Work History

Maris, West & Baker Advertising – Art Director
Creative Distillery – Graphic Designer / Web Developer
Rise Creative – Artistic Director / Senior Graphic Designer
USM Art & Design Office – Web Developer / Social Media
The Student Printz – Design Editor
A1 Graphics – Production Printer


Visit Jackson!
Sanderson Farms Championship
Mississippi Department of Health
Genuine MS
Century Club Charities
Jackson Preparatory School
ACLU of Mississippi
Parents for Public Schools of Jackson
Partners for Gulf Coast Land Conservation
Deep South Pops
USM College of Arts & Letters
Southern Tracks
Pokey LaFarge
Pine Belt Ford
Hub City Velo
Signature Magazine

Awards & Achievements

Addy’s – Judge’s Choice Award
​2014 Creative South TypeFight Winner
Senior Thesis Show – Werk Furniture (Spring 2014)
2013 USM Student Art Show
Typography – 1st Place
Film Photography – Runner-up
2012 USM Student Art Show
Typography – 1st Place
Branding – Honorable Mention