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About Me

Making the simple complicated is commonplace; making the complicated simple, awesomely simple, that's creativity.

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My name is Pat Gamble. I am an art director, renaissance man, and ambidextrous.1 I was raised in the wild, if by wild you mean the rural suburbs of Portland, Oregon.2 I attended U of O (Oregon) for a year then left to pursue a music career and study PSU (Portland, not Penn).3 I had a long college career at PSU that played out like a montage in an 80’s coming of age movie.4 My career as an overeducated rockstar and bartender left me wanting more so I studied graphic design at night for two years at PNCA (Pacific Northwest College of Art). Being a rocker and polymath I decided I wanted to do something a little more varried than just design and went to MAS (Miami Ad School) for two years to learn design’s more creatively rewarding sister Art Direction and haven’t regretted it for a second.
(1) only at billiards.
(2) Naturally this means that I can pilot a boat, cut down a tree with an axe, and drink free-range organic coffee while reading marx.
(3) frat parties, stoned hacky sack drum circles, and 200 person lectures on eastern philosophies really aren’t my style.
(4) I took life breaks to: record albums, go on tour with bands, start a recording studio, work construction, tend bar, work as a booking agent, travel to vermont and back on the Greyhound bus – you know, regular kid stuff.
Pat Gamble

Why You Should Hire Me

I’M a DARING Creative

Ok, to be honest, I’m a bit afraid of heights, but I’m not afraid of big out there ideas that push hard on established creative boundries.


I am courteous enough to play air drums instead of tap on my desk when the mood strikes me (which is somewhat often) and I also have a smiling “yes and” approach to teamwork and collaboration.


What do an art director, mailroom clerk, a retail salesman, a remodeller, a recording engineer, a bartender, a barista, and a professional musican have in common? They’re all me at one point in my life.


No, I don’t have a USB powered guillotine on my desk to cut the heads off my creative decks (although that would be neat). I not only come up with big ideas, but I can make them look fantastic and work well.

I'm responsible

Not for the JFK assasination or that mess on the counter in my apartment (ok, maybe that mess on the counter), but I’m someone you can count on to get things done well and on time with minimal hand holding.


As wonderful as I am, even I don’t know how to do everything in the world. If I don’t know how to do something I don’t hesitate to jump right in and figure it out; I love the challenge.

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Stuff & Things


pat gamble photography
I’m no Ansel Adams or Tim Walker, but I enjoy photography and often wander around shooting scenery or anything else I find interesting.
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pat gamble music
I keep some of the many different musical creations I’ve made here: both solo work and things made with bands.
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These are videos that I’ve either made or worked on both for work or for fun. It’s a pretty ecclectic mix of stuff.
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Random Graphics
Here are some random graphics and one off things that I’ve enjoyed making. Some are pure graphics, some are more like quick ad ideas.
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