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Jim was born in Glasgow, Scotland. He received his B.A. in Industrial Design from the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, Michigan. He worked as a staff designer for General Motors Corporation at Design Staff in Warren, Michigan, for twelve years.
He moved on to establish his consulting firm, Advanced Formations in Columbus, Ohio. He created a diverse range of design services for a variety of clients and included a design workshop/seminar component.
Jim also was appointed to the Columbus College of Art and Design as a professor in the design program. He also was the chairman of the design department at the Cleveland Institute of Art for eight years.As a co-founder, Jim became an instrumental force in establishing the International Center for Creativity in Powell, Ohio. Now his devotion is focused on developing a web-based training program called Dr. Contrast and the Dream Labs.
Its goals are to motivate and inspire individuals to achieve speed, accuracy, and confidence in improving their drawing and sketching skills. The program's primary focus is on introducing talent to pursue careers in, not just Industrial Design, but in all phases of the creative arts regardless of scale or scope.