As the owner, Ledbetter’s been a designer, developer, CFO, foreman and a janitor among other things. When he’s not running the show, you can find him with his family, on his BMX bike, or behind a drum kit. Ledbetter’s art career has taken shape due to three constants still in play to this day; Music, BMX & Design. Together, these passions have shaped where he started from and continues to grow.
For 12 years Led toured the country with his band, landed a brief stint with Sony Music, and was also competing nationally in BMX Flatland competitions. During this time Led was sharpening his design skills while holding various jobs and growing his own network of clients in the music industry.
Unable to find a local agency that created the type of work that he was passionate about, Led quit his job at the newspaper in ’04 and began freelancing full-time. In 2006, with $600 to his name, Ledbetter launched Airtype. As a designer, Ledbetter has been awarded over 45 international awards, is a voting member of the Grammys and has been published in several leading design books.
Ledbetter currently resides in Winston-Salem, NC with his wife & 3 children. He continues to rock out, and performs with the King BMX Stunt Team when he's not restoring historic buildings.
From the weird land of Florida, Ryan’s introduction to design and interactive is a pretty familiar story around Airtype. His band needed a website. Several years and several bands later, Ryan somehow found himself steering the ship of our new office in Portland, OR.
With a self-taught background in design / development and professional account management experience at both large and small agencies, Ryan does a little bit of everything. If you ever work with Airtype, you will no doubt get to know him and his throatee quite well.
Ryan is pro-sandwich, anti-pants, and still undecided on the internet. He is tolerated by a standout human being (his wife, Jess) and a pestering nuisance (his cat, Peems).
Wes's web experience dates back to the days when Geocities made dreams of table-based designs, scrolling marquees and animated gifs come true.
After studying electronic publishing (newspaper/print layout and design) at Gardner-Webb University, Wes decided that he didn't want to utilize his degree by entering the struggling print industry. Instead, he taught himself how to program Flash, HTML and CSS. It has proven to be a smart move.
Wes started working at a typical marketing agency right out of school, but quickly grew tired of having to tuck in his shirt and wear pants. He quit shortly thereafter and pursued freelance opportunities for the next three years.
In 2009, Wes forgot how to use Flash and hasn't regretted it. He joined the Airtype team in late 2010 and has been an invaluable part of the company's growth. When he's not busy creating killer PHP databases or serving as our resident Dev Sensei, Wes immerses himself in Panthers football, Braves baseball, folk music culture, and finishing his book about beard grooming etiquette. He also lives on a farm with horses, though he neither farms nor rides horses. He prefers that you not call him "Chief".
Though legend has it that Philip Adam Dixon was born in the Scandinavian wilderness and raised by Norwegian grey wolves, all we can verify is that he appeared at our doorsteps as a painfully quiet wee lad.
Groomed on a steady regimen of Pantone coloring books, UX literature and rigorous Adobe Creative Suite updates, Adam grew tall and strong into the Art Director he is today. Though still a man of few words, his design and illustration prowess continually make our agency look good. He is also Airtype’s Foosball Sensei.
When not logging hours in Illustrator, Adam enjoys the soothing vibes of bicycling. He resides in Winston-Salem with his wife and Kevin Spacey (their cat), is a recovering flip flop addict, and a really bad vegetarian.
Dwayne is a product of the retail industry, having invested over a decade in apparel sales/management. Over time, he began looking for new challenges, and one presented itself at Airtype. Leaping from the throes of oversized, corporate-mandated policy manuals and stringent dress codes to an intimate interactive environment where growth and creativity are encouraged, the transition was a welcome one.
From a contributions standpoint, Dwayne manages the office as well as our Camel City Goods apparel brand. He writes copy and assists with marketing strategy, occasionally complaining about uncleared microwave time. During non-work hours, Dwayne enjoys reading, writing, rock shows, road trips, India Pale Ales, Miami Dolphins football, and spending time with his wife. He continues to pursue his dream of opening 'Hearty Portions'--a restaurant that caters to limitless appetites.
Whether writing magical copy, sending viral social media posts into the webosphere or blowing clients’ minds, Philip is the self-proclaimed "Brian Eno of Airtype," using creative strategies to solve problems across an array of platforms. If a designer falls in a forest and there’s no one there to tweet about it, does it throw a tantrum? Philip doesn’t want to know the answer, and is intent on getting as many Warby Parker-framed eyes on our agency’s gorgeous work as possible.
When not spreading the gospel of Airtype to the masses, Philip owns and operates a music festival and record label, and plays in his own annoyingly popular indie pop band Estrangers. Fine coffees, aromatic bitters and selvage denim are a few of the things he enjoys. Philip lives on the southside of Winston-Salem with his unreasonably beautiful wife and loyal Border Collie-Labrador mix.
The Account Executive in our Winston-Salem office comes to us all the way from… Winston-Salem! Ardmore, to be exact. A Tar Heel born and bred, Drew made his way into the agency world via his passion for cars and motorcycles, cashing in 10 years in the auto industry for his current utopian job working with the dreamboats of Airtype!
Drew enjoys the opportunities to meet new people that being an Account Exec provides. He also enjoys the nuances of a meticulously handcrafted bourbon and craft beer. Like his dog, Drew also has a beard. Maybe he could have been a lumberjack if he didn’t have a crippling fear of heights.
Though he no longer works around cars, he still manages to waste plenty of time and money buying and customizing shiny hunks of junk, which we are sure his girlfriend definitely 100% supports.
We owe the Pelican State for giving us Lauren, our empress of accounts. Though Lauren grew up in Winston-Salem, she was born in New Orleans, where she was indoctrinated with an insatiable love of shrimp po’boys and Pimm’s Cups.
Before working at Airtype, Lauren ran the numbers over at Pepsi. By our best guess she’s still caffeinated, as she’s by far the most positive force in the office. A businesswoman and lifelong learner at heart, Lauren loves working with clients to tackle challenges through the power of creative thinking.
Like any refined woman, Lauren prefers her chocolate dark, occasionally with sea salt. On the weekends you can find her salvaging and upcycling, like the 21st century model citizen she is.
Born in Charlotte, NC as the first of three whippersnappers, Jonathan Roten (that’s ROH-TEN, lest ye get the wrong idea) is a southern gentlemen of the best variety. After graduating Summa Cum Laude (translated “Piece of Manmeat”) from Appalachian State in 2010, Johnny dove mouse finger first into the wonderful world of digital agencies as a disciple of Design.
Where many see an impassable obstacle, Johnny sees a challenge waiting to be conquered, after rebooting Illustrator like seven times. His creativity is driven by a limitless supply of ambition, admittedly bad jokes, and an incredibly high tolerance for consuming Mexican food.
But underneath that intimidating facade, Johnny’s just an average guy with a heart of gold, not unlike the protagonist of the greatest movie of all time (Forrest Gump). He has won the lottery zero times and never been an extra in any kind of film, but he can grow a beard, which is more than some of the people who work here can say…
Richard is one of those web developers that started out writing websites by hand, and mostly still does, except now he uses Emacs instead of Notepad.
It was while working for the IEEE Computer Society that he taught himself Perl. He automated most of his work there and then quit to work on the internet. Since then he's learned a few other languages, built a couple Customer Relations Management systems, run an art gallery, and written hordes of haiku.
He was born in California, schooled in Texas, and now lives in Portland, Oregon, where he learned to love rain, bikes, and beer. Pro tip: don't combine all three.
Hailing from “Race City USA,” aka the bustling metropolis of Mooresville, North Carolina, Garrett is a proud member of Airtype’s champion Dev Team. After programming midi for music projects in college sparked an interest in the dark arts (read: computer science), Garrett found himself immersed in community hackathons and startup weekends, eventually landing amongst us weirdos in Winston-Salem. Whether working front end, back end or systems administration, Garrett is one bad dude, like if Rambo had a viable 21st century tech career.
When not chained to his desk writing code, Garrett enjoys playing lots of musical instruments with mediocre ability, slowly reading too many books at once, and watching the 1995 Kevin Costner masterpiece ‘Waterworld’. He can often be found lounging around with Jessi, Charlie, and Millie (girlfriend, dog, and dog, in that order). Also, Garrett’s mom once sat next to Jerry Seinfeld on a plane, so that’s cool.
Nate’s first experience with web development came when one of his unsuspecting friends asked him to do some code work, before he was remotely qualified to do so. Fortunately for his friend, Nate declined to take the project, but the seeds of computer wizardry had been sown… Web development turned out to be right up Nate’s alley, and since then he’s never looked back.
When he’s not in the office, Nate finds himself working at home, pouring himself into code, coffee and family time with his wife.
For our Portland-born-and-bred designer Kyle, there was no turning back after realizing he could make a living by drawing on a computer. A childhood of art lessons in caricatures and landscapes led to a natural interest in computer illustration in high school, so we quickly snatched him up after he completed Portland State University’s design program.
Kyle resides in Southeast Portland with his wife, succulents and various self-sustaining house plants. Kyle also came in at #5 in Seventeen Magazine’s list of Best Boyfriends in America (2009), so we’re hoping he can give us some pointers.
Before he got the call to work with metal legends, or toured across our great nation as a videographer... There was a guy with a “man bun.”
Justin grew up in Winston-Salem with a vivid curiosity in the world of film. Rather than killing the proverbial cat, his curiosity guided him to our doorstep, where he was greeted with some cameras, a drone, and the task of pioneering Airtype’s video department. Since then he’s risen to the occasion, putting together some truly gorgeous moving pictures while gracefully tolerating our obsession with NBA Hangtime. Having produced and directed numerous shorts, Justin hopes to one day direct a feature film (your move, Gosling).
In his dwindling spare time, Justin fronts a rock band and tries to convince himself that he can actually cook. When told to pick his poison, he usually chooses scotch.