Hello there! I'm Pat Smith, I have always had a passion and love for illustration. I began my graphic design career in 2004 at Champlain college in Burlington, Vermont. I was very fortunate to kickstart my career from an internship with world renowned "Burton Snowboards". I ended up joining the military shortly after college, as it was a lifelong goal of mine. I was a high school student during the incidents of September 11, 2001, and never lost the desire to serve my country.
I spent just under 10 years in the US Army as a Special Forces Engineer (18C). I had the honor to earn my Green Beret in 2014, and my Ranger tab shortly after. I spent my entire career at 7th special forces group (airborne), and was able to deploy/travel the world alongside some of the finest men and women in our country. Unfortunately, my career was cut short when I sustained a back injury, and had to have 2 spinal fusion surgeries.
While serving in the Army, I maintained my graphic design/illustration skills. upon medical retirement I immediately went straight back into the graphic design industry. I started my own freelance company "77th Studios". Following my freelance venture, I was offered a position working as a graphic designer for General Miller, Former Commander of US Forces in Afghanistan. I spent a year in Afghanistan, and Qatar, serving the 4-star command, providing visuals, maps, PowerPoints, presentations and all other graphic design needs.
I am currently continuing my freelance design / illustration work while seeking new career opportunities as a designer / illustrator.
09/2020 - 11/2021
07/2020 - Current
US Army / 7th SFG(A)
08/2011 - 05/2020
Provided direct graphic design support to the US military (4-star Command) and top intelligence organizations in Afghanistan. Provided professional branding and media production. Prepared products for senior leader engagements. Conducted appropriate research and analysis to maintain brand currency. Strong ability to convert ideas into visual presentations, utilizing Adobe Creative Suite, ArcGIS, Microsoft Office. Received accolades and a personal letter of recognition for the support given to USFOR-A / CENTCOM during the Afghanistan HKIA Crisis.
Founder and Director of 77th studios. We are a veteran owned, full service creative design studio. We offer graphic design, web design, logo design, brand development, social media management, marketing solutions and much more! The intent was to target and assist veterans who are embarking on their own business ventures and startups. We offer a competitive and affordable rate for everyone and offer a discount to all veterans.
Served as an Engineer Sergeant on a Special Forces Operational Detachment-Alpha specializing in Maritime Operations; advised the Detachment Commander on construction and employment of conventional and improvised demolitions; conducted Foreign Internal Defense (FID), Direct Action (DA), Special Reconnaissance (SR) and Counter-Narcotics operations in support of USSOUTHCOM and CENTCOM objectives; trained, planned and supervised indigenous forces in light infantry tactics and explosives in English and Spanish; managed and maintained accountability of equipment in excess of $2 million; deployed to Afghanistan in 2015 in support of Resolute Support Mission II; deployed to Colombia twice in support of Counter-Narcotics. Assisted the detachment/company with graphic design capabilities, with PowerPoints, company newsletters, and illustration work.