Paul Black knows a lot about setting goals and achieving them. Having grown up in the western suburbs of Chicago, his passion for art and writing began early, and by the time he was 11 years old, he had advanced into high level adult drawing classes. By high school, he had completed a book of poetry and his first novella. But it was his love for gymnastics that brought him to the University of Oklahoma, where he achieve more goals by winning the Big-8 Championships twice, along with two NCAA, Division 1 Team titles, and earned a degree in graphic design. Since settling in Dallas, Texas, he has continued to set goals and achieve them. In his 20 years working in corporate communications, he has been an integral part of the national design community, having worked at such prestigious firms as Sibley/Peteet Design, Joiner Rolland Seri, and most recently as Vice President and Partner at Squires & Company.
Throughout his career, his work has been recognized nationally and internationally in award shows and periodicals, including Communication Arts, Print Regional Design Annuals, New York Art Directors Club, American Institute of Graphic Arts Annuals, the Graphics International Annuals, Kit Hornets, A Decade Of Typographic Design, along with numerous independent design annuals. He has also won gold, silver and bronze awards from many local and regional shows including the Dallas Society of Visual Communications and Houston Art Director shows. His work is in the permanent collection of the Library of Congress. He has been a past board member and treasurer of AIGA Texas and has served on the board of the DSVC.
And now his new goal of writing a novel has become a reality with the publishing of The Tels, the near-future thriller from Novel Instincts Publishing, Dallas.
Today, Paul lives and works in Dallas, where he divides his time between writing novels, managing his design firm and feeding his new passion for tennis.
Biography provided by the author, July 2003.