Meet the Ascedian: Neil Kloppenborg

senior art director neil kloppenborg

What makes Ascedia special? Our people! Every week, we'll introduce you to a member of our team so you can get to know us a little better.

NAME AND TITLE

Neil Kloppenborg -- Senior Art Director

MY TYPICAL WORKDAY

I shower in cheap cologne, get out to my truck and let her warm up for a few days. I take her for a nice cruise around the east side and bask in all the shade I get from hipsters. If I don't throw a u-joint on the drive in, I typically kibitz with my creative pals for awhile and then it is off to the pixel mills. Wireframing, designing, and dazzling clients with conversation.

HOW I CHOSE MY CAREER PATH

I am just too good looking to be a cage fighter.

MY FAVORITE THING ABOUT WORKING AT ASCEDIA

It was mostly the charisma and raw animal magnetism of Dan Early and Mark Roller. Those bromances have grown into a love of the whole family here: Ascedia has some of the best folks I've ever worked with.

EDUCATION

  • Assumption High School, Davenport Iowa, 1996-2000: Diploma, with wedgie burns
  • Dittmer's Service Station, Davenport Iowa, 1996-2000: Certificate: four-letter words, dirty limericks and tire repair
  • Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, 2000-2003: Studying art students in their natural habitat
  • Laguna College of Art and Design, 2003-2004: BFA in Illustration and Design. I also worked at the In ’N Out Burger.
  • Dare County Fire Academy, North Carolina, 2011: Certificate: Firefighter 1 and 2, consequence-free property damage, advanced four-letter words 

HIGH SCHOOL MASCOT

Ramcharger

FAVORITE NICKNAMES FOR YOUR TRUCK**

The Yeti, The Abominable Snowmobile, Big Easy, The 'Sound Investment,' You <Four-Letter-Word> Piece of <Advanced-Four-Letter-Word> Truck, etc.

FAVORITE MILWAUKEE HANGOUT

The Brickyard Gym in Bay View. A place filled with portraits of fluffy-haired, unitard-laden fitness models from the 80's.

LAST BOOK READ

Blood Meridian, the feel-good summer read of 1985.

PERSON I'D MOST LIKE TO MEET (LIVING OR DEAD)

Townes van Zandt

FAMILY

N/A (raised by wolves)

WHAT I DO IN MY SPARE TIME

Lay underneath my truck and use all the four-letter words I've learned in my travels 

SECRET TALENT

My elbows can bend unnaturally far back. In grade school, a favorite prank to pull on the substitute teachers was falling and ‘breaking my arm.’ Then I actually broke my arm in 7th grade, which I suppose I had coming.

**THE TRUCK

Photo credit: Emily Eilers

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