It seems safe to say that you either know me or you're wondering what EL3 is. Well, that's easy to clarify. EL3 is a person: Ernest Latham, the third of his name. That's me. And I appreciate you being here.

Let's take a quick trip back to the 80's and 90's. My dad (mustachioed man in the red shirt) routinely encouraged me to channel my creativity. Both he and my mom, Belinda, never failed to praise me when I presented them artwork as a youngin'. I'm sure the compliments were embellished most of the time, but they made me feel like an artist of the highest distinction. So I think it makes sense to credit my parents for my love of art.

Art classes were often the highlight of my school days, so I enrolled in as many as possible. As a high school senior, I joined an off-campus two-period Graphic Design course. It was a thrill to learn different ways to use computers creatively. That class influenced me to pursue a GD degree at University of the Pacific. What an amazing place to grow and learn!

My artistic career began as a designer of posters for the Associated Student Body of Pacific. Then, I was fortunate to join the Santa Cruz branch of Alphagraphics, where I served as an apprentice of design and production to very knowledgeable and helpful pros. Cindy Couling hired me to join Lunagraphica and taught me countless lessons over the years. It was amazing to work with such a vast range of clients, personalities, and fields.

Next, I spent 3+ years at Nisum Technologies as a Visual Web Designer. It was incredible to work with such a brilliant and talented group of people. I'm still grateful to Lena Torgerson for setting up my interview. While I was there, I worked as a graphic, web, and UI designer while also working as a photographer, video editor, narrator, and more.

You might ask: what's going on with this somewhat random slideshow of products? Well, as a young fellow, I learned an important lesson from a film that left a strong impression upon me. It was called "Spaceballs" and it taught me the value of merchandizing. In honor of this poignant satire, you can see some of my branded products floating through space nearby. They are unavailable to the general public at the moment.

Thank you very much for taking some time to find out more about ELE.