Designing for users from day one, that’s just the way I work. No matter the medium or purpose of the work, there’s only one person that counts—the user. It’s my mission to make sure the user’s experience is always awesome—whatever the work may be.

Work

Web Apps (product design)

My earliest experience with digital product design was designing intranet directory systems for AT&T and TimeWarner on the early Web. I went on to design the UI for a basic TV broadcasting application that evolved into another product I worked on—ShadowTV. While at ShadowTV, I was responsible for User Interface and Experience design, taking charge of the direction and shape of product features for this groundbreaking TV monitoring Web app.

Most recently, I’ve had the privilege of being the product and UX lead on Vook, a cloud-based end-to-end epublishing system that has been called “a game changer” by Publishers Weekly and praised for its ease of use by countless users.

Vook login page

Vook Login

First a little background, ebook publishing is still a lot harder than it should be, usually involving workers with Web-development skills—Vook makes this complex task easy. Vook is an end-to-end cloud-based epublishing solution. With Vook, users can create and publish their ebook anywhere; build and style awesome looking ebooks without knowing any code; easily add video, pictures and sound, preview their ebooks quickly and easily on any device; manage metadata simply; watch sales from multiple channels in one dashboard.

Right after Vook’s public launch, I began using a combination of monitoring Web analytics and user testing to optimize user conversion. One example of the improved signup process is a unified login and signup page—reducing the need to drive users to the correct page. I also worked with engineering to remove as much friction as possible, reducing the signup workflow from a five-step process to a single step.

Vook login page

Vook Dashboard

From one dashboard, users can start a new project, quickly see the status of current projects and even get sales data from multiple ebook marketplaces—including Apple’s iBookstore, Barnes & Noble and Amazon.

Vook login page

Vook Style Editor

In addition to an easy user experience and flexible workflow, the Vook Boilerplate and Style Editor are two major contributions I personally made to Vook. To learn how ebooks work, I learned how to hand-code them. During that process, I quickly realized an HTML and CSS boilerplate could be devised for rapid development. The boilerplate could also be packed with best practices and allow for graceful degradation. My work on the initial Vook boilerplate led me to the idea of a graphic user interface that abstracted CSS concepts enough for someone who does not code to be able to style an ebook at the level of someone that can—but still powerful enough for a hand-coding pro. It was great working with Vook engineers to take the initial boilerplate concept and take it to the next level using HTML and CSS precompilers. Even more rewarding is seeing what Vook users can do with the Style Editor I designed for them.

Vook login page

Metadata made easy with Vook

Metadata is the lifeblood of ebook marketing and key to the discoverability that leads to ebook sales. Managing all of the data is a huge challenge, as each ebook store has differing requirements—sometimes for the same data. I created a streamlined user experience by analyzing all of the data sets and collapsing it down to a unified UI broken into three task clusters.

Vook login page

Push Button Distribution

One of the major promises of Vook is push button distribution to multiple ebook distribution channels. Normally, this action requires organizing files for each platform, gathering and preparing metadata XML files or logging into each channel where the user must retype the same data over and over, while uploading the same files multiple times. The distribution user-flow I created for Vook distills all of this down to a single, easy and painless process.

Vook login page

ShadowTV

While dated (created in 2001), ShadowTV is another great example of my product UX work.

When I joined ShadowTV the product was in need of a full rebrand and product UX overhaul. I worked with the CMO and started from square one, reevaluating message, competition and audience. I developed a new brand and redesigned the user interface and user experience of the product from the ground up.

ShadowTV is a Web app that creates a searchable recording of televised programming for use of CMOs and PR agencies—think giant DVR on steroids, with a commercial application.

Websites

My interest in web design started in the early days of the commercial Web. I helped introduce web design as a service at Bill Smith Studios, designed and built an early site for Scholastic (sadly, Scholastic didn’t launch the site), and designed an award-winning site for Giant Step/Groove Academy.

Vook.com website

Vook Website

Right after Vook’s public launch, I began using a combination of monitoring Web analytics and user testing to optimize user conversion. The result included a website redesign that resulted in a 17% lift in traffic from the homepage to the trial sign-up page, as well as changes to the signup process.

Citysearch Relaunch Sweepstakes

Citysearch Relaunch Sweepstakes

To introduce advertisers to the newly relaunched Citysearch, my team created a sweepstakes. The campaign kicked-off with an HTML-email announcing the sweepstakes. The bottom portion of the sweepstakes website contained animation that highlighted the new focus and features of Citysearch.

Film Photography Project homepage

Film Photography Project

The Film Photography Podcast had grown organically over the course of a year, spanning a podcast, blog, community on Flickr and a storefront—the number of channels had become unwieldy. I was challenged with creating a brand identity (including development of the mission statement) and web strategy that united all of the disparate parts under the Film Photography Project umbrella. For the website, I was charged with definition, design and project management.

World Walk website

WorldWalk

WorldWalk website design for Jasper Design

Open Spaces Institute website

Open Space Institute

Open Space Institute website design for Jasper Design

Digital Advertising

While at IAC I founded an internal agency to meet the needs of advertisers looking for integration with IAC websites. While there, led ideation and creation of award-winning digital creative, including microsites and banners, for big brands such as Schick, Bacardi, and Visa. I not only filled the roles of creative technologist, creative director and business owner, I created advertising products that leveraged Citysearch, Match.com, Evite, and other IAC sites.

Schick Girl’s Guide to Dating microsite

Schick Girl’s Guide to Dating

The Girl’s Guide to Dating connected Schick’s brand message with their target audience and introduced them to Juliette, the user’s “faithful guide to dating,” who provided valuable tips and advice via video clips and brief articles.

The site also incorporated: mobile “date escape” functionality; sweepstakes; online quiz; content from Ticketmaster to buy tickets to fun events for a date and Citysearch to find the best date spots in your city; and editorial from Match.com’s online magazine, Happen. This site/campaign was an OMMA awards finalist.

Acura Advance Your Senses microsite

Acura Advance Your Senses

The Advance Your Senses microsite helped Acura raise brand awareness and shift perception among its target audience of men, ages 30 to 54, by leveraging Expedia and Citysearch. The site focused on unique and off-the-beaten-path travel experiences. This highly interactive Flash site featured exotic travel destinations provided by Expedia, with new destinations published weekly. To highlight the five senses, each trip contained multiple embedded, rich media hot spots, which included video, audio, and images. The site also contained links to relevant sections on Citysearch and a user-generated section where visitors could upload photos from their own travel adventures.

TBS My Boys My City microsite

TBS My Boys My City

This microsite helped TBS raise awareness for the season 2 premiere of My Boys series by leveraging Citysearch to deliver geo-targeted sites for 10 key markets. In addition, the show’s key characters provided recommendations for their favorite hot spots in each of these markets—making the site personable and also giving the users an opportunity to identify with the characters individually.

Hpnotiq Party Countdown Invitation on Evite

Hpnotiq Party Countdown Invitation on Evite

Evite was a natural fit for this campaign in terms of aligning with Hpnotiq’s objective to reach women celebrating special occasions. In order to meet the client’s needs, I developed the concept for a custom Evite invitation with a countdown clock widget, which became the centerpiece of the larger campaign. The widget was incorporated in a custom Evite invitation, syncing the countdown clock to the date and time of the party. In addition, the widget contained five drink recipes, and had a viral component that enabled the host or guests to ”grab“ the widget and place it on a social networking site such as Facebook—enabling Hpnotiq to put its brand not only in front of party’s host and guests, but also the extended audience of the partygoers’ social network.

Jo Malone HTML-email

Jo Malone

A project for Artifact Studio, I worked on design, as well as hand-coding this Jo Malone HTML-email.

La Mer HTML-email

La Mer

A project for Artifact Studio, I worked on design, as well as hand-coding this La Mer HTML-email.

Banner Gadgets

When I started at IAC, the go-to custom solution was the microsite, but I always felt there was something wrong with that model. You build a microsite for the advertiser, but no one knows the site exists. You try to drive user-traffic to the site with banners, but always end up with tons of optimization (translation, lots of free inventory). The “banner gadget” solved all the above problems by taking the functionality of a microsite and putting it into a banner—this way the functionality was in front of the user. How well did this solution work? Very well, with engagement rates of over 15%, directly contributing to closing more than $2.25 million in advertising sales, plus winning nine creative awards, including an OMMA.

Bacardi Mojito Banner Gadget

This OMMA award-winning banner gadget delivered a dynamic, fully integrated, cross-site experience to users from within an ad unit. When users engaged with content in one of the Evite (host a mojito party) or Citysearch (find the best mojito in your area) tabs, they were sent to those sites, where the landing page was roadblocked with Bacardi Mojito branding. On Evite, users could create Bacardi branded invitations to invite friends to their party, further spreading the word about the original Bacardi Mojito.

Visa Go! Date Location Banner Gadget

Using Citysearch listings, Visa sponsored a custom tool that enables users to find the perfect date spot by selecting their market and type of date (takeout, outdoor dining, martini bar, etc). Once preferences were selected, the gadget displayed the suggested location with name and address. In addition, users could click on a link within the gadget to go to Citysearch for more ideas. This banner gadget ran on Match.com.

Evite Content Module

Evite Content Module

The Evite Content Module takes the banner gadget concept and makes it a sponsorable part of the site. I was the driving force in developing the Evite Content Module, mapping out functionality, UI and design.

Functionality included: recipes, party tips, party tools such as drink and budget calculators, how-to videos, and product and gift suggestions.

Branding

With my marketing education, branding has always been a focus for me. The following logos were designed over the span of my career.

Allis PR, music industry PR company

Allis PR, music industry PR company

Ellen Tracy Software, clothing line from Ellen Tracy. This logo was accepted by the client, but line did not launch.

Ellen Tracy Software, clothing line from Ellen Tracy. This logo was accepted by the client, but line did not launch.

Federal Films, film production company

Federal Films, film production company

Film Photography Project, film content site, community, podcast and store

Film Photography Project, film content site, community, podcast and store

Hungarian American Music Foundation, nonprofit

Hungarian American Music Foundation, nonprofit

M Fine Lumber, recycled lumber company

M Fine Lumber, recycled lumber company

Ralph’s Wines & Spirits, retail shop in Rye, NY

Ralph’s Wines & Spirits, retail shop in Rye, NY

Republic Records, label under Universal Music

Republic Records, label under Universal Music

The Scratcher, Irish bar in New York City

The Scratcher, Irish bar in New York City

Soho Interiors, retail shop in SoHo, NYC

Soho Interiors, retail shop in SoHo, NYC

Stinky Minky, retail shop in SoHo, NYC

Stinky Minky, retail shop in SoHo, NYC

Vook, SaaS cloud-based epublishing platform

Vook, SaaS cloud-based epublishing platform

Music

Most of the music packaging work presented here was completed while I operated Industrial Strength Design. When I first opened the studio at the age of 24, I envisioned working on annual reports, but being young and located in the East Village of New York, a more accessible market was the music industry. Projects ranged from music packaging design for self-published release to the major labels—I even got to work on a few projects for some Rock ’n’ Roll Hall of Famers.

Chumbawamba, Tubthumper

Chumbawamba, Tubthumper

Everyone asks about this cover. The label was sure this CD would sell big, so I wanted to do something that was simple and loud, something that could be seen the second you walked into a music store; thus the field of bright green and the use of the big grinning baby in the corner (yes it is a manipulated image). Over 7 million copies of the CD were sold in the U.S. and Canada alone.

Chumbawamba, Tubthumping DPRO (promotional CD single)

Chumbawamba, Tubthumping DPRO (promotional CD single)

Bloodhound Gang, Fire Water Burn, CD Single

Bloodhound Gang, Fire Water Burn, CD Single

Tom Clark and the High Action Boys, Cross-Eyed and Bow-Legged

Tom Clark and the High Action Boys, Cross-Eyed and Bow-Legged

God is My Co-Pilot, History of Music Vol. 1, box set

God is My Co-Pilot, History of Music Vol. 1, box set

This Muler 7-inch single for Deep Elm Records won an award in the American Center for Design 100 Show

This Muler 7-inch single for Deep Elm Records won an award in the American Center Design 100

Fifty Feet Tall, 7-inch single

Fifty Feet Tall, 7-inch single

Nada Surf, 7-inch single

Nada Surf, 7-inch single

Ruth Ruth, 7-inch single

Ruth Ruth, 7-inch single

Interactive Paper

At the start of the World Wide Web’s commercial debut, there was a lot of talk about interactivity and how the Web was much more interactive. While I jumped into learning about and designing for the Web right from the start—I also wanted to show that paper, with its tactile nature, is very much interactive as well. To do this, I started producing self-promotional pieces that showcased what I called “interactive paper” designs. I continue to create “interactive paper” designs, as well as digital interactive work.

Cafe Limbo interactive business card

Cafe Limbo Business Card

This business card is a great example. The business manager of Limbo—a cafe formerly located in the East Village—asked me to design a business card that was unique and fun. The result was a business card with both a visual pun and optical illusion wrapped into one. The card went on to win four design awards, including Best in Show in the Strathmore Graphics Gallery.

Trick or Treat self-promotion

Trick or Treat

Another example is Trick or Treat, a self-promotion for Industrial Strength Design created for Halloween. When the string on top is pulled, the head slides out and a paper tongue with contact information sticks out. The piece went on to win a number of design awards, including the AIGA’s Objects of Desire.

Industrial Strength Design Letterpress Printed Race Car

Industrial Stregnth Design Race Car

One more example, is a limited edition run of 500 letter-pressed race cars was part of a self-promotion for Industrial Strength Design.

Words

About Me

Michael Calleia is a product design and branding leader bringing an entrepreneurial spirit and track record of delivering user-centered, award-winning product and creative solutions that add measurable value. As an experienced team leader and builder; cross-functional collaboration, iteration, and the balancing of user, business and technology needs is in his DNA.

Michael is a seasoned agency and client side professional—including experience with established corporations and startups alike. On the agency side, including as studio founder and owner, Michael created work for everything from hip downtown businesses to Fortune 500 companies, with work which garnered numerous design awards. On the client side, Michael has been a creative and product professional and leader—building great brands and products.

What They Say

Praise for Products Michael Worked on

Vook

“Publishers Weekly has been testing the platform and it could indeed be a game changer.” —Craig Morgan Teicher, Publishers Weekly,
“You guys did it, you created WordPress for ebooks.” —CTO of major news publisher
“This is so user-friendly” —Author and TED speaker
“I really liked the user interface and the process is very intuitive and clear.”

SmartAsset

“It is one of the best done sites I’ve seen and I wish I had had this site when I purchased my house.” —Robert Scoble
“What is great about the site is its usability. It is simple, looks good and you don't spend a second trying to figure out where to click” —Thom Rogers, Hoop.com
“Right from the homepage SmartAsset dazzles with its good looks. In fact, while I was using I couldn’t help but think that it looked like an interactive infographic.” —Dean Sherwin, AppStorm.com

Startup Economics

“This is a useful website.” —Phil Hill
“Great, simple cap table tool for Startups...” —Tom Nora

What They Say About Michael

From LinkedIn
“Michael brought strong leadership to both creative and product management at Vook. His thoughtful designs were often recognized for their ease-of-use overcoming the inherent complexities in ebook creation and publishing. Michael was highly respected by the Engineering team because his open, informed, and agile work style. I look forward to when our paths cross again.” —Rob Guttman, VP of Engineering, Vook
“Michael is a strong creative force, consistently able to balance heavy workloads with a high-level of personal attention to crucial details. Nothing escapes his comprehensive understanding of process. He can take a big picture strategic objective and walk through and execute the complicated individual pieces—long-range thought and daily execution in one—a crucial advantage, particularly in a start-up environment. He‘s also very well versed in the history of design and aesthetics, which means he brings a craftsman‘s eye to his work.” —Matthew Cavnar, VP of Business Development, Vook
“He is certainly a pioneer of sorts in eBook creation. He‘s designed a tool that is both easy to use and incredibly useful. I‘ll always remember Michael as someone who powers through obstacles to churn out an excellent product.” —Michelle Thayer, Product Designer, Vook
“He is a great UI/UX designer and creative director, and has been absolutely invaluable in building the Vook platform into a world class product.” —Omar Niazi, Front End Developer, Vook
“Working with Michael was wonderful for two reasons. First he always demonstrated a deep care for the users and the product. This kept us engineers happy as we were building something that was well thought out. Second, he listened and responded/acted as a team player. We were all very confident of the product we put out because of this wonderful collaboration..” —Amanuel Tewolde, Senior Software Architect, Vook
“Michael is an extremely knowledgeable web design professional. While his title is “creative” and there is no question he delivers exceptional ideas and brings strong design sensibilities to the equation, his greatest asset is his ability to quickly synthesize multiple types of information or criteria (marketing need, technological possibilities, user experience, brand integrity, critical metrics, design) and deliver a concept that satisfies all stakeholders in a project. And his grasp of the underlying technologies that make these concepts possible has always been humbling for me.” —Noelle Cleary, Vice President, Marketing & Sales Development, IAC Advertising
“Michael is the most creative and talented person I have had the pleasure to work with in the digital industry. I have worked with over 30 different creative agencies throughout my career and Michael is the best by far. He is a very strategic thinker who is able to deliver amazing creative ideas that meet the client’s objectives. I appreciated his patience and commitment to help implement my ideas when neither of us were sure it was a possibility. He never once let me down and always found a solution. I hope I have the opportunity to work with Michael again in the future.” —Carlyn Morris, Director of Sales Development, Central and Northwest, IAC Advertising
“Michael Calleia is the rare blend of creative talent and savvy business manager. He understands how to balance business objectives with creative desires. Michael’s design style is clean, sophisticated and modern. He is able to translate vague concepts into clear, dynamic and compelling creative executions.” —Sharon Harris, Vice President of Marketing, IAC Advertising
“Michael also developed an entirely new product which could be customized to best meet the needs of the client. This was a popular and versatile product which was sold to a number of advertisers across various verticals.” —Laurie King, Custom Solutions Manager, IAC Advertising
“I’ve worked with Michael for more than 7 years. He has an amazingly creative mind, is always willing to innovate and pushes all possible boundaries, encouraging his team to go further and try new, more effective and professional solutions. Michael never stops when problems arise, he is always involved in every step of the process, helping in the frontline of every project. A true leader, with an ace up his sleeve. He is always up-to-date with new trends and technologies, not only in design but also in advertising, art, photography and web development, we really learned a lot from him. Michael’s work is top-quality, he is such a professional, extremely generous and an exceptionally good person, with great personal values. I look forward to working with Michael for many more years in the future.” —Alberto A. Langton, Founder/Partner, Optima
“Michael embodies elegant and sophisticated design-style, business smarts and sense of urgency that made working with him nothing but terrific and successful.” —Justyn Makarewycz, Marketing Manager, PlanetOut
“During our time together at OUT&ABOUT, I was always impressed with Michael‘s design work. He evolved the publication forward using extremely limited resources, and gave it new life.” —Sean Timberlake, Editor, OUT&ABOUT; Senior Producer

Experience (resume)

Summary

A leader bringing an entrepreneurial spirit and track record of delivering award-winning, user-centered, creative solutions that add measurable value.

Experience

Senior Director Marketing

Voltari, December 2012–Present
  • Brand and Product Marketing lead. In first 30 days, rebranded company and repositioned product offering. Simplified messaging around complex big data and predictive analytics mobile ad technology products—moving from “how we do it” to “what we do for you.” Delivered new logo, website, presentation materials and collateral.
  • Developed and drove marketing plan built to generate awareness, thought leadership and leads; including social media, content marketing efforts, email marketing campaigns, PR and events. Results included huge social media growth: Twitter Followers 12.25x, Facebook Likes 4x, LinkedIn Followers 5.56x. Combined social media and blog content resulted in 21x growth in web-traffic, transforming the site into a lead generation tool and vastly improved SEO
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  • Oversaw PR and event planning; included exhibitions, industry dinners, speaking engagements, press releases and bylines
  • Hired and built out marketing team
  • Responsible for leading mobile strategies and delivering analytic solutions to key clients within 
 CPG, automotive, and agency verticals

Product and Creative Director

SmartAsset, June 2012–December 2012

Product design lead of early stage Y-Combinator startup answering life’s big financial questions.

  • Product design lead responsible for user experience design, information architecture, interaction and visual design
  • Redesigned product’s user experience resulting in 30% increase in conversion from improved data entry process
  • Led user experience research including planning, recruiting for and running user interviews and tests
  • Front line customer support, leading to deeper understanding of user expectations and use cases
  • Developed user personas and documented use cases
  • Product marketing—created elevator pitch and tagline, assisted in development of explainer video and edited blog copy
  • Praise for product design: “It is one of the best done sites I’ve seen and I wish I had had this site when I purchased my house,” Robert Scoble; “What is great about the site is its usability. It is simple, looks good and you don't spend a second trying to figure out where to click,” Thom Rogers, Hoop.com; “Right from the homepage SmartAsset dazzles with its good looks. In fact, while I was using I couldn’t help but think that it looked like an interactive infographic,” Dean Sherwin, AppStorm.com.

Vice President Product and Creative

Vook, July 2011–June 2012

Hired as Creative and User Experience Director, quickly promoted to VP Product and Creative of digital publisher tech startup turned Software as a Service provider, developed cloud-based end-to-end epublishing web-application.

  • Driving force in strategic pivot of tech startup, identified opportunity offering internal system as Software as a Service. Conceived short-term product vision to turn the company’s in-house production tool into cloud-based, end-to-end epublishing solution based on three simple premises, and long-term vision to leverage platform into content creation ecosystem.
  • Developed product vision, wrote feature definitions and requirements, ran kickoff meetings, translated business and user needs, managed product development queue to set priorities. Worked hand-in-hand with engineering using agile process.
  • Product design and user experience lead, performed user studies, overhauled and simplified user workflow and greatly improved user experience
  • Conceived of and designed Style Editor for Vook platform that enabled anyone to style an ebook without any knowledge of CSS, a key product differentiator
  • Led company rebrand including logo, style guide, look and feel of product
  • Created distinct product and company voice, credited with giving users a deeper emotional attachment to the platform
  • Oversaw design and production of high quality ebooks
  • Developed epub boilerplate that standardized and sped production—boilerplate became backbone of Vook publishing system
  • Industry leader, presenting on enhanced ebook development.
  • Praise for product included: “You guys did it, you created WordPress for ebooks,” CTO of major news publisher; “This is so user-friendly,” author and TED speaker; “I really liked the user interface and the process is very intuitive and clear.”

Product and Brand Designer

Full-time Independent Consultant, 2010–2011

see details below

Creative Director / Custom Solutions Lead

IAC/InterActiveCorp / IAC Advertising, January 2007–June 2010

Founded creative group within advertising sales arm of Internet conglomerate IAC/InterActiveCorp; including authoring and executing business plan to create internal digital agency, which established award-winning creative group as profit center attached to over $16MM; oversaw brand identity of IAC Advertising.

  • Founded internal digital agency, organized internal infrastructure, defined vision for group and its role within company
  • Managed $800K budget and P&L
  • Creative technologist developing innovative digital and social advertising products around variety of IAC sites: Evite, Citysearch, Ticketmaster, Match.com and others
  • Creative lead and digital strategist tying advertising product and IAC sites into cohesive integrated campaigns for leading brands; including ideation, execution from design to development and analytics throughout life of campaign
  • Group earned 17 creative awards in 2 years
  • Built team, including hiring and mentoring, conducted employee reviews
  • Created and maintained talent pool of external freelance designers, copywriters and developers
  • Cultivated cross-functional teams
  • Led refresh of IAC Advertising brand which encompassed: website, print sales kit, creation of internal and external e-newsletters and PowerPoint decks. Website redesign won a design award and included migration to a Content Management System for rapid updates of site content.
  • Oversaw creation of marketing and sales material for sales organization of 20 plus salespeople selling across a network of over eight premium websites
  • Clients included: Acura, American Express, Bacardi, Coors, Disney, GM, Samsung, Schick, TBS, Tide to Go, T-Mobile, Universal Pictures and more

Product and Brand Designer

Full-time Independent Consultant, 2005–2007

see details below

Design Manager

PlanetOut, 2003–2005

Led redesign of company’s consumer website. Oversaw corporate branding, including marketing and advertising. Art Directed Out&About product line. Managed and mentored staff, distance managed staff in Buenos Aires and San Francisco.

  • Led award-winning redesign of Out&About that resulted in 18% increase in newsstand sales.
  • Renegotiated printing costs, resulting in 24% savings while increasing quality.
  • Created award-winning sales kit that increased ad sales 20%
  • Creative services lead on redesign of company’s main consumer portal
  • Developed creative for clients including: CareerBuilder.com, Citibank, Diageo, Lunesta

Product and Brand Designer

Full-time Independent Consultant, 2001–2003, 2005–2007, 2010–2011

Worked with a range of agencies and clients on advertising, branding, and product.

  • Partial Client List: Artifact Studio, Blue Dingo, Donath Communications, Jasper Design, JumpTap, Manhattan Marketing Ensemble, Morgan Stanley, New York Times, Scan Scout, and more
  • Brands included: Donna Karan, Jo Malone, JP Morgan Chase, Harper Collins, Morgan Stanley, National Academy of Sciences, New York Times, Oxford Health Plan, Saks Fifth Avenue, Scholastic, Stila, and many others

Creative Director

Digital Connection, 2000–2001

Executive team member and design practice lead of digital agency and tech startup.

  • Led product design group responsible for user experience and user interface design of ShadowTV, a broadcast monitoring web-application
  • Creative strategist for client projects
  • Branding lead; collaborated with CMO to develop product marketing for Digital Connection and ShadowTV

Principal / Creative Director

Industrial Strength Design, 1994–2000

Founded, owned and operated award-winning design studio, which won 12 design awards in its first year of operation. Client list included: AT&T, Ballantine Books, BMG International, BusinessWeek, Ellen Tracy, Geffen Records, Hearst Corporation, MB Interactive, Newsweek, Philips, Prodigy, Random House, Republic Records, Universal Records, Universal Studios.

Designer / Art Director

Full-time Independent Consultant, 1990–1994

Worked with a range of agencies and clients on advertising, branding, and product.

  • Provided art direction, design and production for advertising, books, branding, catalogs, collateral, corporate identity, packaging, publications, web-site development, and other projects.
  • Provided management of projects, personnel and vendors
  • Partial Client List: Della Femina McNamee, Edward O’Dell Design, Jon Cisler Design, Manhattan Marketing Ensemble, Rogers-Seidman Design, Saatchi & Saatchi Budapest, Saks Fifth Avenue, Salpeter Design, Sean Michael Edwards Design, TWINC, Vera Steiner Design, YAR Communications, and more

Long-term freelance clients and roles included:

  • Designer, Bill Smith Studio, 1993–1994
    Designed and produced K–6 educational books and magazines at studio specializing in educational market. Introduced web development as a new service to company and led first web projects: provided art direction and project management, worked directly with clients, interpreted client needs, and participated in new business pitches.
  • Art Director, Lipman Richmond Greene Advertising, 1992–1993
    Hired as Studio Manager to migrate creative department of small fashion agency from paste-up to desktop environment. Selected, ordered and oversaw installation of equipment and software; trained existing staff; hired new staff; modified existing procedures and workflow to better match new technologies. Promoted to Art Director after transition was completed. Clients included: American Express, Burberry, Dillard’s, JH Collectibles.
  • Art Director, Public Safety Publishing, 1990–1991
    Hired to facilitate transition of quarterly trade magazine for firefighters from paste-up to desktop environment. Promoted to Art Director after completion of transition. Went on to redesign flagship trade publication, as well as designed and launched new weekly consumer publication dedicated to saltwater fishing.

Awards and Publications

1000 Retail Graphics, Adobe Site of the Day, AIGA Objects of Design, American Center for Design 100 Show, Communicator Awards, Creativity Annual Awards, Creativity International Awards, DPAC Awards, Fresh Ideas in Letterhead & Business Cards Design 3, GDUSA American Graphic Design Awards, GDUSA American In-house Design Awards, How Magazine Self-Promotion Annual, Magellan Awards, OMMA Awards, Print Magazine Regional Design Annual, Print Best of Typography, Strathmore Graphics Gallery

Membership

AIGA

Education

  • School of Visual Arts, New York, NY
  • New York University, Book & Magazine Publishing Institute, New York, NY
  • Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI
  • Bryant College, Smithfield, RI; Bachelor of Science: Marketing

Skills

  • Product management
  • Product design
  • Creative ideation
  • Creative and digital strategy
  • Creative direction
  • Branding
  • User-centered design
  • User experience design
  • User interface design
  • Interaction design
  • Visual/graphic design
  • Team building and mentoring
  • Project management
  • Adobe Creative Suite
  • MS Office
  • HTML5
  • CSS
  • Ebook development
  • WordPress
  • Drupal
  • Google Analytics

Accolades

Awards

  • 2010 Midas Awards, Midas Certificate: Visa Go Date Location Banner Gadget
  • 16th Annual Communicator Awards, Award of Distinction in Interactive Category 2010: Bacardi Mojito Banner Gadget
  • 16th Annual Communicator Awards, Award of Excellence in Interactive Category 2010: Visa Go Date Location Banner Gadget
  • Creativity International Awards 40, Media, Silver Award for Banner Advertising 2010: Visa Go Date Location Banner Gadget
  • Creativity International Awards 40, Media, Honorable Mention Award for Social Media/Networking 2010: Evite/Hpnotiq Party Countdown
  • GDUSA American In-house Design Awards 2010: IAC Network “See Something You Want” Print Ad
  • GDUSA American In-house Design Awards 2010: IAC “195 Million” Print Ad
  • GDUSA American In-house Design Awards 2010: IAC Network “We’re Closer” Print Ad
  • DPAC Awards Finalist for Best Use of Rich Media 2009: Visa Go Date Location Banner Gadget
  • OMMA Awards Finalist for Integrated Online Campaign, Finance 2009: Visa Go Campaign
  • 39th Creativity Annual Awards Gold Winner for Banner Advertising 2009: Bacardi Mojito Banner Gadget
  • 39th Creativity Annual Awards Silver Winner for Banner Advertising 2009: Coors Light Happy Hour Finder Banner
  • OMMA Awards Winner for Standard, Flash or Rich Media Banner 2008: Bacardi Mojito Banner Gadget
  • GDUSA American In-house Design Awards 2008: IAC Advertising Website
  • GDUSA American In-house Design Awards 2008: IAC Advertising Summer Party Invitation
  • GDUSA American In-house Design Awards 2008: IAC Advertising Holiday E-card
  • OMMA Awards Finalist for Best Advertising/Promotion Website/Microsite campaign 2007: Schick Girls’ Guide to Dating Microsite
  • Adobe Site of the Day December 3, 2007: Acura Advance Your Senses Microsite
  • GDUSA American Graphic Design Award 2003: Out&About May 2003 Issue
  • GDUSA American Graphic Design Award 2003: PlanetOut Partners, Inc. Corporate Sales Kit
  • American Center for Design 100 Show: Muler 7" Single
  • AIGA Objects of Design 1995: Trick or Treat Self-Promotion
  • AIGA Objects of Design 1995: Good Shootin’ Self-Promotion
  • Strathmore Graphics Gallery Best of Show 1995 Q1: Limbo Interactive Business Card
  • Print Magazine Regional Design Annual 1995: Anita Liberty Postcard Invitation Series
  • Print Magazine Regional Design Annual 1995: Industrial Strength Design Sticker
  • Print Magazine Regional Design Annual 1995: Trick or Treat Self-Promotion
  • HOW Magazine Mill Milestones 1995: Limbo Interactive Business Card
  • HOW Magazine Self-Promotion Annual 1994: Trick or Treat Self-Promotion, Award of Merit
  • McKinley Group, Magellan Award, Four Stars (highest rating): Giant Step Website

Publications

  • Rockport Press 1000 Retail Graphics: Stinky Minky Logo
  • Print’s Best of Typography 1995: Anita Liberty Postcard Invitation Series
  • North Light Books Fresh Ideas in Letterhead & Business Card Design 3: Limbo Interactive Business Card and Industrial Strength Design Large Business Card

Press

  • MediaPost, MediaCreativity
  • OMMA Magazine
  • Gothamist.com
  • Print
  • Communication Arts
  • New York Times

Clients

 

IAC ADVERTISING, IAC/INTERACTIVECORP

In some cases both advertiser and brand are listed.

  • 20th Century Fox
  • A.1. Steak Sauce
  • Acura
  • American Cancer Society
  • American Express
  • Anheuser-Busch
  • Babies “R” Us
  • Bacardi
  • Bacardi Silver
  • Banana Republic
  • Build-a-Bear
  • Bush Brothers
  • Cesar Canine Cuisine
  • Charles Schwab
  • Chex Mix
  • Churchill Downs
  • Coors
  • Coty
  • Crest
  • Dentyne
  • Diageo
  • Discovery Channel
  • Dove
  • GameStop
  • General Motors
  • Hasbro
  • HBO Films
  • Hillshire Farms
  • Honda
  • Hormel
  • Hpnotiq
  • Jell-O
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Johnsonville
  • Kendall Jackson
  • Kraft
  • Lenscrafters
  • Lions Gate
  • Listerine
  • M&M’s
  • Macy’s
  • Malibu Rum
  • Mutual of Omaha
  • Nokia
  • Palm
  • Pampers
  • Pepperidge Farm
  • Pepto-Bismol Cherry
  • Pernod Ricard
  • Ritz
  • Samsung
  • San Pellegrino
  • Schick
  • Sears
  • Seasonique
  • Solo Cup
  • Sony Pictures
  • SoyJoy
  • Swanson
  • T-Mobile
  • Target
  • TBS
  • Terlato Wines
  • The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf
  • TLC
  • The NY State Lottery
  • Tide
  • Tom’s of Maine
  • Totino’s
  • Toyota
  • Universal Pictures
  • Vaseline Aloe Fresh
  • Vh2
  • Vicks Nyquil
  • Visa
  • Viva Paper Towels
  • Walmart
  • Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
  • Warner Home Video
  • Xbox

PLANETOUT

  • CareerBuilder.com
  • Citibank
  • Diageo
  • Lunesta

INDUSTRIAL STRENGTH DESIGN

In some cases both advertiser and brand are listed.

  • Allies PR
  • An Beal Botch
  • AT&T
  • The Bar
  • Ballantine Books
  • Batoto Yetu
  • BMG_International
  • BusinessWeek
  • CaveStomp! Records
  • Chillcat Productions
  • Deep Elm Records
  • Ellen Tracy
  • Foundation for Academic Standards and Traditions
  • Geffen Records
  • Giant Step / Groove Academy
  • Hearst Corporation
  • Hungarian American Music Foundation
  • Krispy Kream Records
  • Lakeside Lounge
  • Limbo
  • McGraw-Hill
  • MB Interactive
  • Newsweek
  • Philips
  • PowerTel
  • Prodigy
  • Profile Records
  • Radio Active Records
  • Random House
  • Republic Records
  • The Scratcher
  • Soho Interiors
  • Solomon Company Dance
  • Universal Records
  • Universal Studios
  • Wage Slave

LIPMAN RICHMOND GREENE ADVERTISING

  • American Express
  • Burberry
  • Dillard’s
  • JH Collectibles

FREELANCE

Agencies and studios

  • Artifact Studio
  • Blue Dingo
  • Della Femina McNamee
  • Donath Communications
  • DOTS
  • Edward O’Dell Design
  • Jasper Design
  • Jon Cisler Design
  • Manhattan Marketing Ensemble
  • Rogers-Seidman Design
  • Saatchi & Saatchi Budapest
  • Salpeter Design
  • Sean Michael Edwards Design
  • TWINC
  • Vera Steiner Design
  • YAR Communications

Brands (including both direct clients and brands I worked with through the above agencies and studios)

  • Donna Karan
  • Harper Collins
  • Jo Malone
  • JP Morgan Chase
  • Morgan Stanley
  • New York Times
  • National Academy of Sciences
  • Oxford Health Plan
  • Polo Sport
  • Ralph’s Wines and Spirits
  • Saks Fifth Avenue
  • Scholastic
  • Stila
  • Stinky Minky

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