What They Say

Praise for Products Michael has Worked on

Vook

Publishers Weekly has been testing the platform and it could indeed be a game changer.

—Craig Morgan Teicher, Publishers Weekly

Very publisher-friendly.

—Joe Wikert, Chair of Tools of Change/O’Reilly Media

We talked about making it as easy to build an eBook as write a blog post—I think it delivers.

—Pete Myers, newkindofbook.com

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.

—Vook user

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

Recommendations

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 [of] 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

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

 
  • Allis PR
  • An Beal Botch
  • Artifact Studio
  • AT&T
  • The Bar
  • Ballantine Books
  • Batoto Yetu
  • Blue Dingo
  • BMG International
  • BusinessWeek
  • CaveStomp! Records
  • Chillcat Productions
  • Citysearch
  • Deep Elm Records
  • Della Femina McNamee
  • Donath Communications
  • Donna Karan
  • DOTS
  • Edward O’Dell Design
  • Ellen Tracy
  • Evite
  • Expedia
  • Foundation for Academic Standards and Traditions
  • Geffen Records
  • Giant Step / Groove Academy
  • Harper Collins
  • Hearst Corporation
  • Hungarian American Music Foundation
  • IAC/InterActiveCorp
  • Jasper Design
  • Jo Malone
  • Jon Cisler Design
  • JP Morgan Chase
  • Krispy Kream Records
  • Lakeside Lounge
  • Limbo
  • Lipman Richmond Greene Advertising
  • Match.com
  • Manhattan Marketing Ensemble
  • MB Interactive
  • McGraw-Hill
  • Morgan Stanley
  • National Academy of Sciences
  • New York Times
  • Newsweek
  • Oxford Health Plan
  • Philips
  • PlanetOut
  • PowerTel
  • Polo Sport
  • Prodigy
  • Profile Records
  • Radio Active Records
  • Ralph’s Wines and Spirits
  • Random House
  • Republic Records
  • Rogers-Seidman Design
  • Saatchi & Saatchi Budapest
  • Saks Fifth Avenue
  • Salpeter Design
  • Scholastic
  • The Scratcher
  • Sean Michael Edwards Design
  • SmartAsset
  • SoHo Interiors
  • Solomon Company Dance
  • Stila
  • Stinky Minky
  • TWINC
  • Universal Records
  • Universal Studios
  • Vera Steiner Design
  • Vook
  • Wage Slave
  • YAR Communications