My passion for visual storytelling and persuasive design.
I’m a lifelong learner, leader, and renaissance man.
I invest in and give back to my community to make it a better place.
I do interesting things, like paddleboard around icebergs.
My ability to know when not to ramble on.
I am an innovative creative director, who loves to mentor and teach. I welcome challenges, change, and thrive in collaborative environments. In my career I’ve worked with people from all different backgrounds, worked on amazing projects, and met fantastic people. I’ve worked at agencies, magazines, a university and been a freelancer. A former supervisor always called me a renaissance man, I can't think of a better compliment.
Everything is designed. Few things are designed well, I aim to change that by working with, communicating my vision, and leading visual strategies.
I'm in the translation industry, the bridge and the mediator between creatives, leadership and stakeholders. Understanding, communicating, and coaching, while always looking ahead.
The mix of design, empathy, and research is right in my wheelhouse. I find myself teaching college workshops and stressing the importance of the user and experience with all my collaborators.
Innovation Team leader while at SUNY Geneseo, creating an innovation culture, fostering new ideas, and driving innovation at the college. I strive to be good at the next way of thinking.
I am passionate about design, coaching, technology, and nature but the most important things in my life are my family and giving back to the community.
I've experienced lots in my life: from moving across the US to go to school, traveling around doing service projects with Americorps NCCC, leading the building of houses in around the southeast and Mexico with Habitat for Humanity, being a teacher in the Caribbean with the Peace Corps all the while, freelancing, designing, and creating.
Even though I've come full circle and moved back to my rural hometown, time is in short supply. From my creative world to spending every moment I can with my awesome wife and kids and building a house for them, to always trying to learn something new (blockchain and the new worlds it opens is my newest fascination), to wanting to take a walk in the woods. My ideal Saturday is getting up early to create something then spending the day outside playing in the garden with my kids running around, and of course a neighborhood campfire. I know I should have a better presence on social media but there are more important things in my world right now, sorry instagram.
After seeing the artistic designs Michael was working on, I decided to contact him. His meetings were casual and he was genuinely interested in the ideas I wanted to convey. Its great working with someone who does the research and has the creativity to create a design that is a center piece.Poray Patent and Illustration LLC
His strong work ethic and ability to quickly complete any job thrown at him won the accolades of our Manager and clients, who consistently praised his pleasant demeanor. His organizational skills and quality of work are outstanding, and his strong ability to work on project teams garnered the respect of everyone around him. Michael was consistently ranked as one of the company's most valued employees.Edge Extreme Fitness
He is clearly an expert in his field. He understood the project and requirements very quickly and turned around prototypes in just few days. He has excellent communication skills and provides great value and service to his clients. I highly recommend Michael.Sharepoint
Michael is a mild-mannered quiet man, but his design work is anything but! With a flair that most likely comes from his multi-faceted background, Michael brought a fresh eye to every client's project we worked on, no matter how many projects they brought our way. It was a pleasure and honour to have worked with him as colleagues, and I enjoy following his progress beyond the agency.DV8 Unlimited