Sleep is optional.

I've been doing graphic design for almost 20 years, running my own freelance studio most of the way - and still doing it today.
Last year I launched a t-shirt business with a partner - its been an adventure so far and a great learning experience.
Later this year my goal is to start a publishing company.

I like to get things done.

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A mutlidisciplinary graphic designer

About me

I wear a lot of hats. It comes with the territory of being in the graphic design business for almost 20 years. But I enjoy every aspect of it.

I can tell you the difference between a font and a typeface (not really: the definition has changed alongside technology), why InDesign is awesome (do I really have to spell it out?), why Canon is better than Nikon (and vice versa: lenses vs. sensor), why overcast skies are best for outdoor photoshoots (it's natures soft box), why boostrap is awesome (it's so purty), when to use a database driven CMS or when to use a flat-file CMS (big sites vs. small sites), why a Cintiq might never catch up with pencil and paper yet I still recommend it for workflow reasons (it's like drawing on a mirror though), and why being OCD isn't always enough to be a good project manager (sometimes you have to be pesky).

And yes I prefer using a Mac for pretty much anything, although Outlook on an Exchange server might be the best email solution for clients out there (#sorrynotsorry).

I'm also a ham radio operator (callsign: KF5VGJ), and if you've seen my Suburban you'll know I like to get outdoors as much as I enjoy being indoors in front of a computer.

My resume

Small Business Owner

Being a small business owner is every stereotype: but with hard work and determination, the rewards can be worth it.

What I do

I'm never "done." I'm always learning. There may be breaks between projects, but I always find myself asking "what's next?"

Print Design
Since starting out working on annual reports for Fortune 500 companies, print design has been my baby.
Web Design
Web design is maturing enough to where we're getting to see and do some very cool things now.
Art Direction
What a great opportunity this is to train up other graphic designers.
Marketing
Even with SEO, sales funnels, and grass-roots efforts, there really is no exact science to marketing.
Brand Cultivation
It's not what you say it is, it's what they say it is.
Project Management
I've learned to respect this craft. Attention to details and a certain level of OCD is only part of the gig.
Lead Generation
Frequently goes hand-in-hand with marketing (as a concept, and in execution), yet sometimes there is no template to follow.
Ecommerce
The shopping cart experience should never be under-estimated.
Photography
This can usually be a relaxing experience for me. I've learned a lot from the professionals I've worked alongside with.
Illustration
This is what got me into the design industry in the first place. I grew up drawing before I knew anything else. I do traditional and digital.
Corporate Identity
Not to be confused with "branding," but this is another craft entirely.
Consultation
I know a little about a lot of things.
  • Michael is a talented and reliable designer who can be counted on in high-volume settings, as well as to deliver unique projects. He retains a reasoned demeanor even in chaos and is an asset to any workplace.

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    Amy Bills
  • Mike is a fantastic designer, hard-working, dependable, and all-around swell guy. He's constantly exploring, learning and sharing which is reflected in his work.

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    Vincent Tran
  • What impressed me most was how Michael held true to his vision and went the extra mile to execute a finished product he — and the rest of the team — could be proud of.

    . . .
    Rebecca Harper

Accomplishments

I'm not a fan of blowing my own horn, but I recognize that once in a while I need to present this kind of information.

Contact Me

Maybe you want to hire me for a small project, or are interested in bringing me onboard full-time. Send me a quick little message and I'll get back to you as soon as I can.