Sr. Visual Designer, Motion Designer & UI/UX Designer

A hands-on digital artist providing strategy, concept, design and production. I specialize in developing brands through graphic design, interaction design and motion graphics. I’ve worked with some of the worlds most recognizable companies at a number of San Francisco’s elite agencies designing for almost every channel of visual communication.

Adobe Real or Fake
Western Union Rio Lightbox Interstitial

Concept Development

I integrate user data and client goals to develop effective concepts and strategies. Every project begins with a learning phase.

Tools of the Trade

I am an advanced user of the Adobe Creative Suite. I can build with HTML/CSS and Actionscript and have a working knowledge of Javascript.

Digital Specialist

Having worked in visual design, interactive design and motion graphics for almost 2 decades, experience with diverse clients and projects make me a digital specialist with the ability to deliver on common and obscure challenges.

Where I’ve worked

  • Sr. Art Director/Creative Director

  • Sr. Art Director

    BuderEngel & Friends

    Featured Clients: San Francisco 49ers, Popchips, PicturePeople, Dash

  • Art Director/Sr. Flash Animator

    McCann Worldgroup

    Clients: Microsoft, HP, Cathay Pacific, and Hitachi

  • Sr. Designer/Animator

    Freestyle Interactive

    Featured Clients: XBOX, MSN, Electronic Arts, Heidelberg, Earthlink, Wachovia, Western Union, Disney, Visa and Toys ‘R’ Us

  • Designer/Animator

    eMotion Studios

    Featured Clients: Dole, NASA, Sony Pictures

What I do

  • Leadership
    • Lead projects and direct team members
    • Assist designers in professional development
    • Schedule and budget creative tasks
    • Ensure projects are on budget and on-time
    • Manage projects from inception to delivery
  • Art Direction
    • Digital advertising concept development
    • Design layouts and illustrate storyboards
    • Responsive design
    • Logo design
    • Ensure QA compliance
    • Work closely with designers and developers
  • UI & UX Design
    • Develop strategies for global markets
    • Develop UI based on market research
    • Design wire frames
    • Develop user journeys from behavioral data
    • A-B testing
    • Create motion sketches
  • Video Production & Motion Design
    • Create videos and animations for displays large and small
    • Sound design
    • Voice-over casting
    • Direct video shoots
    • Design visual effects
    • Encode, compress and convert video
    • Video editing
    • Develop and animate interactive advertising

Who I’ve worked with

Michael is a true craftsman of his work. I have worked with Michael for over 12 years and have brought him in to elevate our teams at varying organizations that I have been with. His creative eye, leadership and vision is quite extraordinary. I plan on working with him for a long time.

Michael LeeSVP, Technology & Energy Portfolio Leader

“Mike is a very talented Art Director that I have really enjoyed working with at a couple of agencies. Mike is very unique in that he has very solid conceptual design, strategic and art direction skills but also has the knowledge and versatility to work on UX and highly technical projects. He always has a great attitude, is the ultimate team player and is by far one of the most professional Art Directors that I have had the opportunity to work with in my career. Mike would be a great addition to any team. I would highly recommend him.”

Ray PortugalOperations Manager at Motista

“Michael’s great connection with the customers and relentless perseverance to always make the customer happy allowed him to become the number one in demand UX developer in our company.”

Dan VasquezGlobal Project Lead at SWA Group

“He is a rare Art Director who understands good design, movement and animation, and knows how to make good ideas come to life.”

Andrew SchmellingVP Executive Creative Director at iCrossing

“I always found Mike to be an excellent addition to any project we worked on. He had great ideas, good sense of design and worked well with others.”

Andrew DavisCreative Director at Ootem Advertising

“I am impressed with Michael on both a personal and professional level – he would be a great addition to any company’s team, or on his own, plugging in as a contractor to help bring a project to life.”

Glen JannsensDirector at eMotion Studios, CEO at Mightyverse

“Mike has a rare gift of being able to combine art with technical expertise (form and function). Because of this he is confident in knowing that his ideas work without comprimising quality design.”

Christian ArensCEO/Managing Partner The ARC Partners

“As a developer, I appreciated his rare combination of creative and technical skills that allowed us to speak the same language and produce more effective work. Mike is organized and disciplined without sacrificing the design impact of his work.”

Joshua HartEngineering Manager at Zynga


University of Oregon, Eugene

University of Oregon, Eugene

Bachelor of Arts: Graphic Design and Animation
University of California, Santa Cruz

University of California, Santa Cruz

Undergraduate: Graphic Design and Film/Video
California State University, San Francisco

California State University, San Francisco

Multimedia Studies Certificate

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