When I’m not plugging away at my art I work jobs! This website is more devoted to art so if you’re here to check out a design portfolio I’d suggest looking over my resume:
For five+ years I worked as a contract content manager for Microsoft.com which is one of the top 20 largest corporate websites worldwide. You’re going to say, whoa show me what you designed! And I’m going to tell you this; the content changed weekly, the website was always going through updates, new regulations, new branding, new initiatives, so whatever I show you is so yesterday in terms of “what’s the latest” you’d yawn, especially if you’re a technology company or recruiter. If you want to talk about how I helped move the international groups to using a cohesive international brand, how the website consolidated into “One Microsoft” I’d be happy to, it was a great thing and a big effort. If you want to talk to me about how I can communicate effectively, play nice with big teams, get the picture and help you out, let’s do it.
I’ve done a lot of other cool things too, like traveled the world, worked with important executives presentation materials, and conducted usability studies, but below are some pictures cause that’s probably what you expect from a design portfolio huh?
As a team Microsoft US Services needed a theme for their presence at a big event. We came up with the theme then I took a bunch of cool photos, designed large format prints, email invites, and tchotchke to give away, all branded consistently, all legible, all done on time and budget.
Infoweb is one of those big internal sight for Microsoft, it has been around awhile. Infoweb needed a theme for their presence at a big event but the one they had was really offensive visually. We came up with a visual solution that wouldn’t upset a bunch of people and created these nifty kaleidoscope banners that tied to all the content they had been using in a short turnaround time. I designed large format prints, email invites, and tchotchke to give away (t-shirts, posters, hats, cup holders) all branded consistently, all legible, all done on time and budget. Oh and we designed an interactive game too that people could play at the booth!
This is one of my old websites, there have been about 20 versions of this website you’re looking at now, and there was also this one. I’ve designed user experience since before it was called interface with “developers developers developers!” all kids, ages, and locations. I’m oldish now so if you want to get it done, I know how.
I’ve plopped logos on about every single imaginable surface. Ugh most of it was crap (seriously) but the cards below were clever. Cards have persisted in usability for a couple thousand of years: you, I and correctly branded collateral stuff is lucky if it’s good for a single year.
Below is cute little postcard for Boeing, they were excited about a cool new expensive plane they built and wanted to tell their clients. We made a bunch of these campy, sweet, toned down postcards and gave out photo albums for the sales team to give out as a little gift. I also did some video review for them but it was strict NDA stuff, can’t tell you.Ok so here you are at the bottom of the page. Here is a list of some other things I did that might interest you.
- I reviewed 10,000 images for the Windows 10 release start screens. Only a handful got cut for global readiness issues like they seemed rude, had unexpected and unwanted background contents, they were UNESCO World Heritage Sights thus having governance over them, or had some unexpected or unwanted branding that needed editing. Better safe than sorry.
- I reviewed and provided feedback on hundreds of mix media and videos used for advertisements for Microsoft Office.
- I reviewed Microsoft’s internal executive training “Growth Mindset”, a long mixed media experience filled with written, video, interactive and still content that needed a brand combing, and a compliance review for HR issues. Super interesting, good ideas! I’m a relatively nice sensitive person so I can know ahead of time if something is going to upset an audience. It is a good idea if you’re a big powerful company to care about such things as they can cause lawsuits.
- A long time ago I designed the first e-commerce demo Microsoft EVER DID! Ok you’re saying, “Wow how very 2004 of you” but you’ve got to admit that having Bill Gates run a live demo for the press that you designed is pretty cool (it was for Office Depot btw).
- 1,001 PowerPoint decks and counting. If you’re presentation isn’t professional what are people going to say about you?
If you’re asking why don’t I have a full time job if I’m so damned good, the answer is kids, art, travel. I’m for hire.