Resume

Experience

Principal Creative Lead – TD Ameritrade (April 2011 – Present)

Senior visual design lead for Advertising and Brand Management in the Creative Studio group. I do interactive art direction with a group of designers and product owners focusing on user interface, UX, and simple, clean design. Systems include the retail trading platform, Adobe Flex trading systems, style guides, and pattern libraries. http://www.tdameritrade.com

Interactive Art Director – Pinatubo Creative (2009 – Present)

Small business operator of collaborative group of designers and developers. Clients include Harvard University, Alloy Media, House of Blues, HSBC, and more. http://www.pinatubocreative.com

Interaction Designer – Duo Consulting (2008 – 2009)

Lead design on multiple open source CMS web applications. Specialties included accessibility, usability analysis, UX and UI, online branding, pitches, and client tutorial. http://www.duoconsulting.com

Graphic Design Instructor & Consultant – Northwestern University – Medill School of Journalism (2006 – 2007)

Adjunct lecturer and web instructor for graduate level Medill School of Journalism, focusing on web semantics, usability, accessibility, and custom application design.

Web Designer – Rotary International (2006 – 2007)

In–house lead designer for site redesign of 5,000 page site visited by 1 million users per month, in 8 languages. Co–creator and art director for Rotary’s first e–magazine “Interactive.” Please see Rotary in portfolio above.

Art Director – Wohl & Company (2004 – 2006)

Art direction for both print and web as well as environmental design and installation. Clients include: Ritz–Carlton, Auburn University, and more.

Graphic Design Instructor – Westwood College of Technology (2003 – 2004)

Instructed bachelor level courses in Advanced Graphic Design, Digital Layout, Video Post-Production, and Game Design.

Education & Skills

Education

B.A. Visual Arts Communication – 
Loyola University New Orleans (2003)
Single recipient of four–year graphic art scholarship
Emphasis in typography and new media
Director of Campus Operations for AIGA (American Institute of Graphic Arts)

Professional Skills

Adobe CS6 and CC (Photoshop, Illustrator, Flash & Flex, etc.)
HTML, CSS, JavaScript and PHP
Usability, User testing, and prototyping
Traditionally trained in typography and passionate about it
Experience and thorough understanding of retail, mobile, and eCommerce

Leadership

7 years of leadership and management of design teams, including photographers, illustrators, developers, and designers
Management of remote vendors both nationally and internationally
Presentation and speaking skills

Awards & Memberships

Published as leading international logo designer in Logo Lounge 3: International Identities by Leading Designers
American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA)
Member of Amnesty International
Featured Gallery Openings: Radici Gallery, New Orleans and doogallery, Atlanta

 

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Where am I? Denver (Born ‘n raised)

I live in the Sunnyside neighborhood of North Denver.

You can reach me at nix-at-michaelnixdesign.com or LinkedIn here.