Resume

Experience

Design Manager / Sr. Art Director – TD Ameritrade (April 2011 – Present)

I manage and art direct a team of UX designers in “Experience Design Group” for the highest ranking online brokerage firm, awarded #1 in “platform and tools” by Barrons and StockBrokers.com for 6 years in a row. Focus on UX and UI design for our retail trading platform includes living style guides, pattern libraries, and prototypes. I specialize in brand management, product design, and research based solutions, including 3 design patents. 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

 iOS and Android app design
Sketch, Craft, and Invision
Adobe Creative Cloud (Photoshop, Illustrator, etc.)
 AR/VR Concepting
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
Sustaining member of American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA)
Member of Amnesty International
Featured Gallery Openings: Redline Gallery (Denver, CO), Radici Gallery (New Orleans, LA) and doogallery (Atlanta, GA)

 

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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.