I am a strong independent designer, but I believe the best satisfaction and the best end product comes from working with a great team. My philosophy for interaction and visual design is centered on a clear understanding of the end-user, which is the key to creating great products and experiences. That’s why I’ve tried to collect experience in every aspect of the design industry — working at a world-class company, top digital agency, and as a freelance designer and consultant in NYC. Currently, I am an interactive art director and one of the founding members of Hook & Loop, the internal design agency of the third largest enterprise software company in the world with more than 70,000 customers. I closely collaborate with members of multiple product teams to create beautiful and instinctive UX/UI, consciously designed to meet each product’s specific needs. I am responsible for conceptualizing and redesigning the user flows, visual assets, functional components, iconography, design patterns, and guidelines for a wide range of desktop, mobile and web applications. As a consultant with McKinsey & Company’s in-house UX/UI team, I created wireframes and detailed comps for multiple mobile apps and responsive websites, both for the company and for their clients. As one of the first members of Blue Fountain Media’s creative team, I was part of the small start-up which transformed into a multi-million dollar digital agency within three years. I was responsible for creating wireframes and comps throughout the process while working closely with both clients and developers. Visit www.DesignbyDaniel.com/works to view my portfolio. Specialties: Art Direction, Web Design, UX/UI Design, User Interaction, App / Mobile Design, Motion Graphics, Graphic Design, User Experience, iOS, Android Great Proficiency in: Web & 3D Animation, Branding & Identity, Typography, Art, Storytelling Adobe Applications: Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Flash, Dreamweaver & Acrobat Pro

Work Samples

  • WEB DESIGN

  • iPad App Design - Company Timeline

  • Mobile App Design

Work History

  • Interactive Art Director - Product Experience Design

    • Infor
    • Jul 2012 - Present (1 year 9 months)

    Founding member of Hook & Loop, the internal design agency of the third largest enterprise software company in the world.

    • Create beautiful and instinctive UX/UI, consciously designed to meet the specific needs of widely differing products

    • Responsible for conceptualizing and redesigning the user flows, visual assets, functional components, iconography, design patterns, and guidelines for a wide range of desktop and mobile software and web applications

    • Routinely create detailed concept boards, wireframes, and graphic comps, to clearly communicate interaction and design ideas

    • Closely collaborate with product designers, engineers, developers and managers

    • Part of the team which redefined and redesigned the entire international corporate brand

    • Responsible for screening and interviewing potential new hires, and mentoring junior designers

  • Creative Director, Principal

    • Design by Daniel
    • Jun 2004 - Present (9 years 10 months)

    Co-founder of independent design and consulting firm with multiple clients, including Mckinsey & Company, Bramson ORT College, Innovid, Dial 7, ORT America, Email Vision, World Yacht and The Week Magazine.

    • Work with clients to see beyond their initial request, helping them to realize their true needs

    • Provide graphic and web design, art direction, SEO, and programming services for a variety of projects

    • Company website, DesignbyDaniel.com, ranks number one on Google for “Freelance Designer” and page one for other keywords such as “Freelance Art Director”, “Freelance Web Designer”, and “Graphic Designer” in New York

  • Design Consultant

    • McKinsey & Company
    • Feb 2012 - Feb 2013 (1 year)

    McKinsey & Company is a management consulting firm whose mission is to help leaders make distinctive, lasting, and substantial improvements in performance, and constantly build a great firm that attracts, develops, excites, and retains exceptional people.

    As a consultant with McKinsey & Company’s in-house UX/UI team, Daniel created wireframes and detailed comps for multiple mobile apps and responsive websites, both for the company and for their clients.

  • Senior Designer

    • Blue Fountain Media
    • Oct 2009 - Apr 2012 (2 years 6 months)

    Web design, development, and marketing agency, whose clients include Procter & Gamble, AT&T, NASA, the National Football League, and Nike. Blue fountain Media currently rank #541 on Inc. Magazine’s list of the fastest growing U.S. Companies.

    • Created UI wireframes and mock-ups based on both requirements and personal research, to establish best-possible user experiences

    • Designed brand identities, style guides, print materials, and online/offline ads for multiple top tier clients

    • Ensured that designs and user flows not only met project goals but were easily understandable to both clients and developers

    • Worked closely with the IAs, marketers, managers, developers, and other designers, motivating them to elevate the bar and ensuring perfect execution

    • Worked alongside managers and directors, while managing junior designers

    • Collaborated with the CEO and CMO on different projects and strategies to grow the business

  • Senior Graphic / Web Designer

    • Bramson ORT College
    • Jan 2006 - Oct 2009 (3 years 9 months)

    Hired with the specific mandate to re-brand and increase student admissions at an outer borough technical college.

    • Lead designer of a complete re-branding of the whole institution

    • Designed an all new website to help and attract perspective students, and as a resource for existing students and faculty

    • Developed a new series of corporate and promotional materials

    • Created print advertisements for various publications in multiple languages

    • Within three years the admissions rate tripled and the school opened a new campus

    • Responsible for screening and mentoring junior designers

  • Senior Graphic / Web Designer

    • Graphic IQ
    • Jan 2004 - Mar 2009 (5 years 2 months)

    Design, develop and maintain client’s websites. Design corporate branding and innovative promotional materials for clients.

Education

  • New York Institute of Technology-Old Westbury

    • Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) Computer Graphics
    • 2006 - 2009

    NYIT Presidential Honor List | Fall 2008 | New York, NY NYIT Dean's Honor List | 2007 - 2009 | New York, NY

Specialties

Affiliations

Creative Group, GD USA, AIGA New York

Awards

Canadian Web Awards: "Excellent" - The American Design Awards -- American Inhouse Design Award -- SHAI Award Scholarship -- The Insight Alumni Award of Recognition -- Pcom Creative Awards Nominee

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