my curiosity is my creativity
on my way to discovery.

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Hi, my name is Mike and I design things.

I am a professional digital creative based in the greater Cologne area in Germany. I have a passion for digital art, music, surfing and movies.

After studying graphic design at the Rhein-Sieg Art Academy in Hennef, Germany, and multimedia arts in Stuttgart, Germany, I have worked for several companies and design studios gaining international recognition with some of my online work, such as Detektiv Nali winning 27 web awards and listed on Macromedia's Flash showcase in 2004.
Since then I have worked for a variety of clients and projects across all different kind of sectors.

Moving to New Zealand was a major career move for me and working for the New Zealand Automobile Association in Auckland as a Web Designer and Flash Developer from 2008 to 2011 helped me gain international experience.

After relocating back to Germany in 2011 I have worked as an Art Director for braintags GmbH in Willich and as an Creative Director for Media Cologne in Hürth, Germany, being responsible for clients like Bayer AG, Schlecker, boesner, Two Oceans Winery, The Hotel Directors Association Germany and many others. Today I am running my own businesses - an interactive design business and an electronic music record label.

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Skills &
Knowledge

HTML5
99%
CSS3
99%
PHP
60%
JQUERY
80%
Javascript
75%
Photoshop
99%
Illustrator
80%
Indesign
80%

03

professional
experience

  • 01. March 2015 – 28. Febr 2016

    Creative Director Online

    Media Cologne, Hürth (Germany)

    Responsibilities:

    • UX & UI Concept & Design of online media & app projects
    • General management of the app & web solutions department
    • Management of the UI/UX team

    Achievements:

  • 01. May 2013 – 28. Febr 2015

    Art Director Online

    Media Cologne, Hürth (Germany)

    Responsibilities:

    • UX & UI Design of customer websites
    • UX & UI Design & Development of customer mobile apps
    • UX & UI Design & Development of Media Cologne’s websites
    • Design & Development of Media Cologne’s websites

    Achievements:

  • 01. Nov 2012 – 30. April 2013

    Art Director

    Freelance

    Responsibilities:

    • Design & Development of customer websites
    • Financial, strategical & operational planning

    Achievements:

    • Successful relaunch of www.detektiv-nali.de
    • Successful relaunch of www.the-big-idea.de
    • Listed on www.cssdesignawards.com with www.the-big-idea.de
    • Listed on www.csslight.com with www.the-big-idea.de
  • 01. Aug 2011 – 32. Oct 2012

    Art Director

    Braintags, Willig (Germany)

    Responsibilities:

    • Management of the creative design department
    • Project management
    • UI & UX concept and design of online shops and portals
    • UI & UX concept and design of internet applications
    • Optimizing internal work processes
    • Liasing with clients and management
    • Presentation of UI & UX design concepts
    • Presentation of customer and inhouse projects
    • Training of staff members

    Achievements:

    • Successful relaunch of boesners‘ online shop and corporate website
    • Successful UI & UX concept of braintags‘ NetCMS web application
    • Successful relaunch of Bayer AGs‘ new product website „Kogenate“
    • Successful relaunch of Bayer AG’S new product online portal „Xarelto“
    • Successful launch of the chamber of industry and commerce voting portal 2011
    • UI & UX concept, screen design of Bayer AG representatives iPad Application
    • Successful project management & art direction of Schleckers‘ corporate website
    • Successful project management & art direction of Schleckers‘ online shop

  • 01.October 2008 – 30. July 2011

    Flash Developer/ Web Designer

    New Zealand Automobile Association, Auckland (New Zealand)

    Responsibilities:

    • Design & development of Flash applications
    • Design and development of customer websites
    • Design and development of customer website templates
    • Involvement in AA’s initial XPLNZ iPhone app development
    • Design and development of flash animated banners, skyscrapers, tiles
    • Customer website consulting
    • Involvement in AA Tourism’s Customer CMS development
    • CMS integration of customer websites
    • Design and development of the online product catalogue 201
    • Training of new staff members
    • Involvement in AA Tourisms website facelift

    Achievements:

    • Met all project deadlines
    • All 672 customer websites were finished and live in time
    • Development of the “101 Kiwi Must Do”- online game
    • Successful launch of AA’s initial XPLRNZ iPhone app
    • Development of a stream switching video player web app
    • Design & development of the “Great Kiwi Escapes” Campaign 2009

  • 01.January 2006 – 31. March 2008

    Partner & Head of Creation

    exondo Gbr, Balingen (Germany)

    Responsibilities:

    • Management of the Design Department
    • Creative Direction of online, offline, multimedia and 3D projects
    • Financial, strategical and operational planning

    Achievements:

    • Excl. production of digital signage projects for Netmedia Systems
    • Coolest Design Award & American Design Award for www.stephie-knippst.de in 2006
    • Coolest Design Award for www.boggy-albstadt.de in 2006
    • Coolest Design Award for www.guardedlife.com in 2006
    • Coolest Design Award & WOW Factor! Award for www.tt-business.com in 2006
  • 01.June 2004 – 31.Dec 2005

    Senior Web Designer

    Gleis Drei GmbH, Reutlingen (Germany)

    Responsibilities:

    • Leader of the web/ multimedia team
    • Involvement in the strategic project planning
    • Lead designer for client projects
    • UI and UX concept development
    • Liasing with clients and management
    • Presentation of UI & UX concepts and design works

    Achievements:

    • Promotion to senior level
    • Coolest Design Award for www.detektiv-nali.de in 2005
    • Wow-factor Award for www.detektiv-nali.de in 2005
    • Listed on Macromedia & Adobe Flash showcase with www.detektiv-nali.de
    • Won “Flashloaded Showcase” for www.detektiv-nali.de in 2005
    • Listed on http://www.visuellerorgasmus.com with www.detektiv-nali.de
  • 01. June 2003

    Web Designer

    Gleis Drei GmbH, Reutlingen (Germany)

    Responsibilities include:

    • Design and frontend development of customer websites
    • Flash design and development of client websites

    Achievements:

    • Golden Web Award for www.cafe-intermezzo.de & www.gleis-drei.com
    • Coolest Design Award for www.gleis-drei.com & www.cafe-intermezzo.de

04

Selected
Projects

This is a selection of my work that I have done in recent years. I will upload more and more projects within the next weeks and days.

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Contact Me

Address

Gotenweg 2 • 50189 Elsdorf • Germany

Phone Number

+49 151 230 986 95

Email

ahoi@the-big.idea.de

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