Mike Davidson – Résumé

Education

UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON, Seattle, WA

B.A., Business Administration — Concentrations in Marketing and Advertising
(1993-1997)

OXFORD UNIVERSITY, Oxfordshire, England

Graduate curriculum in Creative Advertising and Management
(1996)

Professional Experience

Vice President, Design

Twitter, Inc., San Francisco, CA

10/12 to present

  • Provide overall Design vision for Twitter.
  • Manage Design Studio, including user experience, research, and prototyping divisions.
  • Represent Design at executive leadership level.

Founding CEO and Creative Director

Newsvine.com (acquired by MSNBC, now a division of NBC News), Seattle, WA

8/05 to 10/12

  • Founded online participatory news company; named Top News Site of 2006 by Time Magazine.
  • Provide user experience and design vision for company.
  • Manage staff of employees, oversee all company operations, and interface with overall news organization.

Art Director & Manager of Media Product Development

ESPN.com / Walt Disney Internet Group, Seattle, WA

2/01 to 6/05

  • Provided design and art direction for web properties, broadband applications, streaming media, and other high profile online initiatives within Disney and ESPN.
  • Managed multimedia, broadband, and other special applications within Disney sites such as ESPN.com, ABC.com, and Movies.com.
  • Authored CSS/XHTML coding and design standards for site redesigns.
  • Represented Disney and ESPN at design/technology conferences.
  • Designed, developed, and deployed multimedia applications, event packages, live gamecasts, fantasy sports games, and other content on ESPN.
  • Taught Flash, XHTML, and CSS to ESPN, ABC News, and other network-affiliated employees.

Creative Director

Digital Sherpas (acquired by Seasonticket.com), Seattle, WA

2/99 to 11/00

  • Provided creative strategy and art direction to a team of web designers and developers.
  • Designed world’s first online, personalized sports highlights application.
  • Designed and developed company’s identity elements and propagated them across all media.
  • Start-to-finish concepting, design, and production of high-profile, award-winning web sites including The New York Rangers, Seattle Mariners, Minnesota Wild, K2 Skis, K2 Snowboards, K2 Bikes, K2 Skates, State of Alaska, Bellevue Square, and The Space Needle.

Art Director

AAG/Costacos Sports, Inc., Seattle, WA

9/97 to 2/99

  • Designed and wrote copy for world’s top selling NBA, NFL, NHL, and MLB posters.
  • Authored and created marketing materials and business-to-business presentations.
  • Designed, administered, and oversaw all aspects of corporate web site.

Software

  • Languages: HTML 5, XHTML, CSS, JavaScript, ActionScript, PHP
  • Platforms: Macintosh, Windows
  • Adobe: Photoshop CS, Illustrator CS, Lightroom, Flash CS
  • Microsoft: Word, Excel, PowerPoint
  • Miscellaneous: TextMate, WordPress, Keynote, Subversion, Git, Eclipse, Coda

Awards and Recognition

  • Webby Award — five time winner (best sports site, people’s choice best sports site)
  • Time Magazine — best news site of 2006, top 50 websites of 2007
  • Macromedia Site of the Day — for K2 Skis, K2 Snowboards, K2 Skates, and K2 Bikes
  • Envision Award — three time winner (best overall site, best streaming video site, and best sports site on the net)
  • Seattle Show Award — six-time winner (two golds, two silvers, two merits, and a Best of Show runner-up)
  • Seattle Online Network Award — Best Site to Kill Time On (Seasonticket.com)
  • Featured on the cover of a Macromedia Annual Report
  • Featured in Print Magazine
  • Member Emeritus of Seattle Show Board of Directors
  • Designed Safeco Field inaugural ticket and all commemorative tickets for the Seattle Mariners
  • Designed world’s first virtual observation deck (Space Needle)

Speaking Engagements

  • Online News Association (ONA) Conference Speaker
  • An Event Apart (AEA) Seattle Speaker
  • Webstock Speaker
  • Interactive Media Conference Speaker
  • Syndicate Conference Speaker
  • SXSW Conference Speaker
  • WebVisions Conference Speaker
  • DV/Web Video Expo expert panelist
  • Flash Forward expert panelist
  • Past instructor of Advanced Web Design and Advanced Flash classes at the School of Visual Concepts

Elsewhere

Shared
Why I Just Asked My Students To Put Their Laptops Away:

A great essay about how toxic everyday distractions can be.

Humanity's deep future:

A group of researchers at the Future of Humanity Institute talk about where our race may be going and how artificial intelligence could save or kill us all.

Steve Jobs speaks about the future at the International Design Conference in 1983:

31 years later, it’s safe to say this is one of the most prescient speeches about technology ever delivered. Jobs covers wireless networking, tablets, Google StreetView, Siri, and the App Store (among other things) many years before their proliferation. A fantastic listen.

How to travel around the world for a year:

Great advice for when you finally find the time.

LiveSurface:

A fantastic app for prototyping your design work onto real world objects like billboards, book covers, and coffee cups. This seems like just as great of a tool for people learning design as it does for experts.

50 problems in 50 days:

One man’s attempt to solve 50 problems in 50 days using only great design. Some good startup ideas in here…

How to Do Philosophy:

If you’ve ever suspected that most classical philosophy is a colossal waste of time, Paul Graham tells you why you’re probably right.

TIME: Why Medical Bills Are Killing Us:

Stephen Brill follows the money to uncover the pinnacle of corruption that is the U.S. Health Care system. A must-read article if there ever was one.

DIY Dot Org:

A beautifully designed site full of fun and challenging DIY projects. I could spend months on here.

The Steve Jobs Video Archive:

A collection of over 250 Steve Jobs videos in biographical order

Self-portraits from an artist under the influence of 48 different psychoactive drug combos.

Water Wigs are pretty amazing.

David Pogue proposes to his girlfriend by creating a fake movie trailer about them and then getting a theater to play it before a real movie. Beautiful and totally awesome.

Jonah Peretti's letter to BuzzFeed’s employees:

If you’re wondering what a excellent blueprint for a modern media company looks like, look no further than Buzzfeed CEO Jonah Peretti’s latest email to his employees. In it, Peretti explains a lot of his company’s virtues, the most important being a relentless focus on always providing what’s best for the user. Vox Media (operators of The Verge) is the only other company I can think of which approaches this level of reform and execution.

The Covers Project:

I love this so much: a cross-referenceable database of cover songs, searchable by song or artist. Slowed down, acoustic covers — no matter the song — are so enjoyable to me that I wish it was a requirement to play one at every show. If you like them as much as I do, make sure to check out M. Ward’s Let’s Dance or Sun Kil Moon’s entire album of Modest Mouse covers.

Overshared
@pandemona You have 16 unread coffees.
@schradog I will be there! Not sure on pre game plans yet though. I will DM you when plans come together.
A great animated explainer about how San Francisco's fog actually works: http://t.co/8KsniaCTXN #fogsplained
@isaach No. It's that you have a Photos group, containing Vine, which isn't about photos. Then you have Photos & Flickr OUTSIDE the group!
@isaach So many peculiarities and contradictions in there. I feel like I don't even know you, Isaac.
@benjaminlistwon What's going on?
@aaron Aha. I figured it out. Works on all browsers logged out. Works on zero browsers logged in. cc:@motherfuton @BenPiersall @gavinpurcell
@gavinpurcell @aaron Yeah. Tried it in Safari… same thing.
Anybody have problems with http://t.co/LdLXaKk83Y videos not playing over the last couple of weeks. Sadly, the ads always work. :( cc:@aaron
@benjaminlistwon I'm told cranberry juice is the natural way to clear this up.
I love @SlackHQ's and @Mailbox's "minimal viable badging" approach. Just show a 1 or a dot no matter how many new items you have.
@gwb @mkruz If Sausalito had a neighborhood blog, it should be called Awesome Saus. #makeithappen
@ntakayama Ha. So far there is a massively negative retention effect as well as a irrecoverable dip in NPS.
@ntakayama Ha. Problem is it's *their* iteration, not mine. Also, repacking it each time is a pain in the ass.
Anyone had a good experience w/ @DotandBo? 4 months to ship a chair, 1st is ripped, 2nd is wrong color. Total pain. http://t.co/vbBuOIZKgU