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Q: Is design not frosting?


Some may think design is just icing on the cake, but I believe design is part of every facet of a product from beginning to end. Yes design is extraordinary, but it's also mundane and peripheral like water or air, not thought about much - until it's not there. Design is what we are and what we engage in every day, it's why we choose one thing over another and it's what makes things useful. Good design is invisible, but it is the patina that forms a context for how we perceive reality and judge the world around us. Design cannot be separated from function, it is the inescapable and essential link to the success (or failure) of everyone and everything... And guess what? You are a practicing designer. Yes some make it their life to specifically focus on design, but we all participate in making aesthetic decisions every day, and use creative problem solving all the time. So stop thinking of your self as "not creative", that simply isn't true. As someone said, "The me you see is the me you'll be", so get down with your creative self! --- Thanks for humoring me by reading this!

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Design Projects

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Dell

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Some of the awesome companies I've worked with...

DANG GOOD CREATIVE DESIGN


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"Imagination is everything, it is the preview of life's coming attractions"

- Some Smart Guy.

Based in Austin TX, I specialize in design creative for user experience, user interface, brand identity and marketing materials. I also specialize in building coded prototypes to save time and make Back-end developers happy. I've worked on projects of all shapes and sizes and can accommodate your design needs in the office or remotely. Let's work together to make something useful & beautiful that will both help your end users easily accomplish their goals, and product designers actually realize their creative vision.

Digital Services

Offering design consulting for static sites and web applications.


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User Experience & UI

If it takes too long to figure out how to use it, it's safe to say the UX sucks. Amazing looking UI can be totally useless without achieving good UX - and visa-versa. The goal is to keep it simple, snappy and beautiful. All my UI work is created with a disruptive, lean and easy user-centric approach. See Process

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Mobile App Design

I can help you stay ahead of the competition. Design for maximum impact, breaking convention without re-inventing the wheel to create a demand for your business. I specialize in developing hi-fi renderings as well as optimized user-flow to make your native apps memorable, intuitive and exciting.

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Brand Identity

Packaging is everything, I can make sure it cuts through the noise. By providing you with with refreshed, custom strategies for communicating unique brand stories, your product or site can be a trend-setter. Be noticed! Be remembered! Be celebrated! Don't be afraid to stand out from the competition.

The Creative Process for UX design.


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The Physical Process

My physical process usually include: white boarding sessions, chicken-scratch wire-frames, coded prototypes (which are often used as actual deliverables - devs love it!), and last but not least, any needed illustrated graphics or interactive videos. Check out this article - someone else thinks it's a good methodology too.

Designer & Wonder Aficionado


Mick Santostefano

When it comes to design, I am passionately creative, curious, unorthodox, concept driven & user-centric. I do what works and ditch what doesn't. Create, collaborate, improve, repeat. The prolific and proficient qualities displayed in my work reveal my underlying mission: To cut through the noise and make useful, easy to use, technologies that help to minimize screen time frustration and maximize productivity and creativity in users.


Skills

UI Design UX Design Front-end Dev Mobile Design Brand Identity Illustration Interactive Motion Graphics Art Direction Creative Direction Design Thinking Video Editing

Technologies Commonly Used

HTML CSS Bootstrap Foundation Materialize JS XML PHP Angular JS Charts JS Ruby D3 WebGL SVG Photoshop Illustrator After Effects InDesign Flash Sketch Balsamiq Github Google Sketchup Cinema4D Drupal Agile

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Let's work together and get some projects done, and in the process, improve quality of life for the end user.