Michael Ward

Creative Director

Lakeville, NY, USA
I have good eyes and design things.

Work Experience

The Cause Collaborative

Senior Art Director

Lead and maintain the creative development, strategy, and vision for mission driven and non-profit organizations. Idea generation and develop storytelling collateral including design, photo, and video.
October 2019 - Present New York, United States

GraphicsWard

Freelance Creative Director and Consultant

Creation of innovative campaigns, branding strategies and out of the box concepts to effectively reach the target audience in a variety of mediums.
December 2009 - Present New York, United States

CAS Geneseo

Senior Designer, Innovation Team Lead

Art direction, branding, and visual design strategy for campus restaurants & cafés, college departments and programs, student organizations, and events. Leader of the innovation team, focused on creating an innovation culture.
September 2013 - October 2019 New York, United States

Accela Marketing

Graphic Designer, Photographer, Videographer

Designed national and international advertising campaigns and promotions in a multi-project, team environment collaborating with creative director, video production, web development, and clients.
November 2007 - December 2009 Saint Lucia

Peace Corps

Coordinator, Teacher, Art Director,

Art directed and executed all visual aspects of the production of international Peace Corps magazine (Serious Ting), including working with photographers, editors, and printers. Coordinated Soufriere CARE Institute’s daily activities, including managing and training teachers, and fundraising. Developed and introduced the Curriculums for the Computer Literacy Program and evening Adult Classes and also taught a variety of subjects.
January 2005 - December 2007 Saint Lucia

Education

Boston University

MicroMasters, Digital Leadership

Develop the knowledge and capabilities to lead organizational change and transformation. Some key areas of study are the use of strategies to drive and transform businesses in the digital economy, driving business value through experimentation, the development of platform-based strategies for growth, management of digital transformation projects. and effective people and team management strategies.
August 2018 - September 2019 Massachusetts, United States

Boston University

MicroMasters, Digital Product Management

Developed knowledge and hands on experience in project management including creating project roadmaps, taking products from initial concept through user research, co-creation, and rapid prototyping. Learned agile and lean management practices for creating products, market testing methods, and data analytics tools.
November 2018 - November 2019 Massachusetts, United States

Art Institute Of Colorado

Bachelors of Art, Computer Animation, Media Arts & Animation

Developed an in-depth knowledge of design, color theories as well as composition and motion principles and how to utilize them to tell great stories. Graduated with Honors on the Dean's list.
August 1997 - December 2000 Colorado, United States

Awards

Graphic Design USA

Award for packaging and print campaign for Octal Coffee

Caribbean Advertising Federation - ADDY Awards

Award for the Banana Industry Trust environmental campaign. My role included Art Direction and design of website, posters, brochures and accompanying photography.

Sports Car Club Of America

Best Regional Magazine: First place: Top End Magazine, my role included Art Director and Co-Editor.

Sports Car Club Of America

Best Regional Magazine: Second place: Top End Magazine, my role included Art Director and Co-Editor.

Skills

Creative Direction, Design Thinking, Leadership,