Michael Blea

Creative Director

New York, NY, USA
Award-winning creative design director with extensive experience producing innovative cross-platform design solutions and a proven track record of increasing engagement, business goals and partnerships for high-profile brands. Collaborative hands-on manager leading a cross-functional design team with ability to pitch, manage and produce top-tier work.

Work Experience

Ziff Davis

Creative Lead

• Managed, cultivated and inspired an award-winning creative team of designers while providing interactive creative direction and hands-on execution of large scale advertising campaigns for world renowned brands - Amazon, Best Buy, Canon, Dell, Disney, Epson, Google, IBM, Lenovo, LG, Microsoft, Netflix, Samsung, T-Mobile, Verizon.

• Developed and produced a strategic and engaging cross-platform interactive ad product suite while continually measuring, testing and optimizing creative to ensure successful execution of campaign KPIs.

• Responsible for department budget management, creation and management of in-house stock photography collection, implementation of new creative production processes, forecasting revenue and ad impression volume, and establishing multiple new advertising vendor partnerships.
January 2016 - December 2018 New York, United States

Ziff Davis

Senior Interactive Designer

• Lead interactive designer responsible for creating and executing compelling customer-centric interactive experiences (branded and native) across multiple platforms (digital, mobile, rich media, social and video).
May 2014 - January 2016 New York, United States

Lifehacker Gawker Media

Digital Designer

• Conceptualized and created original photo illustrations and graphics for daily featured articles.
April 2013 - May 2014 New York, United States

LAPTOP Magazine

Lead Designer

• Provided layout design and art direction by incorporating photography, design and cultural trends for LAPTOP Magazine, a monthly printed and digital publication.

• Brainstormed and collaborated with sales/marketing teams to produce engaging print and digital advertising proposals for current/prospective clients.
May 2012 - March 2013 New York, United States

IHS Markit

Senior Graphic Designer

• Oversaw artistic design and development of annual CERAWeek event marketing and promotional materials that included print, online and mobile advertising; multimedia (emails, videos and websites); and collateral (brochures, infographics and signage).
November 2008 - March 2012 Massachusetts, United States

Volleyball Magazine

Art Director

• Conceived and art directed Volleyball Magazine, a monthly publication, through the entire design and production process while cultivating a strong roster of contributing photographers.
July 2006 - August 2008 Massachusetts, United States

Design One Marketing Group

Graphic Designer

• Assisted Art Director by contributing to design of event invites, microsites, one-sheets, pitch decks and presentations.
August 2003 - March 2006 Colorado, United States

The Rocky Mountain Collegian

Graphic Design Intern

• Responsible for assisting in the creation and revisions of print advertising under guidance of Creative Director while also managing and maintaining digital asset library.
November 2002 - May 2003 Fort Collins, Colorado, United States


University Of Northern Colorado

Bachelor of Arts - Graphic Design

2000 - 2004 Colorado, United States

Boston University

Certificate - Photography

2007 - 2009 Massachusetts, United States


Adobe Creative Cloud, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Indesign, Adobe Lightroom, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe XD, Basecamp, Celtra, Design, Flite, Google Analytics, HTML/CSS, InVision, Microsoft Office, SalesForce, Sizmek, Sketch, Specless, Teads, User Experience, UX/UI, Wireframing, WordPress, Zeplin,