Tyler Davis shapes client ideas into attractive websites that draw customers. In the role of interactive designer at Daylight, he maps out structure and design for digital projects, and he prepares graphics that ultimately help create the final user experience.
Before joining the team, Tyler worked with several major retail brand websites, developing a deep understanding of how consumers prefer to shop online. He hails from Maine (by way of Montana), but now calls Portland home. When he’s not working, you’ll find him clipped into his bike or strapped into his snowboard in mountains of the Northwest.
What motivates you to succeed in your job?
Starting projects and finishing projects is really motivating. There is a lot of energy flowing at those milestones and it often carries on into the next project. When I have voids of passion for the job, I quickly fill them with coffee and creative research.
When I step back and review a time period of say, three months, there is always visible progress. This is where my core motivation comes from. It builds and builds until I step away from daily chores to review progress in product and performance.
What is the most valuable tip you’ve received about your career?
When I moved to Portland, I was told “Portland is a small city where personal connections help find you jobs.” I took this to heart and started networking. Despite my efforts and being a people person, it was still difficult to find my place in the design community. I understood the concept of referral work and networking but what I didn’t realize is that the backbone of business itself is your personal connections. They stretch far beyond the hiring process. Maintaining a professional network will always be a part of my work.
When you’re not working, you can be found?
The mountain bike and surfboard rule my summer agenda while the snow forecast dictates the other 6 months of the year. Snowboarding has long been my escape and continues to provide great rewards each season.