Dan Gonzalez plants himself squarely at the intersection of design and functionality to develop Daylight projects that look and feel just right. Before arriving at Daylight, he honed his digital craft at notable agencies Murmur Creative, eROI and Babcock & Jenkins, where he gained an appreciation of B2B marketing and web strategy. Dan studied film and photography in college, and this is the third time he’s lived in Portland (which must be a charm). When he’s not crunching designs into code, he plays the guitar and bass, races bikes, and explores the Pacific Northwest wilderness with his dog, Willis.
What motivates you to succeed in your job?
I know that I am in a privileged position to have this job. It is rare to be doing what one enjoys at an agency where I look forward to coming in every day and feel that the work is excellent. Knowing how lucky I am keeps me motivated to succeed.
Where do you go to escape Portlandia?
There are so many great things to do just outside of the city. I enjoy going mountain biking near Mt Hood, canoeing just north of the city, riding my road bike over the west hills and into the surrounding farmlands, and when time and weather permit going camping with friends.
Where do you take first-time Portland visitors?
Many years ago, I had a first-time Portland visitor ask to be taken to all the civic-squares within the area. At the time this struck me as an unusual request but as I thought about what was within the perimeter (we were downtown) the city unfolded into a very traversable quilt. Depending on how much time or daylight available I try to recreate a similar experience to new visitors; spanning from Sellwood to Sauvie Island there is so much to see in the in between spaces.