After earning a degree in Economics in 2011 and working various roles at a handful of small, new companies in the Portland area—Mike came to realize which conversations and projects excited him the most. Soon after, he dropped everything to put all of his focus into branding and design. To absorb and learn as much as possible, as fast as possible, he went back to school to study graphic design at Portland State University, took a part-time job at a design agency, and helped guide the creative efforts of a new adventure-focused startup. These experiences helped him recognize his strengths in brand design. Mike’s goal is to help Daylight’s clients clearly and consistently communicate their brand across any visual medium. Outside of Daylight, he does his best to get out of town, or at least out of the house. He loves road trips and rock climbing—preferably combining the two but is also cool with food-and friend-filled weekends right here in Portland.
Where do you go to escape Portlandia?
Mt. Hood National Forest on a whim. I recently visited Mexico City and felt re-charged despite the chaos. That city has so much to offer! I hope to visit regularly and further explore the creative scene. It’s very compelling.
What is the most valuable tip you’ve ever given or received about your career?
Stay curious, ask questions, and take (calculated) risks.
When you’re not working, you are probably?
Rock climbing, on the road, watching live music or trying my hand at 3D design.