Mike Hardy

Self-motivated graphic artist, illustrator, video editor and storyteller, with over a decade of professional experience.


Experience

Creative Experience Workflow Engineer

Hewlett-Packard | Spring, TX
  • • Test creative software across multiple devices and make recommendations for improvements.
  • • Gather video evidence and data with regard to software performance and analyze results and compare with competitors.
  • • Frequently explore new creative workflows and stay abreast of current trends of young creative professionals.
  • • Cross-collaborate amoung teams for any other creative projects as needed.
March 2020 - Present

Graphic Designer, contract

Hewlett-Packard | Spring, TX
  • • Sole curator and designer for HP's Spring campus internal quarterly magazine; created for print and digital.
  • • Collaborative partner with Netflix and Amazon app designers to further develop UI design for Windows users.
  • • Summarized UX across Apple devices and provided comprehensive research to Android/Windows UX team.
  • • Regularly explore creative workflows for Adobe creative suite and report to software engineers.
July 2019 - March 2020

Creative Director, Marketing

H&L Burgers | Houston, TX
  • • Increased sales by >25% from online marketing campaigns & added 6 additional POS channels within first 3 months.
  • • Created and managed social media presence.
  • • Organized a community give-back program, supporting local schools and youth organizations.
  • • Defined the corporate branding standards now used nationwide.
February 2018 - June 2019

Graphic Designer

PROS | Houston, TX
  • • Consulted directly with clients from Fortune 100 companies from Oil & Gas to Culinary.
  • • Designed marketing materials for online and print.
  • • Created collateral for internal use (tipsheets, eBooks, infographics, etc).
  • • Delivered booth designs for trade shows/conferences and other large format printing.
July 2017 - February 2018

Sr. Instructional UI Designer

University of San Diego | San Diego, CA
  • • Helped grow online course offerings from 16 to 300+ in 5 years.
  • • Branded and designed UI for 4 online Masters Degree programs.
  • • Produced video and motion graphics for learning application.
  • • Designed online marketing with strict adherence to university branding standards.
January 2012 - June 2017

Instructional UI Designer

UC Berkeley | Berkeley, CA
  • • Managed a portfolio of 200 online courses on a learning management system.
  • • Filmed and edited presentations, lectures, and interviews for learning application.
October 2010 - January 2012

Education

Expression College for Digital Arts

Bachelor of Applied Science
Motion Graphic Design

GPA: 3.99

Class Salutatorian

January 2008 - August 2010

Skills

Software & Tools
  • Photoshop
  • Illustrator
  • InDesign
  • Premiere Pro
  • After Effects
  • Dreamweaver
  • Final Cut Pro
  • HTML5
  • Wordpress
  • Windows
  • Apple
Essential Skills
  • • Time Management

  • • Leadership

  • • Dependability

  • • Integrity

  • • Teamwork

  • • Proactive Learner

Interests

I enjoy many other creative outlets. I shred drums in a local alt-rock band and we perform at small venues nearly every weekend. I also dabble with stringed instruments including the piano. I like to attempt creative writing and pretend that I'm creating the next Oscar-worthy screenplay. The most idyllic moments I experience are from my deck in the Texas countryside at dusk, where I sit and decompress while my German Shepherd lays by my feet. One of my personal goals is to travel the world more with her (the dog) and a surfboard.

I spend a lot of time with screens when I work so I try to avoid them in my free time. However, you can frequently find me watching anything animated, from kids movies to series for more mature audiences. I get a lot of creative inspiration from animation and I am fascinated by the way it can open a world where absolutely anything is possible.