Mike Sofka

Illustrator. Designer.

Work Experience

Ncontracts / Senior Product Designer

FEBRUARY 2020 – PRESENT, BRENTWOOD, TN

I solve complicated business problems with aesthetically pleasing designs. As part of a cross-functional, autonomous squad, I deliver value for our customers through user testing and customer-centric design. Through research, brainstorming, prototyping, validating, and iterating, I provide solutions that help financial institutions effectively, efficiently, and successfully complete their tasks. I thrive in team environments and helping to drive consensus on solutions.

Pilgrim Consulting / Creative Director

SEPTEMBER 2016 – DECEMBER 2019, FRANKLIN, TN

Through wireframing, storyboarding, and whiteboarding, I led a team of designers on various projects for mobile applications, web applications, UI/UX design, and print design. I met with clients in discovery meetings to establish their business needs. I worked with the product owners to establish the user flows. I also worked as a UX designer to meet deadlines with the multitude of projects that I managed at any given time.

Veggietales / Manager, Web Dev

SEPTEMBER 2010 – OCTOBER 2012, FRANKLIN, TN

I was responsible for maintaining VeggieTales.com by performing maintenance updates, designing new games, new activities, editing video clips and new features to add to the website on a monthly basis. I illustrated storyboards, title cards and developed email blasts that deployed to over 300,000 recipients on a monthly basis.

Education

Ringling College of Art and Design / BFA

SEPTEMBER 1995 – MAY 1999, SARASOTA, FL

I was enrolled in the Bachelor of Fine Arts, Illustration degree where I learned the fundamentals of graphic design and illustration which paved the way for my career in the UI/UX field. I participated in extracurricular classes in painting and figure drawing to help hone my skills. I was an active member in various student body social and outreach clubs.

Skills

Design: Illustration • UI Graphics • Concept Sketches • Whiteboard User Flows • Wireframes with Sketch • Mockups with Sketch • Style Guide and Pattern Library • Video Editing with Adobe Premiere • Animation

Prototyping: Rapid prototyping with InVision • InVision Studio • Figma • FigJam •  Sketch • Keynote

Tools: Sketch • Zeplin • Illustrator • Adobe Premiere • InVision Studio • Photoshop • Slack • Keynote • Adobe Animate • InDesign • After Effects • PowerPoint • Microsoft Teams

Collaboration: Detail-oriented • Pragmatic • Self Starter • Goal-Setter • Flexible • Communicative • Organized • Proven Leadership • Problem Solver • Team Player • Motivated

Let's work together! I'm always available for illustration, logo design, and user experience work.

Are you an author that has written a children's book and need an illustrator? I'm your guy!

Starting a new business and need a logo design? Or do you want to revisit your old logo and make it fresh and relevant? Call me!

I would love to work with you on any creative project that you may need, from illustrations to designing a magazine layout. I do it all!

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