About Mike Morkes

Since 1993, I have worked in print, interactive media and web content in the fields of education, agriculture, and news media. My formal education is based in print design; however, I have spent the past 18 years training myself in digital and interactive design, as well as web development.

My first professional website was for the University of Central Oklahoma in 1996. In 1997, my redesign of the site won the first Oklahoma College Public Relations Association's Grand Award for University Website.

My interest in interactive design began in 1999, when I was tasked with creating an interactive CD-ROM using Macromedia Director and Flash. I began my HTML5/Javascript training in 2013, using various online resources. This progressed into beginning the Free Code Camp curriculum to further my knowledge, as well as completing the OK Coders Summer Boot Camp for Backend Development.

I am always ready to learn a new technique. I enjoy researching new technologies related to web development and digital advertising. I know I can excel in a new and challenging role.


Education

University of Central Oklahoma
Bachelor of Arts, Graphic Design, 1995

Free Code Camp
Full Stack Web Development, Computer Software Engineering, 2016 (expected completion date)

OK Coders Boot Camp
Back End Development, Node.js and MondgoDB, July 2016

Certifications

Free Code Camp Front End CertificationFree Code Camp
Front End Development Certification, June 2016

DoubleClick Studio CertifedDoubleClick Studio
HTML5 Core Certification, May 2016

DoubleClick Studio Dynamic BadgeDoubleClick Studio
Dynamic Rich Media Creatives Certification, May 2016

Other Training

Code AcademyCode Academy
Javascript • PHP • Learn AngularJS • Learn Sass • jQuery

Code SchoolCode School
Try PHP • Close Encounters with PHP • Shaping Up with AngularJS


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Work Experience

Senior Interactive Designer

The Oklahoman Media Company, August 2006–Present

I handle all rich media ad design, development, and implementation for the The Oklahoma Media Company digital properties. I also work closely with the dev team to ensure that the interaction between the advertising and the journalism is cohesive while maintaining separation, including UI elements used on various rich media advertising. Other media work includes design of email blasts, websites and splash pages. I am also the trainer of other designers at The Oklahoman for online advertising; research new technologies, ad interactivity and user interaction best practices; and utilize online training and education opportunities. My previous duties when first employed by the Oklahoman included print design for newspaper, displays, posters, and other marketing materials.

Owner/ Creative Designer and Developer

Nick of Time Design, August 2005–Present

Freelance design company specializing in website development and graphic design for smaller businesses, primarily in the Oklahoma City metro area. My work includes html5/css development and UI/UX development, as well as print design for various companies spanning several business sectors.

Art Director

Limousin World Magazine, February 2002–August 2006

Duties included the creation and design of logos, advertising and editorial content for the magazine, as well as the creation and design of cattle auction catalogs and cattle auction interactive slideshows. I prepped all content for the printer in PDF format. I color-corrected photos for use in the magazine as well as for use on the photo printer. I also designed, developed, and maintained the company website. I also handled IT duties on all computers in the office.

Interactive Designer (contract)

Card2Net, August 2001–February 2002

Duties included the creation of content for optical media business cards, as well as client websites.

Interactive/eCommerce Designer

PSINet, May 1999–May 2001

As a part of the eCommerce division, my job was to design and develop shopping cart solutions for customers, as well as act as tech support for customers who chose to install and use the software on their own. I was also lead designer for 3 interactive CDs we produced using Macromedia Director and Flash. A secondary duty was building websites for local companies.

Graphic Designer

University of Central Oklahoma, April 1996–May 1999

Design and production of printed materials including, but not limited to, posters, brochures and catalogs. Sketched and executed illustrations for design projects as needed. Created and maintained the first 3 designs/versions of UCO’s primary web site.

Graphic Artist

Tulsa World, November 1995–April 1996

Designed and produced art, infographs and maps for Editorial use.


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Recommendations

"Mike is an extremely dependable, hard-working person. His interactive/design skills are rock solid, he can quickly adapt to new technology, and he is always willing to take on new challenges. He works well as part of a team or on his own. I managed Mike for a number of years and would strongly recommend him. He's professional, accurate, and always delivers."

Joseph Hopper, Owner/President, Fluxx Marketing


"Mike's graphic design skills, website design and overall knowledge of computers and software were definite assets to our business. I continue to work with Mike on freelance projects from time to time and he never disappoints."

Kyle Haley, Marketing Specialist, Precision Marketing


"Mike has the foresight to see the end result before even starting a task allowing him to make the necessary adjustments along the way to achieve his goal with the highest level of quality. He is very detail oriented and does not settle for second best from himself or his colleagues. Mike believes every task he is working on is the most important and treats his job as such."

Todd Hough, Copywriter, Mason & Moon Advertising


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Awards (2011-2016)

The Oklahoman Employee of the Month, Marketing
January 2016

OPUBCO Publisher’s Club, 2012

  • 6 Inky Awards (Online Ad of the Month)
  • Error-Free, 6 Months (award discontinued in July)

OPUBCO Publisher’s Club, 2011

  • 7 Inky Awards (Online Ad of the Month)
  • Error-Free, 1 Year

OPUBCO Publisher’s Club, 2011

  • 2011 Best of Show, Online Advertising
  • 4 Arty Awards (Online Ad of the Month)
  • Error-Free, 1 Year

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Skill Set

  • web design and front end development, including:
    • HTML
    • CSS
    • Javascript
    • PHP
  • Wordpress template development
  • digital/rich media ad design
  • email blast design
  • T-shirt design
  • logo design
  • print design
  • strong proofreading skills

Proficient With:

  • Coda
  • Atom
  • git
  • terminal
  • Photoshop
  • SalesForce Email Studio
  • Indesign
  • Illustrator
  • Google Web Designer
  • Mac OS 10.x
  • Windows XP, 7, 8, and 10

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