CREATING GREAT DESIGN

Mission Statement

When we think about creating a great product, a great brand, or a great design, it is easy to get caught up visualizing the end result, forgetting that in the end the creative work we do must touch someone at the end of the line. Its the idea that whatever we make must inspire people in some way, from a website to a mobile app. Mike believes in keeping people in the design formula from the beginning. Its a simple concept but it is the idea that great design has an affect on everything—conversions, ROI, style, feel, emotion, and more. Its this mission that allows Mike to do great work that inspires people but also delivers results. Sure, there is a little more to it than that; hard work, intuition, constant research, and a little secret sauce, play big roles in delivering great ideas to people.

Approach to Collaboration & Leadership

“The best ideas must win.”
— Steve Jobs

Leveraging our teammates and coworkers is key to driving the best results and creating the best designs. This is because great talent and unique experiences often come from a variety of sources. In order to properly leverage the people around us, Mike focuses on 3 keys: first is curiosity, second is trust, and third is elevation. We have to induce curiosity within the people around us. Asking the right questions, which are typically out of the box questions, to spark excitement and possibility are crucial in driving curiosity within our collaborators. This curiosity drives people to think just a little bit differently than they may have intended. The second key, trust, is perhaps the most important. You can't get designers or collaborators excited with curiosity if you don't trust them to deliver—our coworkers have to know you trust them to do great work, to act on their curiosity, and you have to trust them to do it. Elevation is the third and perhaps the trickiest key as it is often the least tangible. Its a very careful and thought out approach to taking a designers work (for example) and "elevating" it to make it better. To successfully do this it takes intuition, experience, and vision but yields great work and helps grow our fellow teammate. The best ideas must find a way.

 

DESIGN TOOLS

PLATFORMS

MARKETING EXPERTISE

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About Mike Puglielli

Mike leverages a decade of experience within the creative industry working with global brands focusing on design, creative direction and brand building to drive outstanding marketing initiatives. As an expert in technical, conceptual, and design development from concept to implementation, he can bring ideas from a whiteboard, to life. Mike has worked in a variety of internal teams from 5 to 30 creatives ranging from copy writers, designers, and web developers, at both agencies and fortune companies.

Mike is lucky enough to have worked with great people at global brands like Mendix, Kaspersky Lab, and Packworks Inc of New Balance, as well as other companies like PC Connection, Sokolove Law, Morrison Home Inspection, Sfolia Baking, Momentum Soles, Neal Advertising, and more. Mike also has a Bachelors of Fine Arts degree with a concentration in digital media.

Outside of design, Mike loves to travel with his wife and play golf. He is passionate about cooking and dreams of one day running a restaurant. The food he cooks is inspired by his trips, classic family recipes, and cravings. 

TESTIMONIALS

Mike takes great pride in building strong relationships and understand there is no replacement for those who you enjoy working with and who help you reach your goals. Here are a few who have shared their thoughts about working with Mike Puglielli:

Mike is a thoughtful, creative design professional who thoroughly involves himself in a project to arrive at the best outcome for the business. He worked with his colleagues and peers in a collaborative manner and took on a mentor role for new team members. Mike was responsible for several new initiatives for both B2B and B2C producing assets that had positive results for the business. In addition to all of this, Mike has a great attitude and sense of humor; truly a pleasure to have on the team.
— Susan Cardoza
I worked with Mike on a variety of projects during my time at Kaspersky Lab. Mike was always prepared when we met and brought new, fresh ideas to the table. Mike is more than just a graphic designer... he stays up to date on marketing and industry trends and always offers insightful suggestions.

Mike has a positive, can-do attitude. There is no project to big or too small for Mike and I always looked forward to working with him.
— Ashleigh Serrano
Michael has an impressive natural talent for visual design and the technical know-how to apply it to the web. He is both professional and fun to work with - a great asset to any team.
— Cale Sweeney
Mike was great to work with at Kaspersky Lab. He is very creative and disciplined at helping to get the job done successfully and on time. He has an excellent ability to communicate and work with business owners to understand their requirements and turn them into designs and assets that met their business needs and goals.
— Jon Whitlock
Mike designed several content-based campaigns for the Demand Generation team at Kaspersky. His approach of fully understanding the context and goal of each campaign led to many high-quality designs that engaged prospective customers. Additionally, as questions surfaced about anything from troubleshooting how an email or landing page is coded to the best layout of a new eBook, Mike was always willing to dive in and find the best answers.
— Jenifer Silverstein
I had the pleasure to work with Mike for one and a half years at Kaspersky Lab. Mike is extremely reliable and one of the best designers with whom I’ve worked. Mike is very easy to work with, and friendly personality. While working with him I witnessed his growth as a co-worker and friend. When I needed help he was more then able and eager to assist me. He brings many things to the table. His design skills, communication and openness to solving problems are all valuable traits. He is a true asset to any company.
— Ann Pham
I have had the pleasure of working with Mike on many high level projects on a daily basis. The quality of his work was always impeccable, his attitude and professionalism never waivered and he was always willing to help when needed. His positive attitude is great to have as a part of your team and his creative ideas would make any company proud to have him on board!
— Melissa O'Connor
A great designer with a penchant for turning trash into treasure. Mike’s work always comes out with an extremely clean and professional ‘look and feel’, no matter how raw the initial input. Mike’s ability to design with conversion and ROI in mind makes him a pleasure to work with from a marketing perspective.
— Pat O'Malley
Mike is a wonderful person to have on your team. He’s bright, positive, encouraging, and is always bringing ideas to the table. Paired with his ability to illustrate, his web skills are top notch. He delivers every time and is eager to help anyone out at any time. He handles criticism professionally and is always looking for new ways to grow. I worked with Mike on a daily basis and I reached out to him because of his artistic freehand skills on a particular project. He helped me arrive at a solution that not only pleased the client, but our managers as well. I really enjoyed working with Mike and would recommend him to any team.
— Stacy Streeter
Since bringing Michael on board as the Lead Editor at Inspiredology we’ve seen a solid increase in both content and editorial quality. He constantly brings new and exciting ideas to the table in order to further progress the website and Inspiredology communtiy. To say he goes ‘above and beyond’ would be an understatement.
— Andrew Dertinger
Mike has been a great addition to the Inspiredology team. We were confident in adding Mike to the team. He has shown a very high level of detail while being our Lead Editor. Mike has been a great source for new ideas and has added his own creative style to Inspiredology’s content. We are very excited to see where Mike can help drive our blog.
— Chad Mueller
Michael has amazing talents and is very easy to work with. His creativity and eye for detail took our project to an entirely new level.
— Lori Thompson