Norman Dempseylives and works in the Sarasota-Bradenton area all the while running social media for the awesome folks at BarCamp Sarasota-Bradenton.
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I’m always looking for business opportunities (though not necessarily employment), so please reach out to me and let's do cool things. I’m interested in:
Serving a ‘Tour of Duty’ I’ve been asked to utilize the unique skills and experiences I’ve accumulated over the past decade, to serve my country. It’s a tremendous honor to be selected, it’s an enormous privilege to serve and it’s an overwhelming opportunity to make an impact, on a massive scale.
The program pairs top innovators from the private sector, non-profits and academia with top innovators in government to develop solutions that:
Designing the design team. After a successful acquisition with Twitter; my business partner, our team and I joined and immediately hit the ground running. During my tenure, I got to experience the brand redesigned, profiles re-imagined, events discovered, in-Tweet media, filtered photos, Twitter Music and Vine!
I was brought on to help lead and grow the design team; most specifically, I was focused on:
USF Business School USF’s new program provided me an amazingly flexible, yet intense, opportunity to continue my education while not stopping the adventure that has become my career. I have four years to complete the program and a life-time to apply what I’ve learned.
The program is designed for executives and entrepreneurs, my current academic focus is on:
A designer’s dream come trueSince co-founding a design agency and watching its success result in an adventurous exit, we’ve joined the amazingly talented team @Twitter. They said it best, “we don’t want to change you, we want you to change Twitter” ... and we plan to. My new role: to design the design team.
Today we celebrate all of our accomplishments, none of which would be possible without thanks to:
Yale School of ManagementYale provided me an amazing opportunity to participate in a professional development program specifically designed for creative leaders. The Ivy League institution left me with a fundamental understanding of business principles and their diverse application.
The program covered everything from Queueing Theory to the Supply Chain, as well as:
My contributions were focused primarily on buidling and managing the creative team, as well as:
Building a coworking communityWe took a void and filled a 6,000 square foot space with a custom developed environment specifically designed for creatives and collaboration.
Canvas is home to over twenty early-stage & independent companies.
Canvas was founded in early 2012 to serve a community of creative web designers and developers by offering:
Designing tech for one of the world’s largest tech companiesI worked as a part of a special team within Oracle’s Marketing department on thinking above their technology and beyond their competition. We worked on designing and developing web, mobile and social experiences throughout Oracle.
Over the course of two years, we worked on a plethora of interactive iniatives including:
Educator and mentorOver the past half-decade, I lead web and interactive tracks with Boston University, MICA and now at General Assembly. I teach on a variety of subjects focused on fundamental design principles catered for interactive media/publishing and business.
In addition to teaching at more established institutions, I also speak formally on a diversity of topics:
Print isn’t dead yetFor over a decade I’ve worked along side some of the largest publishers to help transform an industry for emerging web, mobile and social technologies.
Communication is the constant in an world of innovation that moves at the speed of technology.
I’ve worked with traditional media, newspapers and magazines with local, national and international audiences:
Pete Cashmore calledMashable had a tall order to fill: redesign everything, on WordPress, for over 25 million uniques, on mobile and to put social over SEO - all in under thirty-days.
Mashable was the first publication designed to be "re-tweetable".
It was more than a redesign, it was a complete re-think; we designed and developed the following:
An app faster than Usain BoltI was a part of a small team that architected the first mobile strategy for PUMA.
We worked to define what it meant to have one of the world’s most prolific sport and fashion brands in the palm of your hand.
Working with Alex Giron, our contributions were focused primarily on product strategy, as well as:
Ogilvy Public RelationsOgilvy sought out Alex Giron and I for one of their largest interactive ‘re-thinks’ to date.
The objective was to think outside ‘Ogilvy Red’ and design for the ‘conversational web’ prior to the emergence of ‘Social Media’.
Working closely with the executive team, we focused on a variety of aspects such as:
ncludWe worked with some of the most prominent and innovative brands in the world on both the start-up and corporate level. Our client list included working with organizations such as Mozilla, Marriott, Google, British Telecom and Adobe to name a few.
Working along-side my business partner and friend, Alex GIron, my primary focus included:
The Motley FoolBrought on as Art Director, I was responsible for helping build and lead the creative services team; playing a critical role in implementing web-best-practices, redesigning fool.com as well as re-launching and branding all high-revenue products.
While my year with the Fools was brief, we redesigned everything from the team to the process to the flagship:
Cygnus Business MediaI started as a consultant and was immediately asked the join full-time to lead the interactive design team. We designed and developed over seventy unique publication websites within twenty-four months. I was a designer, front-end developer and manager.
I was given the opportunity to build a team of young and quick-to-be industry influencing talent, including:
Discovery CommunicationsDiscovery is where I got my first break, my first professional job as a ‘designer’. I received the attention of the Creative Director with a logo designed for Nike. Once you can put a dinosaur on anything in your portfolio, your resume is never the same; I will always be thankful for the amazing opportunity they provided.
I worked as one of six designers on the iMedia team, focused on all of their interactive properties, including:
Let’s Go Terps!While at Maryland, I started as a Computer Science major and was later accepted into the IDVSP, Individual Studies Program. I had the select opportunity to ‘design’ my major, ensuring a unique and diverse curriculum from the Business, Communication, English, Journalism and Art Departments.
I learned much as an undergrad, from Art History to C++, the most influential courses included:
I am Norman DempseyThe Tech MacGyver at Spark Growth; I bring a suite of skills and experience to work challenges that range from technical projects to creative ad campaigns and social media messenging. i work well with in-house teams and outside referrals brining value to the ideas we generate and problems we solve.