I Wear Lots of Hats
Worth A Thousand Words
A poster of mine won inclusion in an Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences traveling exhibition.
Measures Twice, Cuts Once
Braves the High Seas
As a lifelong learner, I've completed courses in team leadership, social psychology, user acquisition, product management, business development, finance, design thinking, and more.
Goes To Eleven
A song I covered was published on a national tribute album, and a series of television ads I scored won awards, too.
I Love Startups!
- Usability Testing
- Audience Research
- Concept Validation
- Collateral Materials
- Investment Pitches
- Vaporware Demos
- Logo and Identity
- Web presence
- Product Management
- Interaction Design
- User Journeys
CurrentUXecutiveUX consulting and looking for projects that need to engage their audience better, or whose chaos needs taming
2010Music MastermindArt Director and VP at ~$36 Million startup empowering non-musicians to create professional sounding songs. Inventor of a design patent
2004Neversoft | ActivisionInterface and UX for the Tony Hawk and Guitar Hero series of video games. A song of mine was included in Guitar Hero
2001DiscoverWare | Drake InternationalShipped 30 cutting edge eLearning titles over 6 years, first as Art Director, then as Marketing Manager
1995Bachelor of Design in Visual CommunicationsAlberta College of Art & Design (Canada): graduated with Distinction and a number of scholarships, grants, and awards
Things I Bring to the Table
- development workflow from a design core
- retention, monetization, and acquisition
- engagement loops and habit formation
- experience, storytelling, onboarding, scaffolding
- writing, editing, and proofing
- usability and multivariate testing
- social and cognitive psychology
- illustration, photography, visual design
- prototyping, front end development, interface and interaction design
- marketing, branding, pricing and positioning strategy
- personas and content mapping
- creative direction, design leadership
...has a great mind for product life cycles and game design. He's a really quick study and very clear in communicating key factors in game design to keep things interesting and how to retain players. He also really understands the importance of the design cycle and is great at bringing ideas down from blue sky, to prototype, to final production.
...his insight, reliability, design focus, resourcefulness, and analytical eye has been a guiding light to many (both above and below him). Most people have "great ideas", but Davidicus' specialty is his ability to visualize those ideas as a real product and to create a user experience around that product where users genuinely feel delighted to engage with.
...ensured the customer's requirements and technical details were captured and documented precisely. The project was a success due to his diligence and efforts in managing the timeline, budget, client concerns and resources.
...is a perfectionist and a great leader. He has a personality that I think fits well with being an entrepreneur. His eye for design and management skills are a great combination for a successful start-up and company leader.
Professional, brilliant and personable are the words that come to mind when I think of davidicus.
...a fantastic lateral thinker. I highly recommend him for leadership positions in the fields of graphic and user-interface design. He's a remarkable character that is very easy to work with, and he'll consistently surprise you with his inventive and imaginative solutions
Your signature says UI, so I wanted to say that I really like the UI for this game. The design is clean and all of the video overlays add a fun touch. Of all the Hawk games this is my favorite design so far (and you guys usually do a great job with the interface).
You have an amazing passion for your work. You love process, and the psychology of design. I learned SO MUCH working with you about the power of "just letting it be" <...> You are an artist who craves chaos and order simultaneously, and truth be told, I don't know how you keep all of that balanced in your head at the same time without going crazy.
...is incredibly passionate and driven in his pursuits. I've known him for over 20 years, and Dave has continually impressed me with his ability to keep pushing the envelope of creativity, while revolutionizing on a continuous basis.