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.
Years Mobile & VR
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
People call me creative
2019Mojo VisionEye-based UX and UI for smart contact lenses.
2018VerizonRYOT Labs: augmented reality design and R&D for 5G media and advertising SDK.
2016NextVR$115 million virtual reality technology and media developer, and Fast Company's #9 Most Innovative AR/VR Company 2017
2014UXecutiveUX, Marketing, and Product Design consulting: Crayola AR products, development strategy presentation for new music publishing technology, new construction toy
2010Zya MusicArt Director and VP UX at ~$36 Million startup empowering non-musicians to create professional sounding songs. Awarded three design patents
2004ActivisionNeversoft Entertainment: Interface and UX for the Tony Hawk and Guitar Hero series of video games. A song of mine won inclusion in Guitar Hero, and I won an Academy of Arts & Sciences award
DiscoverWare | Drake InternationalShipped 30 cutting edge eLearning titles over 6 years, first as Art Director, then as Marketing Manager
Bachelor of Design in Visual CommunicationsAlberta University of the Arts (Canada): graduated with Distinction and a number of scholarships, grants, and awards
Things I Love
- 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.