We're a tight-knit group of hard-working, fast-footed, fearless upstarts with fantastic eyes for detail and highly evolved ideating glands. We have collectively pushed over 75,000,000 pixels, produced in excess of 120,000 sq ft of printscape, scribbled a quattuordecillion words, and sacrificed dozens of good ideas for a single great one.
Conor is a dyed-in-the-wool visual problem solver. He has a particular interest in typography as it has applications across all design subsets. He is also influenced by animation studios including Team Ghibli, classic Disney, and Pixar.
If not born as a designer, he would be playing the harpsichord.
Lee hails from the great tax-free state of Delaware. Two years as an engineering major taught him that math was hard—and that design came easy. Even as a designer, though, he never shook his training: his favorite work shows off hard edges, flat color, and perfect alignment. (And so does his desk—every night, Lee cleans it off, then shuts off his mouse and flips it upside down.)
Lee has teenage beard-growth capacity and a geriatric bedtime.
Mike is a tough man to pin down. He’s built sites for clients in Hong Kong, New Zealand, Singapore, and Sri Lanka—while living in Australia. An expert-level frequent flyer, he once flew from New York City to Honolulu and back again just for the miles (and a quick Mai Tai). And his keyboard features a giant red escape key. (We suspect it might teleport him directly to the nearest airport.)
Mike is an aspiring pinball league champion. (Watch this space.)
Chris believes great work ethic is the backbone of design. He spent the past eight years rowing competitively at the Varsity and Collegiate level, a sport requiring daily 5 am wake-ups. Luckily, this has given him a high tolerance to the effects of sleep deprivation, an accepted job hazard for any young designer. He also has a mild obsession with Chipotle and struggles each day he goes without it. Chipotle, you're on notice: come to Bushwick, dammit.
Has a passionate hatred for shoe laces and is anxiously waiting for the day velcro comes back into style.
Hailing from a family steeped in the visual arts (her great-grandfather was a typesetter in the Depression and her mother is an artist/art teacher), Julia is one of Madwell’s resident experts in making things look awesome. Her heroes are Carl Sagan, David Attenborough, and Edward Gorey.
Julia is also quite fond of kittens, steak, and becomes irritable with lack of proper food and rest.
Reared in Belgium. But can’t speak French. Or Flemish.
A good strategic leader is ready for anything. David’s our case in point: old at heart, he has flatware service for ten (young at heart, he doesn’t own a table). He’s collected dozens of pairs of not-particularly-collectible shoes. And he always takes more than the recommended daily dose of Flintstones vitamins. The one thing he didn’t see coming? His love for the color blue is starting to cause some serious wardrobe difficulties.
David has a curious habit of making purchases he doesn’t remember, which once resulted in the surprise delivery of a queen-sized mattress.
Laura’s parents never sent her to her room as punishment—it had too many books in it. Instead, they made her play sports. (She coped by becoming an all-state track star and promptly quitting.) She eventually found her way home to her words and today earns her keep by incubating (not intubating) melodic phrases. She divides her free time between eating her weight in noodles and introducing herself to other people’s pets.
Laura shares her middle name with a biblical villain whose name begins with the letter S. (It’s not Sauron.)
Matt sees effectiveness in design as providing a holistic experience that breeds trust, delight, and true engagement with users. His sensibilities are influenced by his background in architecture; he often dives into distinct project components including visual/interactive design, coding, or conceptual planning.
He and David constantly battle for the title of Madwell Ping Pong Champion, but only after Matt has made a ritual French Press.
Has eleven toes.
After an extended quasi-legal career as a Fin de siècle showman, rabble-rouser, and raconteur, Sean settled down into New York City's music and internet startup worlds. His practiced account management style tends toward overpromising and over- over-delivering, all without a bead of sweat on his brow. The gentleman prefers his music honest, his shoes bench-made, and his whiskey cask-strength. We couldn’t have designed him better ourselves.
The Sean Holland school of thought holds that when speaking to foreigners, if you affect their accent, they’ll understand you better.
Spencer is a designer “because it isn’t accounting.” He uses his surplus creativity to power his sock drawer (none of them are white) and an extensive scarf collection sourced primarily from the Gap (at 15 feet long, the longest is still too short for his liking). A native of Pennsylvania, he’s been taken with outer space for as long as he can remember, and he’s quietly angling to open Madwell’s Mars office. We’re thinking of letting him do it.
Cats, cats, cats, cats, cats, cats, cats.
Frank has 13 years of experience in building for the web, many years of that overlapping with building things out of glass, steel and concrete. Letting no detail go without care, he is constantly pushing his skills forward in both the design and development realms.
He follows Car & Driver, Consumer Reports, and the decaying state of the retail industry at Labelscar.com
There are only a few things on this earth he does not have an opinion about.
Like any good night owl, Anna loves coffee and African drumming. Although her raw sketching and scribbling skills have given an organic edge to many a Madwell project, her cream cheese bust of Kevin Bacon is still one of her proudest pieces. Anna’s favorite color is Pantone 5773 C; her second favorite color is organization. (If all the dishes are washed and lovingly aligned, we know she’s been by.)
Anna was once bit on the buttocks by a penguin. And she has an unhealthy (literally) fear of vegetables.
Igal is a programmer and artist from Istanbul. (The first time he arrived at our office and announced that “the Igal has landed,” we knew he was home.) His career in development stems from a love of creating networked environments that help people create and sustain their own work. He’s also the founder of independent digital art gallery 319 Scholes—which is, you could say, doing exactly that.
Dead-end bios directly violate Igal’s right to cultivate networked environments. Follow him on Twitter: @igaln
Jason is a Texan who moved to NY because he heard about it in a rap song (really pretty much all rap songs not by Dre). His eyesight is on the Mr. Magoo level but his design third eye rivals the power of Cyclops (the optic blasts from the X-Man, not the Greek epic god-spawn). Branding and typography are his passions, as are bean & cheese tacos with bacon and guacamole. And bright colored shoes.
In order to be employed at Madwell, Jason inadvertently spent a night in jail. Seriously, he was handcuffed on Madwell time. That's dedication.
Nick is a California-grown New York native who’s been building games and apps since he was 10. Steeped in gaming tradition, Nick reserves a special place in his heart for vintage games—we’re talking about the former Marble Madness world champion here. His love of retro extends across other media, too: he shoots film photography and collects cassettes (he even listens to them!).
Nick was obsessed with professional wrestling as a kid, which explains his outstanding Macho Man Randy Savage impression.
Completing creative marathons requires limber, buoyant legs and excessive stamina. At a solid 5 foot 7 inches tall Chris has the creative legs of a pigmy elephant combined with the speed of a full-sized adult cheetah (without the balance). Chris's design career began at the ripe old age of 5 when his mother provided him with a budget to decorate his bedroom to his liking. He has since maintained the philosophy that what he sees in his head he should attempt to manifest, no matter how hard, and always on a budget (for the most part).
Feels that watching Nicolas Cage movies purifies the soul while connecting one's subconscious with the cultural zeitgeist. Especially Bangkok Dangerous.
Ricky is Madwell’s resident Dorian Grey: fresh-faced and bright-eyed, he’s already got a lifetime of experience under his belt. (You’re familiar with his work, you just don’t know it: he played Chip in the Broadway production of Beauty and the Beast, for starters.) Lucky for us, account management is his true calling. Not only is he outrageously friendly and whip-smart, he’s an insomniac trapeze artist who’s obsessed with lists. (See? Perfect.)
Ricky’s a music composer and critic. Thinking about making music? He knows. And he’s already judging you.
This Laura goes by many names (e.g., Jumpsuit) and wears many rings. She's sort of always been a writer, but it wasn't until she penned a short story about vampires and gave her English teacher nightmares that she considered pursuing it as a career. When she isn't staring into the void willing new thoughts to life, you can find her drinking whiskey at sundry dive bars and attending heavy metal concerts as well as non-thrash related musical happenings.
Laura was born and raised in Louisiana (not New Orleans). She makes up for not having an accent by making really, really good gumbo.
Jason’s a Connecticut native whose brush with fame was more like a bear hug: he used to work at Island Def Jam, where he rubbed shoulders with the who’s who of hip hop. Today, Madwell’s backend guru loves spending time in his beloved Upper West Side (which incidentally also gives him the dubious honor of being the Madwellian with the worst commute). Have some unstructured time to fill? Ask him about his favorite bit of code.
Jason founded his own web shop. And he doesn’t think this is brag-worthy.