Hello! My name is Mike Schmidt, thanks for visiting. I'm a co-founder at morel, a creative design and storytelling agency based in DC. Give us a hollar!. On any given day you will find me collaborating with a talented team of designers, videographers, reporters, editors, artists, illustrators and photographers, most recently at National Geographic, where I was responsible for the vision, strategy and management of the short-form video team.I really just love making things with people, especially interactive experiences, short films and multimedia content. Before Nat Geo I spent two years as the Associate Creative Director of the experimental iPad news publication, The Daily. I thrive on collaborative mayhem, high fives, creative problem solving, strong coffee and long walks in the park with my sweet, social, pit-mix, Pepper.
We cherry picked a handful of great things created at NG in 2013, crafted new video teasers and built an interactive experience.
For this special magazine edition we developed a full multimedia experience with video portraits of our photographers and an animated cover.
The Nat Geo Multimedia team posts videos on this tumblr page to keep them all in one place. ngvideo.tumblr.com
Nick Nichols & Nathan Williamson created phenomenal images/video and our digital team turned it into this fully immersive feature.
I partnered with Jody Sugrue and Tom Jackson to rethink the website and branding for this revered photography grantmaking foundation.
I was among the first wave of iPad content creators at this innovative and beautiful, but ultimately doomed, news publication.
I was born in the 70's and raised on the coolest block in Chicago, Mohawk Street, between Armitage and Dickens. Home wasn't just inside the building, but out on the street, laughing on the stoops, drawing on the sidewalks, racing through the gangways and exploring the alleys. In 2001, I named my personal studio after my original stomping grounds.
© 2014 Mike Schmidt aka Mohawk Street