I'm Mike, an art director who’s extremely passionate about growing ideas from the dirt up. My ambition, curiosity and drive are evident in my unconventional career path.

I started off as a scrappy self-taught designer in the forests of Virginia at the age of 13.

At 21, I moved to New York City on my own to start a fixed gear freestyle bicycle company & lifestyle brand called Grime.

For most of my twenties, I did a lot of exploring in both my professional and personal life. I lived in 10 different cities and landed creative roles at a variety of companies in the apparel, technology, and lifestyle industries.


After growing up a bit and learning what kind of career path I wanted to pursue, I accepted a Creative Director role at Fanjoy in Los Angeles. I loved what I was doing, but knew I wanted to plant roots elsewhere.

In 2018, I moved back to San Francisco and  have been working as an Art Director for AKQA, one of the world's leading digital advertising firms, ever since. 

Over the past 16 years, I've gained experience in creative & art direction, branding, design, and team management. I’ve also learned that to make the best work possible, you’ve gotta work your tail off & be scrappy as hell. 

If you'd like to work together, you reach me at by email at miketschmitt@gmail.com or cell 571.214.5893

 © 2019 by Mike T Schmitt

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