Simon Dabkowski

Simon Creative, LLC.

  • Director of Technology
  • UX Designer
  • Web Developer
  • Pixel Pusher
  • SEO Guru
  • Photographer
  • Author
  • Designer
  • Thrill Seeker

I divide my time between developing and problem solving code, and designing unique user experiences for the web.

Simon Dabkowski

I conceive, design, and develop unique UX web-based interfaces, sites, and web applications. I utilize W3C standards, social media campaigns, user trends, analytic reports, SEO, and SEM to promote variety of projects for various clients.


My professional experience spans nearly 15 years and I continue to engulf myself in learning all things web.

During my career I've had the privilege of working with a variety of design agencies, e-commerce startups, organizations, and individuals. I'm currently employed as the Director of Technology at Crowdcentric Media and Social Media Week.

I'm the Co-founder and Web Director of hMAG; a Hoboken lifestyle magazine and social networking website which along with my 2 partners, Joe Mindak, and Kevin Cale, we built from the ground up.

I'm a strong believer that design, code, and content need to exist in a framework that allows for isolation. Clean code enables designers and developers to easily orient themselves around the project at hand and is extremely crucial to successful SEO results.

I approach every project by analyzing the client's target audience, brand message, and orient myself around the strengths and weaknesses of their competition.

I hand code and stay away from WYSIWYG applications to replicate the UI of my designs. I push CSS to its limits in order to force the user's browser to generate as much of the design as possible.

I'm extremely detail oriented. When not staring at code, you'll find my Photoshop canvas zoomed-in at 1600%.

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Proficient in

  • Adobe Creative Suite
  • Adobe Lightroom
  • Panic Coda
  • GitHub
  • HTML5
  • CSS3
  • JQuery
  • PHP
  • MySQL
  • Advanced Wordpress
  • BuddyPress
  • Basecamp
  • Mail Chimp
  • Open Graph
  • Google Analytics
  • MAMP Pro
  • Sequel Pro

Advancing In

  • Parallax Designs
  • Responsive Layouts
  • Mobile Designs
  • Boilerplate Architectures

Things I Avoid

  • ASP
  • .NET
  • IE6
  • IE7
  • IE8
  • Flash
  • WYSIWYGs
  • Broccoli

I designed and developed hMAG.com nearly 4 years ago. To date, hMAG.com, boasts over 5100 members, spans over 20 issue, contains over 600 articles, and is the highest trafficked website in Hoboken, NJ.

Social Media Week / Crowdcentric Media, SOHO, NY (2013 - present)

Director of Technology

Since starting my role at Crowdcentric, a marketing agency that runs and operates Social Media Week (A world wide culture and technology conference in over 26 cities around the world), I’ve been tasked in preparing our platform to effectively and visually enhance our attendee experience for our February 2014 conference. As a developer and a designer I've achieved this by managing and enhancing our website socialmediaweek.org to accommodate all of our city administrators to effectively operate their own content composed of events, speakers, and articles. My goals shortly thereafter are to enhance our API, improve our UX and UI and create a more effective platform that enriches both the desktop and mobile experience.


Firmsconsulting, (2013 - present)

Contract work (Design & Development)

I initially designed, developed, and aided in marketing the website as the Web Director at Tisha Creative. Since, I've aided it's founder Michael Boricki, along with my previous employer Tisha Creative, in continuing to roll out additional features along with growing the site's diverse community. The site aids Ivy league students from Yell, Harvard, and Princeton in acquiring interview skills in placing employment as management consulting leaders through a vast library of video, audio, editorial content.


Tisha Creative, Hoboken, NJ (2007 - 2013)

Web Director

Former Web Director at Tisha Creative; a boutique design agency based in Hoboken, NJ. I've had the pleasure to not only project manage but also design and develop a variety of web based content, execute social media campaigns, digital marketing strategies, and e-marketing campaigns. I’ve utilized these skills for clients such as Howard Stern, HBO, U.S. News, Daily News, The City of Hoboken, NY Yankees, Bass Shoes, The Sak, Rescue Ink, Mommies 247, and others.


hMAG, Hoboken Lifestyle Magazine, Hoboken, NJ (2009 - present)

Co Founder / Web Director

My 2 partners and I launched hMAG in 2009 as a lifestyle magazine and a social networking community based website for Hoboken, NJ. hMAG is heavily involved in a variety of events around Hoboken. We are aimed at helping local non profit organizations. hMAG has had the pleasure of hosting the last 3 Hoboken music festivals with bands such as The Walkman, School of Seven Bells, and Tokyo Police Club. Partnering with sponsers such as Ben & Jerry's, GBX, Prudential Center, and the NJ Devils has allowed us to bring this music entertainment on such a large scale to local residents . In addition to helping structure the magazine content i also took part in various photo-shoots for our covers with people such as Tim Ream from the NY Red Bulls, NJ Devils' Zach Parise, and many others.


Mommies 247, Hoboken, NJ (2011 - 2012)

Partner, CTO

As a former partner in Mommies 247, I designed and developed a successful mom-based social networking community. The website reached 3000 members only a few months after its launch. Along with the founders I established a social media presence and created several e-marketing campaigns. I developed a CMS platform to aid the founders publishing content. The platform was designed to manage members, events, articles, group discussions, classifieds, and ads. The company is currently expanding as a franchise and aims at launching in other cities in the near future.


Ricatto Enterprises, East Village Development, Brooklyn, NY (2005 - 2006)

IT, Art Director, Web Designer & Developer

Primary responsibilities included maintaining and administrating the company’s network and software utilizing Windows 2003 Small Business server. Created branding for both companies by designing and developing various CMS-powered web sites, logos, brochures, letterheads, and business cards. Designed, developed, and administered an interactive web site for the company structured around a comprehensive database controlled through my own custom CMS system enabling anyone in the office to update the numerous apartment listings available under the company's privately owned buildings located in the East Village.


The McGraw-Hill Companies, (2001-2002)

Published Author

Having noticed my work with Adobe Livemotion 1, The McGraw-Hill Companies, contacted me to author a book entitled "Livemotion 2: A Beginner's Guide". The 446 page book, which took me 9 months to write was the very first book to come out after the software was released. The flash-based application released by Adobe Systems on which the book was written on, was in beta phase at the time. I not only took part in learning the new version of the software while writing the book, but also participated as an Adobe Systems beta tester for the software. The book was aimed at educating readers on creating flash-based content. The application was discontinued a year later with Adobe's purchase of Macromedia. Several interface features of Livemotion 2 are now a part of Adobe Systems’ Flash software.


DesignerOutlet.com, Manhattan, NY (1999 - 2003)

Art Director

Designer Outlet was a startup e-commerce company offering designer apparel for women, men, and kids at a discounted price. At the peak of its span it was in direct competition with bluefly.com. As an Art Director I inherited the company's website through an outside agency. From there I designed and developed new features, photographed and photoshopped content, and managed online inventory.

I designed, developed, and am a former partner/CTO of Mommies247.com. To date, Mommies247.com, boasts over 3000 members, and plans are on the way to expand onto other cities.

Social Media Week

Social Media Week

A global tech and culture conference taking place across 4 continents, 10+ countries and 20+ cities around the world.

hMAG

hMAG

Social networking community website built around a local magazine.

Mommies247

Mommies 247

Social networking community website build around local moms.

Rebuild Hoboken Relief Fund

Rebuild Hoboken Relief Fund

Designed a non-profit disaster relief website launched shortly after Hurricane Sandy.

Texas Arizona

Texas Arizona Bar & Grill

A CMS-powered restaurant & bar website.

Young Audience of New Jersey

Young Audience of New Jersey

My work done at Tisha Creative
An organization that provides educational programs and activities to schools across NJ.

Beer Boken

Beer Boken

A mobile web application letting users track beer club activity.

Watts Capital

Watts Capital

My work done at Tisha Creative
An independent wealth management firm website with a full-fledge CMS.

GBX Shoes

GBX Shoes

My work done at Tisha Creative
A concept e-commerce design for GBX Shoes.

Rescue Ink

Rescue Ink

My work done at Tisha Creative
A television series (now canceled), A CMS powered website enabled the staff to manage content and e-commerce.

U.S. News Digital Weekly

U.S. News Digital Weekly

My work done at Tisha Creative
A preference center Digital Weekly subscribers.

HER

HER the Band

Site designed nearly 6 years ago for a NYC local band called HER.

United Way of Hudson and Essex County

United Way of Hudson County

CMS platform built for an existing design enabling the UW staff to publish and manage content.

Tisha Creative

Tisha Creative

My work done at Tisha Creative
A unique interface that reflects the current weather in Hoboken as well as time of day.

Howard Stern

Howard Stern

My work done at Tisha Creative
Howard Stern Media RFP finalist. Lost the contract in the finals to a larger agency.

Andaz Hotels

Andaz Hotels

E-marketing campaigns for Andaz 5th ave and Andaz Wall Street hotels.

Maridian Properties

Maridian Properties

My work done at Tisha Creative
Real estate development company in Hoboken website.

hMAG Lackawanna Music Festival

Lackawanna Music Festival

Simple site for our annual hMAG Music Festival put together every summer at Pier A, in Hoboken.

Monkey n Middle

Monkey N Middle

My work done at Tisha Creative
Design for a fashion industry virtual marketplace.

85 Maple

85 Maple

My work done at Tisha Creative
Website for a luxury residential building in Weehawken, NJ.

Rebuild Hoboken Logo

Rebuild Hoboken Logo

Created a free logo for the Rebuild Hoboken Relief Fund organization shortly after Hurricane Sandy.

Croda ChromAveil

Croda ChromAveil

My work done at Tisha Creative
Website for a chemicals company, Croda, promoting one of their manufactured ingredients through an experiential marketing campaign

U.S. News E-Marketing Campaigns

U.S. News E-Marketing

My work done at Tisha Creative
U.S. News e-marketing campaigns consisting of custom eblasts and e-newsletters.

U.S. News Preference Center

U.S. News Preference Center

My work done at Tisha Creative
U.S. News email preference center for subscribers.

Yankees Legends Hospitaly

Yankees Legends Hospitality

My work done at Tisha Creative
Website for Yankees' owned hospitality service.

Béaba USA Blog

Béaba USA Blog

Blog for Béaba USA

Livemotion 2 A Beginners Guide

Livemotion 2 A Beginner's Guide

Book I authored on Adobe Livemotion 2 for McGraw-Hill Companies

Vision for Hoboken

Vision for Hoboken Logo

Logo and branding for a Hoboken Political Campaign

Vision for Hoboken

Vision for Hoboken

Hoboken Political Campaign Website

Firmsconsulting

Firmsconsulting

My work done at Tisha Creative
A massive feature-rich, fully responsive, social community project for Ivy League students applying for Fortune 100 executive positions.

Cadillac Cantina

Cadillac Cantina

A HTML5 application fully responsive and adaptive on various devices powered by a CMS enabling the client to manage live inventory as well as promote events and take on RSVPs.

Helped U.S. News establish a preference center enabling subscribers to not only manage their digital subscriptions but also compose and customize the content of their weekly mailings.

Interviews

Music to Move Hoboken - by Tricia Tirella - hMAG Lackawanna Music Festival interview.

Please Meet the hMAG Family - by Melissa Melms - hMAG hLife bio on the hMAG co-founders.


Recognitions

hMAG.com and Mommies247.com spent a combined total of 2 years in being ranked as the #1 and #2 website on Wordpress.org Site Showcase.

30 Most Famous Sites Built Using Wordpress/ - Maria Lynette

13 Shining Examples of Buddypress in the Wild - Sarah Gooding

Buddypress Eye Candy 17 of The Best and Beautiful - Sarah Gooding

25 Remarkable Examples of WordPress Websites - Tripwire Magazine

hMAG.com mentioned at WordCamp Reno 2012 - Nicole Rose Dion

25 Great Looking Magazine WordPress Designs - inspiringwp.com

25 Stunning Magazine Style Website Designs - Wordpress Aisle


Awards

The Hoboken Chamber of Commerce awarded hMAG 2nd place for "Business of the Year Award".

Proud member of the Hoboken chapter of The Elks Club


Publishings

Author of "Livemotion 2 A Beginner's Guide" published by The McGraw-Hill Companies.


Miscellaneous

"Livemotion 2 A Beginner's Guide" available at Nakatani Teaching and Learning Center at the University of Wisconsin.


Recommendations

"I worked with Simon in the Adobe Livemotion user to user forums as well as his own Livemotion forum, where he was a helpful regular contributor and leveraged his expertise to author one of the first Livemotion 2 books released. Simon enjoys helping others, learns the tools well, and applies his knowledge thoroughly." - Joe Bowden, Quality Lead Engineer at Adobe Systems


"Simon knows his stuff, it's that easy. He knows what questions to ask, he studies his target audience well and he's an incredible designer and developer. Bottom line – he loves what he does, he's passionate and it shows in his work. I thoroughly enjoyed working with him, from both a professional and personal standpoint. For anyone interested in working with him in the future – it should be a no-brainer." - Kathleen Lota, Senior Designer at Davis & Company


"In my business, I stress the significance of advocacy in all that I do. Without a strong partner who understands this approach, my clients will never benefit in full. When I think of Simon, two words above all stand out...passion and advocacy. Simon's focus on success has helped me in achieving incredible results for both my clients and me. He has a firm understanding in regards to the benefits and overall need for employing strategy into all efforts and it stands out in the brilliant design and front end coding you see as a result. I am proud to say that Simon is my preferred partner on many initiatives and it is with great pleasure that I extend a very sincere recommendation for his work." - Brian Riback, E-Marketing Strategist, Daily News.


"Simon is a true professional; I had the pleasure of working with him while I was the COO at Tisha Creative. He constantly impressed me with his high level of creativity, amazing technical skills and a real understanding of our clients' needs. Simply put, Simon is a great person to work with." - Christopher Kogler, Chief Operating Officer at Tisha Creative, LLC


"I had the pleasure of working one on one with Simon for the Vision4Hoboken.com website. We had one meeting to discuss the website site map and overall look and feel and within a couple of weeks, Simon came back with a completed website that blew us away. His creative design was second to none and I would highly recommend Simon for any website project. The fact that he can do it all, design, conceptualize and program makes him an invaluable resource for any project, team or company. Looking forward to working with Simon in the future...a true pleasure!" - David A Liebler, Managing Partner at LLM Agency


"Simon is one of the most talented, creative people I have ever worked with. His vast knowledge of web and creative design, social media, and creative solutions, along with his work ethic and interpersonal skills, allowed business to grow exponentially. Simon even took the time to share his knowledge of Wordpress, Photoshop, and social media best practices with me, which has allowed for my own personal growth.less" - Account Supervisor, DKC Connect

I surround myself with extremely creative and entrepreneurial individuals. All of us are involved in building brands, helping out our community through our work and through our own personal projects.

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