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New York Freelance Web Designer John Surdakowski

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  • Local Maven
  • Photoshop, Illustrator, CSS, HTML, JS, WordPress
  • LocalMaven is a unique online platform and mobile app that seamlessly tracks the giving and receiving of word-of mouth referrals. Avex Designs helped to develop the brand's identity, as well as the user-experience for the web and mobile application. We also worked on the responsive marketing website, utilizing WordPress as the Content Management System.
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  • Half Past
  • Photoshop, Illustrator, Creative Direction
  • Avex Designs provided creative direction and user-experience design for Half Past. This company offers a unique service, putting luxury watch consumers directly in touch with retails. The design focused on the high-end market with a sleek and simple aesthetic, showcasing large images of the products.
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  • Edivv
  • Photoshop, Illustrator, HTML5, CSS3, Responsive Design, JavaScript
  • Edivv has been a great client for the past year. We worked with them to craft a beautiful user-experience for their service. The company helps customers who are looking to trade beauty samples, and connects them. it's a really unique start-up and partnering with them has been a great experience.
Best Coast
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  • Kobalt Music / Best Coast
  • Creative Direction, Tumblr, HTML, CSS, Photoshop
  • Avex Designs provided creative direction for this Tumblr website. I worked side by side with a design partner who also developed the website. Best Coast is a rock duo formed in Los Angeles, California in 2009. The band consists of songwriter, guitarist and vocalist Bethany Cosentino and guitarist and multi-instrumentalist Bobb Bruno. The band has been gaining popularity and is on tour now. I always love working with bands and this project was no different.
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  • Campfire & USA Networks
  • HTML5, CSS3, jQuery, WordPress, Photoshop
  • Political Animals, a limited series event on the USA Network, teamed up with Campfire in New York to launch an in-story, newspaper style website. Avex Designs was asked to work with Campfire on the development of this project. Campfire designed the layout, and I worked with them to launch a completely responsive website. Much of the responsive design was done in the browser, rather than designing various different mockups. It was a great project to be apart of!
chasing paper
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  • Chasing Paper
  • HTML5, CSS3, jQuery, Shopify, Photoshop, Illustrator
  • Chasing Paper sells stylish, removable wallpaper. We helped this start-up with their online brand presence by launching a Shopify store. We helped to customize the Shopify theme and get their products online and available to the public. The theme is built using HTML, Liquid, and CSS3. It is also completely responsive.
Zumic
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  • Photoshop, HTML, CSS, JavaScript, WordPress
  • Zumic is a start-up news website for everyone who loves music. News, videos, tour dates, music and more. We focused on a very clean design, to showcase the content, without navigation or clutter getting in the way. The backend was built on WordPress, utilizing various custom post types to give the admin complete control over the content. The project called for a lot of back end customization, which was a challenge. But the outcome was a clean, easy to consume interface.
The Banshee GIF Shop
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  • Cinemax / Campfire
  • HTML, CSS, JavaScript, Tumblr, Photoshop
  • Campfire asked me to work on the development of a unique Tumblr theme for the new Cinemax series "Banshee". The creative agency handled the design, while I worked closely with the team to develop the website. Cinemax partnered with BuzzFeed to create the first ever animated GIF premiere for a series which provided viewers with a unique and highly shareable way in which to experience the series.
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  • Emergys / Care Hub
  • Photoshop, Illustrator
  • Care Hub is an iOS app to help patients, pharmacies and doctors communicate. Patients receive personalized alerts, track prescriptions and update their health information. We worked directly with Emergys from the wireframes to the design.
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  • HashTip
  • Photoshop, Illustrator, Keynote (for wireframes)
  • HashTip is a social commerce network where moms share tips on kids products, services, activities, and deals. Avex was asked to help craft the overall user-experience including designing the desktop website and iOS application. HashTip did not want us to just "push pixels around", they wanted Avex to be involved in the entire process as well. We helped to define the brand's online presence. This is a great start-up, and we are continuing to work with them, to refine the service more and more everyday.
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  • The H2O Generation
  • Illustrator, Photoshop, HTML5, CSS3, jQuery, PHP, WordPress
  • The H2O Generation’s classic retro boards and paddles are handmade from materials of the upmost quality. I wanted to capture an almost rustic, earthy, surfer feel, but still stay modern. Just like H2O's boards, this website may look retro, but the technology behind it is not. We used HTML5 and CSS3 to get some really nice effects. As well as WordPress custom post types, Google's API for the store locator, a blog, and profile pages for each employee. Shopify was used to develop the ecommerce portion.
Childish Gambino
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  • Photoshop, HTML, CSS, jQuery, PHP, WordPress
  • Childish Gambino (Donald Glover) needed a website, aside from his personal blog www.iamdonald.com. As far as the design goes, Donald wanted to keep it really simple. But the back-end is built on WordPress, giving the artist and record label, Glassnote Records, control over the website. It has all the basics to keep you updated on Childish Gambino. News, Tour Dates and Media.
Phoenix Twitter App
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  • Glassnote Records / Phoenix
  • HTML, CSS, PHP, Twitter API
  • Grammy Award Winner Phoenix needed a way to get the word out about their concert at Madison Square Garden. We utilized social networking, by giving fans the chance to hear an exclusive track once they re-tweeted a post about the event. This idea was such a hit, the label did the same for other bands on it's roster.
Google Banners
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  • Google
  • InDesign, Flash, Illustrator, AS3
  • These banners were designed and art directed by the good people over at Open. I teamed up with them to animate various types of info-graphic banners for Google's Non-Profit. You can view the animations on YouTube or for higher quality previews, please email me
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  • Smart Tax
  • Photoshop, Illustrator, HTML5, CSS3, jQuery, WordPress
  • Smart Tax reached out to Avex to help re-design and develop their online brand experience. We completely started from scratch, creating a custom user-expeience, focusing on the brand identity. Using WordPress as the backend, Smart Tax can control their content and create blog posts. The website is super fast and very SEO friendly. We continue to work with Smart Tax to improve their brand, and help with SEO and Social Campaigns. They have locations across the country, so when tax season comes around, check them out!
Bank Of America / MLB
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  • Bank Of America / MLB
  • Flash, AS3, Photoshop.
  • Bank Of America & MLB teamed up at The All-Star Game in 2011 to spread the word about MLB Mobile Pay Tags & MLB Extra Bases. I was asked to develop a touch screen application for kiosks located at the Stadium in Arizona. We also animated a screen saver for the kiosks to play when a user was not interacting with the application. This was a great project to be involved in and a great opportunity to explore different technologies. The creative was designed and art directed by Salvatore Fabbella.

“We love working with Avex Designs. Not only do they create beautiful, interactive, easy to update websites but, they are also extremely helpful and amazing to work with!“

Jenna LoMonaco - Glassnote Records

About Avex Designs

Hi, my name is John Surdakowski and I am a New York freelance web designer. I founded Avex Designs in 2010, with the purpose of concentrating on only a few select projects at a time. Avex is small by design, but can quickly scale up, depending on the size and needs of your project. Currently, my office is located in the WeWork building on Varick Street in NYC. This is a great environment for collaborating with other designers and developers, which is exactly what I love to do.

I've been creating websites and mobile applications for start-ups, small businesses and advertising agencies since 2002. Some of my specialties include: websites, blogs, mobile sites, custom WordPress, Shopify & Tumblr themes, social media solutions, iPhone & iPad apps, branding, UI & UX design, SEO, responsive design, and rich media campaigns.

Over the years I've held various positions at some major companies, but in 2010 I decided to go out on my own. During that time I've had the opportunity to work with some really great brands, including: Google, USANetwork, Cinemax, HBO, UBISoft, Sony Music, Bank of America, Cantor Fitzgerald, Atrium Clothing, Stony Brook University, Kobalt Music and Glassnote Records. I have also consulted for companies such as: JWT, Havas, Campfire, Monster.com, Estee Lauder, BBDO, NBC, MRM Worldwide, Nickelodeon, MTV Networks and many other companies in New York and world wide.

If you're reading this, you're probably in need of a website, mobile app or something similar. Maybe you have a project in the works, a cool idea, or no clue what you need. Either way, I can help get that sorted out. So, email me and let's discuss. You can also follow me on Twitter and Google+

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