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by mkeefe on Dec 31st, 2013

Looking Back on 2013

Well 2013 was certainly packed full of interesting, new, great and sad times. I will touch on the highlights and major events of this year.

From a professional standpoint I was interviewed by VitaminT on mobile and web app development. My company got the opportunity to work on some pretty amazing projects and we recently updated the website to reflect these projects. Some of which included a mobile app for Porsche, an update to the popular Four Stack card game and the beginning of a second screen app for a major broadcaster!

On the personal side of things this year was HUGE! My wife and I celebrated our 1 year anniversary. To think 4 years ago we were at a Dane Cook show on a “non-date” and now this year we bought a house together. So blessed to be able to provide a home for my family and see our son make lots of new friends!

I was also able to check off another one of my dreams this year, which was to purchase a motorcycle and got some good riding time in. I was also able to tinker in the garage and installed HID headlights and an exhaust.

The sad times this year was losing my grandfather Frank, he was the one I had so many meaningful business conversations with. I already miss him so much and don’t expect it to get easier any time soon. I was of course blessed to have such a loving wife that jumped in and helped out during that tough time.

All things considered, 2013 was very interesting. I look forward to growing the company, traveling with the family and anything else 2014 has in store for us.

Happy New Year!!

by mkeefe on Nov 20th, 2012

This week 10 years ago

The Beginning

Its amazing to think that 10 years ago in the comfort of my room while still in high school was the beginning of mkeefeDESIGN. It started as a free time hobby before the logos, website and advertising. It mostly happened during time at the computer lab. I will never forget helping the teachers with graphic design questions, getting access to thousands of dollars in software and in some cases skipping classes to stay there. Not to mention developing an amazing dynamic website on lycos.co.uk. Anyone remember that host? They offered PHP/MySQL servers FOR FREE!

Making it a Career

The Fall after I graduated was when I really started looking at this career path and it was that November Thanksgiving that I was excited to tell my family all about my new “company”. Of course some thought I was insane for working with computers, not going to college and “wasting my time”. Though to my pleasant surprise my dad was excited for me and I really do owe ALOT of my success and experience to him.

Soon after creating mkeefeDESIGN I learned that graphic design was not my preference (great, picked a name with design in it…) and started to learn coding. I picked up some web design books and started created websites. First it was gaming sites, personal weblogs and small business sites for local clients. Then as I began to grow my skill level so did the caliber of clients I had the opportunity to work with. Over the next 8 years I would have the immense pleasure of working with amazing brands, some of which included Adobe, XM Radio, Delphi, Microsoft and Warner Brothers.

Thanks for all the Support

To think if I had been too busy partying and “being a teenager” I wouldn’t have my dream job at my own company still working with some amazing people. Thanks to all my supporters both professional and from my family. I owe much of my success to that constant stream of support.

Now I have my wife supporting my dreams (and I support hers) and putting up with long and tireless hours. I also have my own son who i’m already seeing his dreams be formed and excited for the opportunity to help him achieve them.

Never give up on or let the doubts of others stop your pursuit of your dreams.

 

by mkeefe on Jan 3rd, 2011

A look back on 2010

Just as soon as it began 2010 is now in the history books. Let me take a moment to reflect on some notable things that took place in 2010, both professional and personal.

It technically began in 2009 but on New Years eve I went to a Dane Cook show with my now girlfriend and what a show it was.

Fast forward to February which included a vacation to the Caribbean with family and friends where I was unaware at the time I would be doing the majority of my photography for the year. Overall the cruise was a great start to the New Year! I highly recommend you go on one at least once in your life.

The majority of Spring I spent working on various freelance projects and with awesome teams around the world. One notable project I got the opportunity to work on in the Spring was an interactive training module for an oil company, though I can’t speak any specifics on that project I can say it was fun!

Towards the start of summer I was invited to a Red Sox game where i’m almost certain no one remembers the score, but thats how you know it was a great time. As summer marched on I took a small break to Florida to see family and friends for a few days but ended up working on a bunch of projects while there.. kind of typical in the life of a freelancer.

When I returned home in late July I started officially working as a Flash developer with Litl in Boston where I had the opportunity to work on awesome Flash projects for their Litl webbook and other upcoming hardware. This was also the first time I had responded to a cold call from a talent agent, but something about Aquent (their parent) struck me right. I am still enrolled with Aquent and highly recommend them to professionals looking for new work or a new career.

In the Fall I flew out to Vegas for the annual PhotoshopWorld and got to meet a bunch of great people, including some I had spoke with via email/chat for the last few years. Rather than flying back home from Vegas I decided to make a stop in Colorado and spent some time with friends roughing it in the woods and shooting guns, two hobbies of mine.

When I finally returned home from my Vegas/Colorado travels I only had a few short weeks before I was on a plane to attend Adobe MAX for the first time in my life. Looking back I can’t believe I waited so long but I certainly picked the right MAX to attend with all the goodies given away by Google, Motorola, Adobe and even Blackberry. While in LA I also got the opportunity to speak at a mini conference on the subject of Flash mobile, which was a great time and can’t wait to speak again.

After returning home from MAX I decided to work on a few personal goals and in doing so I got my motorcycle permit, took a class and ended up receiving my motorcycle license. I also obtained (after much hoop jumping) my LTC gun permit. Don’t be concerned though, I am not running off to join a motorcycle club/gang.. I just love guns and bikes.

On a strictly personal topic I also celebrated 6 months with my girlfriend, got to spend the holidays together and even celebrated the arrival of 2011 on the Boston waterfront with friends this past weekend.

I also took a 13 day vacation to where else? Florida! I imagine one day I will move there, I guess we’ll see.

In all 2010 was a great year, I progressed my business towards bigger and better projects, checked off personal achievements and got to travel around the country. This of course only means 2011 will be even bigger and I am not wasting any time either. In early 2011 I am launching a bunch of website applications, mobile apps/updates and opening a new company with my good friend Phil whose graphics work you have seen in much of my client work for many years now.

So there you have it, how was your 2010? Lets hear it.. and on to 2011 and all it has in store for us all.

by mkeefe on Dec 24th, 2008

Happy Holidays

A big Happy Holidays to my readers. No matter what you do/don’t celebrate these weeks are a time to spend with friends and family. A time to give gifts and receive them from others. A time to reflect on what you accomplished/lived this past year… and of course, a time to look to next year.

I am thankful for the opporuntunities I have experienced this past year and the people I have met throughout the adventure. Heres to 2009, which is only a few days away!

Amazon just made researching toys a whole lot more fun this Holiday season. They have introduced an interactive toy grid, the Holiday Toy List, where you can navigate around and watch hundreds of videos. You can also sort the list by age or price and quickly jump around to pick the right gift for anyone on your list.

The geek factor here is also pretty high too because this whole “toy wall” is built using Flash and Flash video.

Here is the link once again and a screenshot:

Amazon: Holiday Toy List

Update: Link fixed. There was a missing character in the docId.