Beast mode is the term we use to describe our Director of Digital Design’s productivity and drive. That’s because ‘getting things done’ just doesn’t quite reflect how hard Mike Wojcik works. Nor does it accurately describe the insight and innovation he continually brings to the table as a designer, inspiring all of us to up our game in what we deliver to our clients.
Mike wears many hats (literally and figuratively) in our company. He leads the design team, works closely with our 3S Labs to conceive, develop and design new software and innovation and plays a key role on our User Experience (UX) team to ensure that the focus is always on meeting the needs of the end-user.
When he’s not driving business and innovation forward, he’s developing online/mobile games that are played by millions of users. That’s Mike, our our talented, hard working, team-playing, hockey-loving, creative and all-round fantastic director of digital design.
Here are some other cool facts about Mike.
Tell us about yourself
I created my first web page when I was 12 – a site that had cheats for the video game Mortal Kombat. My post-secondary education includes both Computer Science and Multimedia Production. I also worked for a Nintendo game publisher and am proud to say I developed 3 store-released games. I also run an online/mobile game company with games played by millions of users
When did you join the thirdstream team?
Funny story. I started out doing some contract work for the company back in 2004 when we were known as Webtech. I then joined the team full-time in 2006, took a little break to pursue some other goals and then happily returned to thirdstream full-time in 2013.
What is your current role with thirdstream?
Digital Design Director and jack of all trades. I do art, design, programming, animation, video and gamification. I’m constantly trying to push the envelope with our work. I also provide the team with tunes to sing along to as we work.
What appeals to you the most about the work you do with thirdstream?
I love being involved in all facets of a company that’s constantly pushing us to move beyond our limitations. I love our cutting edge philosophy and I’m always ready to jump on current technologies and trends that would benefit our clients.
In 1-2 sentences, what do you appreciate the most about being part of this team?
I love how casual the atmosphere is around here and how we are given a lot of freedom to be who we are. We’ve become a family in a lot of ways rather than just a team. They also put up with me constantly singing out loud to cheesy songs and goofing around.
Now for the fun stuff
Oct 9, 1984 in Lethbridge, AB.
In the Crowsnest Pass.
Grew up in which decade
Biggest musical (or other) influence when you were growing up
As a kid, I grew up listening to 80’s rock thanks to my Mom’s obsession with them (Motley Crue, Poison, Guns n Roses, Skid Row). Grunge and Hard Rock were my biggest musical influences later on.
Favourite tune/band on your iPod right now
Anything from Steel Panther.
Huge fan of
A lot of my inspiration for art and design comes from decades of playing video games. Music is also a big part of my life. My friends call me the king of Name that Tune.
Family you’d like to mention? (kids, spouse, etc.)
My girlfriend Nika and my French Bulldog Bowser.
You’re happiest when
Hanging out with friends over some nice, frosty beverages and when the Flames are winning (a rare thing these days).
Hockey (I’m a hardcore Flames fan), music, UFC, skiing/snowboarding, cars, fitness, road trips/travelling and video games.
Greatest achievement (so far)
Helping shape Webtech/thirdstream into the company it is today and developing award-winning games that have been played by millions.