Michele and Patrick Neary have collaborated for more than 20 years as a creative team. In 2010, we made it official and joined freelancing forces to launch Mad Bird Design creative studio in Portland, Oregon. We specialize in animation, graphic and web design services – creating visual materials for communications, marketing, education and entertainment.
Michele Neary, Principal
graphic design + web development
Michele is a versatile communications professional accomplished in both online and print publishing. Her skill set combines a background in marketing, community outreach and journalism, a keen eye for design, and technical expertise in a wide range of software tools. She brings an editor’s attention to detail to her work, creating visually appealing designs that don’t sacrifice readability and accuracy.
Over the last 20 years, Michele has developed and launched dozens of websites, working on an evolving range of platforms. She provides personal assistance to clients throughout the design process, from initial planning through launch and updates.
Patrick draws on his years of experience as a cinematographer to bring a rich visual style and technical skill to animation, visual effects and motion graphics projects. His work combines the tools of traditional illustration, drawing and painting with state-of-the-art motion graphics software. Patrick’s award-winning animated short films have played film festivals worldwide, racked up tens of thousands of views online, and are featured at batteryPOP.
An established freelance filmmaker, Patrick’s Director of Photography experience includes feature, corporate and commercial work. See more at his cinematography website – madbirdfilm.com.
He recently opened Studio MadBird – a dedicated workspace for animation and studio photography work, and a great daylight studio space available to rent to other photographers. Check it out at studiomadbird.com.
Animation & Motion Graphics
Animation isn’t just for cartoons … but we make those too! Animation is a fun, flexible and effective medium, and can make commercial videos as entertaining and memorable as a great cartoon. Our corporate and creative clients – including Apple, AOL, and Microsoft – love the way hand-crafted animation brings their story to life.
Mad Bird Design has contributed award-winning animation, visual effects and motion graphics to feature and short films, marketing and corporate videos. Our work spans a variety of 2D and 3D animation techniques: hand-drawn illustration in whiteboard and full color styles, hand-crafted set design, painted backgrounds, and stop motion characters. We deliver short animated components, post-production compositing, or end-to-end production.
Mad Bird Design has designed, developed and launched dozens of professional business, government and nonprofit websites – earning positive feedback for our clients from website users and customers.
We help our clients make a great first impression with a visually appealing website that communicates effectively and is easy to use. Whether our clients need a brand new presence online, or a fresh look for an existing website, we provide exceptional support throughout the process – from planning and design through the launch and content management.
We’re experts on the latest web standards to create mobile-ready websites. Our clients also benefit from our studio’s illustration, animation, photography and video production skills.
Mad Bird Design works for business, public sector and nonprofit clients. Our aim is to create beautiful visual materials to engage, entertain, and communicate effectively with a range of audiences. We are gratified that so many of our clients enjoy collaborating with us and keep coming back!
“Many times, we’ve benefitted from the ridiculously awesome services of Mad Bird–most recently, the terrific motion design work of Patrick Neary at his boutique new Studio MadBird. But Mad Bird’s ranginess extends to high end cinematography (Neary’s been known to shoot features with a SteadyCam while riding backwards on a Segway), award-winning still photography, and many different kinds of animation. When you’re talking to MadBird, you’re talking to complete filmmakers. Did I mention they’re very sweet people? Because that’s a thing.”
“I greatly appreciate the work of Michele at Mad Bird Design. Her attentive responses and quality of work is exemplary. Michele was able to capture not just our basic needs in a website but go deeper and project our philosophy, company culture and brand commitments. She exceeded my expectations and has helped further my company’s ability to engage our guests in whatever platform they use.”