Hi, my name is Micah Hirota Swabb, although since moving to Maui in 2011, I started using my spirit name – Mikaya. In my professional career I’ve worked a variety of different jobs – here’s a quick reverse-chronology:

All of this has shaped me into the web renaissance man that I am today. It’s provided me with excellent people and writing skills. I have command of Photoshop, Illustrator, wire framing, and most importantly, an astute eye for effective branding and web site design. I’ve done search engine optimization, search engine pay-per-click advertising campaigns, and coded hundreds of email newsletters. I understand the importance of web standards, semantic mark-up, mobile phone viewable web sites, Ajax user interface elements, table-less CSS based page layouts, Google Adwords, and Mailchimp email campaigns.

If you’d like to tap these skills for a personal project, please complete my request a proposal form, and let’s get crackin’.

Professional Experience
Founder, Web Designer & Developer, 10/07 – current

  • Building web sites for entrepreneurs and small businesses that reflect a unique and inspired vision – learn more about my approach

Pacific Whale Foundation & PWF Eco Adventures
Wailuku, HI (
Senior Web Developer, 11/13 – 11/15

  • Developing web sites and web applications, email marketing campaigns, donation pages, search engine optimization, search engine marketing, marketing copy writing and editing
  • Filled web master roll for, which does over a million dollars in e-commerce transitions every year
  • Designed, developed, project managed contractor, and launched, a crowd-sourcing web application
  • Converted website to mobile friendly template, improved security and stability, used GitHub with test and live servers for source code management

McCann Erickson

Salt Lake City, UT (
User Interface Developer II, 12/05 – 9/07

  • Developing web sites, HTA applications, and email marketing campaigns for Microsoft, Good Technology, McAfee, Openet, and Verizon Wireless
  • Received Emerging Business Award with $2000 bonus for distinguishing work on web site

Interactive Designer, 6/05 – 12/05

  • Flash development for web sites and banner ads
  • Designing templates for web sites and email campaigns

Salt Lake City, UT ( – purchased by OpenERP)
Web Master & Graphic Designer, 7/02 – 4/04

  • Rebuilt corporate web site as a custom CMS application
  • Re-branded corporate identity
  • Handled SEO and SEM for corporate web site

Silver King Media Group
Salt Lake City, UT (publisher of the Utah Homes & Garden magazine)
Writer & Distribution Manager, 8/01 – 6/02

  • Published monthly articles on local architectural and gardening trends
  • Managed distribution of local magazines

Boston, MA (
Web Designer, 12/00 – 4/01

  • Creating design mock-ups for web-based software


Advanced Technical Center
Salt Lake City, UT
E-Commerce / Microsoft Certified Solution Developer (MCSD), 2002

  • Earned the Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD) certification, trained in Classic ASP, ASP.NET, SQL Server, IIS, Visual Studio, HTA application development, and back-end programming
  • Implemented an e-commerce solution using PHP, MySQL, and Apache

Rhode Island School of Design
Providence, RI
Interface Design for Websites & Web Applications, 2001

  • Built Flash based web site for a New York City engineering firm (

Washington University
St. Louis, MO
Bachelor of Arts and Sciences (BA), 2000

  • Majored in English Literature with a Fiction Writing minor, and made the Dean’s List
  • Studied abroad for one year at Oxford University

Washington University
St. Louis, MO
Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA), 1999

  • Majored in Painting and made the Dean’s List with Honors
  • Winner of Elliot Scholar Award and Jens Memorial Award for Artistic Excellence

Phillips Exeter Academy
Exeter, NH
High School Diploma

  • Honor Student, Dorm Proctor and Student Listener