Mihai Cernusca

Designer / Developer ๐ŸŒŽ  NYC


Please email regarding freelance or work inquiries.

As a maker with over a decade of experience building digital products I'm equally at home as part of an engineering team in the role of technical product designer as I am part of a creative team in the role of software developer with a passion for front-end craft and design.

Most recently I worked on making sharing and presenting better building Swipe, a web based tool that takes presentations beyond the projector.

I previously worked as a mobile application developer and designer for over five years. During this time I co-founded and built GIF SHOP โ€” The animated .gif maker for your iPhone which was featured numerous times on the App Store, voted Wired Magazine Editorโ€™s Pick, FWA Mobile of the day, Gizmodo app of the day and more.

I studied computer animation and found my place in the industry as a technical artist. While in school and going back to the early 2000s I worked as a freelance web application developer building bespoke learning tools, content management systems and even a social network.



Product Designer / Developer, July 2014 โ€” Present

Making sharing and presenting better with a small London based team. Joined the team in 2014 with the goal of building a cross platform content creation tool that would rival native performance and behavior. Designed v2 of the product and migrated the application front-end from a Backbone to React codebase. ( swipe.to )

Product design Prototyping React Go Cassandra


Co-founder / Developer, July 2010 โ€” Present

The animated .gif maker for your iPhone. Featured numerous times on the App Store, Wired Magazine Editorโ€™s Pick 2010, FWA Mobile 2010, Gizmodo app of the day and more. ( gifshop.tv )

Product design Objective-C PHP MySQL


Technical Designer, January 2009 โ€” July 2014

Brought mobile visions to life for over five years. Outgrew our of offices three times in the process. Lead the product design, web and front end iOS development efforts. Developed and maintained a suite of internal tools for management and debugging of hosted messaging solutions. Set best practices and built tools to automate design and engineering workflows. ( mfluent.com )

Product design Prototyping Graphic design Objective-C PHP MySQL


Freelance iOS Developer, 2012

Setlist โ€” The easiest way to discover local shows using artists in your Rdio collection. ( mrare.ca )


University of Kansas

Freelance Web Application Developer / Product Designer, 2014

Keep in Touch โ€” Developed and designed a real time messaging tool to enable senior citizens to maintain communication with extended families and their own social circles. The software is currently being used as part of several ongoing research studies.

React Go Redis

Salt Collective

Freelance Web Application Developer, 2006 โ€” 2008

Worked alongside Sydneyโ€™s best to make creative ideas a reality. In a design driven development environment my role was to lead the development efforts on projects ranging from a social network site for STAB Magazine to specialized content management solutions.


University of Missouri

Freelance Web Application Developer, 2010 โ€” 2012

Treepple โ€” Developed and maintained a health management and tailored health news engine application.

Freelance Web Application Developer / Designer, September โ€” October 2006

Developed scalable online learning applications for use in distance learning research.

Freelance 3D Generalist, August 2005

Designed 3D characters and illustrations for a special needs learning tool.


The Illinois Institute of Art โ€” Schaumburg

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Media Arts & Animation โ€” Fall 2008

FA 2008 Reel

  • Hosted workshop: Maxscript for artists, 2008
  • Hosted workshop: Web development for artists, 2008
  • Participant โ€” FJORG! Siggraph 2008
  • Best Team Animation โ€” ARTimation 2008 digital Arts Festival
  • Visual Voltage (AIGA Student Chapter at ILIS) Webmaster, 2008
  • 2nd place โ€” 2005 ILIS High School Senior Scholarship Competition
  • 1st place โ€” 2004 SkillsUSA National 3D Animation Competition