I have had the pleasure of working with Dave for a decade. In that time, he has brought boundless passion, creativity and energy into the products we have created together. Dave has the capacity to take words and turn them into graphic and multimedia designs that represent the mood, feeling, and essence of language that we seek to teach to our students. Dave has the vision to turn abstractions into the concrete illustrative representations. He is a great team player and leader. It has been a delight to work with Dave on numerous projects.- Beth Zemble, Junior Achievement
Dave is one of these rare individuals in the creative industry that combines practical problem solving with high energy creative talent. He's a natural leader who is always at the ready to take on the large challenges that are important but still not clearly defined. That 'we'll figure it out' approach is incredibly valuable to a fast paced, high growth environment like ours and you always get the sense that has things covered. And, the creative output is outstanding as well. Dave is a valuable asset.- Steve Marinetto, XO Communications
Dave is a creative problem solver. He is always up for a challenge and always brings the highest level of professionalism to the solution. He has a passion for his work and always puts in the extra effort. He is a great team player and collaborator. Dave's light hearted nature and good humor often bring levity to the most challenging scenarios.- John Moffitt, Discovery Communications
There are many things I appreciate about Dave Shives’ considerable talents. As an artist, I admire the breadth of imagination, creativity, and detail he integrates into illustrations, designs, and animations. As a manager, Dave’s nurturing, meticulous approach has helped many inexperienced or off-site designers deliver a quality product on-time and on-budget. Dave is very adept at talking with business associates and is regularly called upon to be a spokesman for our company. I greatly enjoy working with Dave and I applaud his dedication and concern for our students, his innovation, and his passion for excellence.- Tom DiGiovanni, PCC, K12 Inc.
David brings an open mind and creativity to complex design projects. His approach considers both organizational and user goals. He has strong opinions backed by experience, and he responds to feedback that leads to better results. His product designs are more than pretty screens—they provide tangible illustration of concepts and make it possible for a creative team to identify and address decisions about design direction. His ability to establish guidelines, organize a project, and coach junior team members ensure usability, consistency and efficiency.- Ginny Rice, VR Associates
David adds a professional and thoughtful visual design to any production. He focuses his attention on a consistent, high quality design that enhances the purpose of the content. This leads to a visually compelling product that works exactly as it should without distraction and noise - a great compliment to strong instructional design. I've worked with David and his teams on various projects over many years, and he is always eager to create the best possible design within the expected constraints of schedule and budget. On top of all that, he is just a great person to work with.- Ralf Provant, K12 Inc.