Client Testimonials

“Michael Johnson was significantly more than a graphic designer and website builder, he was a partner in creating my business, F. Oliver’s Oils and Vinegars. Michael listened closely to my vision for the business and created a logo, website, packaging, and other branding elements that perfectly conveyed our desired personality and brand standards. He went well beyond the norm by generating a storefront design and was there at every turn when I needed a creative eye to review any and all design considerations. In short, he treated my business as if it was his own.

We are now in our fifth month of operation and have exceeded our goals to date by over 30%. Every day we get compliments on the look and feel of our product and of our store. Michael had everything to do with that. Michael is a pleasure to work with; up-beat, funny, charming, dependable, and responsive with high quality work.

There is an adage that one cannot get high quality, fast turn-around, and decent pricing at the same time. Michael proves that wrong. He is rightfully in high demand; I feel pleased and privileged to be a client and will continue for the life of the business to depend on Michael as a business partner.”

Penelope PankowProprietor, F. Oliver’s Oils and Vinegars

“Results tell it all. With Mike’s combined expertise in both web design and online marketing, our online business tripled after one year. It was a pleasure working with Mike.”

Jim WalkerDirector of Online Sales & Marketing, Transcat, Inc.

“I had the great pleasure of working with Michael at not just one, but “three” individual companies. Michael is an extremely talented designer and successful Internet Marketer. He has a big personality, is a joy to work with, is passionate about his work, and more importantly, always comes to the table with a better idea or better solution in mind. He has an exceptional ability to understand the customer’s needs both verbally and through design. Michael would be a profitable asset to any organization and I highly recommend him. I hope to have the opportunity to work with him again in the near future.”

Ann MaynardVice President of Human Resources, BlueTie, Inc.

“I finally have a website that compliments my business perfectly. Michael set my expectations accurately and then delivered on every aspect of design and implementation of our new website. It has the look and feel I was hoping for and is now delivering results and climbing the search engine rankings. The knowledge and talent Michael brings to the table cannot be overstated. With Michael’s guidance, we were able to build a website that has the look and features necessary to accurately deliver our message. My recommendation for Michael and Pixelpunk is so strong that I am currently using Michael to rebuild a site for my other business.”

Ken GanPresident, Macs II Mechanical And Collision Service

“I had the pleasure of working with Michael for two years in both his roles as Lead Designer and Marketer for BlueTie and as Product and Marketing Manger for Adventive. Michael has a very unique skill-set in that he is a creative thinker and problem-solver with graphic design and usability expertise, is a technology geek who knows how to program using the latest standards, and also has a background in business, marketing, and product management. And he’s a great guy to work with, too… his great sense of humor and up-beat personality puts everyone at ease and meetings become a lot more fun as a result. I would strongly recommend Michael for your next web design or marketing project.”

Kevin KleinPresident, Adventive, Inc.

“One of Rochester’s gems! I was very fortunate to click on the only ad I’ve ever clicked on in Facebook to find Michael aka ‘PixelPunk’. He came into our company with no knowledge of what we do, how we do it, or why. Several weeks later Michael came back with some beautifully designed and creative mock-ups that captured the ideas we had on paper in a way that went beyond our expectation. In a nutshell, Michael ‘gets it.’ We look forward to a long and successful relationship.”

Rebecca PovioMarketing Manager, TextWise

“I can personally attest to not only Mike’s excellence as a designer, but his keen business acumen as well. I am perhaps most impressed however by Mike’s visionary approach to his work. Mike is not only the designer someone can only dream of working with, he is the consummate professional extremely passionate about his craft. This passion is readily captured in all his work. From initial consultation Mike takes the time to truly listen to best determine what his client really needs. Mike asks all the right questions and directly translates what he gleans from you about a project into his work. No matter what the ask, Mike always pleasantly surprised me by incorporating my vision and adding his creativity to far exceed my expectations in the end result. Mike’s cutting edge creativity always presents a new, fresh perspective that brings a project into a new dimension. Customer focus is beyond excellent—would highly recommend anyone in need of exceptional design skills and project management to call Mike!”

Nadia BolalekCommunications Mgr. / Rochester Institute of Technology

“Michael’s creative passion and his unique creative talent make him the top graphic and web designer for any project you may have. He is very responsive, he takes the quality of work he delivers very seriously, and he is always willing to help even if something is outside of the realm of his expertise. He is the guy you always want to have on your team. I would strongly recommend Michael for your next graphic or web design project.”

Jacek WoloszukVice President of Engineering, Adventive, Inc.

“PixelPunk offered us the creativity and flexibility we were looking for in developing a new website. While we already had a design concept in mind, Mike was able to help us flesh out our ideas and offer solid suggestions to improve the client experience at our site. The new site has helped increase our sales by 35‰.”

Salley ThorntonVP Marketing Communications, Toshiba Business Solutions

“…he has a special insight and creativity that transcends the norm. You can’t go wrong using Michael for your website design…”

Annette Gaul, Esq.Administrative Law Judge (ALJ), New York State

“Michael is passionate about design. I worked with Michael on several projects and he did a great job listening to the business goals for the project and researching the vertical in order to develop a persona that would interact with the web site and collaterals. Michael constantly created solid concept designs and was always on time with deliverables. I would highly recommend Michael, his whit and humor is a great bonus and makes him fun to work with!”

Kim HoffmanMarketing Specialist, Xerox Corporation

“Michael is detail-oriented, creative, and a reliable graphic designer and online marketer. He can take just a few bits of information from you, and in-turn, build a unique and complete business solution for your company that accurately reflects your personality and brand goals. He’s fast, friendly, and affordable. I highly recommend Michael to anyone looking for someone to take his or her small business to the next level.”

Beth Buchanan-DelforteOwner, Delforte Search Solutions

“Mike’s graphic and Web development work is outstanding. His knowledge of print plus Web design is a valuable combination for clients. He’s always on the forefront of new Web technologies and his communication and writing skills are excellent.”

Karen AlexanderOnline Marketing Director, Keiser University

“Mike is an extremely rare person: exceptional designer, standards-compliant web programmer, totally up to date with SEO/SEM and fast. On top of that he has a strong strategic approach to marketing and a great attitude. If I were to choose a business partner Mike would be it.”

Martin EdicDirector of Online Marketing, Martino Flynn

“Mike is a rare individual with a gift for all things creative. Not only does he excel in pursuits such as web and graphic design, but his creative thought process translates into highly-innovative solutions. This is best demonstrated by his proficiency in marketing strategy, where he applies both his superior design skills in unison with the strategy necessary to drive any campaign forward. Posed with a task, no matter how large or small, Mike will take an approach uniquely his own and it will be one that delivers outstanding results.”

James SimpsonSenior Information Architect, Mimeo

“Mike is one of those rare people who is a good at what he does AND a real pleasure to work with. He was excellent about explaining things as I worked with him on Google ad words and creating new pages on the VoicePort site”

Elisha KasinskasSenior Marketing Manager, VoicePort

“Design can make or break a business in this new Web economy and Mr. Johnson clearly illustrated how the use of good design can differentiate a company from its competition…Mr. Johnson is an expert of the highest quality and a true pleasure to work with. He will be an asset to any business attempting to build or maintain a presence on the World Wide Web.”

Professor Abraham SeidmannSimon School of Business

“Working with Michael can best be described by positive terms that are WAY overused today. I personally have never met a more polite, professional, knowledgeable and helpful person than Michael…His skills in being able to understand the user’s/customer’s needs are exceptional — even when the user/customer cannot adequately describe these needs to him. He also was always able to communicate these needs back to the customer both verbally and in design mockups in a manner I had not seen before, even while I was at Microsoft. I know Michael to be a ethical and moral business person and would highly recommend him to others seeking excellence in design work, both technical and non-technical.”

Bret DangelmaierDirector of Software Operations, ZOS Communications

“PixelPunk marries cutting edge Web savvy with elegant design and the result is nothing short of a miracle in this era of bloated and overblown websites. Both projects undertaken for me by this firm resulted in websites that download quickly, link intelligently and present a continuity of clean design, all while remaining faithful to the core values of the respective businesses. Equally important, the PixelPunk team was a pleasure to work with throughout the process – professional, responsive and flexible.

PixelPunk know-how is responsible for moving both my websites to the top of the heap in any web search – hits have increased dramatically since they took over. I have since recommended PixelPunk to a number of my clients after they admired my websites and an influential publication in my field (SHUTTERBUG) recently reviewed the site and concluded: “…the nicest homepage I’ve seen in a long time.” I can’t say enough good things about the work done for me by this company. Thank you.”

G. Steve JordanMohonk Images

“As Assistant Director of Public Affairs/Art Director for the Simon School of Business, he has consistently produced award-winning work, both print and Web-based, with a fresh creative outlook that brings a dimension of uniqueness to each job. He has helped to equate the perception of Simon with professionalism and good taste. I trust him and rely on him heavily. He always comes through.”

Mike’s BossDirector of Public Affairs, Simon School of Business

“I was looking for a web designer with a masterful sense of design, to help our association communicate the elegant design of the collaborative family law process. I found that with Michael. From logo designs to finished website, Michael helped us give visual voice to our ideas. As a busy attorney, I also appreciate that Michael is a creative talent who works very professionally with us. I can depend on him to deliver as agreed. Michael makes working with our website a satisfying experience.”

Donna Beck Weaver, Esq.Los Angeles Collaborative Family Law Association

“Michael and his group were absolutely wonderful to work with. He provided us with professional expertise and counsel in a language that was easy to understand…in addition to providing us with a smart, creative, and marketable design. His personal attention and fast turn-around was unparalleled! Michael had been there every step of the way with us…he truly is a partner in regard to all of our business efforts. We made an excellent choice.”

Suzanne L. Brunsting, Esq.Association of Collaborative Family Law Attorneys