I looked forward to seeing Drake in the office every day (for 7 years!) Besides being an excellent designer with great patience and perfect attention to detail, he made us all laugh and was a stable rock in a chaotic environment.
Adi Wise - former Project Manager at Walcott-Ayers Group
Drake is a humble design genius. He won't brag, and he won't even acknowledge how extraordinary his work is. He thinks very fast, he designs even faster with exceptional quality. He's worked on a handful of very different design projects for me and I never requested a change after I saw his proposed and final work (except for the time he made me laugh by including a cartoon as a joke). Look at his website and portfolio!
Andrea Maggard - Senior Strategist at Canobie Films
Drake Socie is an extremely creative and talented designer, with whom I’ve worked with on two different projects. In both cases, every deliverable he produced exceeded my expectations in terms of the aesthetics, clarity, originality, and general quality/coolness. He’s very good at working with tight deadlines: in one case, on a particularly complex project, I asked him to give me a series of design options in a very short amount of time, and I was amazed by the number of high-quality options he sent along, which were both visually striking and very helpful as we built out the UX of the project. In addition to Drake being an exceptional designer and a very creative thinker, he is a blast to work with: cool under pressure, great sense of humor, and very flexible re: changing situations, while at the same time always honest about what he thinks is best for the project. Drake’s knowledge of punk and related genres of music, and pop/culture in general, is exceptional, and he is able to draw upon this reservoir of knowledge as a part of his creative process. Overall, Drake is an exceptional designer and creative partner, and the consummate professional.
Bill O’Connor - Innovation Strategist at Autodesk / Founder at Autodesk Innovation Genome / Founder at MindWall
Drake is one of the few swiss army knife designers I’ve worked with that could shift seamlessly from digital banner campaign work to packaging and print without missing a beat. A dedicated and reliable creative professional that puts the team’s goals first, he adapts to anything thrown at him with a positive get-it-done attitude. It’s been a true pleasure working with him.
Dave Matli - former Vice President, Creative Services at LeapFrog
Drake is a real talent and an absolute pleasure to work with. His great listening and project-management skills compliment his aesthetic sensibility and creativity to create a very productive partnership.
Dave Nash - Founder at PingRide
For many years, Drake has generously volunteered his services on behalf of our public school. His designs for posters, flyers, invitations and apparel for annual auctions, festivals and walkathons truly stand out, encourage participation and generate excitement. With Drake’s creative artistry and his collaboration with other similarly dedicated parent leaders, we have met or surpassed our fundraising goals almost every time. Thank you, Drake, you are the best!
David Bond - Director of Operations and Enrollment at North Oakland Community Charter School (NOCCS)
If you are looking for a design professional that is a dedicated, detail oriented dynamo, then look no further than Drake!
Faye Harry - former Manager, Online Marketing Production at LeapFrog
Drake was the utmost professional to work with. He listened well, had great ideas and turned back work in a timely fashion. I was glad to have worked with Drake and would happily do so again.
Georgette Wong - Founder at Correlation Consulting
I have had the distinct pleasure of working with Drake on two key, time-sensitive contracted partner projects. Our first project far exceeded my expectations, and so he was a natural choice to request on our second collaboration. With each project, Drake clearly brings to the table a work ethic that is unmatched, out-of-the-box ideation, and impactful deliveries in the retail spaces we were targeting for each of these incremental marketing strategies. I can speak on behalf of our contracted partners when I say Drake will continue to be our requested lead when we need marketing that doesn't simply get the job done, but serves as a model for campaigns to follow. I look forward to more collaborative opportunities with you Drake!
James Joy - Senior Field Planning Specialist at Sony Interactive Entertainment
I have had the pleasure of having Drake Socie serve for 3 years on the Creative | Design team in the capacity of Senior Production/Creative Designer at PlayStation. He continues to be a valued member of the department and continues to grow his level of involvement, quality of work and extended education. His primary responsibilities are supporting layout design for our Retail POP and Hardware Packaging teams, but also include Events collateral, Digital graphics and Internal Department marketing support. His willingness and passion as a team player makes him a valuable part of any project. Drake is completely professional in his attitude, work ethic, and communications. He is often required to handle multiple projects and tasks simultaneously. Drake is able to juggle and multi-task, but still delivers on priorities and deadlines, not only in his execution, but in his project management as well. Drake is an asset to any project or team that he is a part of, and will provide solutions and inspiration wherever needed.
Jason Gibson - Senior Manager, Creative Design at Sony Interactive Entertainment
Drake has a real wealth of versatile design skills. He's worked in both print design and web design with over a decade of experience. I worked with him for 2 years at LeapFrog, and we worked very well together (as a writer and a designer should). I was so impressed with Drake that I hired him to do the layout on a book I edited. I couldn't speak more highly of his talent, attitude and professionalism. He works fast and is a positive person who I think would be an incredible asset to any employer.
Jeremy Brautman - former Senior Copywriter at LeapFrog
Drake worked for me at WAG Creative for several years. In addition to being a thoughtful and witty designer, he is also a great guy. He brings to his work a talent for illustration, as well as a talent for offbeat humor that I got to enjoy often at WAG. He is versatile in several aspects of today’s design world - print, packaging, digital media and even, on occasion, some copywriting! On top of all that, there’s no big ego with Drake – he’s very down-to-earth, as well as very gifted.
Jim Walcott-Ayers - Partner at WAG Creative
Drake was great at synthesizing all of our ideas, product information, and existing design into a cohesive branding package. He presented several viable concepts, and we couldn’t be more pleased with the end result. Drake’s combination of strong analytic skills coupled with skilled artistry made him a pleasure to work with.
Kristy Feck - Chief Executive Officer at Toolworks
Drake is one of the hardest working and most professional individuals I've had a chance to work with. He takes direction well, offers solutions and is extremely self-motivated.
Les Wong - former Digital Creative Director at LeapFrog
Drake Socie is the ultimate designer for time pressed and creatively starved folks who need to publish something with someone who:
• is super responsive;
• beautifully creative;
• accurate like no one I know;
• takes boorish text and breathes life into it with color and logic; and
• who is amazing to work with and never loses his cool.
I highly recommend Drake Socie!
Lisa Kleissner - President at KL Felicitas Foundation
I’ve had the pleasure of working with Drake on several long-term and ongoing projects over the last two years. Drake has established himself as a valued designer for my team. His tenacity to go the extra mile to truly understand the full scope of the projects he is assigned to is such a beneficial trait. Drake’s attention to detail is notorious; catching and correcting misses even before the review process begins. Whether he is assigned to lead a large, multi-phase project or simply update brand copy on established templates, he displays the same enthusiasm and willingness to help. We are very lucky to have him on the team.
Margo Williams - Creative Services Manager at Sony Interactive Entertainment