Micah Murphy

Micah Murphy

Web & Graphic Designer

Experience

2014-Current

Director of Creative Services, Third Millennium Media
Third Millennium Media is a small but powerful Catholic media firm that hosts radio pledge drives (more than $100 million raised to date), operates PR/marketing for internationally acclaimed speakers, and produces media for those speakers and third-parties. As an independent contractor working exclusively with Third Millennium Media, I produced websites and graphic designs for clients, in addition to handling in-house concerns. Clients included: EWTN’s Vocation Boom Radio & TV, EWTN’s Take 2, Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers, Jerry & Debbie, The Shrine of the Grotto of the Redemption, OneFaith Experience, Fr. Edward Looney, and more. My tasks included:

 

  • Affordable, easily maintained, and mobile-responsive websites for clients on the WordPress platform
  • Graphic design, including composite and original artwork
  • Print design (CD/DVD covers, fliers, pamphlets, banners, etc.)
  • Photography and stock photo curation
  • Mass email communication for marketing and sales
  • Social media
  • Proposal/copy/script authoring
  • Video post-production
  • Audio restoration/sweetening
  • Coordinator / “Runner” for the OneFaith Experience conference; logged over 29,000 steps in one day
  • Handling and event photography for Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers, a highlighted speaker for the 2015 World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia, attended by Pope Francis

2009-2014

High School Theology Teacher
Loyola College Prep is a Catholic college prepatory high school in Shreveport, Louisiana, with a high success record in preparing students for a variety of college environments. During my tenure, Loyola became one of the first schools in the state to embrace the 1:1 model; all students and teachers utilized iPads in everyday interactions, expanding the educational environment beyond the classroom walls. Working with seniors and sophomores, I instructed 5 years of students in Church history, scripture, and social justice. I also coordinated liturgies, acted as sacristan, and tracked volunteer hours for students. My skill set included:

 

  • Lecture and discussion-based education
  • Grading
  • Incorporating technology in the classroom
  • Intra- and inter-departmental collaboration
  • Tutoring
  • ACT/SAT prep
  • Exam preparation/proctoring

2007-2009

Parish Director of Youth Ministry
Hired to rebuild a youth group from the ground up after the sudden departure of the previous YM, by the grace of God, I grew the group three-fold over 2 years. My love for and knowledge of Catholic doctrine was especially noted by youth and adult volunteers.

2005

Kinko’s Associate
At this summer job while living on the campus of the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, I learned a great deal about creative design and the printing business.

2004

Retreat Assistant, Conception Abbey
I assisted with preparation and implementation of retreats for various groups, especially Confirmation retreats.

Education

2005-2007

Franciscan University of Steubenville

BA Theology & Catechetics, Latin Minor

2004-2005

University of Nebraska – Lincoln

2003-2004

Conception Seminary College

Skills

  • Mac
  • Windows
  • Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Publisher)
  • Adobe Photoshop, InDesign, Lightroom, Illustrator, Draw, Sketch, Capture, After Effects, Premiere Pro, Audition
  • Canva
  • Prezi
  • WordPress, HTML, PHP, CSS, some Javascript & jQuery, some AJAX
  • Languages:
    • English (fluent)
    • Latin (professional proficiency in reading and writing)
    • Koine Greek (limited working proficiency in reading)
    • Spanish (elementary proficiency)
    • Italian (elementary proficiency in reading)

Testimonials/References

Micah Murphy does a wonderful job in designing websites. He will accompany you through the process and assist you when questions arise. He has been a great help to me in going online with my website.

Fr. Edward Looney

Priest & Author, Diocese of Green Bay

I have had the pleasure of working with Micah Murphy at Third Millennium Media for the past two years. Micah is gifted in tremendous ways. His theology background, creative skills and technical expertise are just a few of his passions and talents. More importantly, Micah is a great soul, who has a genuine devotion to the Faith. When you combine all these facets of Micah’s character, you come up with a gentleman who is phenomenal, professional and proficient at his work. I look forward to more collaborations with Micah in the future. And I am blessed to call Micah my friend.

Debbie Georgianni

Inspirational Speaker, Writer, and Cohost of Take 2 with Jerry and Debbie on EWTN Radio, Third Millennium Media

I want to take a moment to speak to you regarding the services I have received from Micah Murphy. Working with Micah has been a very pleasant undertaking. His professionalism and knowledge base has provided a great revamping of the Shrine of the Grotto of the Redemption website and made it a seamless and open experience. I would highly recommend him for any work in the future.

Andy Milam

Director, Shrine of the Grotto of the Redemption

I have been a friend and fellow evangelist with Micah for more than a decade, when we would defend the faith together online in the early days of my own conversion to Catholicism. Over the following years, Micah was helpful in assisting me with content management on my own website while we studied together at Franciscan University of Steubenville. I highly recommend that you get to know him and use his skills to help your own ministry grow.

Adam Janke

Vice President, St. Paul Street Evangelization

Micah exhibits a strong grasp of theology and scripture. His knowledge always impressed me, especially with regard to the history of the Catholic Church. Micah has also utilized his talents in web design to create easily navigable and aesthetically pleasing websites.

Matt Sciba

Blogger

Micah has been an extremely valuable member of our team. During his time with Third Millennium Media, he has honed his skills in a variety of important areas, including graphic design, web development, video production, social media and more. He is careful to ensure that his work is of the highest quality, and is very good about following the guidance and directions he receives. His ongoing desire to learn will serve him well as he develops even higher-end skills in the future. I encourage you to make use of his talents and dedication in any ways you can.

Jerry Usher

Founder & President, Third Millennium Media/Vocation Boom

Micah was webmaster for a blog to which he and I both contributed. From a technical standpoint, he was always looking for ways to improve the appearance and functionality of the site both for the authors and for readers. He was instrumental in creating the initial structure and layout of the site when it went live, and in its major redesign. He pays careful attention to detail, and seeks input from others.
From a pedagogical standpoint, Micah is clearly very well versed in Catholic tradition, theology, philosophy, and liturgy. His vocation as a teacher is evident in the blog posts he writes, as he is able to present difficult theological or philosophical concepts in understandable and relatable ways. He is adept at demonstrating the practical implications of such concepts for our private or interpersonal lives, showing not only how the faith is believed but how it is lived out. While not being ostentatious, his posts hint at a deep prayer life as well.

Dr. Tim Shaughnessy

Blogger/Economist

We gave Micah the seemingly impossible task of creating a high quality vector graphic from a low quality scan of a hundred year old holy card. Micah pulled it off remarkably, maintaining the old feel of the graphic while giving us a beautiful, crisp image, to say nothing of his speed and professionalism. Micah’s fantastic.

David Rummelhoff

Founder, Peter's Square

Micah was a very effective educator and teacher of the Catholic faith. His grasp of Church teaching and Scripture as well as understanding applications of this knowledge gave him the capacity to work in a wide span of faith-related roles. He works well collaboratively and on individual projects, showing assertiveness and a drive for success and quality. Whether in interpersonal relationships or administrative tasks, Micah’s efforts are productive and valuable to the overall mission of the school.

Andrew Sciba

Department Chair, Loyola College Prep

Photography

Photography is a passion of mine. My main focus is nature and landscape, which is all around me in Louisiana. I would love the opportunity for occasional travel so that I may photograph other types of subjects.

Print

My first summer job in college was at a Kinko’s, where I gained so much experience that by the end of three months, I could grab exactly a specified number of papers off a stack without counting, just by the feel. I love print design and look forward to doing more of it.

Writing

Chirping. Very soon, my house will be filled with the sound of chirping. As the birds return north, the stack of black bricks that rises from the side of my house will once again become home to some family of chimney swifts, birds dark and oddly shaped enough to resemble bats when they soar overhead. They’ll cluster together on the little ledge inside my chimney and chirp to their hearts’ content. Then the chirping will increase tenfold as the new babies hatch. This is an annual occurence in my rural Louisiana home, and while it has its annoyances, it’s come to bring a comforting familiarity with it. They make their home in the chimney and we below hear their music.

Last August, the chirping changed to frenzied squawking as one of the chimney swift babies fell from his perch and landed, softly, on the ashen heap of our hearth.

Excerpt from Salvation is for the Birds

To be – as it felt to us – on top of the world is an exhilarating experience. With the physical rise in altitude comes the ability to see the flatness of your normal surroundings in a new light. “There’s more than just that flat landscape I’m used to back home; there is depth and height, a whole new dimension.” As you survey the valleys, you begin to realize how truly flat they are and it becomes as though the world from which you came before your ascent is no more real or contoured than a paper map, no matter how real it seemed to you up to this point; “this mountain, this is the real thing.” So also spiritually, to climb a mountain makes you reflect on your life, to see the everyday, mundane daily tasks as flat – almost meaningless – in the context of this great new vantage point. To climb a mountain is, for this reason, almost sacramental.

Excerpt from Encountering the Face of Mercy

In her classic Western novel Death Comes for the Archbishop, Willa Cather paints a beautiful landscape of desert life, weaving her own experience of the American Southwest into the stories of Archbishop Latour and Father Vaillant, inspired by the true tale of Jean-Baptiste Lamy and Joseph Machebeuf, the first bishops of Santa Fe and Denver, respectively. The two French stalwarts were prepared for the trials of the rugged life, but if we’re honest with ourselves, we’ll recognize in their few spiritual weaknesses the abundance of our own.

Excerpt from Learn the Mysteries of the Desert This Lent

Cartoons

Inspired by Jason Bach and other cartoonists, I began drawing cartoons in my free time, honing not only the style and art of the craft, but also the comic delivery. I’ve had a few flops, but a lot more successes. Below are my favorites, many of which did very well on social media and were featured by high-traffic Catholic aggregators. It was truly an honor when the Dominican pictured in one cartoon asked for a high-res file he could print to hang in his office.

Logos

I love the back-and-forth process of logo creation: discovering the mission of the brand and communicating it visually. These are a few of my favorites.

Infographics

I’m not just sought out for my graphic skills, but also for the messages they convey. With my background in theology, catechetics, and Latin, explaining the Catholic faith and Catholic traditions is a natural use for my talents. All or most of these infographics were featured on New Advent and other high-traffic Catholic aggregators.

Social Media

Social media was always a fun part of my job. I more than doubled some clients’ following and brought about significant activity from a standstill. Some of the images here are from the early days when memes were so much less attractive, but they remain my favorites for the wit contained in them.

Websites

I enjoy building websites for clients, but have not had much time to experiment with different layouts. I look forward to that opportunity with future clients/employers. Let’s make websites engaging together! Note: I was the sole designer of these sites, under the brand names Third Millennium Media and Doxology Studios.

Video

I greatly enjoy video post-production, which I have been learning. In these samples, the original video is not mine, but I was asked to provide lower-thirds (according to client specifications), animated text/image overlays, and any effects beyond simply video of the speakers. My personal favorite of these is the OneFaith Experience Trailer.

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