J. Zachary Pike

Self Portrait

I'm a Creative Director. As a Creative, I translate complex requirements into elegant experiences. As a Director, I create a great working environment for teams to do great work.


Direct Capital, a Division of CIT Bank, N.A.

Portsmouth, NH

Vice President, Creative

Mar 2016 - Present

Creative Director

Mar 2014 - Mar 2016

UX Design Lead

Feb 2013 - Mar 2014

  • Lead a team of creative and UX professionals to execute business requests from across CIT.
  • Gather requirements from key stakeholders and turn them into intuitive information architecture and actionable UI designs
  • Collaborate with developers and a broad interdisciplinary team to solve complex technical challenges
  • Established and facilitated a "test early, test often," data-driven UX process.
  • Advocate for usability and user-centered design throughout CIT, including design and consulting for internal and external interfaces


Portsmouth, NH

Art Director

Aug 2010 - Feb 2013

  • Lead teams to create cohesive experiences for national brands and campaigns
  • Responsible for conceptualization, user experience, design, illustration, animation, and other duties as assigned
  • Worked on multiple, concurrent projects with internal teammates, contractors, and vendors

Roaming Troll Creative

Dover, NH

Freelance Creative

Jan 2009 - Aug 2010

  • Successfully worked as a freelance digital producer, illustrator, designer, Flash developer, and general creative
  • Worked with agencies or directly for brands as needed

York County Community College

Wells, ME

Adjunct Professor

Jan 2009 - May 2010

  • Taught Introduction to Illustration,Introduction to Digital Imaging, and Introduction to Typography

Hatchling Studios

Portsmouth, NH

Creative Director of Animation

Jun 2006 - Dec 2008

Animator, Writer

Nov 2002 - Jun 2006


Jun 2002 - Nov 2002

  • Led a team to create award-winning, story-driven commercials, marketing videos, and short films
  • Conceptualized, wrote, and pitched ideas before piloting them to final execution
  • Managed, planned, and organized timelines and budget
  • Created and animated characters, props, and motion graphics for commercial use


Bachelor of Arts in New Media

University of Maine, Orono

1998 - 2002

  • Participated in the innovative ASAP media program from 2000 - 2002.

On The Side

  • Orconomics: A Satire (2014): Wrote and independently published an award-winning, best selling satire.
  • Live Free or Die (2010): “The Spiral,” a short story, published in a horror anthology.
  • Tweet (2009): Wrote, crewed, and animated for the 2009 NH 48 Hour Film Project Winner.
  • Endurance Challenge: Mordred's Isle (2008): Co-wrote and co-directed Hatchling Studios' web series starring Billy West. Screened at 4 festivals and won 2 awards.
  • The Toll (2006): Wrote and directed Hatchling Studios' first animated shorts, attending over 50 festivals and winning 8 awards worldwide.

10 years, 10 months in digital media and arts. (Give or take a few days.)


  • Animation
  • Copywriting
  • HTML / CSS
  • Illustration
  • Interaction Design
  • Javascript / jQuery
  • UX
  • Web Design
  • Wireframes
  • Writing

Zack knows his stuff. He's talented, easy to work with, and an asset to any team.

Chris Conroy
Heartwood Media Inc.


  • Aftereffects AfterEffects
  • Illustrator Illustrator
  • Photoshop Photoshop
  • Premiere Premiere
  • MacRabbit Espresso Espresso
  • SoftImage XSI SoftImage XSI
  • Lightwave Lightwave
  • Scrivener Scrivener
  • Final Draft Final Draft
  • Flash Flash

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