We are a group of talented designers, programmers, architects, engineers, artists, and dog lovers. Our diverse backgrounds come together to create truly interesting experiences.

David Small

Creative Director

David Small completed his Ph.D. at the MIT Media Laboratory in 1999. This was his third degree from MIT, and he followed up as an Associate Professor when he directed the Media Lab’s Design Ecology group. His work has been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art, Documenta11, the Centre Pompidou, and the Cooper-Hewitt. He is the principal and founder of Small Design Firm and is privileged to work with amazing clients and a talented staff.

Michael McKenna


Like Dave, Michael McKenna earned his three degrees at MIT and the Media Laboratory. While there he spoke about and demonstrated his research into 3D interaction and animation at venues around the world. Between MIT and Small Design Firm, Mike co-founded a pioneering research startup in the fields of 3D simulation, medical imaging, and surgical planning. Joining Dave shortly after Small Design Firm’s formation, Mike serves as the technical director and takes all the cool projects to work on for himself.

Jenna Fizel

Junior Partner

Jenna Fizel earned a BSAD from MIT in 2007. She is interested in how the digital and physical mix – both through creating situated virtual experiences and the use of digital fabrication. She is also the former co-founder of a fashion and technology startup. In her spare time she uses her knowledge of code and machines to make robots build her furniture.

Akua Nti


Akua Nti received an S. B. and an M. Eng. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT. Her interests include data visualization, speech and language, and how people learn things.

Daniel Reeves


Daniel received his doctorate in Physics from Brandeis University.  His doctorate and postdoctorate projects reflect a diverse interdisciplinary background in biological, chemical, and geological sciences.  The computational approaches adopted for these projects reflect his interest in analysis and algorithm development. At SDF, Daniel enjoys combining these interests with his personal passion for designing and building crafts to build powerful software with strong user-interface designs.

Brian Fitzgibbons

Office Manager

Brian Fitzgibbons comes to Small Design Firm with a background in office administration, financial management, and the visual arts. He completed his BFA in Photography from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in 2009 and has been working in the creative field ever since. In addition to his experience in the world of art and design, he interests expand to include writing, costuming, and beekeeping.

Copernicus McSmallertons

Chief Canine Officer

Copernicus has been with Small Design Firm since emigrating from Canada at the tender age of 7 weeks. He has trained with a variety of local specialists. His duties include greeting visitors, delivering and opening packages, and keeping meetings from going too long. When not working, he enjoys long hikes, swimming, fetch and helping around the kitchen. He recently turned six years old.

Open Positions

To apply for, or inquire about an open position, email us at office@smalldesignfirm.com