Founder / Moderator
De Paulis began his career as a Junior Drafts
person at an Architectural firm in Toronto. After
two years his artistic talent and passion for
design motivated him to learn the tools necessary
for a career move. Teaching himself late at night,
he learned the standard applications every designer
used at the time. After a few months, he was hired
as a Multimedia Producer and has been working
in the new media industry for over 7 years.
Seeing the drastic growth in the Internet and
the potential it brought, Phil decided to start
a corporation called Media Kitchen Inc. The company
was to provide new media and traditional services
to their clients and was slowly developing a roster
of clients that included AT&T, Bell Canada,
Heinz Canada, The NHLPA, Monarch Construction,
Ricoh Canada, and Wal-Mart.
Phil came to the realization that his staff was
spending a substantial amount of time researching
resources and ideas for their projects online.
At the time there were no moderated resources
available for designers and there an idea was
born. Phil decided to build a site that would
serve as a vehicle to help its users break free
of their creative “mind block” and
spark ideas from the links and resources that
were featured on the site. Beginning with a modest
database of 300 personal links the site proved
to be an instant success.
January 2003 four years later Media Inspiration
serves over 1,000,000 page views per month and
is listed as one of the top portals that designers
visit most frequently. Phil spends a majority
of his time moderating and updating Media Inspiration,
while creating strategic partnerships for the
sites growth. The site is mostly maintained by
Phil De Paulis with help from the individuals
in the contributor’s section.