In 2013, Jonny DeStefano of Deer Pile approached Michael David King with an original magazine idea. The two were soon joined by Christy Thacker, and the team spent a year developing the concept. In January of 2014, Birdy magazine launched in the Denver metro area. A full color, monthly publication, Birdy showcases art, culture, comedy, and more, all with a Colorado-centric lens. The ongoing goal has been to provide a collectible, high-quality document of Denver’s burgeoning creative scene. As Art Director, Michael manages production and continues to work closely with the editors in creating the magazine’s branding, layout, and overall visual aesthetic. As of 2015, Birdy has expanded its reach and distribution, featuring creative partnerships with the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, Mark Mothersbaugh, Sexpot Comedy, and more.