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Mike is a user experience professional contributing a versatile skillset to the design and organization of business applications, site architecture, product design, prototyping, responsive web development, copy and technical writing and interaction design in the St. Louis area. Mike brings experience, thoughtfulness, diplomacy, respect, rapport and inspiration and will make your product offering sparkle and work reliably.

Skills Matrix

User Interface Design
Wireframing / Prototyping
UX Architecture
Interaction Design
Responsive Web Design
Omnigraffle / yED / Visio

Adobe Creative Suite
Video / Editing / Photography
HTML5 / CSS / Bootstrap
Copy and Technical Writing
Agile / SCRUM
Sketch / Axure / Figma

Training / Webcasting
3D Modeling (Blender)
Windows / Mac / Linux
Email marketing campaigns
Design Thinking
WordPress Development

For detailed descriptions of each of these skills go to Skills Descriptions.

Work Experience

Feb 2018 – Feb 2020
TDK Technologies (Contractor)
St. Louis, MO
Senior UX Designer on Enterprise Holdings Project Team
  • Prototyping for LaunchPad tablet suite of applications using Sketch and HTML with Materialize CSS
  • Liaison between product owners and developer teams
  • Observing behaviors in Localytics for Android app events, and funnels
  • Contributing to UX Confluence documentation
  • Developing UX Style Guides and prototype component library in Atlassian Confluence
  • Icon design for vehicle application suite
  • Spec redesign of vehicle rental process using Design Thinking exercises

Tools used: Sketch, Affinity Designer, Inkscape, Materialize CSS, Atom Editor, Bitbucket, Jira, Confluence, Microsoft Office, Microsoft Teams, Hipchat, Inkscape, Fontello

Sep 2016 – Feb 2018
Open Ground Co (Self-Employed)
St. Louis, MO
Owner / Web and Interactive Development Consulting
  • Developing digital marketing solutions with small business clients
  • Responsive front-end design, CMS template development
  • User Experience site architecture, research, persona development, wireframing
  • Graphic design, print and digital media collateral development
  • Organic SEO consulting and Google Analytics reporting

Tools Used: Adobe Creative Suite, Bootstrap, WordPress, Xara, Affinity Designer, Clip Studio Paint, Microsoft Office, Google Analytics, Mind Manager

Mar 2015 – Sep 2016
Unisys Corp (Employee)
St. Louis, MO
Enterprise UI Developer for U.S. Department of Agriculture – Rural Development
  • User interface development for Rural Development web applications
  • Setting UX Strategy with Product Managers
  • User Flow diagramming with Project Managers and Business Analysts
  • Wireframing screens for multiple integrated applications, changes and additions
  • Light maintenance within JSF template language in Eclipse environment
  • Screen Prototyping in Axure, Illustrator and Visio and Bootstrap 3.0
  • Agile project workflow using Jira issue management

Tools Used: Bootstrap 3, Eclipse, Git, Microsoft Office, Axure, Jira, OBS Studio, Audacity, Illustrator, AfterEffects, XMind

Sep 2013 – Jan 2015
Washington University (Consultant)
St. Louis, MO
Technical Consultant for Pubic Affairs News Publications
  • Content management of university newsroom site for daily news publishing
  • Designed reusable content components to augment storytelling in SharePoint
  • Created & improved processes for sharing and publishing media story data
  • Maintenance of various campus websites to assist the Public Affairs digital team
  • Refactored design of Washington Magazine to match current brand standards
  • Created custom email builder to eliminate coding for HTML email distribution
  • Developed concept and prototype for improved news calendar

Tools Used: Sharepoint, Microsoft Word, Excel, WordPress, Adobe Photoshop, Blender, Atom Editor

Nov 2011 – Apr 2012
Fleishman-Hillard (Contractor)
St. Louis, MO
Front End Developer (Consultant)
  • Website dev and maintenance for marketing collateral and public relations
  • HTML email production for marketing promotions or PR campaigns
  • Clients service to AT&T, Papa Johns, BP, US Foods, Rawlings and more

Tools Used: Adobe Photoshop, Flash, Dreamweaver

Oct 2009 – Nov 2011
Build-A-Bear Workshop (Employee)
St. Louis, MO
Interactive Develo-bear
  • Maintained and developed creative assets and product graphics for e-commerce
  • Home feature and landing pages design and development to upsell premier products
  • Liaison / Lead for off-shore art asset design team
  • Created micro-sites, email campaigns (Responsys) to feature current promotions
  • Writing technical documentation for creation of library and cross training

Tools Used: Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, Flash, Microsoft Office, Responsys, Notepad++, Blender

Jul 2007 – Oct 2009
SMICKWORKS (Self-Employed)
St. Louis, MO
Graphic & Web Designer / Owner
  • Website Development, digital and print campaigns for small biz clients
  • 3D Modeling and 2D animation for advertising display graphics
  • Content Mgmt Systems, WordPress, Dokuwiki, ModX, PmWiki, Joomla
Jun 2006 – Jul 2007
Rise Vision Inc. (Employee)
St. Louis, MO
Graphic Designer & Content Developer
  • Developed digital signage design solutions for education and financial clients
  • Integrated 3rd party Reuters live data content for LED TV and ticker displays
  • Vector Illustration, Motion Graphics, XML, Tradeshow content design
Jun 2002 – Jun 2006
Walsworth Publishing (Employee)
St. Louis, MO
Project Manager / Trainer Desktop Publishing
  • Project management over multiple training products
  • Development of training video series
  • HTML help application, workshop training manuals
  • Tested online courseware system for use along with sales training materials
  • Subject Matter Expert on Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and Indesign
  • Facilitated workshops in classrooms and for sales force on company products and Adobe


Missouri State University
Springfield, Missouri
Bachelor of Science in Media Production
  • Film and video, animation, new media studies
  • Computer labs technician in Mac and video production labs
  • Theta Chi Fraternity Member and historian
  • Stagehand for plays assisting in setups, spotlight and teardown of shows
St. Louis Community College
St. Louis, MO
Associate in Arts in Mass Communications / Filmmaking
  • Student Activities award & scholarship recipient
  • Advertising Director and contributor for student newspaper The Montage
  • Student Activities Council Treasurer, film festival entries & honorable mentions


2020 Square 1 Startup Bootcamp participant, Published technical author: ‘Special Edition: Adobe Creative Suite 2’, Eagle Scout, Participant Web Dev Meetups, Shrewsbury city volunteer, Japan-America Society, Japan Festival Volunteer, Kansas City Communiversity Instructor, stunt bmx bicycle performer, product design, woodworking, furniture design.