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Seeking freelance and consulting employment as an Interaction Designer.


Interaction Design and Usability Emphasis on functional, usable and aesthetic GUI and Web-Interface design using Cooper's goal-directed design, personas, mental-models, visual frameworks, element design.  Process based user research, ethnographic research and expert design.

Graphic Design Adobe Creative Suite 3 including Photoshop, Illustrator, Acrobat Pro and Flash, GIMP, Inkscape, Paint.Net, Experience developing logos, layouts and icons.

Leadership Problem analysis, concept design, architecture/design and full life-cycle project management.  Motivation, delegation and other various team leadership skills.  Business management, sales management, finance management.

Software Development Java, JFC (Swing), J2EE, Struts, HTML/CSS/AJAX/DHTML, JavaScript.

Software Architecture Object-Oriented Design utilizing UML. Emphasis on the use of design patterns, particularly in distributed architectures, J2EE/EJB architectures and Web applications

Sample Work

Work experience

Apr 2009Present

Principal Interaction Designer

703 Creative

Building engaging interactive technologies and graphic design for clients.

Apr 2008Apr 2009

Interaction Designer

Responsible for Human-Computer Interaction and Interaction Design for the Compustat Division.  Conducted user and stakeholder research, developed personas, mental models, interaction models, visual framework, element design, workflow design, design validation, design testing, developer design support. 

  • Successfully designed and deployed new financial applications
  • Created a design-oriented culture that helped shift emphasis towards customers
  • Established new models of software design processes and user research
  • Communicated to teams through extensive documentation, prototypes and mock-ups.
  • Worked with Microsoft Expression Blend to deliver working prototypes to development teams.
Jun 2005Mar 2008

Interaction Designer

Starwood Hotels and Resorts

Responsible for UI and Frontend design and development of primary product: LightSpeed Property Management System.

  • Developed custom components for which Starwood is seeking patents.
  • Designed and developed highly-usable and experimental user interfaces using AJAX/HTML/CSS and Swing.
  • Explored and implemented new UI metaphors and improved the usability of existing products.
  • Improved the aesthetics of existing products with new icon ideas, new dialog graphics, and button design.
  • Participated in architecture, design and process improvements. 


Consulting and Freelance

Worked with various clients in UI development and software development roles.  Worked primarily with Web and Java-related technologies. 

  • Developed custom components, new UI metaphors, designed icons, layouts, workflows, usability analysis and design patterns.
  • Participated in software engineering life-cycle, software architecture and lead teams to move towards better interface designs.
  • Produced detailed design and research documentation.

Worked with the following clients and customers through independent consulting and as associated with consulting firms. 

Time Warner Telecom Greenwood Village, Colorado Senior Software Engineer  2005

Vericept Englewood, Colorado Senior Software Engineer 2004-2005

MCI Littleton, Colorado/Colorado Springs, Colorado Software Engineer 2003-2004

Data Kinetics Colorado Springs, Colorado Design Consultant 2002-2003

ARA Services Corp Virginia/Colorado Springs Design Consultant and Architect 2002-2003

ConAgra Foods Fort Collins, Colorado Design Consultant 2002

Richmond Homes Denver, Colorado Design Consultant 2002

Boo Mortgage/The LoanGuru, Inc. Denver/Englewood, Colorado Usability Architect/Developer 2001-2002

Oct 1999Nov 2001


Consumer Insurance Group, Inc

Lead graphic design, usability design, software design, planning, development and deployment of an Enterprise Application integrating insurance e-commerce with sales and fulfillment applications utilizing the J2EE standard. 

  • Acted as Chief Java/J2EE architect and project.
Feb 1998Nov 1999


Consulting and Freelance

Worked as a Java and Web developer with special emphasis on front-end development and UI development. Made significant use of Java Swing (JFC) and HTML-based technologies.  Worked with the following clients with consulting agencies.StorageTek Colorado Springs and Louisville, Colorado Architect/Developer 1999Current, Inc. Colorado Springs, Colorado Software Engineer 1999Worldcom Colorado Springs, Colorado Architect/Developer 1998-1999Norwest Direct Colorado Springs, Colorado Software Developer 1998

Oct 1996Jan 1998

Software Developer

Developed telephony intelligent network applications using C and C++. Built RDB applications to provide integrated intranet Web access to System Analysts, using a combination of Java, Visual Basic, and MS Access RDBMS.


2007Aug 2009


Member of Alpha Sigma Lamda Honor's society

Graduated summa cum laude 

Jan 1996Sep 1999

Computer Science

3 Years towards bachelor's degree.


UI Development
Web Development
Web Design
Graphic Design
Interaction Design


Cristy Oberg

“Michael was skilled in his position as an Interaction Designer at S&P. He contributed to the successful design and launch of a new product for the firm. His contribution to the team, products and various projects was valued. I would recommend Michael to any firm looking to enhance the design and usability of any of their products.”

Daniel Johnston

“Very professional thorough and all knowing developer... I really enjoyed working with Michael and would love to have the opportunity to work with him sometime again... Michael really excelled in problem solving and working with new technologies to develop and configure to work for our needs.”

Lee Cohen

“Michael was very good at performing interaction design of the systems that he developed. He is also a very skilled graphic artist.”

John Dugaw

“Michael is only one of two people I would have hired based on the strength of his telephone screen. He proved himself time and again during an extremely difficult project at Vericept Corporation. He demonstrated a natural talent for considering usability within his design approaches. I would readily hire or work with Michael again on any project.”