• Featured Project

    AMA Annual Meeting

    The AMA has an annual House of Delegates meeting and their original website needed to be updated. They wanted a responsive site that could be repurposed year after year. I also worked directly with the front end developer to make sure he was able to develop the pages the way I designed them. I conceptualized the mobile view as a part of the design process.

  • Featured Project

    Textura

    Textura is a construction software technology company. One of the ways they have grown so quickly over the past several years was buying companies with similar software. Unfortunately this has lead to an inconsistent experience when going between different applications. The goal was to create a new style guide for a consistent look.

  • Featured Project

    Argonne National Laboratory

    I was contracted by Argonne National Laboratory to redesign their LDRD informational website. LDRD is a program that the Department of Energy uses to allow scientists to apply for grants in order to pursue addtional projects. My responsibilities included information architecture, user experience design & research as well as final visual design.

  • Featured Project

    Wholesale Point

    I was contracted to do a total redesign on Wholesalepoint.com. It is a medical supply e-commerce website with over 10,000 products. The challenge was to update the site's information architecture and make the site more user friendly all while keeping the SEO in tact. When doing the designs I made it a point to go for the "flat" design style.

What I Do

Design

I am well versed in all facets of web based design. I have skills as a User Experience Designer, Visual Desiger and User Interface Designer. I have the ability to see a project through from pencil sketch, to wireframes, prototyping all the way to final visual design. I also have experience in Interaction design as well. Over the years I have developed a design philosophy, “Just because it looks cool doesn’t mean it’s right for the user.”

User Experience Designer

As a user experience designer I am always striving to find the best solutions to complex problems. Whether the goal is to increase click through rates, help a user through an application or simply setting an easy to use registration form the user should always be able to look at the page and know what to do. When it comes to UX design I take my ego out of the equation. I focus on the feedback provided users or subject matter experts and I adjust accordingly.

User Interface Designer

As a User Interface Designer I have extensive experience working on web based software applications. Whether it is responsive dashboards, invoicing software, intranets, and even a jukebox interface for the Waffle House I am qualified to handle it.

Visual Design

What's the point of coming up with a great experience if it doesn't look good? I started as a visual designer and I employ a clean, minimalistic style. I believe the design should enhance the content not overpower it. I am also a proponent of pixel perfect linear design. If something is off by even a single pixel I notice and I have to correct it.

Front End Developer

I don’t want to be misleading with the developer title. I was a front end developer at one time. In fact the first half of my career was dominated by development. I am still able to handle smaller dev tasks but I prefer to focus on design. However, my past experience as a developer has helped my design tremendously as I always take the build into consideration and I have a good understanding of what the different languages can do.

Animator

I first discovered Flash animation in college and I have not looked back since. I have worked on banner ads, animated websites and I have even dabbled in Flash Video. Over the years I have developed very distinct sense of timing and style of motion.

mike@mikehough.com