Mike is passionate about helping brands meet the needs of people through meaningful digital products and services. He has worked across industries in entertainment, technology, health and communications for companies such as Intel, Wacom, SiriusXM, Research in Motion, TDK, Proctor & Gamble, and Microsoft. A native Northwesterner, he lives in Portland, Oregon.
As the leader of the Mad*Pow Experience Design team, Michael leverages 15 years experience in the software industry and expertise in UX research, usability and information architecture to deliver value to clients such as Fidelity, GE, Autodesk and Monster. Michael holds his MS in Human Factors in Information Design from Bentley University, and a BA from the University of Michigan. Have an unique take on a design research or collaborative design method? Find Mike and tell him about it. He's a proponent of creative approaches to the user-centered design process and is a frequent presenter on alternative techniques.
Leanna wears many hats in the User Experience profession. Armed with a MSI from the UM School of Information, and a bachelor’s in philosophy from Michigan State University, Lee enjoys wrestling with problems and designing solutions. When Lee’s not bribing students with burritos, she enjoys marching up mountains and sleeping in tents.
Katie co-founded Project: Interaction, an after school program that teaches high school students how to change their communities using design. She's a recent graduate from the MFA in Interaction Design program at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. Outside of her work creating a framework for high school design curriculum, Katie is a user experience designer whose work focuses on the ways people build relationships and interact with each other when mediated by technology and community engagement. She holds a BFA in Visual Communications from Washington University in St. Louis and lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.
Rachel Hinman is a researcher, designer and a recognized thought leader in the mobile user experience field. Currently, she is a Senior Research Scientist at the Nokia Research Center in Palo Alto, California. There she focuses on the research and design of emergent and experimental mobile interfaces and mobile experiences for emerging markets.
Prior to joining Nokia, Rachel was and experience design director at Adaptive Path, and a mobile researcher and strategist for Yahoo’s mobile group. Currently, Rachel is writing The Mobile Frontier: A Guide for Designing Mobile User Experiences with Rosenfeld Media.