Mike Wheaton

User Experience Designer

About

Overview

Hello, I’m a user experience designer based in Seattle. My experience includes working at a nonprofit on innovative technology that advances public health and designing the next generation of productivity tools at Microsoft.

I enjoy working with high-energy, multi-disciplinary teams to find creative ways for technology to improve people’s lives. I’m always looking to expand my design knowledge and technical skills and to meet others in this exciting field.

Want to talk design or work together? Get in touch.

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Resume

Experience

User Experience Designer

Microsoft (via Filter)

Worked with project managers, developers, and user research to design experiences that enable enterprise customers to do more with Office 365.

Communicated design intent through sketches and wireframes, then developed interactive web-based prototypes for usability tests. Collaborated in team design sessions to create simple, actionable design solutions that improved the customer experience.

2013 → Present

Software Designer & Developer

IWK Health Centre

Applied user-centered methods to build a mobile app and website that allows headache sufferers to understand their pain and self-manage treatment.

Planned and facilitated usability tests in a formal research setting. Recommended changes, analyzed data, and collaborated on writing academic papers.

2010 → 2013

Education

Bachelor of Informatics

Dalhousie University
Honors Graduate with Distinction

Academic focus in psychology, ergonomics, and human-computer interaction. Program emphasized communication and applied problem solving with large team projects completed each semester.

2009 → 2013

Computer Systems Technology

Northern Alberta Institute of Technology

Educated in software development with Microsoft’s .NET framework and C#. Graduated with Honors from the co-operative education stream.

2006 → 2008

Awards

University Medal in Informatics

Dalhousie University

Medals are awarded to an Honor’s graduate in recognition of superior achievement in his or her field of study. One medal is awarded per department.

2013

Top Co-op Student of the Year

Faculty of Computer Science, Dalhousie University
2012

Skills

Interaction Design

Understanding user goals and using sketches, storyboards, and wireframes to communicate proposed solutions.

Visual Design

Experience with branding, websites, presentations, and other communications. Proficient with Adobe Creative Cloud.

Prototyping

From rapid paper prototypes to fully interactive software, I can communicate ideas and evaluate them with real users.

Project Management

I’ve planned and managed software projects, as well as applied lean startup methods to a new business initiative.

Development

Extensive front-end web development experience. Have written full-featured web applications and iOS apps.

User Research

Designed and conducted usability tests, both casually and under rigorous lab conditions. Analyzed results and proposed changes.

Projects

Headache diary

Enables migraine sufferers to track their headaches, identify what’s causing their pain, and take steps to reduce it.

Case study coming soon

Restaurant suggestions

Making it simple for groups of people with diverse tastes and dietary restrictions to find a restaurant they’ll all love.

Case study coming soon

Headache education

Headache sufferers can learn how to reduce their pain, while connecting with others to share knowledge and support.

Case study coming soon

Local marketplace

With an emphasis on safety, this mobile app makes it simple to buy and sell items locally.

Case study coming soon

Pediatric advocacy

Community where groups of pediatric doctors-in-training and their mentors discuss how to improve the healthcare system.

Case study coming soon

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