Mike Wheaton

User Experience Designer



I’m a user experience designer and developer 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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User Experience Designer


Collaborated with project managers, developers, and researchers while designing experiences for Office 365. Designed and prototyped advanced reporting and search tools to power enterprise compliance scenarios.

To deliver more consistent experiences, we created a comprehensive style guide and front-end framework. I was a lead developer, contributed to the architecture, and designed responsive web behaviors for common components. We succeeded in creating a tool that saves developers’ time and simplifies the design process.

2013 → Present

Software Designer & Developer

IWK Health Centre

Applied user-centered design methods to build mobile and responsive web applications that help headache sufferers reduce their pain. Lead and managed a growing development team as we built prototypes and production apps. Planned and facilitated usability tests in a formal research setting, then interpreted the results to improve the product’s design. Co-authored multiple research papers.

2010 → 2013


Bachelor of Informatics

Dalhousie University

Specializing in human factors, studied a mix of computer science, psychology, human-computer interaction, and industrial design. Completed an in-depth team project each semester, where we applied design and technology to address the problems of businesses and nonprofits.

Graduated with Distinction. Recipient of the University Medal for highest academic standing and selected as the top co-op student of the year.

2009 → 2013

Computer Systems Technology

Northern Alberta Institute of Technology

Intensive program in software development, systems analysis, and project management. Graduated with Honors from the co-operative education stream.

2006 → 2008


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.


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.


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.


Headache diary

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

Headache education

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

Pediatric advocacy

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

Restaurant suggestions

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

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