About Mike

I’m currently a Technical UI Designer living in Chicago.

Ever since college when peers were dreaming of becoming character artists or AI programmers, I set my sights on the real prize, Interface! Since then I’ve been a strong believer that interface is one of the most influential components of game development for affecting how the player perceives and understands the game.

No interface can be created by a single person and work correctly the first time. It takes time, iteration and feedback. As a result, I highly value communication and constructive criticism when working with my team. I always remain positive while working to make the best interface.

I’m a strong believer in helping the next generation of developers learn and expand their skills. Whenever I can, I volunteer at my alma mater or for local game development groups to help cultivate future developers, and show them how exciting working in this industry is.

"He's very clear in his communication, points out areas he is unsure about, seeks input from others and is very open to suggestions presented to him."
-Coworker

"Always quick to find the right people to work with to solve problems. Friendly and cheerful, and helps make work fun."
-Coworker

"He's such a nice boy! I'm so proud of him."
-Mike's Mom

"He has made useful improvements to a core component and takes UX into consideration when making technical decisions. He is constantly looking for ways to make our jobs easier."
-Coworker

Work Experience


Iron Galaxy Studios

Technical UI Designer
April 2017 - Present

Deep Silver Volition

Interface Technical Artist
February 2013 - April 2017

Unity Cookie

Contract Instructor, Consultant
January 2014 - January 2016

Front-End Web Developer

Contractor
October 2012 - February 2013

Adventure Club Games

Co-founder, UI Designer/Engineer, Project Manager
February 2011 - February 2013

Michigan State University, Games for Entertainment and Learning Lab

Research Assistant, Playtester
November 2010 - May 2011

Education


Michigan State University

Major: Media and Communication Technology
Specialization: Game Design
August 2008 - July 2011

St. Clair County Community College

Focus: Computer Science
August 2006 - May 2008

SKILLS


User Interface
100% Complete
Lua
100% Complete
Unity
90% Complete
Photoshop
60% Complete
Unreal
45% Complete
Flash
60% Complete
Action Script 3.0
45% Complete
C#
45% Complete
Illustrator
40% Complete
3DS Max
35% Complete
Wordpress
60% Complete
HTML + CSS
45% Complete