I’m a designer at Basecamp—formerly 37signals. At Basecamp, I float around between product design and marketing design. I have a bit of work A.D.D., so bouncing around different problems to solve really gets me going. As a designer, I like working in both product and marketing because I think it’s valuable to be able to make what you sell, and sell what you make. I work primarily in code, including Ruby, CoffeeScript, HTML, Sass—but Photoshop and Illustrator often make their regular appearances. Some projects you may have seen from me are the basecamp.com marketing site, as well as The Distance.
I went to college in the suburbs of Illinois to study traditional graphic design. After working at small studios and freelancing, I switched to advertising. The bigger, corporate structure was not at all my thing, so I escaped advertising to become the first full-time interactive designer at Threadless. I felt like I really cut my teeth there, learning about the spirit of experimentation, play, and of course—fostering communities. On the side, I also did projects like Humble Pied which helped get me my footing in our industry, and started and organized the 5th chapter of CreativeMornings, which of course is the Chicago chapter!
- I keep a portfolio at mig.io
- I write about culture and marketing on Signal v. Noise
- I teach beginners the fundamentals of design at The Starter League
I’m also on Twitter as @migreyes.
Thanks, everyone, for having me. Ask… me… anything!