design . develop . deploy . delight

User-centered design experiences, from the initial conversation to post-launch.

work

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Identity
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Web
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Graphic
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Logo
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Print
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Email
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Mobile
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Wireframing
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Prototyping
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Concepting
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Motion
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Ad
LiquidPlanner Mobile App
LiquidPlanner | Case Study
LiquidPlanner App
LiquidPlanner
Devine Chiropractic Logo / Identity
Devine Chiropractic
The Draft and the Vietnam Generation
The Draft Project
MartinsWestGP.com
Martins West Gastropub
Agile for Everyone eBook
LiquidPlanner
5 Essential Organizational Habits Infographic
LiquidPlanner
IMDb UK Road to the Lagers Poster
IMDb
IMDb UK Recruiting Poster
IMDb
IMDb Road to the Oscars Toyota Co-Brand
IMDb
The Amazing Spider-Man Blu-Ray
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, for IMDb
Red Dawn
FilmDistrict, for IMDb
E.T. 30th Anniversary Blu-ray
Universal Pictures, for IMDb
IMDb Pop Secret "Pop Quiz" Concept
Pop Secret, for IMDb
Spot graphics and illustrations
Various

services

Web Design

Elegant, user-centered, and optimized for desktop, tablet and mobile devices. Custom-coded and managed via WordPress, NationBuilder or without a CMS.

Brand Identity

Exploring the building blocks of your organization’s identity, we distill and articulate the elements that make it unique, and extend seamlessly through email, digital, print and social media.

Advertising Design

Great advertising captivates and compels you to take action. Static or animated, display ad, landing page or email marketing, we concept and design the campaign or ads to meet your needs.

UI/UX

From initial discovery “conversation starter” sketches to wireframing, prototyping and A/B tested workflows, we can craft an effective result optimized for your audience.

Visual Design

Useful and usable? Check. We focus on making your app, site or product desirable via an effective visual experience.

Illustration

Bring simplicity to complex data with an infographic, tell a story via eBook, or bring a landing page, graphics or illustration to life. We can help you communicate more powerfully than words alone.

clients

Past and present, from startups and foundations to Fortune 100 companies.

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Michael Ortlieb

code-saavy, agile-friendly UX / visual designer

LinkedIn   Resume (PDF)

I’ve been creating pictorial, whimsical things as long as I can remember.

As early as the first grade, I was drawing panel comic strips, and dreamt of being a cartoonist for my local paper, the Chicago Tribune. By the early ‘80s, my brother and I pooled our allowance and lawn-mowing savings for our first computer, a Commodore VIC-20, and while he wrote most of the game code, I oversaw art direction.

I’m still that kid fascinated by art, illustration and design. By the beauty and force of thoughtfully rendered work, and the mechanics that power and sustain it. That’s what makes me comfortable in the roles of designer and developer: I’m fascinated by both the art and the science of everything I design.

But I’m not just an art and tech geek, I’m also an extrovert: communicative, collaborative, transparent, with an ace track record in customer service. I take every project seriously but keep the creative process lively, satisfying a client’s targets while fostering a spirit of symbiosis and fun. Be that client a major film or television studio, a national nonprofit, a boutique hotel, a political candidate, or an advertising agency needing support, I shine in making the client a part of the conversation… on time, on budget, and on the strategic mark.

I’ve also taught quarterly classes at the School of Visual Concepts in Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood, guiding Introductory students to create their first website, using best coding practices in HTML and CSS, while Intermediate students explored jQuery, Javascript, and Responsive. I love sharing knowledge with others, and catching that cheery beam of recognition when a student’s overhead cartoon bulb clicks on.

I also like illustrating, cycling with my young daughters, and dive-bar karaoke.

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