Design . Develop . Deploy . Delight!

I’m Michael Ortlieb, and I craft impactful visual experiences that reach customers and drive engagement. Whether a startup or Fortune 500 company, I meet creative challenges and client goals by distilling complex requirements into unique and engaging results. I’m passionate about merging the art of layout, typography, graphics and motion with the science of code, A/B testing, UX and metrics.

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Immersed in your goals, requirements and brand story, I craft engaging solutions for mobile, tablet and desktop. With customer data and research, sketching, wireframing and prototyping, I then layer in a visual experience that’s a perfect fit for the project.


Whether HTML, CSS/SASS, Bootstrap or Foundation, I’ve custom-built responsive sites for businesses and nonprofits, and draw upon a trusted team of experts to implement larger scale projects.


I’ve led and directed small teams onsite, and project managed Agile local and remote teams to execute projects built on time and on budget.


I strive to bring a bright spirit and sense of fun to the process, and work to identify a design solution that is unique, culturally relevant, and that stands out from the crowd while engaging and delighting customers.


Web & Mobile

Elegant, user-centered, and optimized for desktop, tablet and mobile devices. Custom-coded and managed via WordPress or Squarespace, or iOS and Android ready deliverables for developer implementation.

Brand Identity

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

Ad & Social

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

Product & UX

From initial research and discovery, interviews and user flows to wireframing, prototyping and A/B tested workflows, I can craft an effective result optimized for your audience.

Visual & UI

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


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


I’m proud to serve and have served startups and foundations to Fortune 100 companies.