I'm Mike McLeod

I'm a full-stack product designer and a full-stack learning experience Designer. I build stuff and teach people.

Hello, my name is

Mike McLeod

As a full-stack product designer, I can lead teams that design, build, and maintain digital products, and I can play many of the roles on those teams. As a full-stack learning experience designer, I can create curricula and materials to teach complicated concepts with practical applications, including how to use products efficiently and effectively.

Hello, my name is

Mike McLeod

As a full-stack product designer, I can lead teams that design, build, and maintain digital products, and I can play many of the roles on those teams. As a full-stack learning experience designer, I can create curricula and materials to teach complicated concepts with practical applications, including how to use products efficiently and effectively.

More About Me
Mike McLeod, working remotely in a coffee shop
I specialize in

Product Design, Learning Experiences, and Sustainability

I'm a designer and a developer and I take abstract ideas and make them real. I've invented and built digital products, starting with writing specifications and designing interfaces to writing code, building databases, writing copy and documentation, and hiring and coordinating teams.

I'm also a teacher and I design learning experiences for products and for classrooms. For students, I design curricula and materials that help them grapple with theoretical concepts and practical implementation. For products, I create content and interfaces that help new users understand key concepts and features while also helping advanced users find new utility as they grow.

As both a teacher and a developer, I care deeply about sustainability. I listen constantly for student and user feedback, making adjustments as needed to make materials and content as accessible as possible to everyone. With products, this also means having clear maintenance procedures, from the basics of keeping servers running to fixing bugs and defending against attacks.

Selected Work

These materials are representative of my writing, learning, and design values. They illustrate not just the work I've done and knowledge I've shared, but the teams I've led and worked alongside, the challenges we've overcome, and the surprising things we've accomplished. The Work Samples section has a complete list of all my online materials.

Case Studies

Extended stories of challenges I've faced and how I've worked with my teams to deliver on-time, requirements-driven work. For more, see my complete list of case studies.

Writing Samples

Writing is at the core of my personal and professional identity. It informs every aspect of my work and I've written in countless genres for a wide variety of audiences and purposes. For more, see my complete list of writing samples.

Career Highlights

Drawbridge, Inc

Co-founder, VP Design & Dev

2011 - present

Eli Review

Co-inventor, Head of Product

2014 - present

Michigan State University

Adjunct Professor

2007 - present

Red Cedar Solutions Group

User Experience Designer

2011 - 2013

About Me

Seeing the World by Working Remotely

I'm always in motion regardless of where I reside. Having work that follows me and lets me roam has made it possible for me to live on both coasts of the US and travel to other countries. I cherish having the freedom to see and experience the world.

When not pushing pixels or exploring my latest destination, I enjoy baking, biking, photography, and arguing politics with anyone who will engage me. New York pizza > Chicago pizza, Pepsi > Coke, and Better Call Saul > Breaking Bad (let's fight).

Let's Collaborate

I love working with teams of smart people. Do you have a project I can help with, or might consult on? I'd love to hear from you at mikemcleod@gmail.com.

Stay in Touch

If you don't have a project but would like to connect, I'm reachable by email, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, and Pinterest.