Available for work.

Currently a freelance UX/UI Product Designer outside Chicago.


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Hi, I’m Mike Stephen, a passionate maker and designer who works with agencies and individual clients all over the world on ux/ui for large data-driven web and native applications, low and high-fidelity wireframing, rapid prototyping, web design, branding, and project management.

I eat, sleep, and breathe UX and love the challenge of solving complex problems with clean, simple, and intuitive UI. My design style is minimal and focused; keeping both the needs of the end-user and business goals of my clients at the forefront.

I strive for pixel perfection and believe firmly that designs should not only look aesthetically pleasing but function and convert at a high level as well. Good design solves problems in the context that they exist and I wear many hats and pay attention to the smallest of details to tackle these problems for my clients.

Not much for fashion, you’ll rarely find me in the wild wearing anything but a hoodie and jeans (except in the dead of summer of course).

When not creating stuff, I enjoy spending time with my beautiful girlfriend Kristen and our energetic and lovable Labs: Sadie, Cooper, and Bella. I’m also passionate about traveling, reading, learning new skills, listening to my favorite podcasts, DDP Yoga, pondering the meaning of life and taking care of my jellyfish.


I’m looking for projects that endeavor to solve real problems and not ones that just create more noise in the world. I am also working on several of my own products.

Get in touch

I mostly work with startups and small businesses but also occasionally work for brands like Red Bull, ZTE, and crowdSPRING. I would love to learn more about what you’re working on and see how I might be able to help. Send me an email if you’d like to chat.


AO App Project
Monimus App Project
Codelegs App Project
ThoughtBuzz App Project

TV Survey App Project
Thoughtbuzz v2 App Project


Mbeddo Web Project
OpenAgent Web Project
AppsHC Web Project

Hero Web Project
crowdSPRING Web Project


Just Funky Project

Monimus Branding Project

Mike has been an invaluable resource to our team at Red Bull. His creativity and technical expertise has allowed us to deliver high-impact projects that have exceeded our targets for reach and engagement.
Valters LauzumsSr. Manager, Digital Marketing, Red Bull
Great to work with, excellent communication. Would recommend to anyone looking for a designer with high attention to detail and commitment to deadlines.
Alyssa HannanDigital Marketing & PR, Digital Giants
I’ve asked Mike for help on several projects over the past year and he has exceeded expectations on every one. He is creative, detailed and always on time. I highly recommend him for anyone’s creative needs.
Ted RussSenior Director, Chinook Telemetry