Mike Donahue

UX Ideologist, Radical Inclusionist, Keeper of Semantic Truths, Designer and Photographer


Here’s the short story, I’ve been a designer for over 20 years, over the last 10 it’s been mostly about web and for the last 4 years it’s evolved into user experience design (UX). For a short stint when I dropped out of design and spent time (2 1/2 years) working at my local Habitat for Humanity organization as a site supervisor. That’s it in a nutshell. If you want to find out more about my professional background feel free to check out my Linkedin profile.


In my free time I’m a nature and wildlife photographer and even teach photography through the South Florida Nature and Wildlife Meetup Group that I run. Truth be told though I have been a bit slack as of late to say the least. You can see my work on my Flickr page and and my personal photography website. I love getting outdoors and exploring the natural world around us.

this site

This site is going to be developed and designed in the open for all to see. The reason is to demonstrate that I practice what it preach. Just to be clear, here’s what I preach.

  • Create useful, usable & desirable products and services.
  • Work content out, mobile first and use progressive enhancement.
  • Align business goals with user goals through a user centered design process.
  • Make products that enhance lives and make it as easy as possible to attain them.
  • Be clear on the “why” before moving on to the “how.”
  • Be honest, authentic, and empathetic.

As this site develops I will continue share my learnings and design decisions for all to see. There will be series of posts dedicated to all the how’s and why’s that went into its design and development. To get started you might want to read Web Jeet Kune Do and 3 Qualities of Successful Websites.

I’ll leave it at that for the moment. If you want to know more by all means connect with me professionally through Linkedin or personally through email or Facebook. You can also find me on TwitterGoogle+ and Pinterest.

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