Photo by Maykel Loomans at Brooklyn Beta 2013.

I’m a designer exploring the intersection of brand, marketing, and product design working as Design Lead for Trunk Club. I also proudly serve as the President of AIGA Chicago.

Before joining Trunk Club, I spent the last four years working as both a product and communications designer at Basecamp. There, I designed and led brand and marketing projects for the popular project management app, shipped new features, improved conversion and retention of our customers, shaped the Basecamp voice through marketing experiments and writing, all the way to new product prototyping. I learned to try new ideas often, and approached the spirit of our work like scientists would. Every day I helped make sure our customers felt super loved.

Before Basecamp, I cut my teeth as the first full-time interactive designer at Threadless. There, I designed much of the marketing campaigns, brand standards, and Threadless.com interfaces. It was there where I learned how to take care of your community and try new ideas, no matter how weird. I also accidentally moonlit as a t-shirt model, but thankfully for everyone else that career was short-lived. Leading up to Threadless, I toughened my skin working at studios and agencies making work for clients including AIGA, Google, Harley-Davidson, Rand McNally, Sears, Segura Inc, SC Johnson, and Valspar.

Teaching, mentoring, and community outreach make up the latter half of my time. I’m working hard every day to make the Chicago design community a better place by serving as President for AIGA Chicago. I also maintain a design video blog, Humble Pied, which showcases short videos from inspirational designers sharing quick bits of advice. I also started and organized the CreativeMornings Chicago chapter for two years, ultimately passing the reigns to my friends Kim and Kyle at Knoed. Beyond all that I serve as a mentor within design, tech, and startup organizations. (Phew.)

I like my pizza hot, my coffee black, and my beer hoppy.

Design Lead, Trunk Club.
President, AIGA Chicago.

I lead design at Trunk Club, where we’re working hard to redesign retail and what it means for people to find confidence through personal style. Formerly Basecamp, Threadless, and a smattering of studios and agencies. Beliefs: try new things, humility over hubris, build your community, and have some fucking fun with your work.
Chicago proud. ✶✶✶✶

Photo by Maykel Loomans
Roll your sleeves up,
Midwest pride

Teaching

Since 2012, I’ve been teaching beginners the fundamentals of design and visual patterns at The Starter League in Chicago. Prior, I spent three years teaching art direction, design, and professional practices at The Chicago Portfolio School.

Give more than you take

Speaking

  • Relativity Fest

    kCura, Chicago, IL

  • Dallas Society of Visual Communications

    Dallas, TX

  • Made in the Middle Conference

    Kansas City, MO

  • Hopscotch Music & Design Festival

    Raleigh, NC

  • Design Madison

    Madison, WI

  • State of Search

    Dallas, TX

  • MozCon

    Seattle, WA

  • CreativeMornings, “Backwards”

    Morningstar HQ, Chicago, IL

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  • Fête Dément

    AIGA West Michigan, Grand Rapids, MI

  • “Making by Breaking”

    Apple Store, Lincoln Park, Chicago, IL

  • “Hard Work, Heart Work”

    MoxieCon, Chicago, IL

  • Build

    AIGA St. Louis, MO

  • Emerging Designer’s Symposium

    AIGA Design Conference, Phoenix, AZ

  • “Fuck the Police, Make What You Wanna”

    WMC Fest, Cleveland, OH

  • “How the New Kids On the Block Do It”

    HOW Design Conference, Chicago, IL

  • DSVC Student Show & Conference

    Dallas, TX

  • “Staying scrappy.”

    Zappos, Las Vegas, NV

  • “Designing for a Million+ of your Friends”

    The School of VISUAL ARTS, New York, NY

  • “Inspiring Awesomeness with Threadless”

    PSFK Salon, Chicago, IL

  • “What You Don’t Learn in Design School”

    HOW Design Conference, Denver, CO

  • Show & Tell

    Portland State University, via Skype

Press

  • AIGA
  • CMYK Magazine
  • Coudal
  • Grain Edit
  • HOW Magazine
  • InVision
  • Motionographer
  • Print (Nominated for 20 under 30)
  • siteInspire
  • Smashing Magazine
  • The Society of Typographic Arts
  • Swissmiss
  • UnderConsideration
Be human, be nice

Contact

I’m easily reachable on Instagram and Twitter at @migreyes. For interviews and speaking, you can email me at 🙌

Hello

Colophon

This site is designed with a six-column grid from sketch to code. Programmed with Sublime Text 2 using Jekyll, Sass, jQuery paired with CoffeeScript, and Rake tasks for compilation and deployment to Dreamhost. Version controlled with Git on GitHub. The body typeface is GT Sectra, while the complimentary sans-serif is Alto by OurType. Photoshop and Illustrator fired up for imagery. Probably swore a lot when I broke something in the code. Get weird.

Est. 1986

The web was meant to be read, not squished.