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.

I lead design at Trunk Club, a fashion retailer backed by Nordstrom. I spend my days working to elevate the role of design within our company while shaping a best-in-class team of digital product designers. Outside of managing product design, I influence brand and creative work, which includes the design and direction of trunkclub.com. All in, we’re working hard to redesign retail.

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.

I’m a staunch believer that designers—especially web and product—should have a deep understanding of the development process, being open to coding themselves. Regardless of role, I’m an even firmer believer that everyone should practice the craft of writing. From engineer, to product manager, to designer, to marketer, writing is a vehicle that unites all disciplines. In that same vein, I’ve learned through the various leadership roles I’ve held in design that leadership itself is a craft one practices.

Teaching, speaking, mentoring, and community outreach make up the latter half of my time. I’m working hard every day to make the Chicago design community more diverse, connected, and inclusive by serving as President for AIGA Chicago. Leading up to AIGA, I founded and organized CreativeMornings Chicago. I also maintain a design video blog, Humble Pied, which showcases short videos from inspirational designers sharing quick bits of advice. Beyond all that I serve as a mentor within design, tech, and startup organizations.

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 fashion retail. Formerly Basecamp (37signals), 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 bootcamp schools in Chicago. Prior to that, I spent three years teaching art direction, design, and professional practices at The Chicago Portfolio School.

Give more than you take

Speaking

From schools, to professional organizations, to national conferences, I’ve been lucky enough to travel to speak about design, craft, and culture.


  • Brand New Conference (Sept. 2017)

    Chicago, IL

  • American Marketing Association West Michigan

    Grand Rapids, MI

  • Dallas Society of Visual Communications

    Dallas, TX

  • Made in the Middle Conference

    Kansas City, MO

  • Hopscotch Design Festival

    Raleigh, NC

  • Relativity Fest

    kCura, Chicago, IL

  • 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

  • Zappos HQ

    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 on Instagram and Twitter as @migreyes. For interviews and speaking engagements, 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.