Hi, I'm Mike Garland. I am a guy who enjoys his work and the people he works with, and am an award-winning UX researcher (read our submission here) who loves to incorporate his passion for user-centered design, development, and strategy skills to produce high quality and unique solutions.

I am a 2016 graduate of the Elon University M.A. in Interactive Media program, and a 2015 graduate of Elon University in Strategic Communication with a minor in Exercise Science. I am focusing on the UX/UI design and web-development divisions of the interactive media field, but my additional experience in content strategy, social media, and photo/video editing diversify my skillset.

My initial interest in User Experience came from my internship at Shark-Ninja, where I was lucky enough to sit in on web-design meetings where the launches of new product landing pages were being discussed. Since then, I have worked on a wide variety of projects ranging from researching the online purchasing experiences of major tech companies, to working on non-profit websites, to application design/development.

While I focus primarily on experience and development, but you will often find me in the gym, enjoying the outdoors, on the golf course, or on the soccer field. Feel free to contact me if you are interested in my work, and let's meet for coffee.



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Summary and Analysis

Logo Design

YouChoose Mobile App

Founded, designed, and developed an application used to help people build positive habitual behaviors. Exercised my skills in brainstorming/ideation, UX/UI design, and application development. Inquire to see live version.

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SHELF Audiobooks

Analyzed a current audiobook application and redesigned the UI. Implemented standard UX practices to increase usability, and focused on simplifying book filtration. Used Sketch and Adobe Illustrator for this project.

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Cornerstone Foundation Belize

Worked with a non-profit organization located in San Ignacio, Belize, and served as the front-end developer. The website is on the Wordpress platform, where I used HTML, CSS, Javascript, and PHP to develop the site.

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Balance Tracking Systems

COMING SOON: Worked with a balance and posture testing company as a web designer and developer to revamp their site. I exercised my skill in user-centered design, and developed the site using Wordpress, utilizing HTML, CSS and JS.

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TryMyUI UX Competition

Compared the laptop buying processes between the Apple and Microsoft websites, with usability testing. Wrote test plans and strategically implemented the plan, and drew conclusions resulting in a first place finish.

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Firis Mobile Application

Tasked to design the interface of the Firis mobile application for firefighters with user experience, user interface, and logo redesign. Implemented applicable UX strategies and practices for the target audience to enhance usability.

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Personal Informatics Research

Conducted secondary research on personal informatics systems and how they can be utilized to achieve behavior change, accounting for multiple different factors. This research is the driving force behind YouChoose (above).

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FitBit UX Persona

Conducted research and developed a persona for the Fitbit brand. Based on my brand research, I created a persona including their technological experience, personality traits, goals, and how Fitbit is geared towards this persona.


HTML, CSS, Javascript, jQuery, PHP, xCode, Meteor, Foundation, Skeleton, WordPress

UX/UI Design and Research, Axure, Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, Premiere, After Effects

Microsoft Office, Social Media, Photography (editing), Videography (editing)

Time Management, Teamwork, Organization, Accountability, Perseverance


October 2015 - January 2016

Cornerstone Foundation Belize, Front-End Developer

  • Worked closely with a team of students to develop a website for a nonprofit
  • Collaborated with our information architect to design a highly usable and intuitive website using Wordpress
  • Cooperated with our client to produce a feasible and effective site
  • Wrote HTML5, CSS3, JS, and PHP to develop the site
  • Taught the client how to use the Wordpress interface to continuously update the website as needed

October 2015 - December 2015

UX Case Wars Competition, User Experience Researcher

  • Devised a test plan, scenario and tasks for 8 recruited participants (who used the TryMyUI interface) in order to compare the effectiveness of the Apple and Microsoft web interfaces in the laptop-buying process
  • Compiled findings and drew conclusions based on the results of our research into a final rationale, resulting in a first-place finish out of student groups from over 20 universities

May 2014 - August 2014

Shark Ninja (formerly Euro-Pro), Consumer Marketing Intern

  • Infomercials, social media and web development
  • Procured assets and web content for retailers to help increase sales
  • Prepared web updates prior to new product launches
  • Conducted competitive infomercial and media review and consumer research
  • Developed email promotions to database, tracked and reported the results of the campaign
  • Devised new and current social media content and analysis


Elon University, M.A. Interactive Media

The iMedia program pushed me to strengthen my development, design, and multimedia skills. We experimented with a variety of technologies/programs and bolstered creative capacity while utilizing these new technologies with experiential learning.


Elon University, B.A. Strategic Communications and Minor in Exercise Science

Strategic Communications enlightened me on topics ranging from PR and advertising, to strategic campaigns, to media law. The wide range of topics covered exposed me to different fields, pushing me to pinpoint a career path: Interactive Media. All the while, I was pushing for a minor (out of pure interest) in Exercise Science.

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mgarlands274@gmail.com | mgarland3@elon.edu | (781) 752-6792

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