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About Me

Over the past twenty years, I've worked as an animator, a college lecturer, an agency designer, a game studio art director, and an experience consultant. I've been a creative director of just about everything: products, devices, games, merch, video, events, AR/VR.

I lead effective, multi-capability teams in all settings by putting people first. 

I chose a song for every job I've had.


Monte Michaelis

Product Design Leader


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Leadership History

Creative Director

Hypixel Studios / Remote
March 2023 - Present

Interactive Creative Director

Amazon / Remote
May 2022 - Jan 2023

Director of Experience Design

Slalom Build / New York, NY
May 2020 - May 2022

Head of Creative

Collibra / New York, NY
Oct 2019 - Apr 2020

VP of Creative Innovation

Arkadium / New York, NY
Sept 2018 - Oct 2019

Mixed Reality Creative Director

Microsoft / Redmond, WA
Jul 2016 - Aug 2018

Creative Director / UX Manager

Geocaching / Seattle, WA
May 2014 - Jun 2016

Art Director

Electronic Arts / Seattle, WA
Sept 2009 - Feb 2013


Creative direction

Creative strategy

Art direction

Experience design (UX/CX)

Product design and strategy

Executive presentation

People management

Operational effectiveness

People interviews

Workshop facilitation

Vision setting

Competitive research

Customer journey maps

Service blueprints

Visual design

Content strategy




Bachelor of Science

Graphic Design / 2006

The Art Institute of Pittsburgh

Associate of Applied Arts

Computer Animation / 2000

The Art Institute of Seattle

Early Career

Smashing Ideas / 2006 - 2009

I helped net a Parent's Choice Award at this Emmy-nominated agency. Our client list included Nickelodeon, PBS Kids, Cartoon Network, and Disney Channel.


I was a full-time art director, and later, an adjunct instructor. I taught animation, character design, storyboarding, job search skills, and portfolio.

Image by Robert Ritchie

Jet City Studios / 2000 - 2003

I created animations, character designs, and user interfaces for the children's market. We shipped titles for ABC, Disney, and Hasbro.



ADPList / 2021 - Present

Hexagon UX / 2018 - Present



Pax Dev / 2012

AIGA / 2016



Etsy / 2020 - Present

Brick & Mortar / Coming soon!

The Fine Print

Born: Friday the 13th

Sign: Aquarius
Raised: Alaska
Lives: New York
Pets: Dogs, Snake
Tattoos: 34 (and counting)

Movie: Jaws
TV: Star Trek
Star: Jackie Chan

Book: "DON'T PANIC!"
Music: Prince
Beatle: George

Day: Halloween

Sport: Basketball
Fan: Pro Wrestling

Sandwich: Club

Game: Darts

D&D: Monk

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