About


Hello, my name is Michael. I'm a problem solver with a keen focus on visual and functional aesthetics. I believe modesty is not only an important personal characteristic but imperative for great design solutions. A problem is not solved until the solution is not noticed; rather it simply exists.

Recently, as one of the first interaction design team members at Adonit, I contributed to the creation of Forge — named Apple App Store Editors' Choice and February 2015 App of the Month. Before that I spent several years working as a contract User Experiences Designer at Universal Mind, where I engaged and worked with clients to develop end solutions for users on a variety of digital platforms.

Outside the office I enjoy working on personal projects and being an active road cyclist, mountain biker, runner, swimmer, triathlete, and a yoga practitioner. Being active allows my mind and body to continue to pursue thoughts of how and why the world around me works.

Please take a moment to look at my online portfolio. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to connect with me via email at kleinpaste@gmail.com, on LinkedIn, or Twitter.

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Experience


Adonit Creative Austin, TX |

Senior User Experience Designer

As one of the first interaction design team members I had the opportunity to define, design, and user test Forge — named Apple App Store Editors' Choice and February 2015 App of the Month — from the ground up. The majority of my work revolved around feature/product definition, app architecture, user experience, UI visual design, and user testing.

Universal Mind Grand Rapids, MI |

User Experience Design Specialist

Engaged and worked with clients ranging from startups to Fortune 100 companies to design and develop end solutions for users on a variety of digital platforms.

Freelance Designer Grand Rapids, MI |

Designer

Worked on several projects, filling roles from production designer to web designer. An example of one project is the iOS app Bit Timer — named Apple App of the Month for February 2013.

Konnect Studio Grand Rapids, MI |

Design Intern

Worked directly under the creative director of Kendall’s graphic design studio course to develop creative design solutions for clients. Our work ranged from corporate invitations, informational pieces, and event branding/promotion.

Education


Kendall College of Art and Design Grand Rapids, MI |

BFA, Graphic Design

Received a Bachelors of Fine Arts and was on the Presidents List for my three years at Kendall College of Art and Design. Kendall instilled a solid base of visual design while introducing me to a variety of other disciplines: photography, audio engineering, 3D modeling, traditional printmaking, and more.

Speaking & Workshops


Adobe DPS Workshop AIGA Grand Rapids, MI |

Created and led a one day Digital Publication Workshop for AIGA Grand Rapids. The workshop walked a group of 15 graphic design professionals through the process of creating their first digital publication with InDesign at the center of Adobe's Digital Publishing Suite. At the end of the day all members had a successfully working digital publication on their iPad and an understanding of the capabilities of a digital publication.

Awards & Recognitions


Activities


  • CreativeMornings Austin | 2014 - Present
  • IxDA | 2010 - Present
  • TEDx Grand Rapids | 2011 & 2013
  • Windows 8 Workshop | 2012
  • Adobe DPS Workshop | 2012
  • MidwestUX Conference | 2011
  • Smashing Magazine Photography & Video | The Messy Art Of UX Sketching 2011
  • Site:Lab ArtPrize Kiosk Committee | 2010 - 2011
  • AIGA Member | 2007 - 2010
  • Creative Smackdown | 2009
  • San Chez Artprize Committee | 2009