Hi, I’m Mike. I design user experiences.

Mike's Notebook

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Web Applications

Whether leading a team or working independently, my role when designing web applications usually involves information architecture, user interface design, and prototyping.

Educator Dashboard

Close ProjectEducator LMS (2013) I led the UI design effort for the reinvention of the Educator Learning Management System used by the Florida Virtual School.

ERA

Close ProjectERA (2011) In addition to directing the redesign of ERA, I led the design team at Homes.com on several projects for other Realogy brands.

Homes.com

Close ProjectHomes.com (2007) With up to 5 million unique visitors per month, Homes.com is consistently one of the top 5 national real estate portals. My roles in this project included information architecture, user interface design, and art direction.

AgentAdvantage

Close ProjectAgentAdvantage.com (2009) AgentAdvantage is the agent website provider for Homes.com, and when the two companies divided into separate businesses, I helped design the new site for AgentAdvantage. My roles in this project included information architecture, user interface design, and front-end development.

Prudential

Close ProjectPowerSearch Detail Page (2009) This is a detail page concept for a PowerSearch SEM site. My roles on this project included user interface design and front-end development.

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Dashboards

I have designed the administrative interfaces for a variety of web applications including learning management systems, content management systems, and customer relationship management systems.

REMAX control panel - contacts

Close ProjectRE/MAX LeadStreet (2010) I led the UI design for a new prototype of the RE/MAX control panel.

Homes.com Dashboard

Close ProjectHomes.com Dashboard (2011) I led the UI design for the new Homes.com control panel.

AgentAdvantage control panel menu

Close ProjectAgentAdvantage control panel (2008) My roles on this project included product development, information architecture, and user interface design.

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CMS Templates

I have created custom website templates for a variety of content management systems including WordPress, Joomla!, ExpressionEngine, and several propriety real estate CMS engines.

Ucompass

Close ProjectUcompass (2014) Ucompass creates education technology applications. My roles in this project included user interface design, and the creation of a WordPress template.

Big Bend Habitat for Humanity

Close ProjectBig Bend Habitat for Humanity (2008) Big Bend Habitat for Humanity is the area affiliate for North Florida. My roles in this project included user interface design, and the creation of a custom Joomla! template.

Barry Bevis Realty

Close ProjectBarry Bevis Real Estate (2008) This custom template was created to be used in the AgentAdvantage CMS. My roles in this project included user interface design and front-end development.

Tyler Turkle

Close ProjectTyler Turkle (2008) This custom WordPress template was created for artist and filmmaker Tyler Turkle. My roles in this project included user interface design and front-end development.

N1E Agent Site

Close ProjectN1E Agent Site (2010) This template was created to be used in the NUMBER1EXPERT CMS. My roles in this project included user interface design and front-end development.

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Mobile Sites

Before the widespread adoption of responsive web design, I was designing user interfaces and coding HTML5/CSS3 for mobile devices. I was able to draw from over ten of experience designing and programming discs and touchscreen kiosks.

Mobile Website Templates for AgentAdvantage

Close ProjectAgentAdvantage mobile websites (2010) This project is the re-envisioning of a traditional real estate agent’s website for display on mobile devices. My roles in this project included project management, user interface design, and front-end development (HTML5, CSS3, and jQuery).

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Kiosks & Discs

I began my career designing user interfaces for disc-based media and touchscreen kiosks. This experience has proven to be very useful as I move into interface designs for devices like the iPad.

Challenger Learning Center Space Kiosk

Close ProjectThe History of Florida as the Space State (2004) This touchscreen kiosk was designed for the Challenger Learning Center / IMAX in Tallahassee.

Awana Space Race

Close ProjectSpace Chase! (2002) This interactive game was created for Awana.

Bill Wharton & the Ingredients: Recipes

Close ProjectBill Wharton & the Ingredients: Recipes (1999) Created for the "Sauce Boss," Recipes is an Enhanced CD showcasing both Bill's rootsy tunes and his love for great food.

Pulp Fact or Fiction

Close ProjectPulp Fact or Fiction (1998) Featured at Disney's Innoventions Pavillion, this touchscreen kiosk showcased the many uses and sustainability of paper products.

HIV/AIDS

Close ProjectHIV/AIDS (1998) This CD-ROM was created for GlaxoSmithKline as a professional development tool for physicians.

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Logos & Icons

I’m occasionally asked to design logos, come up with names for products, and illustrate icons. The following samples include some of this work over the years.

Digital Canopy

Close ProjectDigital Canopy (2003) This logo was created for the City of Tallahassee's airport and downtown wireless project.

Agent Advantage

Close ProjectAgentAdvantage (2007) AgentAdvantage was a suite of web-based marketing tools for real estate agents and brokers.

Real Dog

Close ProjectReal Dog (2008) Real Dog is burrowing blanket for dogs of all shapes and sizes.

Various logos

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Various icons

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  • Web Applications

    Web Applications

  • Dashboards

    Dashboards

  • CMS Templates

    CMS Templates

  • Mobile Sites

    Mobile Sites

  • Kiosks & Discs

    Kiosks & Discs

  • Logos & Icons

    Logos & Icons

And see how I work.

Process Sketch

Conversations & Sketches

The entire process is iterative and usually begins with a conversation involving where you've been, where you are, and where you'd like to be. In short order we'll be busy at work getting you there – interviewing customers, diagramming and mapping, organizing sticky notes, drafting personas, and sketching in a notebook.

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Process Wireframe

Wireframes & Prototypes

The previous steps are then distilled into a rough organizational blueprint (or wireframe) of the application. These map out high-level items such as site structure, navigation, identity, and areas for primary and supplemental content. Once completed, the wireframes are stitches together into a simple working prototype.

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Process Comp

Comps & Coding

All of the elements then come together into a final design. Style can be refined with mood boards, and level of polish is added to each view of the application. Once completed, the design is broken down into semantic structure as HTML. The presentation layer is added with CSS, and interaction behaviors are added with JavaScript.

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Read a bit more of my story.

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Experience at a glance:

  • Design team leadership and product management
  • Information architecture, wireframing and prototyping
  • Front-end design and development for web apps and mobile devices
  • Front-end development – HTML, CSS & Javascript
  • Design for CMS and CRM applications
  • Icon and logo design

I’ve been designing interfaces for over 25 years, and though I didn’t expect to stay in Tallahassee beyond my days using HyperCard as an undergrad at FSU, my entire career has been shaped within Florida’s capital city. I cut my teeth as a designer at Interlight Productions, and despite that fact that both the company and the CD-i technology we used are now-defunct, the principles I learned (and wife that I met on the job) remain with me to this day. A Masters Degree focusing on New Media Communication and several years designing and authoring CD-ROMs and kiosks for clients like GlaxoSmithKline, Ziff-Davis, and BellSouth followed. In the late-90s my work shifted almost entirely to designing for the Web. The remainder of my career has largely focused on designing user interfaces and interactions, primarily as a Design Director with the Homes.com team.

ConvergeFL 2012 logo Refresh Tallahassee logo

After the first of my four children was born, I became an early-bird. I currently start work days in my home office with a fresh cup of coffee in hand, freelancing for small businesses and non-profits. From time to time I teach as an adjunct professor at Florida State University and lead relief projects. In 2006 I founded Refresh Tallahassee, and in October of 2012 I partnered with the Unmatched Style team to bring the inaugural ConvergeFL Conference to Florida. That same month I joined the Ucompass team as UX Lead on a large project with the goal of re-imagining online education.

Drop me a line. I’d love to hear from you!

Mike Houghton

3790 Piney Grove Drive
Tallahassee, FL 32311
USA