I’m a designer,  strategist, mixed-methods researcher, and writer based in Brooklyn. Currently I lead UX and brand projects at Happy Cog. Lifelong learner, immoderate reader.

Collected here are some nice things people have said about working with me.

Cassie Marketos
content strategist and writer
community builder for the Obama White House 
Cass and I worked on design and experience strategies for an international reforestation project and a Brooklyn-based college
“Working with MJ, every stage is so clear and so thoughtful. Somebody who seeks to provide clear process plus thoughtful, true engagement with the project is rare.”

Nicole Fenton 
content strategist, editor, writer
author of Nicely Said 
Nicole and I collaborated on a higher-ed site redesign
“MJ is the best design leader I’ve worked with. He knows how to build trust with clients through close collaboration, persuasive presentations, and honest insights directly from users. I would work with him again in a heartbeat!”

Lisa Maria Marquis
content strategist, information architect
author of Everyday Information Architecture
LMM was my IA and content partner for IFAW and Gettysburg
“MJ’s perhaps the smartest person I’ve had the pleasure of working with. His intellect and the way he applies it to solving design problems is pretty unparalleled in this industry.”

JC Bouvier 
former marketing director, IFAW
“When I look back on the time I spent working with Michael, I recall the thoughtfulness, consideration and care he delivered to our project and each deliverable. I would work with Michael again in a heartbeat and would recommend him to any team looking for a talented and engaged design partner.”

TJ Pitre 
designer-developer, owner of SouthLeft
TJ has been a frequent front-end dev partner 
“MJ is one of the most cerebral designers I’ve ever worked with. His craft is fine-tuned to perfection, and I am honored to have brought some of his web designs to life. I wholehearetedly recommend him as an exceptional designer.”

Dave DeRuchie
project manager, former client success director at Happy Cog
“MJ is honest, self-abnegating, and truly interested in creating the finest work he and his colleagues can create.”

Select clients

Canary Media
Central Park Conservancy (2020) ︎︎︎
CitiBike (2015)
Cirrus Logic (2016)
Eden Reforestation
Gettysburg College (2017)
Harvard Business School
Harvard College
Harvard Law Review (2020)︎︎︎
International Fund for Animal Welfare (2016)
Lime Micromobility
Nintendo of America (2011)
OMF (2018)
Partnership to End Addiction
Posse Foundation
Results for America
Rogers Cable (2011)
Sartorius AG
Stanford Digital Health
Texas Tribune
Union for Food & Commercial Workers (2020)︎︎︎
White House Correspondents’ Association (2017)

Photo by Ryan Jahn/2014. 
© 2019 Michael Johnson. Updated 3-6-19.