I’m a design leader, strategist and researcher based in Brooklyn. Most recently I was head of design for Happy Cog.

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


Nicole Fenton. Content strategist, editor, writer. We partnered on a redesign for a NYC tech college.

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 Martin. Content strategist and information architect. Together we co-led strategy for several non-profit and higher-ed website redesigns.

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.



J.C. Bouvier. Former marketing director, International Fund for Animal Welfare.

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. Dev partner on many projects.

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.



Dana Pavlichko. Designer, Happy Cog. Direct report from 2013–2018.

MJ always pushed me to get better and see things I didn’t already see. 



Dave DeRuchie. Project manager and client success director, Happy Cog. Colleagues from 2011–2018. 

MJ is honest, self-abnegating, and truly interested in creating the finest work he and his colleagues can create.




Mark
© 2018 Michael Johnson. Updated 8-16-18.