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Thomas Michaud

UX Designer, Architect, ResearcheR. Educator. Illustrator. Author

I am a Designer of Experiences and Products with over 20 years of combined work experience. I help clients make sense of messy information architecture and design systems, and I love to achieve accessibility for all their customers.

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I love sketching and doodling. I did tutorials on visual note taking for students on YouTube.

I even have a published book about HTML & CSS for beginners!

Recent Projects

My Process

There’s no perfect model or linear process. The design process is about exploring, researching, discovery, and ideation, which helps define a problem better and leads to solutions.

Once we know what we want to happen, the things that are stopping that from happening are the problems we need to solve. Our design has to find ways to get past those problems.

However, a design process alone does not save you. You also need principles, methods, engagement, and leadership.

Teams that produce the best designs, have a process that’s geared towards forming a common understanding. That understanding needs to cover the problem they’re trying to solve, the users they’re solving it for, and the gamut of approaches they can use to get there.

The process that a team needs to create great designs doesn’t just happen. It needs to be intentionally rendered. It needs to be designed.

The Redesign of the Design Process, by Jared M. Spool

Don't sell the process sell the vision. If we do a great job how will we improve someone's life?
Don't sell the process sell the vision. If we do a great job how will we improve someone's life?

My Tools

Ideation

When starting a project, I’ll use anything from pencil and paper, to whiteboards and post-it notes, to sketch ideas or to lead a workshop.

Exploration

To explore ideas and test concepts, I love working with HTML and CSS to code prototypes. However, I’m comfortable working with UXPin and Framer.

Design

Over the years, I’ve used various software, from the Adobe Creative Suite to Sketch and Figma, when developing designs and design systems.