Michael Heliker: UI Designer

All About Michael

Michael Heliker

UI Designer ME

I like to design and build things. By day, I design intuitive experiences and support a team as scrum master in our Agile work environment. In order to be effective in my roll, communication is a critical component. Communication between product, developers, UI designers, UX researchers and designers can be a challenge. When those communication gaps are filled, you create beautiful things together!

From the educational/nonprofit, commercial sectors, small business or enterprise level corporations, I strive to fill those communication gaps. When everyone on is on the same page, everyone wins.

I have worked in web development, design and UX spaces for the last 20 years. I started as a jack of all trades and have narrowed my focus to UI Design for websites and applications.

  • Responsive Design
  • Design Frameworks (Bootstrap, Material)
  • Desgin (Photoshop, Sketch, Illustrator)
  • Javascript (Vanilla, jQuery, AngularJS and always learning more)
  • Git, Agile
  • Wordpress, Drupal
  • Working on Python

Educator ME

I have been teaching for 10 years at the collegiate level. I have taught photography, motion graphics, UI design, UX, HTML/CSS and Javavascript for web design programs at multiple colleges:

  • Harper College
  • Benedictine University
  • Illinois Institute of Art

My classroom philosophy is to bring real world work experience to the classroom. Concepts are presented in concrete ways with real situations to help students understand the how AND the why. I also much prefer to work WITH my students rather than simply "lecture" them to death.

Intern Mentor

Mentoring interns has provided me an opportunity to guide students in a real work enviornment. From highschool to college, I've helped students experience real agile workp environment and truly contribute to a team environment. There's nothing better than helping somone learn and succceed!!

For Fun ME

Like I said above, I like to build things. Sometimes I create images as a photography enthusiest. Portraits, still life, macro, or events, I currently use my Canon DSLR and various lights and try to be as creative as I can.

I also build, customize and race RC cars on the side. I am able to relax going as fast as possible, racing on the dirt, or driving slow and crawling over the rocks. I am able to dive into the mechanics and aesthetics of having the coolest looking car and trucks on the track!

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