Michael Stein

Michael Stein

UX Designer

Oakland, CA, USA


Last updated October 28, 2020

One Sentence About Me  

Bringing my zest for life to the UX space and making zesty experiences!

Who I Am  

A Little About Me

I was born in Berkeley, CA and raised in the hills behind it. I had a very hippie childhood, spending mornings meditating in a local ashram, eating food from all over the world, going to the Himalayan Fair, and reading books about feminism. I grew up with a love of cooking and art and building things and working with my hands, and have always been fascinated with puzzles and problem solving. Growing up, I was a competitive skier and spend weekends on the mountain in Tahoe racing and eating snow as long as it wasn't yellow. I studied Architecture in school and have always been fascinated by structures and the internal workings of things. To pay my way through school I worked as a carpenter, getting hands-on experience and a viewport into what makes a building. This fueled my fascination with what makes things work and how many different paths there are to a finished product. My career has been driven by that curiosity and I've achieved things I never anticipated achieving. I love getting to know people and hearing their stories and what makes them tick. I've we have shared interests, I want to talk to you about them! Never hesitate to reach out, and let's explore our mutual interests!

Interesting Factoid

My third cousin twice-removed is Neil Armstrong, the first man on the moon.


Languages

Japanese
Portuguese
English
Spanish

Countries Visited

Map View

Czech Republic
Austria
France
Japan
Brazil
Denmark
Ireland
Northern Ireland
Hungary
United States of America
Germany
Mexico
Canada
England

What I Do  


Professional Experience

MetroDog

Product Designer

Aug 2020 - Present
Designed and currently building out customer-centric app and responsive and intuitive website enabling end-users to seamlessly book services while reducing strain on internal employees by automating the booking process.

UX Designer

Jul 2020 - Present
Conducted in-depth customer research to assist in improving the customer experience by identifying pain points throughout the supply chain and change of custody. Defined benchmarks for user adoption, including identifying buy-in triggers from target users.
+5 more experiences

Professional Expertise

User Experience
UX Design
UI Design
Product Development
Product Design
Market Analysis
Event Plannning
Public Speaking
CRM
Customer Service
User Research
Marketing Strategy
Email Marketing
Social Media Marketing
Branding
Brand Management

Professional Interests

Augmented Reality
Virtual Reality
HTML
CSS
Business Law
Copyright Law
Product Development
Web Development
Artificial Intelligence

What I Stand For  

Social Causes

Mental Health
Refugee Rights
Foster Care
Animal Rights
LGBTQ Rights
Poverty
Diversity and Inclusion
Social Equity
World Hunger
Climate Change

Volunteer Experience

ACLU

2003 - 2010

Favorites  

Hobbies

Hiking
Cycling
Traveling
Learning Harmonica
My Dog
CrossFit
Swimming
Interior Design
Woodworking

Food & Drinks

Chinese Chicken Salads
Toast
Red Wine
White Wine
Cheeseburgers
Pasta
Old Fashioned

Games

Age of Empires
Risk
Scattergories
Pandemic

Music Genres, Groups & Artists

Top 40
Rap
Pop
Hip-Hop

Beyoncé
Rihanna
Chris Stapleton
Alt-J
Years & Years
Blink 182
Linkin Park
Jay-Z
Ariana Grande
Kendrick Lamar

Sports, Teams, Athletes

Downhill Skiing
Cycling
CrossFit
American Ninja Warrior

US Ski Team

Movies, TV Shows, Actors & Actresses

Doubt
The Hours
No Country for Old Men
There Will Be Blood
Carol
The Aviator

Killing Eve
Parks and Recreation
Jeopardy
Dexter
The Office
Grey's Anatomy
Schitt's Creek
How to Get Away with Murder

Viola Davis
Meryl Streep
Julianne Moore
Javier Bardem
Josh Brolin
Heath Ledger
Tom Holland

Brands

Method
CrossFit
OnCloud
Club Monaco
Abercrombie
Adobe
Jeep
Audi
REI
Spotify
Nike
Apple
Patagonia

Bucket List  

Travel Through Brazil

I went to Sao Paulo in 2020 and now I want to see the rest of the coutry.

Skydiving

I've been once, but now I want to do it in more destinations
+1 more item on bucket list

Education  

School

B.A. – Bachelor of Arts, Architecture

2009 - 2012

Associates, Interior Design

2017 - 2019
+1 more school

Clubs and Communities

National Honor Society

Member

2017 - 2019

Student Engagement Committee

Member

2017 - 2019
Community Colleges have historically had trouble with student engagement in campus life and extracurriculars. I was a founding member of the Student Engagement Committee, along with several other students and the directors from several of the arts programs. We worked to implement opportunities for students in the arts to engage with the campus community through art installations, demonstrations, and incorporating the arts cross-functionally into curriculums.