I'm Michelle Thayer, a Digital Product Designer based in
New York, NY Berlin, Germany.
I've been focused on designing fantastic digital interfaces for the last 5 years in NYC. I also hold a BS in Humanities, which means I can bullshit about human culture, art and philosophy ;). I've been involved in design in one way or another since I was 12. Checkout the timeline below to see some of the things that got me to where I am today.
Please get in touch if you'd like to collaborate with me. You can contact me at email@example.com.
2015-2016 - Designed a plethora of things at 1stdibs
2014-2016 - Took classes at SVA & ASL to learn how to paint & most recently how to photograph microscopic things (see photos below)
2014-2015 - Created visual guidelines & a pattern library for the College Board websites and designed a SAT practice app
2013 - Freelanced for various companies including + Pool, Chloe + Isabel, The Cools and Carol's Daughter
2012 - Product design on an advertising platform at Qualia Media
2011 - Product design at Pronoun, a platform for making eBooks
2011 - Web design at the robotics company, US Digital
2010 - Designed websites at a digital agency in Portland, OR
2010 - Digital marketing internship at the New York Times
2010-2012 - Studied Humanities at Northern Arizona University
2007-2010 - Web design and tech assistant at a doctor's office while going to school
2006-2010 - Studied digital arts and web design at Pima
2002-2005 - Made illustrations, brochures, and completed other small design jobs for my parent's design business
2002-2005 - Created digital art for online games I played and made a website to sell that art
Art has been a passion of mine since I was a young child. It started with painting throughout my childhood and digital art starting at the age of 11. After many years working as a digital designer, I found that I missed making things I could touch with my hands that had a shelf life longer than a year or two. This led me to start an art practice that involved a 100 day project, painting classes at The Art Student's League and the School of Visual Arts in NYC, an artist residency at Emerson Landing and a few other series including one about perspective and another about shadows. The last class I took before moving from NYC to Berlin was a microscopic photography class.
Since moving abroad in October 2016, my focus has been less on making art, and more on making a bad ass life that I'm proud of. Although art is not a priority for me at the moment, I'm happy I took the time to explore it as I learned so much about color, composition and other things that strengthened my skills as a designer while providing an important creative outlet. Scroll down to see some of the things I created.