Michael Hagel


Creative leader with over 15 years experience in strategy, user experience, web, mobile, and product design. Possessing a unique blend of user-centered design capabilities, technical expertise, and high-level strategic problem-solving skills. As a designer, Michael has a passion for creating compelling experiences that align the business's goals with their user's needs. Resulting in a proven record of measurable return on investments for clients including expansive government agencies, Fortune 100 companies, major sports associations, fledgling start-up operations, and non-profits organizations. Demonstrated capabilities of managing teams and executing award-winning digital projects form concept to completion.

Areas of Expertise


MaybeForYou, Inc.

2007 - Present

Principal, Head of Product Design

Leads a team of strategists, designers, and developers in researching, planning, and creating custom web, mobile, and enterprise products/solutions for a global clientele.

Key clients include: Budget, CDC, Chick-Fil-A, Clear Channel, ESI, InterContent Hotels Group, Jamestown Properties, Lowe’s, Microsoft, Mohawk, NATO, NBA, PGA of America, and Sears.


EventBooth, LLC

2014 - Present

Co-Founder, Director of Product

Started as a simple idea — a basic application for MaybeForYou's anniversary party. The idea quickly spread into a consumer application and line of products. Leading the strategy and design of the product, the company was profitable within the first 12 months.


A List Applications, LLC

March 2010 - June 2012

Co-Founder, Director of Design

Founded the company to offer simple, fun, engaging mobile games and utilities. Provided strategic guidance in the design and conception of new applications. Managed the strategy, design, technical development, and business operations. Took the company through a successful exit in 2013.

The Creative Circus

April 2005 - April 2007


Taught a wide range of courses in User Experience, Strategy, Design, and Front-end Development. Helped establish and grow the digital program by expanding courses and providing recommendations for instructors.


Deardorff Communications

March 2006 - May 2007

Director of Design & Technology

Worked in coordination with the President/CEO, COO, and other key directors to scale the design and development teams, while bringing on new clients and growing existing business. Lead the design and development teams in the creation of custom digital solutions.

2Advanced Studioes

Dec 2005 - Nov 2007

Freelance Designer

Worked with the team to help concept, design, and develop interactive campaigns and websites. Responsibilities included information architecture, UI design, interactive design, motion graphics, and Flash development.

Deardorff Communications

May 2004 - Feb 2006

Creative Director

Came up with concepts and campaign ideas to help pitch clients. Directly managed a team of designers and worked as a member of the design team to ensure work aligned with the agency's creative goals, client's business needs, and catering towards the customer.

Deardorff Communications

Apr 2003 – May 2004

Interactive Designer / Art Director

Worked as a member of the design team to concept and design interactive campaigns and websites. Responsibilities included information architecture, project planning, UI design, interactive design, motion graphics, Flash development, and project management.

Atomic Fusion

Jan 2002 - March 2003


Worked with the team to help concept, design, and develop interactive campaigns and websites.


June 2000 - Dec 2006

Designer & Consultant

Work with numerous agencies, small-to-midsize business, and corporations, to help solve design, business, and technology problems. Consulting and executing on Business and Digital Strategy, Information Architecture, User Interface Design, Interaction Design, and Web Design.


Associate of Arts, Interactive Media Design, Art Institute of Atlanta

2002 - 2004

Magna Cum Laude, Winner “Best in Show”

Business Management & Technology, North Metro Technical College

2000 - 2001

Tools & Technologies

Awards & Accolades


Work featured in numerous industry publications including CommArts, .Net, Create, HOW Magazine, MXDJ (Web Developers and Designers Journal).