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 Design

Founded an award-winning full service digital studio. Leads a team of strategists, designers and developers in creating custom web, mobile, and enterprise solutions for a global clientele.

Key Brands: 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.


Freelance & Consulting

2002 - Present

Product Design, User Experience, & Strategy

Working with numerous agencies, small-to-mid size business, and corporations, to create results generating digital projects. Provides Strategy, User Experience, User Interface Design, Responsive Web Design and Front End Development.

A List Applications, LLC

2011 - 2013

Co-Founder, President

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

The Creative Circus

2005 - 2007


Provided instruction for courses in User Experience (UX), Strategy, Design, and Front-end Development at this accredited, two-year, portfolio-building educational institution. Helped establish and grow the digital program by developing courses and providing recommendations for instructors. Still in contact with the school to provide annual advisement to the program.


Deardorff Communications

2003 - 2007

Director of Design & Technology

Worked in coordination with the President/CEO, COO, and other key directors to put together a team of designers and developers. Lead the design and technical teams in the creation of custom digital solutions.

Key Brands: Assurant Solutions, Boost Mobile, Nextel, Sprint, XM Satellite Radio


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).