Mike Finch is a designer, privacy wonk, and comic book aficionado in the Pacific Northwest


What I've been thinking about

User Experience v. Security

Are there times when a user's security should take a backseat to their in-the-moment experience? What are those pros and cons?

Scalable Design Systems

As products and brands evolve, so do your design patterns. What are the best ways to design and maintain future-proof, scalable design systems?

Design in Open Source

Why aren't more designers involved in open source projects? How can we get more designers to cross that chasm?

Design's Social Responsibility

With great power comes great responsibility. As designers, what are our political, social, and ethical obligations to our communities?

  • “Mike dramatically improved the quality of our design work.. I recommend him highly as a designer.”
    Hadi Partovi
    Code.org Founder, CEO

Things I hack on in my free time

I contribute to a lot of open source projects and non-profit organizations, but these are a few side-projects I started myself.

Get Protected

Today, Get Protected is a directory of privacy-first apps and services. The short-term hope is to help the exposure of privacy-first apps into the mainstream. Upcoming projects include a threat-model calculator, a set of educational materials explaining privacy concepts to everyday people, and a much more robust directory. Stay tuned.

Open Design

A few years ago I started a research project to determine why so few designers are involved in open source projects. The overwhelming result was that open source is still too niche for most contributors, so I'm building a directory of designers, content strategists, and researchers that are willing to work in open source- and a directory of projects looking for design support.
Let's do something great together

My availability varies, but I'm always interested in rad new ideas and do-gooder organizations. If you've got something I should see, let's chat!