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Debra Michalides

I am UX Strategist and Coach with a decade of designing enterprise level products and services for diverse industries such as retail, legal services, medical and educational publishing for clients such as Lowes, Allstate, Cengage Learning and Wolters Kluwer. My designs are always validated and inspired by in depth contextual research thus allowing me to advocate for the solution that best meets the needs of the business while not compromising the user’s experience. My approach to design has been described as bringing clarity to chaos aligning different product ideas from many perspectives into one cohesive product vision.



For more than 2.5 years, as a UX Industry Consultant at Aquent, I have interviewed over 200 candidates. My approach to qualifying candidates is an extension of my skills in interviewing users, which is very approachable and endlessly curious. Through my line of questioning I am able to help candidates clarify how their skills fit into the larger UX industry. Often I reveal hidden talents that are extremely marketable. As a seasoned practitioner I am able to coach candidates with suggestions for further skill growth specific to their career goals. Additionally I consult with Aquent/Vitamin T clients and agents providing a unique perspective from a UX insider through company wide webinars and presentations.


User Experience - Service Design - Interaction Design - 
Instructional Design - Contextual Inquiry - Visual Design - 
Wireframes - Prototypes - Agile & Lean UX