Mike Kivikoski

Mike Kivikoski is a Boston based
User Interface Designer & Developer

who designs in the browser.

I design and develop websites and web applications for small to large companies that are easy to use, mobile friendly, SEO friendly, and client friendly.

The sites I design and build are built on WordPress powered Content Management Systems; allowing my clients to easily and quickly update their online presence.

I also teach Introduction to Web Development at Endicott College, my Alma mater, which is located just outside Boston on the North Shore in Massachusetts.

I build e-commerce sites using custom themes on Shopify, so clients have 24/7 care and great data to help their business and customers.

I’ve given talks at Ignite, Creative Mornings, and RefreshBoston. I’ve lectured at Harvard University and Endicott College.

I have an online series with O'Reilly, "UI Development for Engineers", that was released in October of 2014.

A selection of work in chronological order

User Interface Design
User Interface Development
* if needed

I prefer getting feedback from working prototypes over PSD mockups.

Notable Clients

I design in the browser.

Atedrake, Inc. · Somerville, MA

Owner, Designer, Developer

Nov 2010 — Present
  • Running a design and development consulting studio
  • Designed and developed custom themes for advanced WordPress sites
  • Designed and developed custom themes for Shopify based ecommerce sites
  • Designed, developed and intergrated User Interfaces for Rails, Django, .NET, and Laravel applications
  • Designed User Interfaces for Fortune 500 company applications
  • Employee augmentation for various design studios for specific high profile projects
  • Developed numerous User Interfaces based off other designers mockups for various projects
  • Worked on over 50 projects for clients ranging from startups to Fortune 500 companies

Endicott College · Beverly MA

Adjunct Professor

Sept 2012 — May 2014
  • Taught four semesters of,“Introduction to Web Development”, to first and second year computer science students
    • Taught HTML and CSS, building for mobile devices, optimizing images, and orgainzing code. Projects included rebuilding portions of, a to-do app, and a resume site
  • Taught one semester of, “Advanced Web Development”, to third and fourth year computer science students
    • Taught advanced CSS, rails scaffolding, basic javascript. Projects included defining and building a semster long custom appliciation. Results included a full to-do app, a photo sharing app, and a sports team tracker application.
  • Taught one semester of, “Introduction to Web Design”, to second years visual communication students
    • Taught grid systems, typography and color theory applied to the web. Projects included designing and building a responsive magazine website, and designing a responsive website to customize a product

Integrity Interactive · Waltham MA

User Interface Designer, Developer

Oct 2007 — March 2010
  • Developed the entire front end for their Supplier Diligence application.
    • Built the application so it could be translated in over 30 languages.
    • Application grossed $1,000,000.00 in less then 6 months.
    • Integrated front end code into a .NET platform
  • Lead Developer for HTML5, CSS3, jQuery and other cutting edge technologies
  • Refactored legacy, table based, inline styling code into clean, semantic HTML and CSS
Sept 2006 — Dec 2006

Boston Phoenix, Boston, MA


Jan 2005

Digital Bungalow, Salem, MA


Jan 2004

Digital Media, Hudson, NH


Bachelor of Fine Arts, Concentration in Graphic Design.

Endicott College · Beverly, MA

May 2007
  • Head Senator of Executive Board · Sept 2006 — May 2007
  • Class of 2007 President · Sept 2004 — May 2006