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Max Miner

Designer, coder, product leader, startup founder/advisor, and artist — currently residing in Boulder, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Austin.

I was born and raised in Boulder, CO, and over the years, I've had the privilege to live and work in cities such as San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Austin. My journey in the world of design and strategy has led me to collaborate with some of the industry's giants. From Google to Disney, Starbucks, Nike, and many others, I've had the chance to influence and shape products, brands, and businesses.

I've dedicated over a decade to leading human-centered digital design and strategy, working with top Fortune 500 companies, creative agencies, and startups. Currently, I serve as the Executive Director of Product & Design at SkillsEngine and advise startups.

In the past, I co-founded BEACON and took on strategic design leadership roles at 72andSunny, RED Interactive, and R/GA — where I helped establish the agency's first Google-embedded creative consulting team.

When I'm not immersing myself in work, you can find me creating art, coding and exploring new tech, hit the slopes to snowboard, and spending quality time with my family and friends.

I am not currently looking for new opportunities. But feel free to take a look at my portfolio or get in touch if you'd like to collaborate.

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Human-centered strategic design

Expert multidisciplinary leadership at the intersection of strategy, design, business and technology.
Diagram showing focus at the intersection of strategy, design, business and technology

15+ yrs

PRO Creative

Professional creative work including UX, web, branding, illustration and photography

13+ yrs

UX & Product

Strategic human centered product and UX design

10+ yrs


Managing and leading cross-functional teams (5-35+ ppl)

  • Currently

  • 2019 - Present

    Executive Director of Product & Design

     | Austin, TX
  • Education

  • 2011

    Masters Certificate, Strategic Communications Design (UX)

    60-week intensive professional masters certification with a focus in User Experience Design and Product Management
  • 2009

    Bachelor of Arts, Philosophy

    Additional emphasis in Fine Art and Economics. Executive board member, Pi Kappa Phi fraternity.
  • Spring 2008

    Study Abroad

    Circumnavigated the globe visiting countries including Brazil, S. Africa, Mauritius, India, Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam, China, Japan and Costa Rica.

    Additional study abroad experience in Spain and Australia.
  • Previously

  • 2018-2022


    BEACON | Austin, TX
  • 2019-2021


    Notley Ventures | Austin, TX
  • 2021-2022


    Amass | Austin, TX
  • 2019-2020


  • 2018-2019

    Product Design & Strategy Director

    Freelance | Los Angeles, CA / Austin, TX
  • 2017-2018

    Group Director, Experience Design

     | Los Angeles, CA
  • 2016-2017

    Director of Customer Experience (CX) Strategy

    RED Interactive (acquired)
     | Los Angeles, CA
  • 2015-2016

    Associate Creative Director, Experience Design

      (at Google) | San Francisco, CA
  • 2013-2015

    UX Design Director

     | Los Angeles, CA
  • 2012-2013

    Senior Experience Designer

    Team One
     | Los Angeles, CA
  • 2011-2012

    Associate UX Designer

     | San Francisco, CA

Areas of Expertise

User Experience (UX) Design, Product Design, UX Strategy and Research, Product Management, Customer Experience (CX) Strategy,  Communications Design, Venture Design, UI Design, Prototyping, Content Strategy, Business Strategy, Marketing, Branding, Creative Direction, Design Direction, Leadership, Management, Team Building, AI Design, LLMs, AI Prompt Engineering, Automation and more.

Tools & Technologies

Figma, Replit, GitHub, ChatGPT, OpenAI APIs, Adobe Creative Suite, Sketch, Adobe XD, Webflow, Airtable, HTML/CSS/JS, Python, Pivotal Tracker, Basecamp, Principle for Mac, Origami Studio, Zapier, Shopify, OmniGraffle, Miro, Slack, Notion, and many more.

Past companies

Past clients

Press & recognitions

Cannes Lions
LA Times
NY Times
One Show
The Verge
The Washington Post
The White House
USA Today

Ready to work together?

Got a project in mind? Get in touch to inquire about collaborations and project requests.