Michaella Dirkes

Visual Designer & Content Strategist

Denver, CO, USA

Work Experience


Visual Designer - Branding + Web

I specialize in building branding packages as well as designing and building custom amazing WordPress experiences for many Colorado & West Coast companies.
January 2016 - Present Colorado, United States

New Why Web

Brand & UI/UX Designer

New Why Web is an all woman-owned, highly respected web studio with Denver and Portland clients. I work remotely with their Project Manager, Michelle Drumm, to design style guides and UI's for their top-quality, extremely responsive, custom built WordPress themes.
November 2016 - Present Colorado, United States

Commerce Kitchen Dev Studio

UI/UX Designer

When Commerce Kitchen needs UI/UX design, I work remotely with their content strategy team to provide highly successful designs for their custom-built WordPress themes. The success of my designs starts with the thoroughness of the client discovery documents and audience insight their team gathers at project kickoff.
December 2016 - Present Colorado, United States

Amélie Company

Custom WordPress Developer

On contract, I worked with Amélie Company's design team to build a highly customized WordPress theme and web portfolio according to the desktop mockups they sent over. I helped them translate their designs for all other devices to make the site extremely responsive and awesome to use.
July 2016 - December 2016 Colorado, United States

Unbridled Solutions

Branding Consultant

I was hired as a Branding consultant at this Denver ad studio, on contract. Producing work for their biggest client, I was there to help successfully translate some very extensive brand standards to all kinds of web & digital collateral for a high-profile new campaign.
July 2014 - October 2014 Colorado, United States

BLKDG Web Studio

Branding & UI/UX Designer

A small and mighty web studio in Denver who I created top-quality style guides, quick logos, and UI designs for to make their client's custom WordPress themes a huge success in connecting with their online audiences, on any device.
February 2014 - May 2015 Colorado, United States

Cinearc Agency

Visual Designer

Under the creative direction of Charles Hellwig, I worked remotely to design interfaces and interactive experiences for desktop and mobile sites for ad agencies, local professionals, and online products.
December 2013 - June 2016 Denver, Colorado, United States

Fireant Web Studio

UI/UX Designer

My role at this web studio in downtown Denver was to create UI designs for the WordPress sites the development team would be building for the clients..
December 2012 - December 2013 Denver, Colorado, United States

Impossible Productions

UI/UX Designer

Lead the new web portfolio design and content strategy for this downtown Denver agency's 60+ project portfolio that included over 10 years of work. I also handled communication with the development studio to help translate the designs into code perfectly. In addition, I updated the Impossible Productions branding assets to include beautiful, web-friendly versions of everything.
June 2012 - November 2012 Denver, Colorado, United States

Impossible Productions

Design Intern

As the web design intern, I was tasked with working with the Creative Director to come up with style ideas for a new web portfolio, for this Denver ad firm.
May 2012 - August 2012 Denver, Colorado, United States


Rocky Mountain College Of Art + Design (RMCAD)

BFA Visual Communication Design

2010 - July 2012 Colorado, United States

Savannah College Of Art And Design (SCAD)

Foundation drawing and intro graphic design classes, as well as 2D and 3D design and design concepts.
2008 - 2010 Atlanta, Georgia, United States


Html (Fluent),
Css (Fluent),
Javascript (Conversational),
Php (Conversational),


Hack 4 Colorado

1st Place + Best use of ESRI


Hack 4 Colorado

Best in Education track, best use of SendGrid API, best use of Esri API



Branding & Identity, Creative Problem Solving, CSS, HTML, Illustrator, Indesign, Information Architecture, Interaction Design, Photoshop, Prototyping, Responsive Design, Scss, Sketch, Social Media, Strategy, User Experience, User Interface, WordPress,