Mike McDearmon

Leading teams in product design & research

I connect organizations with the people they serve so that we can deliver outstanding products & successful businesses.


Work Experience

I have over 10 years of experience leading design on agile software teams. I use rapid prototyping and qualitative research to help teams ship products that work, fast.

Active Roles
  • Sofar Ocean Technologies
  • Principal Product Designer 路 Dec 2023 to present
  • Ocean weather forecasting and navigation products for crew and shoreside teams operating cargo vessels.
  • Two Moles
  • Owner & Designer 路 Jan 2018 to present
  • Science education tools and games for nature enthusiasts. Successful Kickstarter campaign in Oct 2018, Star Seller on Etsy in Jan 2023.
Past Roles
  • Nautilus Labs
  • Principal Product Designer 路 Apr 2023 to Nov 2023
  • Performance optimization and decarbonization products for technical teams managing cargo vessels.
  • Ro
  • Director of Product Design 路 Aug 2021 to Apr 2023
  • Telehealth, mail-order pharmacy, and in-home diagnostic testing products for adult patients.
  • Hyperscience
  • Director of Product Design 路 Jun 2020 to Jul 2021
  • Automated classification and data extraction tools for organizations processing large volumes of documents.
  • Pivotal Labs
  • Design Manager 路 Jun 2015 to Jun 2020
  • Software design and development consulting for fortune 500 clients including JP Morgan, Travelers Insurance, The Home Depot, and CVS Pharmacy.
  • Case, Inc
  • Sr Software Designer 路 Feb 2012 to May 2015
  • Building Information Management (BIM) products for architects, engineers, and construction teams.
  • Forum 8
  • VR Designer 路 Jan 2009 to Apr 2012
  • 3D virtual simulations for transportation management, civil engineering projects, and disaster mitigation.

Passion Projects

I explore new technologies through passion projects to broaden the skills I bring to my professional work.

  • The Robots Are Coming
  • A podcast exploring AI technologies and their evolving impact on our personal and professional lives.
  • Listen on Spotify
  • While We Wait...
  • A facilitation tool that helps moderators kick off meetings with extra focus, clarity, and momentum.
  • Launch app
  • Stories from Planet Earth
  • Essays that view the climate crisis through the lens of geologic time. Inspired by curiosity, awe, and anxiety in this unique moment of human and geologic history.
  • Explore stories
  • Trailhead: The Wilderness Survival Game
  • A board game about overcoming the extremes of the great outdoors. Funded on Kickstarter in 2018 with games shipped to players in 19 countries and 43 states. 3rd edition copies available on Etsy.
  • View on Etsy
  • Earth Science Education Products
  • In homage of the dynamic power of our universe, these products help scientists and students alike understand the divisions of geologic time, the layers of the Earth, the scale of our solar system, and beyond.
  • View on Etsy