Michael Parenteau

Artist / Designer / Developer


I have been a designer [print & web], creative director, design engineer, senior engineer, mentor and making software for nearly 20 years. I have been an artist for most of my life.

03/2017 - Current

Reify Health

Head of Design

I joined Reify Health to help improve the forefront of medicine. Healthcare has many distorted and broken facets that lead to less focus on the most important parts, patient care. At Reify, I work with cross-functional teams to design, develop and deliver valuable product for Clinical Researchg professionals. As Head of Design, it is my responsibility to ensure we have a high bar of design quality and user experience. So, we develop systems to achieve that quality and consistency across our product. I also am building a team of super talented designers with an aptitude for working closely with engeneers, writing code and making a world-class product with real human beings at the receiving end.

  • Design & help develop our internal design system
  • Work with engineering team to bring awareness of the design system
  • Work with engineering team to prototype product features
  • Work with product team to design valuable solutions to their real-world problems
  • Build a team of designers to work across product, engineering, and customer teams
  • Conduct interviews with clinical research professionals to validate problems/solution in the space
  • Completed on-site training to be a clinical research coordinator as part of domain onboarding
  • Work on developing company brand and marketing material
  • Help improve internal and external company communications
  • building a valuable and meaningful business with an amazing team
03/2016 - 03/2017


Senior Design Engineer

I joined Eligible as a Senior Design Engineer to take on making healthcare billing an easier process. Eligible has an API that integrates with thousands of insurance companies electronically to specifically focus on patient eligibility, cost estimation and claims submission. Here I have designed and built our initial design-system for implementing various testing and admin tools in our account interface as well as helped to build single-page JavaScript plugin interfaces. I have worked remotely and asynchronously with a team of people all over the world.

  • Helped design & build single page JS apps
  • Led front-end devlopment
  • Designed and engineered our Design System
  • Designed and added feautures to products
  • Patient cost estimation UI
  • Patient registration UI
  • Various marketing materials & illustrations
03/2010 - 03/2016

Relevance / Cognitect

Creative Director, Front-end Engineer, Designer

I joined Relevance to be a designer in a startup incubator they were creating. The project was short lived, but I stayed on as lead designer on the consulting arm of the business and later became the Creative Director. I hired designers, stewarded our company brand, focused on minimizing the friction between design and engineering, and juggled multiple consulting projects at a time.

Relevance became Cognitect in 2013. We went from being a polyglot programming shop with roots in Java, Ruby/Rails, Clojure and JavaScript to focusing on being a consulting and product company focusing on solving problems with all Clojure and Datomic. I helped to design new ways to build software while focusing on making sense of hard information problems through data visualization and building interfaces to easily ask questions about information in a system. We made frameworks to take advantage of ClojureScript to make single page JavaScript applications that talked to Clojure web services.

  • Supported a 30 engineer to 1 designer ratio
  • Lead front-end devlopment
  • Lead consulting design practice
  • Managed a team of designers
  • Worked in dozens of industries and projects
  • Worked for well over 50 companies from startup to enterprise
  • Information visualization design lead
  • Designer / Developer pairing advocate
  • Sass evangilist [.scss]
  • Helped design frameworks for builing full-stack Clojure web applications
  • Contributed to Open Source
02/2008 - 03/2010



I joined Ecommerce, Inc to design several web hosting brand’s marketing websites. It was when I was tasked with designing our product ordering wizard that I discovered that I had a real interest in making potentially complex processes easy to use and understand. Later, when the company decided that they wanted to design and build their own web hosting control panel, I designed parts of the system like Installing SSL certificates, setting up domains and subdomains, email account management and DNS admin interfaces. The control panel was a year long project and I found it both super fun and challenging.

  • Global web hosting company with over 10 million domains
  • Designed product ordering wizard
  • Designed web hosting control panel
  • Designed brand websites
  • A/B testing
  • Marketing & Engineering
  • Internal Tools Design / Dev
  • Front-end dev on a PHP stack
  • Front-end dev in a Java stack
10/2005 - 02/2008

Intuit Imaging

Founder / Freelance Design Consulting

I started a small design consulting business working for friends and family businnesses. Everything was almost exclusively print marketing work until the world turned to put their brochures on the internet.

  • Managed a business
  • Learned to be pragmatic and work with a budget
  • Hired my brother and managed projects
  • Designed branding, publications, advertisements
  • Designed my first website
10/2005 - ∞

Michael Parenteau

Fine Artist / Painting / Illustration

I was an artist strait out of high school and worked, showed and sold my art while living an ascetic lifesyle. Everything was about art and making things. To this day, I am still actively making art. It is the longest running and most important personal practice in my life. I paint and draw silly stuff.

  • Learned to scrap and be resourceful
  • Grew vegetables and had goats, chickens, bees
  • Studied Smskrt and yoga
  • Built stuff with my hands and physical materials
  • Painting
  • Drawing
  • Visual problem solving
  • Critique and difficult conversations
  • Studied process, life, psychology
  • I am human


  • 614-212-3890
  • @parenteau
  • michaelparenteau
  • soupordoodle@gmail.com


  • Agriculture
  • Automotive
  • CI
  • Civic Planning
  • Cloud Management UI
  • Customer Engagement
  • Ecommerce
  • Education
  • Energy Management
  • Enterprise & Legacy
  • Financial Portfolio Mgmt
  • Fortune 50
  • Global Transportation Billing
  • Healthcare & Medicine
  • Market Trading
  • Math & Science
  • Productivity
  • Real Estate
  • Recycing
  • SaaS
  • Security
  • Simulation Testing
  • Startups
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Systems Monitoring
  • Technology
  • The Arts
  • Web Hosting

Open Source

  • READMES all over teh world
  • Sass
  • hoopps
  • mbot
  • middleman
  • spark
  • wardrobe

Public Speaking

  • Blendconf
  • Clojure/conj
  • Future of Web Design NYC
  • Made by Few
  • PDX Ruby Users Group
  • Refresh PDX
  • UXMad
  • Various user groups
  • workshop monkey

Skills, Tools

  • Balsamiq
  • ClojureScript
  • Emacs
  • Git & GitHub
  • HTML / Sass
  • Illustration
  • Illustrator
  • JavaScript
  • Jekyll
  • Jira
  • Middleman
  • Photoshop
  • Pivotal Tracker
  • React JS
  • Remote culture
  • Ruby / Rails
  • Sinatra
  • Sketch
  • UX / UI design
  • Vim / Bash
  • Webpack
  • jQuery