Mike Finch is a designer, privacy wonk, and comic book aficionado in the Pacific Northwest


What I've been thinking about

User Experience v. Privacy

Are there times when a user's privacy should take a backseat to their in-the-moment experience? What are those pros and cons?

Scalable Design Systems

As products and brands evolve, so do your design patterns. What are the best ways to design and maintain future-proof, scalable design systems?

Design in Open Source

Why aren't more designers involved in open source projects? How can we get more designers to cross that chasm?

Design's Social Responsibility

With great power comes great responsibility. As designers, what are our political, social, and ethical obligations to our communities?

  • hadi
    “Mike dramatically improved the quality of our design work.. I recommend him highly as a designer.”
    Hadi Partovi Founder + CEO

Things I hack on in my free time

I contribute to a lot of open source projects and non-profit organizations, but these are a few of the side projects I'm more heavily involved in.

Library Freedom Project

A non-profit syndicate of librarians, attorneys, and privacy advocates eliminating mass surveillance from our libraries.


The end-to-end encrypted, open source, friendly-by-design email service from Hanover, Germany.

Get Protected

A directory of privacy-first apps and services with reviews and privacy guides to make your digital experience more private.

Open Source Design

An international community of designers supporting open source projects to improve the UX of open source software.

Let's do something great together.

My availability varies, but I'm always interested in rad new ideas and do-gooder organizations. If you've got something I should see, let's chat!