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Max Miner


Award-winning UX designer, product leader, startup founder/advisor and artist born and raised in Boulder, CO and currently residing in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Austin.

For over a decade, Max has led human-centered digital design and strategy for top Fortune 500 companies, creative agencies and startups. He has had the privilege of influencing the products, brands and businesses of companies including Google, Disney, Budweiser, Starbucks, 21st Century Fox, Visa, Lexus, Nike, Starbucks, and many more.

Today, Max serves as Director of Product & Design at SkillsEngine and strategic advisor to Amass and other startups.

Previously, he cofounded BEACON and served as a Group UX Director at 72andSunny, Director of CX Strategy at RED Interactive, and Associate Creative Director at R/GA — where he helped establish the agency's first Google-embedded creative consulting team.

In his spare time, you'll find Max creating art, tinkering with technology, snowboarding or spending quality time with his family and friends.

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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

professional Creative

Graphic design, branding, web design, fine art and more

11+ yrs

UX & Product Design

User experience design and strategy

8+ yrs

Leadership & Management

Leading cross-functional teams (5-35+ ppl)

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Areas of emphasis

Multidisciplinary maker, designer & leader

Leading teams and organizations to create lasting value through outcome-driven design.
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User Experience (UX) & Product Design
Research & Strategy
Systems Thinking
Venture Design & Business Strategy
  • Currently

  • 2019 - Present

    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

    Co-Founder, CEO & Chairman

    BEACON | Austin, TX
  • 2019-2021


    Notley Ventures | Austin, TX
  • 2021-2022

    Strategic Advisor

    Amass | Austin, TX
  • 2019-2020

    Member of the Board of Advisors

  • 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, and more.

Tools & Technologies

Adobe Creative Suite, Sketch, Adobe XD, Webflow, Airtable, HTML/CSS, Pivotal Tracker, Basecamp, Principle for Mac, Origami Studio, Zapier, Squarespace, Shopify, OmniGraffle, Miro, Slack, Notion, and many more.

Clients & companies

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.