Michael Yap



Michael has held design positions within architectural and interactive firms. He founded his practice — exoatmospheric — in 2006. Since then, Michael has provided design services for brand and identity, print, and the Web to clients such as The Smithsonian, The Ford Foundation, and Adobe.

In 2009, Michael began teaching print and Web design at the California College of the Arts (CCA), where his desire to inhabit design as an experimental practice was shaped by the collaborations, knowledge, methods, and experiences he shared with students and faculty alike.

From a professional and teaching practice characterized by breadth, Michael has shifted his focus to depth in graduate school — diving into the future of interactions and design. Immersed in the ambition and rigor of the MFA in Interaction Design program, he has reinvigorated his aesthetic sensibilities and devotion to craft, enhanced his pedagogy, but most importantly, become a prolific creator of highly-personal and experimental content.


Liz Danzico

Chair & Co-founder, MFA Interaction Design

Christina Xu

Independent organizational designer and researcher

Christopher Cannon

Data Journalist / Information Designer, Bloomberg Graphics

Criswell Lappin

Creative Director, Scrollmotion Blue

Daniel Goddemeyer

Researcher & Designer, Principal, OFFC

Donna Lichaw

Author, The User's Journey

Drew Cogbill

Executive Producer, Small Planet Digital

Emily Goligoski

Research Lead, Membership Puzzle Project

Eric Forman

Head of Innovation & Student Advisor, MFA Interaction Design and Principal, Eric Forman Studio @ New Lab

Erica Heinz

UX & Product Design Consultant

Gary Chou

Founder, Orbital

Jason Severs

Director of Experience Design and Strategic Initiatives, Verizon

Jeffrey Zeldman

Founder, studio.zeldman & A List Apart

Jill Nussbaum

Product Design Manager, Facebook

Jodi Leo

Executive Director of User Experience, Critical Mass

Joshua Musick

Principal Design Director, frog design

Karen McGrane

Managing Partner, Bond Art + Science

Marshall Sitten

Vice President of Communications, Policy and Research, Citi Community Development

Matt Borgatti

Michael Yap

User Experience Strategist, Etsy

Munawar Ahmed

Founder, Blueprint Design

Neil Wehrle

Senior Director of User Experience, SmartThings

Nicole Fenton

Innovation Specialist, 18F

Paul Ford


Renda Morton

Executive Director of Product Design, The New York Times

Roger Mader

Growth Strategy, Ampersand Partners

Ted Southern

President, CEO, Final Frontier Design

Victor Ng

Senior Art Director, The New York Times

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