Hayden Mills

Product Designer from Indy

About Me

Hey! I’m Hayden. I'm based in Indianapolis, Indiana directly in the heart of the midwest. My product design skills are for web, iOS, and Android. I’ve been a designer for 10 years and have a MS in Human-Computer Interaction Design from Indiana University.

I currently work at Relay, as the founding designer. Part-time, I work as a mentor for UX students at the Kenzie Academy and run fontpair, a typography tool.

I love being a designer. I love doing, what I consider to be, the entire product design process. Anything from competitve analysis, user research, and card sorting to high fidelity screens designed in Figma, I love it all.

I've worked for startups, non-profits, and design agencies all the way up to large tech companies like Shopify. I run a handful of side projects like fontpair, a typography tool that helps creators pair fonts together and get type inspiration.

Below you will my design work and links out to PDF case studies. Feel free to reach out if you have any questions or feedback!

Recent Work Highlights

🤓 fontpair v2 has arrived! all new features packed with all the Google Font inspiration one could need
fontpair.co

🏀 Relay was chosen to be the safety platform for the 2021 NCAA Final Four Tournament!
FOX 59

🏙 9th largest city in the US chooses Relay for their safety platform
WISH TV 8

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Blog Posts

How to use Google Fonts in your next web design project

What I Learned When Creating Font Pair

Design research soft skills

Featured Work

2019 - Present Day
Founding Designer

Relay is a safety app that allows anyone in the US to send in non-emergencies. I joined Relay early in its life, before it was called Relay, as the founding designer. Today, Relay is a full platform connecting public agencies and their community easier than ever before. Relay has served communities in 46 states in the US and continues to aggressively expand.

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2019 - Present Day
UX Mentor

Kenzie Academy was created with the mission to train future tech professionals across America, especially those who have been underserved by traditional education, and place them in rewarding careers in tech. I spend 10 hours a week with the UX students teaching them the basics of UX design as well as offering them portfolio/career advice.

2019
Product Designer

Casted is one of the first audio & video content marketing solution for enterprise brands. While working at High Alpha, I worked with another product designer to design the first MVP for Casted. We handled everything from sketches and initial mock-ups to high fidelity designs with backed up user research.

2019
Product Designer

Docket is a web app built to help organizations set clear meeting purpose, document important decisions, and promote end-to-end alignment. While working at High Alpha, I worked with another product designer to design the first MVP for Docket. We handled everything from sketches and initial mock-ups to high fidelity designs with backed up user research.

2018 - 2019
Product Designer

I worked alongside a senior product designer on a team called access control. We were responsible for ensuring Shopify Plus teams were able to easily add, delete, and update their team members accounts. There were many challenges we encountered along the way but we eventually came to thoughtful solutions that gave Shopify Plus merchants peace of mind that their stores were secure and safe.

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2014 - Present Day
Founder and Web Designer

fontpair is a side project I've been working on since 2014. It's a typography tool dedicated to helping creators use beautiful, free, open-source typography. During the winter of 2020 I rebuilt the website on Webflow so it would be easier to maintain.

2019 Sprint Week
Brand and Product Designer

Each quarter, High Alpha runs a sprint week. The entire team runs three to five business ideas through a four-day process, compressing the amount of time it takes to identify, validate, and launch a new enterprise software business.

I worked on a team as the only product designer. We focused on solving the problem of documenting maintenance issues in large buildings. We came up with an iOS and Android app that allowed maintenance teams to collaborate with building managers to keep buildings up and running smoothly.

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2019 Sprint Week
Brand and Product Designer

Each quarter, High Alpha runs a sprint week. The entire team runs three to five business ideas through a four-day process, compressing the amount of time it takes to identify, validate, and launch a new enterprise software business.

I worked on a team as the product designer focused on solving the problem of friends trying to plan a time to hangout. We decided to focus our week on designing and building a working MVP of the app on iOS for the messaging app. By the end of the week, we had proved the concept and had a solid foundation to work on after the sprint week was over.

2018
Brand and Product Designer

GiveWay was an app that was started by a pastor who wanted to help his congregation passively donate to missions and their churches without needing to feel the pain of large tithes coming out of their bank accounts. The app was similar to the app Acorns where your spare change from interactions was donated monthly to the users designated organizations they have chosen to support.

Unfortunately, the updated GiveWay brand and iOS never launched because of a decrease in funding and ability to maintain the apps features.

Recent Design Work