Paul McAleer
Paul McAleer
IA + design + diversity + inclusion + puns
2019. Photograph by Jim Darling.

2019. Photograph by Jim Darling.

Hello! I'm Paul McAleer. I make big ideas approachable.

Now, I know. I get it. Making things simple via experience & product design is a challenge. No one wants to learn your site hierarchy, or how to use a mysterious interface, or decipher why it's so much easier to just call someone up than it is to use an automated chat. Design and technology can be empowering and it can truly change us – but only if we understand its ramifications and use it as a force for good. I believe information architecture and good design can make things simpler for people from all backgrounds, ethnicities, and identities.

In my work I've had the honor of leading projects that take a very human-centered approach, through direct research and strategy, to create websites and apps that not only do what they need to do but satisfy business goals as well.

I'm a lauded speaker, teacher, and writer. I created a video training class for O’Reilly Media, I was the very first instructor at General Assembly Chicago, and have taught at General Assembly Denver, Columbia College Chicago, and Girl Develop It Denver/Boulder.

I was the organizer for World IA Day Denver in 2019, successfully returning this global event to my city. I’ve spoken at conferences including Design & Content, SXSW Interactive (twice), WebVisions (twice), CreativeMornings, and UX STRAT. And for three years I co-hosted the podcast Designing Yourself with Whitney Hess.

I live in beautiful Denver, Colorado with my wife, son, and pooch. I don’t know how to ski.



  • Stanford Hospital & Clinics

  • ProMedica (OH)

  • UnitedHealthcare

  • MetroHealth (OH)

  • Cincinnati Children’s Hospital

  • NorthShore HealthSystem (IL)

  • SCL Health

  • Banner Health

  • The Joint Commission

  • Morrisey Associates

Other Notables

  • Expedia

  • Orbitz

  • 3M

  • Gogo

  • BECU

  • Tempur-Sealy

  • Woodward, Inc.

  • Dillard’s


And now for all y'all who need something formal:

This biography is written in the third-person for use in media, event programs, etc. It is going to be updated soon, so stay tuned for that.

Paul McAleer is a designer, writer, information architect, and fan of awesome things.

Paul has 20 years of experience in technology and design. Paul's initial focus in developing high-quality websites uncovered a passion for creating thoughtful interfaces and, later still, defining holistic strategies and experiences for people, non-profits, and companies. Paul built the UX practice at Gogo, and has helped other organizations plan and staff for effective design work. Paul's clients include Orbitz, Expedia, UnitedHealthcare, and Stanford Hospital & Clinics. In addition, Paul is an advocate for diversity, inclusion, and equality in the digital design field.

A noted writer, speaker, and photographer, Paul's speaking engagements include repeat performances at SXSW Interactive and WebVisions. Paul also spoke at Design & Content, CreativeMornings Denver, UX STRAT, and World IA Day Chicago. Paul's writing has been published in UX Matters, and Paul's photography was featured in the book Communicating with Pattern: Stripes.

A Chicago native, Paul now lives with family in beautiful Colorado.