Hello, I'm Mike Kirk Andersen

Designer, engineer and sports enthusiast. Interaction Design Lead at IDEO



Mike Kirk Andersen is an Interaction Designer Lead at IDEO, his goal in design is to create engaging, meaningful and useful experience across digital and physical products. He loves working in multidisciplinary teams and believes it's an essential ingredient for creativity.

Mike holds a Master of Fine Arts in Interaction Design from Umeå Institute of Design in Sweden and an Engineering degree also in Interaction Design from the University of Southern Denmark. Both educations have a strong focus on Human-centred design and the intersection between digital and physical products.

Prior to joining IDEO, Mike has worked in several countries and industries ranging from design research to toys to healthcare, latest he worked for LEGO in Denmark where he designed connected toys and IoT toys in LEGO's Future Lab.



Interaction Design Lead
Jun 2017 to present

Interaction design lead at IDEO, leading design and product development teams, human-centred designer, agile development, design mentor, design reviews.

Concept Designer
Sep 2015 to Jan 2016

Creating play experiences, interaction design, physical play meets digital play, concept design around play, prototyping, video editing, workshop facilitation

Interaction Design Engineer
Jan 2013 to Jan 2014

Interaction design of mobile applications, Design Research, concept development, UX-design and UI-design

Interaction Designer
Sep 2012 to Jan 2013

Interaction design of mobile application & web application, Design Research, concept development, UX-design and UI-design

Experience Designer
BCG Digital Ventures
Jan 2016 to Jun 2016

Working with start-ups, workshops with large corporations, human-centred interaction design, prototyping, wire-framing, concept videos and post-production 

Design Researcher

Crown Equipment
Jun 2015 to Sep 2015

Research in wearables, prototypes of ideas and concepts, physical prototypes connecting to Crown trucks using Arduino, screen-based prototypes for user interactions

Research assistant

University of Southern Denmark
Jan 2013 to Sep 2014

Workshop facilitator, project management, user experience design, human-centred design, interviews, video recordings, video editing



M.F.A Interaction Design
University of Umeå
Sep 2014 to Jun 2017

B.A. Engineering
University of Southern Denmark
Sep 2009 to Jan 2013


Skills & Languages


Agile development

Video & sound editing

Physical and digital prototyping

Human-centred design thinking




Featured Projects


LEGO Connected Play

M.A. Thesis

Connected toys are changing what a toy is and what a toy can do. Through interviews, workshops, experiments, mockups, and prototypes, this thesis explores what a connected LEGO play experience could look like.


Diploma Thesis

The final project of my engineering studies was completed with the local company aCon A/S. The project emerged through the development of a parcel delivery system called SwipBox.

Supersizing a Game Controller

Personal Project

For a open house event at Umeå Institute of Design me and some classmates build a interactive installation. we supersize the old NES controller to play the legendary Mario game.