Allan Sturm’s Work Experience

Adventures in working for myself and others.

Senior Designer – User Experience (UX)

MiTek Industries
New Market Growth
Denver, Colorado
March 2021 – Current

Senior Designer for a small skunkworks technology group providing strategy, technology integration, and rapid prototypes to our New Market Growth initiatives.

Senior Designer – User Experience (UX)

MiTek Industries
Global Commercial Software
Denver, Colorado
January 2017 – March 2021 (4 yrs 2 mos)

Coordinated and led all digital product UX design for the global commercial software division. Collaborated with stakeholders, product managers, product owners, and subject matter experts to create new software products that balanced business needs and usability. Additional roles included mentoring our UI/UX designers in North America, Europe, and Australia.

Honored to have been a keynote speaker for our 2019 Annual Global Software Summit. Successfully led a post-summit cross-functional Make-It-Happen Team for 11 weeks in order to discover how and where we can effectively incorporate UX and design thinking into our legacy software development cycles.


Pima Community College
Pima Arts Occupational Program External Advisory Committee
Tucson, Arizona
January 2010 – 2020

External strategist and consultant to the College of Art Digital Arts Program, bringing a unique perspective to the committee as having been a former student, instructor, and now professional.

Creative Director & UI/UX Designer

DIY Technologies (A subsidiary of MiTek Industries)
Tucson, Arizona
January 2009 – January 2017

Provided creative direction and UI/UX design for multiple digital products for the home improvement industry and was recognized by stakeholders as providing clarity and usability to the user experience.

Invented a gesture-based menu system and geometry manipulation systems for mobile deck design software that dramatically increased usability on tablets.


LoveSmack Studios
Tucson, Arizona
March 2012 – July 2015

Successfully launched and managed Tucson’s first fashion photography studio that doubled as a social hub for the industry.

Studio events included live fashion shoots, industry meet & greets, model training, studio photography training, portfolio building, and clothing designer fashion shows.


Pima Community College
Digital Arts Program
Tucson, Arizona
January 2004 – January 2009

Instructed beginner, intermediate, and advanced courses in graphic design software while teaching advertising principles, visual communications, and digital art.

Inspired the faculty with new instruction methods that maximized employment potential by matching individual skill levels with one-on-one tutoring and real-world projects.


Sturm Design, LLC.
Tucson, Arizona
September 1996 – January 2009

Provided an array of creative services ranging from graphic design and web design to 2D & 3D animations, to virtual world developments.

Designed and developed a dynamic database-driven website that improved user experience and access to genetics engineering resources and digital tools.

Designed brand makeovers for an analog chip design firm and internet service provider, and was recognized for increasing the perceived value of both companies during their acquisitions.

Collaborated with the University of Chicago’s School of Medicine to create a virtual world digital twin of their hospital which was successfully used for crisis scenario training.

Creative Director

DIY Online, Inc.
Tucson, Arizona
October 1998 – June 2001 (Dot Com Era)

Led a team of five creatives to design and develop multiple web-based applications and configurators for the home improvement industry. Insisted on wireframing and paper prototyping our massive DIYer resource website ahead of coding, resulting in less confusion and revisions before launch.

Recognized for “clean” and effective design for all company sales and marketing collateral, print projects, magazine advertisements, trade show collateral, trade show booth graphics, and investor materials.

Veteran – Cavalry Scout / German Border Operations

United States Army
2/1 Cavalry, Ft. Hood, Texas
1/11 ACR, Fulda, Germany
1/11 ACR Border Operations, OP Alpha, Germany
May 1985 – April 1989

Graduated combat arms basic training as a Cavalry Scout in Ft. Knox, Kentucky, and was recognized for having the highest score in firearm marksmanship. Assigned to the elite 2nd Squadron, 1st Cavalry Headquarters & Headquarters Troop in Ft. Hood, Texas.

Completed local air assault training, participated in multiple live-fire exercises and numerous war games. Reorganized and optimized the command offices, drove the commander’s armored and military vehicles, and assisted visiting generals and dignitaries.

Assigned to the elite 1st Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry in Fulda, Germany. Assigned to Border Operations and was promoted to border operations trainer. Developed the Army’s first relational database program tracking enemy activity along the East/West German border.

Defined new processes and methods for the operations center which improved reporting efficiency, quality, and consistency. Improved OP Alpha’s reporting communications and reporting methods, dramatically improving the visiting unit’s ability to operate at peak performance. Performed many roles to include Border Trainer, Border Photographer, and Border Photography Trainer.

Honorable discharge with multiple awards and recognitions.

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