Mike Deal

Design systems


Side Project

An ongoing series of rap lyric diagrams.

Slow Jams by Whales

Side Project

I transcribed notes and rhythms of whale songs into a graphic notation system, like whale sheet music.

See the songs

This project is a collaboration with David Rothenberg, one of the world's experts on whale calls. He uses the graphics in this article to to illustrate musical structure and cultural evolution in our humpback friends. We released an album of some of the best whale song recordings from the past 25 years (sheet music included).

Posters available for purchase.

Published in the The New York Times and The Wire magazine

Featured on German TV, UFA Show & Factual

Presented at Creative Tech Week and the Explorers Club

Music made better


I designed and managed products at Splice, which is like Github for musicians.

Here's what an open-sourced song looks like:

Product branding


Identity design for Pinterest. Designed with Juan Carlos Pagan.

HOW Magazine,Best Logotypes of 2011

Awarded Type Directors Club 58 Certificate of Excellence 2012

Selected for Print Magazine's Regional Design Annual 2012

Sports news at a glance


Statlas is a baseball news app that sends fans graphic updates in real time as their home team's game unfolds. Game timelines show the top plays, with inline comments written by editors, fans, and algorithms.

I co-founded, designed, and launched Statlas with partners Dan Chaparian and Geoff Beck. The app is maintained now by Chris Ring.

Y-Combinator interviewee, 2014

We no longer maintain the annotations or real-time features, but we continue to document every MLB game, as a graphic archive of baseball.

"The prettiest MLB box scores you can find." ~Deadspin

"Statlas reveals the statistical beauty that orchestrates every baseball game, all through the power of design." ~Fast Company

Book design & illustration


130 pages of illustrated essays, poetry, and short fiction. All of the illustrations are collages cut from photos of the American Museum of Natural History's dioramas and mineral displays.

Featured in the Tate Modern bookstore, London.

Purchase here.

Billboard Charts, redesigned

Billboard (via Pentagram)

I redesigned the Billboard charts for Pentagram's update of Billboard magazine. The design, which introduces new features to highlight weekly trends, went on to be adopted for Billboard's web versions of the charts.

Design team: Michael Bierut, Laitsz Ho, Lisa Maione, Deva Pardue and Jessica Svendsen.

Charting the Beatles

Side Project

ChartingTheBeatles.com is an ongoing study, using infographics to map musical patterns across the band's history.

Published in Newsweek,National Geographic Indonesia,Understanding the World(Taschen), Atlas of Knowledge(MIT Press), Data Visualisation: A Handbook for Data-Driven Design,and others.

Featured in Gawker,Brain Pickings,The Guardian,Kottke,and others.

Posters available for purchase.

Trim your electric bill

GE (via Pentagram)

This mini-site puts energy consumption into perspective by putting abstract measurements—watts and kilowatt-hours—into layman's terms. The piece is now part of the Museum of Modern Art's collection.

Selected for AIGA's Design Archives

Exhibited in the Museum of Modern Art's "Talk to Me" exhibition

Awarded in AIGA 365: Design Effectiveness (2011)

Awarded in Type Directors Club TDC 57

Directed by Lisa Strausfeld, designed with Hilla Katki, developed by Adam Suharja.

Users can get a feel for their own energy consumption by clicking on the appliances they own. The site lets homeowners know when an upgrade to an energy-efficient Energy Star appliance will save money—and how long it will take for the savings to kick in.

World Cup South Africa: Vital Stats


A reusable graphic system for charting soccer games. Umbro used it in their coverage of the World Cup in South Africa, illustrating each game as the tournament unfolded.

"The Best Visualization of the World Cup" ~Fast Company

Record-setter for Umbro's most trafficked blog post

Published in Data Visualization: Convey, Clarify, Construct, and Data Visualization: A Successful Design Process.

News graphics

Bloomberg Businessweek

I led the research and execution of a suite of graphic stories for a Businessweek special issue, explaining the ripple effects of the 2008 financial collapse. The designs map relationships between investment banks, the shifting landscape of global leadership, and other aspects of economic fallout.

Shout-outs to the amazing design team: Cynthia Hoffman, Rob Vargas, Allison McCann, Dorothy Gambrell, Evan Applegate, Chris Nosenzo, and Richard Turley + friends. Upper-right piece Cynthia; "eyes" piece: Allison; "icons" piece: Allison and Dorothy; lower map: Evan; photos: Bloomberg photo dept.