Hi There! My name is Michael and
I'm a . Designer.
But, it didn’t start that way…
Like many people in our industry, my journey into the field came about in an unconventional way. For 13 years, I travelled the world as a flight attendant; where I discovered new cultures through cuisine, music, architecture (and pubs, shh don’t tell the hiring manager). I felt so lucky to have those life experiences. Not many people can say that they’ve travelled and gained insight as much as I have.
In time I found myself craving a creative outlet, so I started a swimwear brand. I learned rather quickly that if you build it, they will not come. That lit a fire in me. With the help of online courses and lots of YouTube tutorials, I learned all the things needed to succeed. Over the past ~6 years, I learned everything from pattern making, web design, marketing, SEO, client relations, photography, videography, editing, graphic design, etc… But, the most important things I learned were the passion, consistency, and unwavering dedication needed to be an entrepreneur.
In early 2020, Covid-19 hit and the travel industry collapsed. The airline downsized first and later in the year so did my swimwear brand. That’s when I pivoted to web/product design (since I had ~6 years experience in it and it was my other creative outlet) and soon after I found myself enrolling in the Google UX design professional certificate course. I poured in 16 hour days; Monday to Sunday and I completed the course in a third of the dedicated time.
Up until 2020, it didn’t dawn on me that I could make a career for myself with this creative outlet, but now I realize that I can. I’m absolutely hooked and I can’t see myself doing anything else. I’ve definitely found my calling and I see this next phase of my life dedicated to creating equitable solutions to user problems.