Welcome friend. I’m Michael Wong (better known as Mizko) an Internationally Recognised, Freelance Product (UI & UX) Designer from Sydney, Australia.
My journey to where I am today is a little different. My parents came to Australia with nothing more than $100 in their pockets. What that meant was I grew up being taught to succeed, we need to work hard; and watched far too many Jackie Chan and kung fu movies for my own good. Yes, I trained martial arts 4 days a week; from Tae Kwon Do and Wu Shu to Wing Chun. However my dreams and aspirations took a 360 when I stumbled across the world wide web..
In my early teenage years, I was an avid gamer with an entrepreneurial spark. From creating my first gaming community where I made my first $1 online and an arcade that was soon acquired to competing for $5 logos. However the real pivoting point was when I came across affiliate marketing at the age of 17 and made my first six figure pay cheque.
My curiosity in affiliate marketing led me to learning how to design my first landing page, code it and launch it to my very own server. I joined a very active web development and internet marketing community, where I continued to learn the tricks of the trade. Entrepreneurs began reaching out to me to help them design and build their sites. I realised I had a new found love for web design (oh, that term sounds so dated), so I pursued it as a strong passion of mine. I couldn’t be more thankful that the stars began to align for me at an early age.
Fast forward a couple of years, I’ve had the privilege to have worked closely with Y-Combinator startups, Australian startup success stories and global digital corporations. This includes, Adobe, Westpac, Snappr (YC), Lantern (YC), PhoneWagon (NYC), Freelancer (IPO), Hipages (AUS), Spaceship (AUS) and more. You can see what they’ve said about me. I couldn’t be more thankful for these opportunities. Today I spend my time as a full-time, freelance designer, I also write a weekly UX Design newsletter with over 6,000+ readers and hoping to launch my UX & Freelance course sometime this year.
My work has also been featured on highly acclaimed press sites including TechCrunch, Business Insider, TNW, The Australian, Sydney Morning Herald and more. In 2016, I was also invited to the AdobeMAX event in San Diego as an Insider and was also responsible for hosting their Live UX show. Following that, Microsoft invited me to join their team as a Brand Ambassador to help bring their tools closer to the creative community.
Aside from pushing pixels I also love to write. I have collaborated with Shopify to talk about UX and e-Commerce, Adobe on Freelancing as a UX Designer and last but not least I write a weekly newsletter about design and entrepreneurship to over 6.000 readers. Sharing what I’ve learnt so others can learn from real, practical experiences means the world to me.
I’m also the co-founder of Product Hunt’s #1 Product of the Day UI Garage and Bukket. UI Garage is a platform dedicated to serving weekly design inspiration and patterns for product designers. With over 20,000 visits a month, we have quickly become a recognised brand for designers. Bukket is an all-in-one screen capture and recording Chrome Extension for creatives. With over 2,000 active users a day, we plan on further developing the product and making it the one and only tool for designers to store all their assets in one place.