Unbeatable UI/UX Design
and Product Strategies

Helping turn startups into superstars since ‘08. Strategised and designed 70+ products, for 100M+ users and raising $300M+.

A decade of design,
leading teams and
building dreams

Over the last decade Michael has..

  • Led successful user research, UI/UX design and product strategies for a number of Australian household startups names.
  • Bootstrapped and built his own Sydney UI/UX agency that led design and product for 70+ startups, raising over $300M.
  • Presented and led workshops at design conferences from all around the world including AdobeMAX, Digital Design Days and more.
  • Mentored funded founders from Antler and design graduates from General Assembly and Academy Xi.

In 2016, Michael had built one of Australia’s most reputable UI/UX design firm, Mizko Media.

During his time as a founder of the Sydney UX agency, he led a team of 15 to help strategise and design products for over 70+ companies, raising a total of $300M. His clientele includes: Spaceship, Snappr, IAG, Freelancer.com, HiPages, Oneflare, Compare&Connect, AgriWebb, Autotrader and many more.

In January 2020, Michael was formally invited to become an Advisor & Mentor at Antler. A global VC fund for early staged startups. He spends most of his time helping funded founders with product and business strategy.

Client success stories

Super start-up Spaceship takes off with $50m funding round.

“Michael has been a pleasure to work with. His attention to detail, UX design and design aesthetic has helped us push the limits on various mobile apps we have designed.”

Paul Bennett
Former CEO @Spaceship

PhoneWagon raises $1.2M to track when campaigns lead to phone calls

"Throughout the entire experience working together, Michael over-communicated with me so that I never questioned where we were in the process or what the next steps were. In addition to thinking through an ideal user experience and developing great designs, Michael was a thought partner that helped me think through complex scenarios."

Ryan Shank
CEO @PhoneWagon

Hipages co-founder launches platform for frustrated parents

"Michael and his team are excellent at their craft. As a customer i felt like i was getting world class designs. They are very humble and responded really well to changing needs. The communication was great, i got regular updates in slack and frequent check ins to ensure we were on track."

David Vitek
CEO @Kidsbook

Snappr raises $2M to grow its on-demand photography service

"If you're looking for someone who will challenge your UX/UI thinking and really cut to the core of what's important for users, then Michael is your man. On top of that, he brings a level of enthusiasm to the craft that is energising for everyone who works with him."

Matt Schiller
CEO @Snappr

eBay Agrees to Acquire Cox Australia as part of the eBay Classifieds Group in Australia

"I've worked with Michael on a couple of projects now and really value his skills and abilities. He is confident and capable offering exceptional product design work. He is quick in turning things around and very easy to collaborate with which makes working with him seamless."

Fawne Rowlands
Group Product Manager @CarsGuide

Heavyweight-backed property start-up closes $6m funding roun

"Brilliant, he has great business acumen as well as beautiful UI and UX skills. Highly recommended!"

Rob Coorey
COO @Archistar

Beyond the office walls

Speaking

Michael has been invited to speak at numerous design meetups and conferences. The list includes Adobe MAX in Las Vegas, Spaceship Talks, CCX Sydney Meetup, Digital Design Days and many more.

Advising

In January 2020, Michael was formally invited to become an Advisor & Mentor at Antler. A global VC fund for early staged startups where he spends most of his time helping funded founders with product strategy, growth and design.

Mentoring

In his spare time, Michael is passionate about mentoring the next generation of designers entering the industry. He frequently mentors design graduates from Academy Xi and General Assembly. If you want to reach out to him regarding advice, contact him directly on Twitter.