Michal Fabricio Michal
What would you do, if you weren't working as a designer?
I'd probably be a writer.
What design tool do you currently use?
Figma, Protopie, Google Docs, Google Spreadsheets — that's it.
What's your favorite band or artist to listen to while designing?
Your favorite font? :-)
I'm in a Graphik vibe right now.
Favorite book or movie (non-design related)
Elena, by Petra Costa.
What's your favorite color in hex or RGBa? (gradients are allowed too)
#00ccff and #000000
What was your first real/paid design project and when did you make it?
Around 2005. Designing an AR experience for Big Brother Brazil.
If you could write something on the loading screen of all design tools, so all designers can see it, what would it be?
Design is reduction.
Did you study design, or are you self taught? And how did that path influence your work style?
Went to school for Advertising, so got a lot of the initial theoretical knowledge there. Everything I learned about Design and UX was self-taught after that. Relying that much on self-learning inspired me to create the UX Collective (http://uxdesign.cc) — the largest design publication on Medium.
The biggest innovation in product design right now is...
Paper clips. Never get old.
With all the current experience, what would you tell yourself when you were just starting out?
Stop reading design blogs.
What do you think is the biggest problem in the design industry right now and how can it be fixed?
Gatekeeping. There's room for everyone.