Hong Kong πŸ‡­πŸ‡°

Michelle Lock

Memorisely Bootcamp Alumni

Hiya! I'm Michelle, a designer in Hong Kong πŸ‡­πŸ‡° In my free time, you can find me lounging on couches, reading books, watching tv shows, scrolling Twitter or listening to BTS.
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Where are you from and/or where are you based as a Memorisely student?

I was born in and currently live in Hong Kong. But I consider myself a citizen of the world β€” prior to this, I've lived in New York, Miami and Shanghai.

I currently live in Hong Kong. I took this photo in September 2021 from an area called Tsim Sha Tsui. This is Victoria Harbour, one of the world's busiest harbours, and behind it is the Central district of Hong Kong.


What inspired you to pursue UX/UI and become a designer?

I began my professional career working as an editorial designer for print magazines and books. It was no where near as glamorous as The Devil Wears Prada, but it was fun! Unfortunately, over time I felt I had hit a ceiling with my designs. I didn't have a Miranda Priestly (Meryl Streep) around to give me new challenges.

One of my best friends was studying UX/UI design, and through her, I discovered what I was missing: that feedback loop. Since then, I took a break from print design and learned more about the iterative UX/UI design process, tech, and designing digital products.


Which Bootcamp did you choose to enroll in, and why?

I enrolled in Memorisely's Design Systems Bootcamp for several reasons:

  • I was looking for a flexible learning style that included self-paced time and live sessions.
  • It was a group learning environment where I could meet other designers.
  • It was a good length of 5 weeks.
  • I love design systems and am thinking about specializing in them.


What's it like to be a student in Memorisely's virtual classroom?

It felt like being in school again, but everybody actually wants to be there! For me, class was always after work so I had no trouble attending every single class and office hours! It was awesome learning about Design Systems with Andressa and my classmates!


What has been your favorite part of Bootcamp so far? What's one learning that has surprised you in Bootcamp?

The people, by far! It's been so great meeting everybody, nerding out about design systems, and learning from each others' very different design experiences. My class had people from all over the world, at different stages in their careers, so I was really interested in hearing their stories.

I was surprised by how valuable design tokens can be. Prior to the class, I didn't really understand what they were. Now, I'm going to try to implement them in the design systems I work on!

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What is the biggest challenge you face learning UX/UI Design?

Prioritizing everything I want to learn. There's so much ground to cover and never enough time!

It's really important to:

  1. Know what you want.
  2. Have clear goals and map out the steps towards those goals.
  3. Focus.
  4. Just start and go!

I try to use Todoist to organize and prioritize πŸ‘‡



What does a typical day look like for you as a student?

I try to wake up around 7:00am to catch up on what happened overnight, reply to messages, and plan my day. I'll also slowly start getting ready to leave the house for work. On my commute, I have an Apple Shortcut that will randomly generate a commute activity for me β€” it'll either be watch Youtube, practice French with Duolingo, listen to a podcast, or read.

I start my day off with an iced Americano. The combination of the cold temperature and caffeine really kicks start my morning. At work, I might do a variety of activities, including, build wireframes and prototypes in Figma, conduct desktop research or primary research like interviews, meet with different teams to discuss product features, and much more! There is no day that is alike.

My design systems class was around 8:00pm for me, so after finishing up with work at around 6:30pm, I usually have to rush home to inhale some dinner before class starts! If I don't have class, I go home and watch some tv to give my brain a break, before jumping into some reading about design or design systems!

Here is the view from my office window is also of Victoria Harbour πŸ‘‡

One of my dinner spots πŸ‘‡


What is your current workspace setup?

I...don't have an organized aesthetically pleasing workspace πŸ˜… I like to call it organized chaos. My very cluttered home workspace includes 2 monitors, 1 keyboard, 1 mouse, various BTS paraphernalia, food and a digital piano.


What are your go-to or "must have" apps?

On desktop, my must have apps are:

  • Spotify
  • Todoist
  • Chrome
  • Slack/Discord
  • Figma

On mobile, my must have apps are:

  • Twitter
  • Spotify
  • Youtube
  • Whatsapp & Signal
  • Instagram
  • Duolingo


What (digital or physical) product recently blew your socks off?

A digital product that blew my socks off is Linear. I discovered it about half a year ago and I really love the experience. It's a project management tool that is "supa fast" and great for collaboration. I love that it is optimized for keyboard, so you can do almost everything from the keyboard without having to move your hands back and forth to your mouse/trackpad.

A physical product that I'm always in love with is onigiri packaging. An onigiri is a Japanese triangular rice ball that is wrapped with a sheet of seaweed. If onigiri was wrapped entirely with the seaweed touching the rice, it would get soggy from the rice's moisture.

So the packaging separates the seaweed and rice, but is easy to open so that you wouldn't have to "build" the onigiri before eating. It's genius.

Here's a Google image result of opening an onigiri. A Youtube video would probably be more effective at showing what I'm talking about though. πŸ‘‡


What tunes do you listen to while designing?

A couple months ago, I had a lot of friends make Blend Spotify playlists with me, so I've been listening to those lately! Basically, Spotify blended my taste and my friends' tastes into playlists that are updated daily. I love it because it's a good mix of what I enjoy, but also I discover new songs through my friends.

More on Spotify's Blend feature πŸ‘‰ Blend on Spotify


Share three pieces of advice for fellow and/or future students?

  1. Always ask for feedback. And don't just ask for feedback β€” actually absorb and take it in. You don't have to use it, but it's important to acknowledge that you received it.
  2. Everybody is a student, we're all constantly learning. So there is no dumb question, we don't know everything, and we're all learning from each other! Somebody with 10 years of experience will learn from somebody with 3 months of experience.
  3. Hang in there! You never know where your design journey can go, it's a wild ride.

Thanks for reading my story!

Hong Kong πŸ‡­πŸ‡°

Michelle Lock

Memorisely Bootcamp Alumni

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