We do our best to make sure we have great talks, inspiring spaces, and tasty coffee every month, but the best part of CreativeMornings is the people. So we’re showcasing a few of the faces of CMSF, and you could be next!

Meet Michael


What’s your day job?

By day, I’m a UX designer at Airbnb and work on our design language system. At night, I refresh Beyoncé’s instagram and await the release of visual albums and/or concert tickets. #stayready

What’s your favorite breakfast food?

I hear bottomless mimosas are popular. I prefer bottomless potatoes. In any form factor. Fried extra crispy. Blessed.

Where’s a place you’d stop on a free afternoon in SF?

The Potrero Hill Community Garden (San Bruno Ave & 20th St) has panoramic views of San Francisco and a wild abundance of plants. The other day, I discovered a chicken coop tucked away in the garden and assume it’s legal. The chickens were indeed alive when I snapchatted them and applied the appropriate stickers.

What’s one thing you’ve been inspired by lately?

There’s an exquisite nature documentary narrated by Meryl Streep called Wings Of Life. In the film, she pretends she’s a flower and says things like “I’m going to tell you, on behalf of all flowers, about life from our point of view. You think we’re just fragile wisps of beauty, unaware that beauty is our strategy.” This movie has inspired me to be Meryl Streep.

In the spirit of the Fantasy theme, if you had one wish what would be it?

What’s my fantasy? Getting 9 hours of solid sleep!—the kind of sleep babies go around flaunting in public, unconscious of their surroundings, swaddled in warm sheepskins. Indeed, mine is a 2-part fantasy of deep sleep and adult-sized strollers available to the public on demand.

Where can people find out more about you?

I like to make GIFs of nature walks and drag queens (separately) on Instagram as @michaelaustinsui and I share news about inclusive design on twitter as @soundslikesue