Michelle Lee, designer

Product designer from Toronto. Senior at YSDN. Previously on gap year to learn how to design better experiences for people.

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I am currently back in YSDN, studying how lack of empathy in online space affects our emotions and behaviours. I am also dabbling in areas I am unfamiliar with, and working with some amazing folks on the digital experience of our upcoming grad show.

Research, Experience Design, Physical Computing

I was a product design intern at Palantir, working on Palantir Foundry and Slate. The former allowed for technical experts to better understand and transform data, and the latter helped this data to be visualized in a more comprehensive and compelling way.

I will be rejoining the team as a full-time product designer after I graduate.

User Research, Interaction Design, Prototyping

I was a product design intern at Huge, designing digital experiences for various Canadian brands. I also built an internal guide with Alisha to help Hugers get started with prototyping using Framer Studio.

Interaction Design, Prototyping


I was a product design intern on Facebook Commerce, designing solutions that will help people find and purchase products they will love.

Interaction Design, Prototyping

I was a design intern on platform team at Squarespace. I helped redesign the Squarespace Developer Platform, a customizable version for developers to build a site however they want. I also redesigned the content in existing templates, and concept new template ideas.

Visual Design, Interaction Design

Together with Kevin and Tina, we concepted an online marketplace that allows people to easily find and exchange their goods and services. Platter was designed to contribute to sustainable development; to reduce waste and prevent accumulation of unused resources.

This project received Finalist, Honorable Mention in Information Design in Adobe Design Achievement Awards 2013.

Strategy, Interaction Design, Prototyping

Users post a good or service they want to offer or a good or service they need. Each post is labelled to clearly indicate whether it is an offer or a need, or both.

Users trade unique goods and services with indeterminable quality and value. For this reason they are asked to review their experience with the offerer instead of rating the exchanged good or service.


As a design consultant at Format I designed the content for their online magazine such as “Make/Design/Shoot in Toronto”, an interactive guide for creative professionals in Toronto. I also helped design ECR Cover Photography, a blog showcasing best of photography daily.

Visual Design, Illustration

I designed an educational information graphic website in effort to stop the Canadian commercial seal hunt, the largest and most inhumane animal slaughter of marine mammals today.

Visual Design, Illustration, Front-End Development

As a fun side project I built a quick and simple interactive website, where a player can discover a personalized, artistic object based on their visual preferences.

Visual Design, Front-End Development