SUEDE Blueprint

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11th November 2023
Regina Yango
Always Learning: Before, during and after my internship at Macquarie Group

I’m no stranger to it; I know there’ll always be talk in our design cohorts of securing an internship here, internship offer there, internship offer… where and how actually? Well, I’ve been through it myself and I want to share that moving through your design career journey shouldn’t feel like a race. Instead, everyone is on their own path.

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19th October 2023
Rebecca Zhang
From Passion to Profession: My Canva Internship Experience

In the ever-evolving landscape of career choices, my journey has been a rollercoaster of exploration to find my true path. Picture this: a high school graduate with a passion for design, but no clear vision of where it could lead.

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20th September 2023
Emilia Coll
What I’ve Learned About Design Thinking and Why Being a Migrant Helped Me

When I showed up to the first class of my Master of Design at The University of Sydney, I knew little about design thinking. But I also knew little about everything else. I had landed in Australia for the first time two weeks prior, I knew no one and it was my first time doing a degree in English. Nonetheless, all this helped me become a better designer.

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May 4th 2023
Vivian Truong
Journey Mapping: My First Year as a Design Student

Before we get into any of this, I want to preface that this is one person’s experience. I’ve lived a different life to you, and my circumstances are probably quite different from yours. When writing this, I was thinking about all the different experiences I’ve had and how it has led me up until now. How could I use these experiences to help other students?

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27th March 2023
Adrian Wong
The Disruption of AI in the Field of Design

In the past few months, the topic of AI has received enormous attention from the public, it is taking the world by storm. With the rapid evolution and maturation of deep learning throughout the past decade, AI has become a powerful tool that has the potential to revolutionise many industries.

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3rd March 2023
Purvi Bothra
The Plateau of Latent Potential: Why you should stop freaking out about having nothing on your LinkedIn profile.

After completing my first year of university studying Design Computing, I spent some time at the end of 2022 reflecting on what my goals should be for the coming year. This is when I thought about branching out of my comfort zone and gaining valuable experience and knowledge alongside my studies.

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21st October 2022
Eden Gorton
3 lessons I’ve learnt in 3 years of design

One of the most challenging things when starting as an intern, grad or junior designer is feeling like you aren’t good enough. This notion brings out a sense of urgency, indecisiveness, comparison to others and a drive to over-exert yourself. The concept of ‘imposter syndrome is commonly raised and is entirely normal (around 65% of professionals are experiencing it).

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10th October 2022
Taryn Du Plooy
Happy Accidents — how a conversation with a co-worker sparked clarity after 3 years of uncertainty and lead to landing a product design internship at Atlassian (and how you can too!)

When deciding what to do in high school you get thrown into seminar after seminar of uni students promoting their courses and universities, or you get lost in the labyrinth of university websites and hyperlinks to handbooks, or youtube clips and it’s really hard to figure out what is actually going on.

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22nd September 2022
Thomas Clarke
Why Founding a Startup as a Designer Gives You An Edge in 2022

As a founder, you need to be a jack of all trades, each day wearing a different hat. But although being a generalist is essential in the early days of a new company, it certainly does help to have ‘T shaped’ expertise, where you specialise in one area above all others. By the nature of your education or experience, this area of expertise will undoubtedly inform not only the output of your company, but the decision making and processes that led you there.

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08th September 2022
Monica Gee
What Happens After … ?

It can be difficult to even understand what kind of company you want to work for, or what kind of career path you want to lead to start with. Some might know instantly but for me it was definitely something I learnt over time — and still am. What has worked best for me so far is experiencing work at different kinds of companies — from structure to size to what they do. Overtime I started to create a list of things I liked and didn’t and I knew what to look out for. The interview is a great time to ask questions to help you figure out if you would enjoy the work and culture at that companies.

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02nd June 2022
Francisco Rebello
Confessions from the least digital digital designer

The “making things look cool” often comes natural to me, having a designers eye — taking in the colours, textures and fonts of the world and media, helps me work my visual magic on a very functional content brief.

The technical aspect to my job is something that doesn’t come so natural to me. As a digital designer, I must confess — I don’t know how to code, I don’t know how to animate in after effects, and making Figma component libraries is one of my top ten least favourite things to do.

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02nd June 2022
Milla Kim & Joshua Lee
Advice from the Humans of SUEDE: Part 2

We had two Design Computing students talk about why they chose this degree and how they’ve been finding it. They also left some advice for other students, that can be applicable to those from any background!

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13th May 2022
Swaetha Vasudevan & Taryn du Plooy
Advice from the Humans of SUEDE: Part 1

[Swaetha]: It’s quite hard finding a Product Design Intern / UX Design Intern during university that is part-time, or during the middle of the year as most of the time it’s done between Nov — Jan. After getting ignored 😖 seen zoned 😥 ghosted 👻 by about 30 different companies, only 2 got back to me, only 1 actually interviewed me and I currently am a Product Design Intern @ Lyka woohoo🎉!! This is how I did it.

[Taryn]: There are a few places where you can find designations/hackathons/case competitions to compete. The first and arguably most well known is through your university societies i.e. SUEDE, DigiSoc etc. Others can include larger organisations or bootcamps such as Adobe Creative Jam, General Assembly, IxDA. If you’re feeling extra ambitious you could even have a go applying for international university designathons which are open internationally and work with diverse individuals and apply these soft skills in a new way.

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01st April 2022
Phillip Gough & Milla Kim
Meet the Faculty: Phillip Gough talks about his journey as a Designer.

When we did Industrial Design, we did a little bit of coding with HTML, and at that time, Interaction Design was a really new area. It was more about “Do you want to be a Creative Technologist?” ‒ we wouldn’t use that term now since the field has matured so much. Things were much more experimental in that era, because of the field being so much newer.

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17th March 2022
Shrawani Bhattarai
Webflow and the No-Code Era

When I first heard of Webflow, I thought, here is another online platform that will make my career obsolete. I had fallen into a system of creating mockups on Adobe XD and building websites from scratch using a JavaScript framework. To depend on a website builder, especially as someone who has the knowledge and means to create the said builder, was heavily frowned upon in the dev community.

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03rd March 2022
Pat Hwang, Rebecca Zhang, & Shrawani Bhattarai
Meet the Alumni: Pat Hwang talks about his journey from studying Design Computing to working at Google

Pat Hwang is a Design Computing alumni working as a UX Designer at Google. Previously he worked at Atlassian and Deloitte Digital. Pat is passionate about design education and mentoring, having tutored for Bachelor of Design Computing and Master of Interaction Design and Electronic Arts. We, Rebecca Zhang and Shrawani Bhattarai, sat down with him to talk about his life as a designer and his journey from being a design computing student to working at Google.

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15th February 2022
Milla Kim, Rebecca Zhang, Daniel Choi, Shivani Chand, Taryn du Plooy
Design Computing: First Years Guide

From websites and mobile apps to the internet of things and virtual reality, you will be at the leading edge of today's user experience (UX) design world when you study with us.

By taking the Bachelor of Design Computing, you will learn how to create human-centred products and services. You will gain a toolbox of skills in visual design, digital media production, coding, prototyping and UX design.

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17th September 2021
Alex Pribula
My Mac Museum: Computers as art.

You collect… what?

I’ve been collecting old, obsolete Apple computers since 2013.

Why? A question I’m asked every time I bring it up.

Short answer; I couldn’t tell you. But the longer answer might be slightly interesting, maybe. No promises.

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03rd September 2021
Alton Ong & Jessica Cabrera
Roadmap to Becoming a Web Developer

Having a flashy degree is important in getting into the FAANG companies as a software developer or UI/UX designer. However, to successfully become a contract worker, freelancer, or being hired by a startup you would need a fleshed-out portfolio with many useful projects in your arsenal. Having projects that you have completed in the past not only shows you are competent in what you are doing but it also shows employers your progress that you are always constantly learning.

The most common first project would be a portfolio website.

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28th August 2021
Liam Bray & Alex Pribula
Meet the Faculty: Liam Bray talks about being a creative technologist & more

As you know, you’re in a room full of like-minded young people who have very similar interests to you. That doesn’t happen again. So it’s an excellent opportunity to start doing stuff now. And that sense of urgency, I don’t know why I had it at University, but I was desperate to start working on things as a professional.

I think many students are very capable of doing that right now.

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20th August 2021
Cameron Li
Build your Design Portfolio: Become a Student Entrepreneur

If you have your passion, but you’re not quite sure where to direct it just yet, then let me propose to you an approach that will let you test-run the applied work of any design career path, provide the basis for some of your own discoveries, and help you explore the question of what design field your heart really desires?

This is the student entrepreneurial option.

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