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Nikie Zuo

SFU Student Undergraduate
Communication, Art + Technology › Communication, Communication, Art + Technology › Interactive Arts + Technology
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For my first co-op position, I admit I did not expect much -- I was okay with being placed in a large company amongst a team of creative professionals and given little responsibilities like designing icons and buttons, maybe designing a feature mockup or two. Deep down, however, I was actually coveting for a role which allowed me to put my design and front-end development skills to test in the real world, with actual customers (but only if my employer trusted me to do it).
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Fall
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2017
2018
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For my first co-op position, I admit I did not expect much -- I was okay with being placed in a large company amongst a team of creative professionals and given little responsibilities like designing icons and buttons, maybe designing a feature mockup or two. Deep down, however, I was actually coveting for a role which allowed me to put my design and front-end development skills to test in the real world, with actual customers (but only if my employer trusted me to do it).

 

n a dream come true moment, I was placed at Evident Point Software where, while working on their product Active Textbook, it was to my immense surprise that I found myself designing and programming for multiple clients and even assisting them in kickstarting a new business venture! However, as ecstatic as I was upon accepting my offer to spend eight months with them, it was also daunting to embrace the thought of being the only designer for the company with no guidance from another senior designer or someone to look over my work and help me establish better creative practices. Nevertheless, as an avid reader and movie-goer, I turned to my favorite fictional characters for inspiration; thinking that perhaps they could help me in growing as a designer, and as always they came to my rescue.

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