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Kartin Leung

Digital product designer

Kartin Leung set out to be an architect – now she’s using her design skills in the digital world and hasn’t looked back

At uni, Kartin loved the idea of designing beautiful houses and wanted to become an architect.

But then after graduating with two degrees – a Bachelor of Interior Architecture and a Bachelor of Computational Design – she found herself chatting to a fellow grad who had ended up as a digital product designer, and was intrigued. “I wanted to try it out for myself,” she says.

Kartin landed a technology graduate role at Commonwealth Bank. This turned into graduate digital product designer roles first at x15ventures – Commonwealth Bank’s startup accelerator – and then in the bank’s Home Buying team, which looks after home loan customers.

Making life easier

Kartin’s role as a digital product designer is closely related to other tech roles you might have heard of: user experience (UX) and user interface (UI) design. As Kartin puts it, it’s her job “to make something easy and nice for a user to use”.

Right now, she is working on a portal for home loan customers, with the aim of making the experience easier and more personalised for them. Kartin says her field is evolving as technology evolves, with jobs becoming more niche. She predicts that next-gen product designers might specialise in virtual reality (VR) or 3D interfaces, or maybe even screenless systems, and she reckons artificial intelligence (AI) will have a big impact in her field of work.

Maybe Kartin will one day design a VR home, and her career goals will have come full circle!

Kartin’s pathway

  • Bachelor of Interior Architecture (Honours) / Bachelor of Computational Design, UNSW
  • 2021 Technology Graduate, Commonwealth Bank
  • Digital Product Designer, Commonwealth Bank

This article was brought to you in partnership with Commonwealth Bank and was originally published in Careers with STEM: Technology.

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