Robbie Sebullen

Visual Designer
Vancouver, Canada
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My name is Robbie Sebullen and I’m a UX/Visual designer from Vancouver, Canada. My identity is the foundation of my work. As a low-income, queer, Asian designer, I 􀃕nd myself in places and situations where this is not the norm. This has pushed me to be empathetic and socially responsible with my work, which is characterized by the consideration of overlooked perspectives. I approach my work with a strategic mind, creative heart, and keen eye for detail (with some elbow grease, too).

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Green Stone
Intern
Oct 2018 – Jan 2019
Vancouver, Canada
Dossier Creative
Intern
May 2018 – Sep 2018
Vancouver, Canada
Philips Lighting
UX Intern
Oct 2018 – Jan 2019
Vancouver, Canada
University
Simon Fraser University
Skills
UX Design, Visual Design, Product Strategy, Branding, Photography, Sketch, Illustrator CC, Photoshop CC, InDesign CC, InVision, Principle, Lightroom
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I don’t believe that a single description for the best candidate for WGI exists. I believe, the most ideal candidates are those who complement one another and offer different perspectives. Those who have an open mind, willingness to learn, and ability to grow. I believe I possess these qualities to succeed in the internship.Over the past year, I spent my time working in all sorts of teams - from a siloed design team at Philips Lighting, to an autonomous, interdisciplinary team at Dossier Creative, to a completely remote team at Green Stone. So, I guess you could say I’m a team player. Throughout my experience, I’ve developed my interpersonal skills to work with various teammates and clients with empathy and care. I’ve grown confident to have my own voice and to participate in team meetings and work sessions.In 2017, I was fortunate enough to travel all around the Netherlands as part of dutchDesign, an undergraduate field school program by my university. As part of the program, I visited thirteen studios, interviewed various designers, and distilled the experience into a website ([2017.sfudutchdesign.ca](http://2017.sfudutchdesign.ca)). There, I saw the tremendous amount of passion that these designers have for what they do. I was challenged by their stories to redefine my own notions of art and design. As a designer, I learned that it’s this diversity of people and thought that allows for growth.I started the following year packing my bags and moving to Europe for an internship, where I adopted a completely new way of living and working. Coming from a place where everyone is stereotypically polite, I was shocked by the bluntness of my Dutch coworkers. I learned to be adaptable with any interaction. This experience, however, is not entirely new. Growing up, I’ve always learned how to adapt to new environments. As an immigrant, I’ve learned to immerse myself in a new culture. Switching into a completely different major has led me to embrace pivots and stay nimble. I pride myself on not being afraid to try new things and being vulnerable, as it’s often where the most interesting work comes from.My values, skills, and experience seamlessly aligns with the World’s Greatest Internship. My background includes corporate, agency, and freelance design experience, with a history of crafting print, interactive, and digital design projects. I am backed by my proficiencies in Sketch, Adobe Creative Suite, and Principle and a Bachelor of Science in Interactive Arts and Technology. Branding, photography, user experience, and visual design form my core competencies. What sets me apart is my ability to cross disciplines, which I believe is the true test for a creative in today’s fast paced world.

1. Why are you interested in wgi?

I’m interested in the World’s Greatest Internship because it’s an experience like no other. WGI provides a platform for curious minds and risk takers. A platform to visit unfamiliar places, meet new people, ask questions, and dive into projects head first. A creative is only as good as the information they are provided, and WGI allows just that - a way to gather information and share learnings with others. Travelling is something I value, and I come back from every trip with a newfound motivation to strive for more. It’s not every day someone can travel the world, work alongside the most creative people, and bring interesting ideas to life. To do it all while getting paid is the cherry on top.

2. What are you looking to gain from an experience such as WGI?

I am looking to gain industry experience by getting my hands dirty on real-world projects. Throughout the internship, I aim to sharpen my technical abilities and hopefully pick up a new skill or two along the way. Aside from elevating the quality of my work, I am also looking to form lifelong friendships and mentorships. I’m hoping to gain a new perspective in the industry and the future of design.

3. What would be your goals after completing WGI if you were selected?

Now more than ever, representation is a critical factor in the creative industry. My goal after completing WGI is to share my story and show that challenges in accessing roles, like this internship, are attainable regardless of any background. If I could inspire one person who feels underrepresented and boost their confidence to pursue their creative endeavours, then I would say I achieved my goal. On a more personal level, my goal after completing WGI is to land a full-time gig at a studio/agency where I can put my new skills into practice.

4. How did you hear about wgi?

Inspiration can be found anywhere and everywhere. One method I use to stay inspired is by curating my Instagram feed with design accounts. One of the accounts I follow is @thebrandidentity. As I was perusing their feed, I came across their post for WGI and now I’m sitting in a café writing my application!

5. Share an example of a time you were most motivated and a time you were most demotivated.

I started university pursuing a degree in kinesiology. As years passed, my interest in the subject slowly diminished. I found myself losing motivation to do well in courses. So much so, that I failed a couple of them! If you knew me back in high school, I was an overachiever - the guy who wanted to get 100% in everything. Being satisfied with failure was out of my character, and yet I was okay with it. I knew progressing into the field was not a good idea, so I took a break to really dig deep into what I want. Ultimately, I made the decision to start over with a degree in design - something I always knew I enjoyed and was passionate about. It was a tough decision but it was worth it in the long run. Switching majors put me in a vulnerable state. Was this the right choice? What if I fail again? I felt unsure of myself. However, I was surrounded by supportive, encouraging, and kind people. These people were my peers who would then leave school for internships with companies like Google, Facebook, and LinkedIn. Seeing my friends happy while doing what they love lit a flame in my heart to do the same. Their successes inspired me and gave me motivation to work hard and do well.

6. In your opinion, what creates a great culture at a company?

Great culture comes from bringing humility, an open mind, and laughter to the team every single day - where people would rather make mistakes (and are encouraged to) than stand still and do nothing. A pint of cold beer wouldn’t hurt either.

7. What brands and companies do you admire and why?

Muji is one of my favourite brands. Their ability to design with simplicity and minimalism in an elegant way is truly remarkable. My favourite item from their collection is the CD player designed by Naoto Fukasawa. The intrinsic simplicity of this product exemplifies Muji’s approach to design. Additionally, Cereal, Maekan, and Vox are companies I admire for sharing interesting stories and delivering them in beautiful, engaging ways. I have also always admired companies who are visionaries. Established companies, such as Apple, Nike, and Airbnb, have redefined their respective industries and paved the way for innovation. Similarly, studios and agencies, such as Instrument, Work & Co, and Pentagram, who constantly improve themselves and their craft while shaping the future of their clients are very commendable.

8. What do you do to stay sharp and improve your craft?

I listen to podcasts, subscribe to newsletters about latest trends, and work on freelance projects to stay sharp and improve my craft. I’ve also installed Muzli, a Chrome extension that allows me to stay inspired and updated on all things tech and design. Every morning I try to read at least one news article. I keep up with global news because design and innovation are rooted from societal contexts. Much like how my older peers have given me mentorship, I provide advice, feedback, and critiques to the younger designers in my program. I have always believed that learning is a continuous process and I believe I can learn just as much from my older mentors as I can from younger designers.

9. What’s your favorite quote?

Since hearing it from a design professor, I have always stood by the saying, “It’s better to beg for forgiveness than to ask for permission.” It’s a mindset that has brought me to where I am today. It’s not about stepping on someone else’s toes but about knowing when to push boundaries. As designers, we learn to work within constraints but sometimes we have to step outside the box to drive innovation. Beyond design, it’s about knowing that there will always be people in our lives who will say “no” no matter what we do, so we must tell ourselves to just do it.

10. If you could solve one problem in the world what would it be?

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