Q&A with Min Kong
Senior Industrial Designer at Blue Sky
Graduation year: 2009
Q. Tell us a little about your current role.
I’m a senior industrial designer at a Sydney based multidisciplinary design consultancy called blue sky. Working in a consultancy means I get to work on different projects all the time. It ranges from consumer products, outdoor furniture, medical products to experience design for the likes of banks, airlines, chain restaurants and other retail spaces. We also collaborate with experts from many different fields to give the end users the best possible innovation to respond to the changing needs of the time. It’s for this reason I always find it rewarding to see projects come to life.
Q. How did your degree prepare you for the workforce?
During my study in industrial design degree we were exposed to a wide range of projects established by industrial designers from both within and outside of faculty. These projects gave me an insight into which projects suited my creativity and the kind of industrial designer I aspired to be. Also the faculty provided with an access to most up to date facilities including the student workshop for hands on testing and validating of design concepts which is an invaluable experience you don’t gain anywhere else.
Q. What is the most valuable thing you took away from your time at UNSW?
On the academic level the most valuable thing I took away from my time at UNSW was the unlimited experimentation of design concepts I was able to explore because of the support and engagement of my lecturers at the time. I thought it’s only at uni that I have time to explore as many design concepts as possible and I have no regrets for all the sleepless nights. On the personal level I’ve gained friends for life through student societies and fundraising events we had to organise between ourselves. It was a great team work and we have become great mates to this day.
Q. Do you have any advice for current Built Environment students?
It’s only at uni we can make as many mistakes as we like and explore all possibilities in design. With excellent facilities and support we have at FBE, seek as many advices, opinions and explore full creative potential to better educate yourself with your own unique potential and creativity which I believe is limitless!
Q. Tell us about your experience in the UNSW Built Environment Career Ready Mentoring program as a mentor and why did you decide to take part in it?
I thought I could share some tips with the students from my experience because I always found it very interesting when I was a student to hear from the working designers. It was only when I started sharing with my mentees that I actually realised I had much to share to prepare them for the industry. My mentees were very eager and enthusiastic about starting their career as designers, and it was a sweet reminder of the wonderful anticipation I experienced as the final year student.
Q. What advice would you give to a high school student considering enrolling at UNSW Built Environment?
In my experience, UNSW Built Environment goes beyond tertiary education: the courses are designed to think and create and they are run by world-class designers and academics. The faculty stays equipped with state of art facilities and promotes networking and equality. If you are excited to become visionaries in the arena of the built environment and receive the full support required, UNSW Built Environment is the right place for you.