Hey, I'm Vivi!

— a product designer, design mentor, digital creator, and entrepreneur.

With a passion for crafting intuitive, streamlined solutions across a range of platforms and systems, I made the leap from visual merchandising in the fashion industry to product design in just 6 months and went on to land a job abroad.

With 40+ mentees from 7+ different countries, I have a wealth of knowledge and experience in helping individuals jumpstart their careers as product designers. I'm driven by the desire to share my story and experience of how I accomplished my goals, and inspire others who are looking to make a career change and start from scratch as a digital content creator.

When I'm not designing, you can find me exploring architecture and art museums, painting abstract masterpieces, writing thought-provoking blogs, and immersing myself in the sounds of jazz, techno, house, and disco music.

Sydney, Australia
Product Designer
Oct 2022 - Present    
Melbourne, Australia (Remote)
Product Designer
Aug 2021 - Aug 2022
Mountain View, CA (Remote)
Product Design Consultant
Dec 2020 - Dec 2021
HT Beyond
Seoul, South Korea (Remote)
Product Designer
May 2019- Aug 2021
New York, NY (Remote)
Product Designer
Dec 2019 - Jun 2020
Bundang, South Korea
Graphic/ UI Designer
May 2019 - Oct 2019
When I'm not designing?
I love writing.
I enjoy painting.
I like photographing.
When I'm not designing?
I love writing.
I enjoy painting.
I like photographing.
Recent Articles
Recent Paintings
Recent Photographs
Vivi Shin has such a bright future ahead of her. She is one of the most impressive product thinkers I’ve ever encountered for someone so early in their design journey.

During our first chats and interviews I was astounded by the way she thinks about product and user behavior and designing solutions accordingly.

Vivi is also one of the most well loved across the team and diligent designers I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with. Her strong work ethic paired with a constant focus on growing her skillset, practice and process makes her an undoubted asset to any team.
Nick Humphreys, Co-Founder & CCO @Linktree
Firstly, I want to express my gratitude for having such an inspiring mentor like her. Since I decided to pursue a new career, I had many questions and felt confused.

Despite searching and reaching out to others and communities for help, I felt like something was missing. I was looking for a mentor who had already walked the path that I wanted to take, and I found her on YouTube by chance. After watching her interview, I knew that she was the exact person I was looking for. I read all the articles she wrote on Branch and was able to gain more clarity on my new journey.

Through having a coffee chat with her, I was able to receive the answers that I was looking for. I think it is really important to have a mentor when you start a new journey, otherwise, it may take too much time to arrive at the destination or it may be easy to get lost along the way. Thanks to having her as my mentor, I feel more confident to start this new journey.

Thank you for sharing insights on your career journey and for the positive influence you've had on me. I would appreciate more opportunities to talk with you and receive further guidance.

You are the best mentor ever!!!
Juha Kim 🇰🇷, Aspiring UX/UI designer
Coffee Chat
Today has been an incredibly enjoyable and inspiring day! Thanks to the exceptional product design mentoring session, I can now plan my future with optimism and lay the foundation for my journey as a product designer. Despite my portfolio being in its early stages, the mentor tailored their advice to my specific situation and shared invaluable insights only a seasoned professional would know.

Initially, I hesitated to book the session due to the cost, but looking back, it feels like an absolute bargain. I am truly grateful for this amazing experience, and it has filled me with enthusiasm and excitement for my future in product design!
Beatrice Seo 🇰🇷, UX designer
Portfolio Review
Vivi is the most knowledgeable and empathetic mentor that I’ve ever met. She provided me with practical insights and guidance based on her experiences, which helped me a lot to land a Product Designer role.

After the mentorship service, I was able to get three offers as a freelancer, full-timer and part-timer. She is like my life-saver.

I had been struggling a lot but I’m now so excited to continue developing my career as a Product Designer. I highly recommend the mentorship service with her. You wouldn’t regret it.
Sooyang Park 🇬🇧, Product designer
Coffee Chat
Vivi brought her curiosity, intuition and eagerness to learn which saw her produce a high quality of work that considered both customer and business.

She always took the time to understand the problems that were needing to be solved which informed how she creatively crafted experiences and product.

Anyone who has the opportunity to work with Vivi will be extremely fortunate to collaborate and learn from her ability to think deeply, yet solve creatively with impact.
Vanessa Loh, Product design manager @Linktree
I recently had an incredibly helpful coffee chat with Vivi Shin, a product designer working in the industry. Living in Australia and seeking new opportunities, I found her insights invaluable.

Vivi addressed my specific questions, provided career guidance, and shared practical tips. Her passion and real-world experience left me feeling motivated and inspired.

If you're aspiring to be a product designer, I highly recommend connecting with Vivi for a transformative conversation.
Lily Kim 🇦🇺, UX/UI Designer
Coffee Chat
It was so lovely to have a chat with Vivi, she gave me an opportunity to ask plenty of questions to clarify what's the most important thing that I wanted to take away from the mentoring session.

I appreciate the time and effort that Vivi took to go through my portfolio and provided insightful feedback.

I feel way more confident in my ability to revise the portfolio and looking forward to applying her advice. Thanks again for your time!
Sujin Lee 🇦🇺, Product Designer
Coffee Chat
I had the pleasure of joining Coffee Chat with Vivi and I must say, it was an incredibly valuable experience! Not only did I gain valuable tips and insights, but Vivi provided honest opinions and advice that complemented her helpful blog posts.

I was feeling uncertain and lost as I was just starting out, but Vivi's feedback gave me a newfound sense of direction. The 30 minutes flew by in no time and I was left wanting more.

I highly recommend Coffee Chat with Vivi to anyone who wants to find direction and communicate effectively. Thank you again for the wonderful session!
Jinah Park 🇰🇷, Graphic designer
Coffee Chat
I had a great conversation with Vivi. She advised me on the path to take towards becoming a Product Designer.

At the beginning of my career challenge, I've been overwhelmed and messy a lot. But she gave me realistic tips on my situations.

And after the mentoring session, I took a step back and thought about what I can do right now for my goals from small parts. It was a very motivational conversation and great to hear her own experiences! Highly recommend speaking to Vivi :)
Ree Shin 🇰🇷, UX/UI designer

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