A snapshot in the middle
What exactly am I doing with my life?
I’m Sue and I’m Year 3 Industrial design undergrad from the National University of Singapore (NUS). I’m on NUS Overseas College program where students get the opportunity to intern and study at startup capitals of the world.
I chose Stockholm and Narrative chose me. Narrative is the startup that I intern for. It is a quite mature startup, having 50+ employees in 4 offices in Sweden and USA.
This is my company’s product — the Narrative Clip. It is a wearable camera that automatically takes a photo every 30 seconds. It allows you to capture the moments that matter, while being in the moment.
A few weeks ago, we have opened pre-orders on the next generation clip — Narrative Clip 2. It comes with 3 key features: wifi and bluetooth capabilities, increased image quality and interchangeable mounts.
What I do at work everyday,
I strongly believe that the purpose of networking is not to create professional contacts for future gains and so I see it simply as making new friends. I’ve been very lucky to be able to attend several events in Stockholm and made friends.
and also talk to strangers, be it on the train or in a shop. I’ve met co-founders, para gliders and travelers. Swedes are not known for their friendliness, but they are certainly nice people.
From all these encounters with people, I realize that everyone has a story to tell and that there is so much to learn from their stories.
In the past 6 months, I’ve learnt 3 main things.
Designing in the real world is way messier and that the job does not end at the final presentation. There is manufacturing and liasing and tweaking and packaging and so much more.
Over at Narrative, the company puts a lot of emphasis on the happiness of employees. This in turns, causes the employees to be intrinsically motivated to want to do their super duper best for the company.
I also came to realize the abundance of nice furniture in every room in Stockholm. There’s a plethora of design studios and startups, which could serve as inspiration and eyegasm.
In the following year, I aim to do these 3 things.
Lagom means just enough. Work enough, play enough. 6 more months, here we go!
All photos were taken with the Narrative Clip.