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Olivia Chen

Taiwanese-born designer, Olivia Chen, started her career in advertising for two years in The Big Apple, working with big-name clients such as NYU Shanghai, Rolling Stone and American Express. She then moved to Hong Kong and worked in boutique branding firms such as Tommy Li Design Workshop and Substance. She then moved to Melbourne and worked for Yoke and BrandWorks while building up her own studio Studio Chenchen as a side hustle.

Now living in Sydney, Olivia focuses on her own studio and using both interior and branding skills that she has learned, and her network of talented people with various cultural backgrounds and skill-sets to help clients achieve strong brand presence and multi-sensory branding experience.

What do you love about design?

That I am always learning something new. It is constantly evolving and it is so intertwined with anthropology and cultures. I love to learn new things outside of design, random facts, and foreign cultures and being a designer exposes me to clients from all walks of life.

Why do you teach?

As far as I can remember I have always told people that I wanted to be a teacher when I grow up, forcing my baby sister and my younger cousins to sit in my “class” after school and assigning them “homework” that I made up.

I am naturally giving, love sharing my passion for design with people who are equally passionate. I have a natural motherly instinct and love to see people thrive.

For the past few years, I have been learning so much through some of the younger designers I have worked with and I want to learn more from people who are from different backgrounds than me, and who are with fresh eyes.

Tell us about your design career outside of Shillington.

I started my career 7 years ago in advertising in NYC, but my turning point was when I moved to Hong Kong and worked in a boutique branding firm called Substance, mostly for hospitality and fashion, I realized that branding is my passion and small studios environment is where I work best.

I moved to Melbourne three years ago and was working as a design director in a small studio called BrandWorks, and now I am based in Sydney as a freelance designer with my own studio on the side.

What or who are you loving right now?

John William Waterhouse (P.R.B. painter), DEUTSCHE & JAPANER studio, Roanne AdamsEric Hu (this guy is everything), Alessandro Michele (Gucci’s new CD), cause Minimalism is DEAD!

If you were a typeface, what would you be?

Saol Display

What’s your favourite blog?

The Design Files, Yellow Trace, Eye on DesignBpando. I also love print magazines such as Apartamento and Idea Magazine from Japan. I am a podcast nerd so I listen to a lot of podcasts while working. Design related or not: 99 Percent Invisible (bite-size episode, great podcast about everything design, architecture, fun history), Philosophize This (better than my uni philosophy class), Beyond this Point, Design Matters (Debbie Millman as host, in-depth interview with designers, artists, author or creatives), and This American Life (Real life stories that are better than TV).




Andrew Shillington
Founder, Global

Anthony Wood
Managing Director, Global

Clare Terry
Director, Australia

Shanti Sparrow
Director of Teaching, Global

Natalia Zuluaga
DesignOps & Teacher, Global

Sydney Ligouri
Head, New York

John Palowski
Head of Course Content, Global

Chris Norman
Head of Online, Global

Clay Allison
Head of Experience, Global

Alex Daley
Experience Manager, United States

Ella Shillington
Experience Manager, Australia

Meg Bathard
Experience Assistant, United Kingdom

Sara Mazzoni
Head of Marketing & Communications, Global

Oli Stevenson
Marketing & Communications Lead, Global

Eden Lim
Marketing & Communications Assistant, Australia

Laura Walton
Marketing & Communications Assistant, New York

George Simkin
Lead Teacher, London

Kim Melvin
Lead Teacher, New York

Nick Smith
Lead Teacher, United Kingdom

Jack Trotman
Lead Teacher, London

Cathy Sison
Lead Teacher, Online

Nick Bailey
Lead Teacher, Brisbane

Mehul Patel
Graphic Design Teacher, Manchester

Spencer Harrison
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Amy Prus
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Maja Cule
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Frankie Young
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Andy Judd
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Jamie Lawson
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Wayne Smith
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Lizzie Curtis
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Adam Busby
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Jimmy Muldoon
Teacher & Special Projects, New York

Alan Barba
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Bonnie Eichelberger
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Dan Wilson
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Maaya Lad
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Dave Bird
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Hilary Archer
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Tina Victoria Afshar
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Simon Wiltshire
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Mitch Reyes
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Mary Faber
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Fiona Martin
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Gabrielle White
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Johnny Boardman
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Shrenik Ganatra
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Olivia Chen
Graphic Design Teacher, Sydney

Kody Pangburn
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Emma Tobin
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Annette Dennis
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Katie Mihailovits
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Rachel Broaders
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Missy Dempsey
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Lovish Saini
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Tim King
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Tessa Canon
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Nathan Millard
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