Courtney Novits

Systems Focused Product Designer

My Story

I was chatting with a woman on a train somewhere between Amsterdam and Rotterdam. It was 2008 and I was at the tail end of a year living in the UK. This was my final trip before returning to Australia where I would give university another shot; this time in the nursing program. I shared details of my future plans. Her response was abrupt but life changing. “You don’t seem like a nurse. You’re more of a… designer”. I’d often won the design class prize in school and enjoyed perfecting every detail of my projects on the weekends, though I’d never considered it a career path. I don’t know if there were any design courses in Brisbane in 2004. If there were, I didn’t know about them.

Today I’m a Senior Product Designer at Disney, but over the course of my career I’ve had a multitude of experiences in the technology and design industries, each building my skills in different and unique ways. I’ve spent time at agencies, startups (both in Australia and the US), and companies of every size, both B2B and B2C.

Not one to cut corners, I did my time at university too. I studying in both Brisbane, Australia and California’s Silicon Valley. I’ve achieved a Bachelor of Design (Visual Communication) and a Masters of Creative Industries (Interactive and Visual Design) with a 4.0 GPA.

Separated they live in Bookmarksgrove right at the coast of the Semantics, a large language ocean. A small river named Duden flows by their place and supplies it with the necessary regelialia.

Where I’ve Worked

Oct 2019 – May 2021
Product Designer at Squarespace
Feb 2016 – Aug 2019
Senior Product Designer at Disney
Feb 2015 – Jan 2016
Head of Design at Comscentre
Sep 2014 – Feb 2015
Digital Designer at Reel Feed
Feb 2014 – Jun 2014
UX Designer at Juggle Labs
Nov 2011 – Jan 2014
Graphic Designer at Vita Group
  • Master of Creative Industries (Interactive and Visual Design)
    Queensland University of Technology 2014 | GPA 6.86
  • Master of Creative Industries (Semester Abroad)
    San Jose State University, California 2014
  • Web Design short course
    Australian Design College 2012
  • Bachelor of Design (Visual Communication)
    The Queensland College of Art 2011
  • Diploma of Graphic Design
    Southbank Institute of Technology 2010
  • Queensland University of Technology Dean’s List of Academic Excellence 2014
  • Creative3 Conference Bursary Winner 2014
  • Creative3 Pitch Semi-Finalist for my startup, Dive Passport 2014
  • San Jose State University and UCLA Interaction Design Competition Runner Up 2014
  • Acceptance into eLab Silicon Valley Entrepreneurship Program 2014
  • Queensland University of Technology Dean’s List of Academic Excellence 2013
  • Queensland University of Technology Overseas Study Bursary 2013
  • St Margaret’s Old Girls’ Association Overseas Study Scholarship 2013
  • Griffith University Academic Excellence Award 2011
  • NAVA Ignition Award for Professional Practice 2011
  • Acceptance into an accelerated TAFE to University Pathways Program 2010
  • Southbank Institute of Technology Study Support Scholarship 2010

My Skills