Oh man, reason #576 I love being a part of AIGA. I helped Monina find a space at ID to host the summer mentorship program's portfolio review on Friday. I got to ask questions about my website, but more importantly I got to talk to people outside of my school about my interested in an effort to further clarify my story and what I aspire to do.
hings I learned:
- A better way to present my work. I'm not a visual designer by training, and I was feeling a little self-conscious about the visual aesthetic of my work. Regardless, look at all the cool stuff I'm able to convey, and let me tell you some awesome stories about my work.
- I learned that interaction design is more complicated to explain than I was anticipating. When some people hear "interaction designer" they think of the people who design how many pixels wide the "buy now" button is. Industry seems to define this area of focus in many ways, depending on the company, but at the Institute of Design, we consider interaction design to encompass more than the visual components of design, and instead include everything from the reasoning (research) behind the interface components to an business analysis on surrounding offerings to determine the differentiator for the app itself. I'd like to think it's a more holistic approach to design, which includes a little research and a little strategy as well. This is one reason I usually write Interaction design "and strategy" when discussing what I want to do in the future.
- Better storytelling is better. That seems a little obvious, but I was given a few tips on how to improve my stories explaining projects. It was very much appreciated.
- ow to interview so people see me, not my nerves. I'll admit, I get pretty nervous when I interview and I always worry that it will reflect poorly on me. Apparently I actually speak much better than I think I do, but I got a few quick tips on presenting myself and my work in a more personal way. I really appreciated that feedback... while asking for feedback on a resume or a created object, it can be really hard to ask for advice for personal traits and habits you're trying to break. Maybe this blog will give potential recruiters a better sense of who I am. Maybe.