Informational Interviews for a student in SF

9 Oct 2010 - 2:10pm
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rachel.i.simpson
2010

Hi Everyone,

I've been watching the board for quite some time, and it looks like there a wide variety of very informed perspectives here. I'm an Industrial and Interaction Design student in Vancouver BC, and it has been a great addition to my education!

I'm planning to be in the San Francisco Area from mid to late December, and I would be very interested in doing some informational interviews with different studios while I'm there. Obviously, this is over the Christmas break, so one of my concerns is trying to speak to people while they're busy with family and festivities. My other concern is that there are so many amazing firms in SF, and I'm not really sure where to start. Could anyone recommend a studio that might be interested in speaking to me, or that is doing something particularly interesting in interaction or product design?

Any ideas that you could offer would be greatly appreciated. Thanks so much for your time.
Cheers,
Rachel Ilan Simpson


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10 Oct 2010 - 7:05pm
tstutts
2008

Hi Rachel,

San Francisco has a lot of these opportunities. I can't connect you to any personally, but maybe a start would be providing a link to your portfolio, so people can see what you've been up to.

Also see if there are an SF IXDA meet-ups happening while you are in town. Those are usually fantastic--the SF chapter is pretty active. Talk to as many folks as you can.

-- Tim Stutts

Interaction Designer www.pushpopdesign.com

On Sat, Oct 9, 2010 at 11:32 PM, rachel.i.simpson wrote: > Hi Everyone, > > I've been watching the board for quite some time, and it looks like there a > wide variety of very informed perspectives here. I'm an Industrial and > Interaction Design student in Vancouver BC, and it has been a great addition > to my education! > > I'm planning to be in the San Francisco Area from mid to late December, and > I would be very interested in doing some informational interviews with > different studios while I'm there. Obviously, this is over the Christmas > break, so one of my concerns is trying to speak to people while they're busy > with family and festivities. My other concern is that there are so many > amazing firms in SF, and I'm not really sure where to start. Could anyone > recommend a studio that might be interested in speaking to me, or that is > doing something particularly interesting in interaction or product design? > > Any ideas that you could offer would be greatly appreciated. Thanks so much > for your time. > Cheers, > Rachel Ilan Simpson > > >

11 Oct 2010 - 10:31pm
Nancy Frishberg
2007

Rachel,

If you get to the Bay Area in time for the BayCHI meeting (2nd Tuesday of the month - which would be December 14), you could join in the dinner before the program. The specific location is announced around the first of the month on the www.baychi.org website and is open to all. Usually close to the meeting venue at PARC (meaning somewhere in Menlo Park or Palo Alto). The dinner attracts anywhere from a dozen to 3 dozen people, depending on various factors, and there are both job seekers and people who are employed.  At 7 pm the doors at PARC open, and people drink coffee and shmooze, so you might be able to chat with people and make appointments for later in the month.

And both the BayCHI calendar and the upcoming calendar have lots of mentions of interesting events. Even during the end of the year.

 -- Nancy

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