Are there ways we can help/engage our local community with our design skills?

31 Jul 2013 - 11:29am
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So I was just looking through my twitter feed and saw a public collaboration from a couple of local visual artists, one of which I know from his academic work, and I was thinking how great it is that he can share the fruit of his work with the community. 

It got me wondering if there is anything that we as UX or Interaction Designers can do in the same way. It's obvious that most of what we do is not consumable in such a passive way as purely visual arts, but surely there is something we can do. 

Off the top of my head, maybe making community related apps? This might not be a new idea, but I seems like when we do this it's probably because we are trying to capitalize, not necessarily give back. There is also the issue of applying our skills to other community goings on. Maybe helping at the organizing level for local events. Generally, these things have a lot of details that aren't thought through very well. I think the problem might be getting the other people involved to understand what the role of design might be. 

Does anyone else have ideas in this vein? or thoughts on the examples I've posted? I'd love to hear about instances where you've had success along these lines too. 


2 Aug 2013 - 5:05pm
Juan Lanus

We can do the UX thing for the web sites of non-for-profit organizations that can't pay such expensive services. 

Recall NCI's usability story, that later sprouted the site


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