"eye-opener", "excellent", "enthusiastic", "challenging" were some of the words used to describe round one of the Sydney Chapter mentoring program.
Once again, we'd like to thank the participants from round one for their patience and giving their time and experience; we invite them to continue with the program should they wish. The program ran from Sept-Nov 2012 and involved 15 pairings. We elicited feedback from this inaugural group to improve the program and are ready to roll out and expand the next session.
The IxDA Sydney mentorship pilot program has had an excellent response, with 15 students, mostly from University of Sydney, and 12 IxDA members volunteering to mentor them. Thank you to all the mentors who have donated their time to help shape the future of Interaction Design in Sydney.
I am new to the field of IxD and would greatly appreciate a mentorship with an experienced designer. I know that the IxDA branches in Boston and L.A. have already started mentorship programs but, as far as I can tell, the NYC branch has not.
Are there any senior Interaction Designers who would be interested in mentoring?
Hello. My name is Melissa McLean and I am currently working on my thesis project for an MFA in Web Design New Media at the Academy of Art University.
Next semester is approaching and I am looking for an interaction design professional who is passionate about their career and is interested in sharing their knowledge and fostering a young professional in the development of their thesis project.
Specifically, my thesis project is an application for the iPad that allows a user to compose music with very little knowledge of music theory or the ability to read or write music.
I work for the
newspaper division of E.W. Scripps, and - due to an increased interest in user
experience by the execs - our small UX team is tasked with defining the term as
it relates to our business as well as defining a strategy for applying UX
principles to existing products and new projects.
IxDA Toronto is planning another Speed Mentoring event for September 20th, after a very successful night last year. If you're interested in taking part, please contact @jeffkraemer on Twitter or email jeff.kraemer at Gmail.
I've tried going through the system here to get a mentor but have found it to be unsuccessful, so I figured I'd try my luck with you all on the discussion board.
I read the board every once and a while and it seems as though there are great people here who could effectively serve as mentors so I would be so appreciative of your help and guidance - even if that meant an email once and a while.
I've been in the UX field for 3+ years now but I keep hitting a series of bumps (starting with a layoff in 2009) that have prevented me from expanding my professional design portfolio. The majority of my professional work has revolved around usability evaluation and user research, although I have done some design work professionally, on the side, and in grad school. For the past year, my professional work has focused on usability testing and user research.
Have you been a mentor to someone in the interaction design field?
Have you been mentored by someone? The IxDA LA is developing a local
mentorship program and we are looking for people to share their
experiences. What works, what doesn't? What have you gotten from
being a mentor or mentee? What could be better? How did you get
If you have not been a mentor or mentee, but perhaps have wanted a
mentorship relationship, what would you want from a mentor or mentee?
What do you have to offer?
Your thoughts and experiences are greatly appreciated!
I want to invite you to contribute your efforts to our Mentorship
program. We've had some great feedback from existing mentor/mentee
pairs, and many have found it an effective way of learning, sharing
knowledge, and getting to know others involved in the same type of
work. The program is purposefully vague, as each mentor/mentee pair
is different; we'll do our best to find a match for you, and then
you work together to establish a meeting schedule and program that
makes sense for you.